Faculty Centric Online Learning- An old tradition in a new format

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Mulligan, B., Mulligan, B., Schroeder, R. "Faculty Centric Online Learning- An old tradition in a new format." EDUCA Online Conference, Berlin, Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2011

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  • Story about student from Israel looking for an online electronics course.
  • Click for “Evening Classes” Click again for ‘online’ Just imagine you could come in and teach evening classes and that people could join in without driving in. So what was involved (in putting these evening classes online)
  • Faculty Centric Online Learning- An old tradition in a new format

    1. 1. Faculty-centric online learning:An old tradition in a new format. Brian Mulligan Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland Ray Schroeder University of Illinois at Springfield EDUCA 2011, Berlin, Nov 30th- Dec 2nd, 2011
    2. 2. Is this true?• Online courses must be developed to the highest level of quality!• Significant investment in design and content is required for an online course!
    3. 3. University of Illinois at Springfield • 1997 to date • Mostly asynchronous • Autonomy of Faculty • No requirements for – Training – Design • No extra quality assurance • 1,425 students (37% of activity)
    4. 4. University of Illinois “Global Campus”• 2006 – 2009• $9m investment• Separate from normal operations• Faculty create content – Following a template – Delivered by others• Closed in 2009 – Courses transferred to departments
    5. 5. Institute of Technology Sligo (Ireland) ‘Evening Classes’ online
    6. 6. IT Sligo approach• 2002 to date• Lecturer Autonomy• Live online evening classes• Textbooks and handouts – No investment in content• Independent learning (Assignments)• Asynchronous support – From lecturers and peers• Attendance where necessary• Continuous Improvement approach
    7. 7. How did it go?• 790 students (8%)• High performance and customer satisfaction 800 700 600 500 Students 400 300 200 100 0 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11
    8. 8. What were other Irish (European?) institutions doing? • Developing content • Looking for scale economies • Market research • Pedagogical research. • Detailed and Planning and Design • Collaboration • Submitting grant applications • Hiring specialists (non-faculty) • Top-down initiatives
    9. 9. How were they getting on?• Slow going• Scale of operations: ~140,000 full-time higher education students in Ireland ~5,000 in IT Sligo• IT Sligo had around the same number of online courses as all the other HE institutions put together.
    10. 10. Observations....on common assumptions that might be causing the problem.
    11. 11. The merits of teamwork – vs. Individual work
    12. 12. The merits of collaboration – vs. competition
    13. 13. • The impact of sophisticated pedagogical approaches – vs. simple good teaching practices
    14. 14. • The value of research – vs. simple good teaching practices
    15. 15. • The impact of high investment –on operating and maintenance costs
    16. 16. • The reliability of deterministic approaches – vs. continuous improvement approaches in changing environments
    17. 17. • The merits of high quality“Excellence is the enemy of the good!”
    18. 18. • The value of content – vs. Communication – “Content is King?”
    19. 19. • Grant aid helps
    20. 20. • We have the right people. – Distance learning experts – Educational researchers – Instructional designers – Information technologists – Multi-media specialists
    21. 21. Any QuestionsBrian Mulligan, Institute of Technology Sligo, (Ireland) mulligan.brian@itsligo.ie Ray Schroeder, University of Illinois at Springfield (USA) rschr1@uis.edu

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