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  • NEON: Northwest Educational Outreach Network (Funded by FIPSE to help institutions and states pool their academic resources to share electronically delivered degree programs, certificates, and courses). NEXus: Nursing Education Exchange. Grew out of NEON and identified need for nursing programs to share courses.
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    1. 1. Without Borders: Managing Multi-Institution Collaborative Online Programs WCET 19 th Annual Conference November 9, 2007
    2. 2. Overview of consortia groups Four examples (Great Plains Idea, Big 12 Engineering Consortium, WICHE Internet Course Exchange and The University of Texas TeleCampus) Questions and comments Presenters: Marta Hubbard, The University of Texas TeleCampus Dana Reinert, Institute for Academic Alliances Chuck Wight, University of Utah Maggi Murdock,, University of Wyoming
    3. 3. Characteristics of Distance Education Consortia Groups <ul><li>Mission driven with a variety of outcomes/ goals/ benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Central coordinating function </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional management—policies and procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement of faculty and administrators </li></ul><ul><li>Information exchange and technical support </li></ul>
    4. 4. UT TeleCampus Mission <ul><li>The mission of the UT TeleCampus is to extend the reach of the UT System through the application of high-quality, student-centered Internet delivery to degree programs, academic courses, training, professional development, and college preparation.  </li></ul><ul><li>The UT TeleCampus adds value by assisting UT System institutions in expanding existing capacity, building new capacities, and preparing faculties to best teach in a technology-mediated environment. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>The UT TeleCampus identifies, develops and disseminates innovative and solution-based models and best practices for effective distance teaching and learning. </li></ul>
    5. 5. The University of Texas Institutions <ul><li>Academic Institutions </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Texas at Arlington </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Texas at Austin </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Texas at Brownsville </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Texas at Dallas </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Texas at El Paso </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Texas – Pan American </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Texas of the Permian Basin </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Texas at San Antonio </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Texas at Tyler </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Institutions </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio </li></ul><ul><li>UT MD Anderson Cancer Center </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler </li></ul>
    6. 6. UT TeleCampus <ul><li>Provides extensive student and faculty support services </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages and oversees collaborative online programs </li></ul><ul><li>Provides funding and support for course development </li></ul><ul><li>Directs the quality of course development and production </li></ul><ul><li>Researches emerging technologies/Designs and builds Web applications </li></ul><ul><li>Serves as liaison between UT System and accreditation organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Communicates a centralized message </li></ul><ul><li>Markets programs and courses via various media </li></ul>
    7. 7. UT TeleCampus Stats <ul><li>Over 40,000 enrollments to date (approx. 4400 per long semester with 10%-12% growth annually) </li></ul><ul><li>15 fully online programs </li></ul><ul><li>Over two dozen degree and certificate options </li></ul><ul><li>Over 350 courses in UT TeleCampus catalog </li></ul><ul><li>168 course sections offered in Spring 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Close to 400 faculty, instructors and assistant instructors served across System </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Funded, supported, trained </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Course Completion Rates: 89%-96% </li></ul>
    8. 8. Financial Impact of UTTC <ul><li>Direct financial support to institutions for course development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$200,000 in FY 06 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Total over $5.5M (1999 – 2005) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Revenue generated for institutions by TeleCampus courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$11M in FY 06 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Total over $47M (1999 – 2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Estimate at least 60% of total is “new” dollars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutions returned $730k to UTTC </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Collaborative Programs <ul><li>MBA Online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UTA , UTB , UTD, UTEP, UTPA , UTPB , UTSA , UTT </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Master’s in Ed Tech </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UTB , UT Austin, UTEP, UTMB, UTPB, UTSA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Master’s in Kinesiology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UTEP , UTPA , UTPB , UTT , UTA, UTSA, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Master’s in Human Resource Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UTT , UTEP, UTPA, UTPA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bachelor’s Completion in Criminology/Criminal Justice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UTA , UTB , UTPB , UTD, UTEP </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Collaboration Tools <ul><li>TIS – Student Information System – System-wide Course Registration System </li></ul><ul><li>Oversight Committees – Academic Affairs and Executive Committees </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in the Accreditation Process – SACS and AACSB and NATE </li></ul><ul><li>Campus Liaisons </li></ul>
