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Where Are We Going?
Lola Gilbert
Smalltown State University
Distance Program Director Selection Committee
June 4, 2011
Existing Programs:
 
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, College of
Business
College of Arts & Scienc...
Distance Program Issues:
 
1. Uncoordinated distance learning program with no central leadership.
2. Concerned student per...
A successful distance learning
program with a collaborative
and supportive environment for
both students and faculty.
VISI...
ISSUE 1: UNCOORDINATED DISTANCE
LEARNING PROGRAM WITH NO CENTRAL
LEADERSHIP.
ISSUE 1 ALTERNATIVE:
COORDINATED DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM WITH
CENTRAL LEADERSHIP.
Leadership
Technical Support Student S...
RESULTS WITH SITUATION
• Frustrated students
• Students who spend more time solving problems that should not be their
prob...
RESULTS OF SITUATION
• Students frustrated because some faculty interact with them regularly and
some faculty who seldom o...
1. Open source LMS
2. Commercially available LMS
3. Custom web pages functioning as a LMS
ISSUE 2: CONCERNED STUDENT PERSP...
• Organize a “Distance Education Program of the Future” team with at least
the following members (Future Situation, 1):
• ...
• Develop coordinate distance learning program with central leadership
– Develop time-line for future program
– Design str...
We have a collaborative distance learning program
that:
supports students
addresses specific areas of online learning an...
Badge, J., Johnson, S., Mosley, A., and Cann, A. (2011). Observing emerging
student networks on a microblogging service. J...
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  1. 1. Where Are We Going? Lola Gilbert Smalltown State University Distance Program Director Selection Committee June 4, 2011
  2. 2. Existing Programs:   Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, College of Business College of Arts & Sciences Information Systems Department   WHERE ARE WE NOW?
  3. 3. Distance Program Issues:   1. Uncoordinated distance learning program with no central leadership. 2. Concerned student perspective A. Lack of support for online students from student services B. Varied levels of interaction from online faculty C. Multiple learning management systems 1. Open source learning management system 2. Commercially available learning management system 3. Custom web pages functioning as a learning management system WHERE ARE WE NOW?
  4. 4. A successful distance learning program with a collaborative and supportive environment for both students and faculty. VISION
  5. 5. ISSUE 1: UNCOORDINATED DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM WITH NO CENTRAL LEADERSHIP.
  6. 6. ISSUE 1 ALTERNATIVE: COORDINATED DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM WITH CENTRAL LEADERSHIP. Leadership Technical Support Student Services Instructional Design Team CB CA&S IS Students Smalltown State University Course Management System
  7. 7. RESULTS WITH SITUATION • Frustrated students • Students who spend more time solving problems that should not be their problems • Grades that are not reflective of our students’ real capabilities • Faculty who spend more time assisting students with support than in planning and teaching their courses • Students who leave the program ISSUE 2: CONCERNED STUDENT PERSPECTIVE A. LACK OF SUPPORT FOR ONLINE STUDENTS FROM STUDENT SERVICES
  8. 8. RESULTS OF SITUATION • Students frustrated because some faculty interact with them regularly and some faculty who seldom or never have interaction with them. • Students who are not receiving much needed feedback and guidance with their assignments. • Faculty are frustrated because not all faculty are putting in the same amount of time into students interactions • Students who feel they could have obtained better grades with more assistance they feel that they should be receiving for the amount that they pay. • Students and faculty who leave the program. ISSUE 2: CONCERNED STUDENT PERSPECTIVE B. VARIED LEVELS OF INTERACTION FROM ONLINE FACULTY
  9. 9. 1. Open source LMS 2. Commercially available LMS 3. Custom web pages functioning as a LMS ISSUE 2: CONCERNED STUDENT PERSPECTIVE C. MULTIPLE LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
  10. 10. • Organize a “Distance Education Program of the Future” team with at least the following members (Future Situation, 1): • Program Administrator (leader) • Faculty members from the applicable programs • Instructional Designer • Student representatives from applicable programs • Information Technologies representative • Student Services representative PROPOSAL: ISSUE ONE (1)
  11. 11. • Develop coordinate distance learning program with central leadership – Develop time-line for future program – Design structure – Define member roles – Develop necessary policies and procedures to administer program including, but not limited to, faculty expectations and learner expectations. • Investigate and select learner management system • Design, develop, and integrate modules into learning management system • Implement technology support for faculty, support staff, and students • Implement training program and develop training tools necessary to adequately prepare faculty, support staff, and learners to use learning management system. PROPOSAL: ISSUE TWO (2)
  12. 12. We have a collaborative distance learning program that: supports students addresses specific areas of online learning and instruction motivates faculty and supports faculty a successful program that retains students. AT THE END OF THE DAY…
  13. 13. Badge, J., Johnson, S., Mosley, A., and Cann, A. (2011). Observing emerging student networks on a microblogging service. Journal of Online Teaching, 7(1), 90-98.   Shelton, K., & Saltsman, G. (2005). An administrator's guide to online education. Greenwich, CT: IAP-Information Age Pub. REFERENCES

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