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
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
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!
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)
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
Institute of Technology Sligo (Ireland) ‘Evening Classes’ online
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
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
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
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.
Observations....on common assumptions that might be causing the problem.