    11. 11. Student and Faculty Services <ul><li>Support for Students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>24x7 Help Desk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Student Handbook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting Started Communications & Website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Library and Librarian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24x7 Tutoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24x7 Writing Lab </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>System-wide Course Registration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Campus Liaisons </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Student and Faculty Services <ul><li>Support for Faculty </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On Site and Online Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plagiarism Detection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test Proctoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Course Evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24x7 Help Desk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Library and Librarian </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Course Development & Technology <ul><li>Course Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Process (timeline) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality control (editing) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Release (technical review) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contract Work </li></ul><ul><li>TIS and TIS II </li></ul><ul><li>Course Hosting Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blackboard ASP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul>
    14. 14. Communication Services <ul><li>Role of Communication Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In-house agency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drive enrollments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internal and external marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Common message </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Oversight of the UTTC website </li></ul><ul><li>Award Winning Campaigns </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional, State, National </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>UT TeleCampus </li></ul><ul><li>Live and eLearn </li></ul><ul><li>www.uttc.org </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
    16. 16. I nstitute for A cademic A lliances | http://www.k-state.edu/iaa Facilitating the Advancement of Inter-Institutional Academic Programs… WORLDWIDE Institute for Academic Alliances Great Plains I nteractive D istance E ducation A lliance Canadian Studies Institute for Academic Alliances
    17. 17. I nstitute for A cademic A lliances | http://www.k-state.edu/iaa Project Showcase <ul><li>Great Plains IDEA (Interactive Distance Education Alliance) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Human Sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>13-year partnership, and counting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Big 12 Engineering Consortium </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Nuclear) Engineering – 11 institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Still planning … </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. I nstitute for A cademic A lliances | http://www.k-state.edu/iaa Leadership – Great Plains IDEA Canadian Studies Deans established – 1994 – cooperate to compete Board of Directors Lead Institution Functional Leads Faculty Chairs Campus Coordinators Advisory Boards Department Chairs
    19. 19. Leadership – Big 12 Engineering Impetus from Deans (2005) – meet industry/societal needs Dean leadership group Faculty coordinators Campus coordinators Project coordinators I nstitute for A cademic A lliances | http://www.k-state.edu/iaa
    20. 20. I nstitute for A cademic A lliances | http://www.k-state.edu/iaa Management – Great Plains IDEA Alliance Agreements Alliance MOA Program MOA Policy and Procedure Manual Graduate Deans: 1. Behave as Equals 2. Respect Institutional Differences 3. Simplify Student Navigation
    21. 21. I nstitute for A cademic A lliances | http://www.k-state.edu/iaa Firewall – Great Plains IDEA Master’s Degrees and Graduate Certificates Family Financial Planning Premiered Fall 2000 Youth Development Gerontology Premiered Fall 2003 Merchandising Community Development Premiered Fall 2005 Dietetics FCS Education Premier Fall 2007
    22. 22. Anytime - 6 Credit Practicum/Project Family Financial Planning Master’s Curriculum - 42 Credits Insurance Planning Funda-mentals of Financial Planning Summer Spring Fall Family Econ Housing & Real Estate Retirement Planning Financial Planning Case Studies Housing & Real Estate Financial Counseling Estate Planning Profes-sional Practices in FFP Family Systems Family Systems Personal Income Taxation Financial Planning Case Studies Investing in the Family’s Future
    23. 23. I nstitute for A cademic A lliances | http://www.k-state.edu/iaa Firewall – Great Plains IDEA Finance Distribution Common Price = Tuition + Fees Fall 2007: $415/graduate credit hour $295/undergraduate credit hour Internal Distribution
    24. 24. I nstitute for A cademic A lliances | http://www.k-state.edu/iaa Firewall – Great Plains IDEA Institutional Policies and Procedures Tech support Faculty workload Intellectual property Admissions requirements Enrollment procedures
    25. 25. I nstitute for A cademic A lliances | http://www.k-state.edu/iaa Firewall – Big 12 Engineering Institutions currently make all decisions .
    26. 26. I nstitute for A cademic A lliances | http://www.k-state.edu/iaa Info Exchange – Great Plains IDEA Streamlined Processes Campus Coordinators Student Acknowledgement Form ExpanSIS Multi-Institutional Student Information System
    27. 27. I nstitute for A cademic A lliances | http://www.k-state.edu/iaa Info Exchange – Great Plains IDEA ExpanSIS Multi-Institutional Student Information System
    28. 28. Course Mapping Each Alliance course that is offered at your university will need to be mapped to your own course department, number and title. Only courses that you participate in need to be mapped. Mapping allows individual Universities to translate an Alliance Course Title into your University’s Course Title.
    29. 29. System Search Feature A quick and robust search feature allows program coordinators to quickly find staff and students in the ExpanSIS system.
    30. 30. Input Personnel Important demographic information is entered on alliance faculty and staff. After entries are created, instructors can be assigned to the courses they teach and coordinators and academic administrators can be assigned to a university.
