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Houston Community College has institutionalized a highly successful flex-entry online course program. Upper level administrators and educators alike can learn more about implementation of 21st century educational expectations.

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  1. 1. Ready When You Are!<br />Presented by: Dr. Stephen Levey & Dr. Lesli Rowell<br />
  2. 2. Remember when…<br />…we used these devices? <br />
  3. 3. Welcome to the 21st Century!<br />A look at this generation’s student:<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnh9q_cQcUE&feature=related<br />
  4. 4. What is HCC?<br />6 Colleges<br />22 Campuses<br />72,000 Students<br />DE<br />
  5. 5. DISTANCE Education enrollment<br />(duplicated)<br />DE enrollment growth over 11 years – 607%<br />Average growth/year > 18%<br />Current semester growth (Spring/10) > 24%<br />
  6. 6. Distance Education Sections<br />
  7. 7. What is RWUR?<br /><ul><li>Created in response to student demand for courses offered at more convenient times
  8. 8. Began as a DE flex entry pilot program – fall 2008
  9. 9. Intended for highly motivated, self-disciplined students with good computer skills
  10. 10. 8 week courses that start at the beginning of February, March, April, October, November and December
  11. 11. Only selected “core” curriculum courses are offered</li></li></ul><li>RWUR Courses Offered<br />BIOL 1308<br />ECON 2301<br />ENGL 1301<br />ENGL 1302<br />GOVT 2301<br />GOVT 2302<br />MATH 1314<br />SOCI 1301<br />HIST 1301<br />HIST 1302<br />Spring 2010 RWUR Calendar<br />
  12. 12. RWUR Specifics<br /><ul><li>Same admissions requirements apply
  13. 13. No difference in cost of online courses or extra program requirements
  14. 14. Classes are completely online – no in person assignments, labs, or tests
  15. 15. Low cost or free e-textbooks – instructor’s option
  16. 16. Respondus Lockdown browser use for testing – instructor’s option</li></li></ul><li>RWUR Faculty<br />Currently, demand exceeds supply<br /><ul><li>Faculty must have Certification in Instructional Technology (CIT) certification
  17. 17. Faculty must be experienced in DE
  18. 18. Assignment must be within course workload
  19. 19. Application process for faculty</li></ul>Faculty respond to questions about teaching style, experiences and interest in teaching in this format<br />Supervisor recommends and approves application<br />Committee reviews application<br />
  20. 20. RWURInitial/Ongoing Challenges<br /><ul><li>Marketing
  21. 21. Bookstore Issues – ensuring adequate supplies
  22. 22. Communication between:Administrators, Deans, Discipline and Dept. Chairs, Compensation, Student Services, Faculty, and Students
  23. 23. Identifying qualified, willing faculty to teach</li></li></ul><li>RWUR Marketing Strategy<br /><ul><li>Most effective strategy - DE’s website or HCC’s homepage
  24. 24. Print ads in major and feeder Texas university and college newspapers
  25. 25. Facebook, MySpace, and widget box through http://www.Hccpartnersforjobs.org
  26. 26. http://www.widgetbox.com/widget/hcc-rwur
  27. 27. Houston Community Newspapershttp://www.hcnonline.com </li></li></ul><li>RWUR Student Services<br /><ul><li>Dedicated DE Counseling staff
  28. 28. AskDECounseling online help form
  29. 29. Counseling and technical support available during holiday periods (Christmas and Spring Break)</li></li></ul><li>Online Student Survey<br />Please provide the name of the course AND professor for which you are completing this survey.<br />Are you new to HCC as a result of this Ready When You Are (RWUR) course? <br />How did you hear about the RWUR courses? <br />Are you taking more than one RWUR course? <br />Do you plan on taking more RWUR classes in the future?<br />What other subjects or courses would you like to see offered as a RUWR course in the future? <br />What academic institution(s) did you attend prior to enrolling in your first RWUR course? <br />
  30. 30. Future Considerations<br /><ul><li>More core class offerings driven by student demands
  31. 31. Faculty recruitment – full courses each term
  32. 32. Must be in line with feasibility of faculty and discipline
  33. 33. Course workload and pay challenges
  34. 34. Effective screening of registered students </li></li></ul><li>RWUR Contacts<br />Dr. Stephen Levey, Associate Vice Chancellor,Instructional Resources & Technologystephen.levey@hccs.edu<br />Dr. Lesli Rowell, Counseling Department Chair, Distance Educationlesli.rowell@hccs.edu<br />