    31. 31. Schedule Courses When scheduling a course, the coordinator from the teaching institution selects the instructor, start and end dates, the number of credit hours, textbook information, and comments about the offering. Once a course is scheduled, coordinators from any institution can view and enroll students.
    32. 32. Create Students Coordinators from the student’s admitting university are responsible for entering all the demographic information about the student. In addition to the information below there are pages for contact information, admitted program, and course history. The history page contains a listing of courses the student has taken, the semester and the grade received.
    33. 33. Enroll Students At a glance you are able to see all the courses being offered for a particular semester. Clicking on Enroll to the right will show you all the enrollment activity for that course as well as allow you to add, drop, and apply refunds.
    34. 34. Assign Grades Here you will be able to see a list of courses being offered for a particular semester. A coordinator can enter grades for courses that their institution teaches. Coordinators can also view the grades students receive, but only for those students that were admitted by their institution.
    35. 35. I nstitute for A cademic A lliances | http://www.k-state.edu/iaa Info Exchange – Big 12 Engg Mixed Model for 2007 Student Acknowledgement Form Manual information-sharing Depending on the institution: Credit transfer - OR - Enrollment at home institution
    36. 36. I nstitute for A cademic A lliances | http://www.k-state.edu/iaa Institute for Academic Alliances Dana Reinert 785-532-5493 [email_address] Contact for more information:
    37. 37. WICHE Internet Course Exchange (WICHE ICE) Chuck Wight, Associate Vice President, University of Utah Maggi Murdock, Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs and Dean, Outreach School, University of Wyoming INTERNET COURSE EXCHANGE
    38. 38. Mission of WICHE <ul><li>WICHE ICE creates opportunities for students to access high quality internet delivered courses and programs offered by accredited four-year and two-year institutions throughout the WICHE region. </li></ul>INTERNET COURSE EXCHANGE
    39. 39. <ul><li>“ This model maximizes the resources of our distance programs to include students and practitioners who are not able to attend campus based programs .” </li></ul><ul><li>--Beth Sirles, Professor and Director, School of Social Work, University of Alaska Anchorage </li></ul>INTERNET COURSE EXCHANGE
    41. 41. <ul><li>Bismarck State College </li></ul><ul><li>Boise State University </li></ul><ul><li>Central Washington University </li></ul><ul><li>Eastern Washington University </li></ul><ul><li>Idaho State University </li></ul><ul><li>Lewis-Clark State College (ID) </li></ul><ul><li>Montana State University </li></ul><ul><li>Montana University System </li></ul><ul><li>North Dakota University System Online </li></ul><ul><li>University of Alaska Anchorage </li></ul><ul><li>University of Nevada Reno </li></ul><ul><li>University of Utah </li></ul><ul><li>University of Wyoming </li></ul><ul><li>Additional institutional and system memberships are pending </li></ul>Current WICHE ICE Member Institutions INTERNET COURSE EXCHANGE
    42. 42. Summary of ICE Objectives <ul><li>Respond more quickly to workforce demands through sharing online courses and programs </li></ul><ul><li>Organize institutional resources to create opportunities for students throughout the region </li></ul><ul><li>Support quality of courses, effective student learning, assessment and continuous improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Abide by accreditation standards and best practices </li></ul><ul><li>Clearly designate essential student services, applicable policies and institutional responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Serve place bound students in rural areas with increased access to higher education </li></ul>INTERNET COURSE EXCHANGE
    43. 43. Benefits for Students <ul><li>Access to a wider range of courses, academic programs and faculty expertise in a variety of disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>Financial aid and credit transfer are seamless </li></ul><ul><li>Improved degree completion and retention </li></ul><ul><li>Access to advising and financial aid at their home institution </li></ul><ul><li>Overcome geographical, financial and scheduling barriers to course enrollment </li></ul><ul><li>Benefit from the convenience and flexibility of online course delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Increase course and program offerings in rural areas </li></ul>INTERNET COURSE EXCHANGE
    44. 44. Benefits for higher education institutions <ul><li>Expanded course and program offerings </li></ul><ul><li>Expedite students’ time to degree </li></ul><ul><li>Achieve cost efficiencies by avoiding or sharing the cost of new course and program development </li></ul><ul><li>Share faculty in hard to staff disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>Keep low growth programs viable </li></ul><ul><li>Review courses from member institutions for requirements before students take them </li></ul>INTERNET COURSE EXCHANGE
    45. 45. WICHE ICE can help improve time to degree <ul><li>General course exchange: a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses are offered in disciplines such as Math, Science and English </li></ul><ul><li>Making these courses available to students can help them meet requirements in a timely manner, reducing time to degree </li></ul>INTERNET COURSE EXCHANGE
    46. 46. WICHE ICE addresses workforce needs <ul><li>Nursing: Nursing Education Exchange (NEXus) in partnership with the Western Institute of Nursing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 universities share PhD level nursing courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminates need for schools of nursing to develop all doctoral level courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assists students with increased course options </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rural Social Work: Western Consortium for Rural Social Work Education (7 institutions offering Graduate Certificate in Rural Social Work Practice) </li></ul><ul><li>Supply Chain Management: Graduate certificate jointly delivered between Boise State University and the University of Alaska Anchorage </li></ul>INTERNET COURSE EXCHANGE
    47. 47. Additional areas of development to address workforce needs <ul><li>Education: Preparation and professional development for secondary science and math teachers at undergraduate and graduate levels </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering: Graduate level courses and programs </li></ul><ul><li>Allied Health Professions: Current potential exchanges include dental hygiene and health information technology </li></ul><ul><li>Public Health: Master’s in Public Health online program sharing </li></ul>INTERNET COURSE EXCHANGE
    48. 48. WICHE ICE Steering Board <ul><li>Each WICHE ICE member institution is represented </li></ul><ul><li>on the Steering Board, which is led by an executive council: </li></ul><ul><li>For AY 2007-08 </li></ul><ul><li>Tom Miller, Chair, University of Alaska Anchorage </li></ul><ul><li>Maggi Murdock, Vice Chair, University of Wyoming </li></ul><ul><li>Joe Fedock, Northwest Academic Forum (NWAF) Liaison, Montana State University </li></ul><ul><li>Tom Gibson, At Large, Montana University System </li></ul><ul><li>Lane Huber, At Large, Bismarck State College </li></ul><ul><li>WICHE ICE Steering Board: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides leadership and direction for WICHE ICE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sets WICHE ICE policies and fees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitates collaborative partnerships and course exchanges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Works with WICHE on fundraising and proposals </li></ul></ul>INTERNET COURSE EXCHANGE
    49. 49. WICHE Role <ul><li>Brokers relationship between enrolling and teaching institutions. </li></ul><ul><li>Manage and coordinate course sharing and help develop opportunities for new course and program exchanges </li></ul><ul><li>Assist institutions with resources and technical assistance to implement the course exchange </li></ul><ul><li>Increase participation from institutions and students </li></ul><ul><li>Serve as Secretariat to the WICHE ICE Steering Board </li></ul>INTERNET COURSE EXCHANGE
    50. 50. How WICHE ICE Works <ul><li>Teaching Institution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>teaches an online or distance ed course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>offers extra “seats” through WICHE ICE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>establishes the price per seat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>creates login IDs in the local CMS/LMS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>establishes academic policies for all students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enrolling Institution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>reserves seats through WICHE ICE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>creates a shadow course in catalog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>registers students, collects tuition/fees, records grades and maintains transcript </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sends $$ to teaching institution and WICHE </li></ul></ul>INTERNET COURSE EXCHANGE
    51. 51. WICHE ICE Financial Model <ul><li>Institutions and state systems pay a membership fee based on student enrollments ($2,000-$4,000 annually) </li></ul><ul><li>A $20 per student, per course fee is assessed to support WICHE involvement </li></ul>INTERNET COURSE EXCHANGE
    52. 52. Concerns and Outstanding Issues <ul><li>Overcoming differences between institution’s schedules </li></ul><ul><li>How to handle student grade appeals </li></ul><ul><li>Scalability </li></ul><ul><li>Course quality and evaluations </li></ul><ul><li>Using WICHE ICE for strategic planning </li></ul>INTERNET COURSE EXCHANGE
    53. 53. For more information: http://www.wiche.edu/prosvcs/ice/ <ul><li>Jere Mock, Senior Program Director, Programs and Services, 303-541-0222, [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Donna Schaad, Senior Consultant, 309-827-7425, [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Susan Vermeer Lopez, Project Coordinator,303.541.0220, [email_address] </li></ul>INTERNET COURSE EXCHANGE
    54. 66. Advantages and Challenges of Distance Education Consortia <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Increased access for students </li></ul><ul><li>Wider diversity of faculty, students, and subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Efficient cost model </li></ul><ul><li>Enrollment benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Expanded and efficient online services and training </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Perception of Competition </li></ul><ul><li>Maintaining high level of commitment from all participants </li></ul><ul><li>Varying levels of understanding and support from participants </li></ul>
    55. 67. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>