Co-presented with Roxanne Russell at the 2014 Online Learning Consortium International Conference (October 30, 2014)
ABSTRACT: We are in a transitional time for online learning at traditional higher education institutions- passing from a period of majority resistance to online learning and into a period of either acquiescent or enthusiastic acceptance of online learning as an inevitable disruption to traditional practices (Selingo, 2013). Generational, social and economic drivers are prompting more higher education administrators and faculty to offer traditional programs using online and hybrid models. Just as the approach to online course development requires more front-end comprehensive planning and development than traditional face-to-face courses, program level design requires a more systematic approach to cross course consistency and reliability. Pilot testing for usability and feasibility is crucial to the design process for online programs and introduces a unique set of challenges and opportunities to improve student learning and experiences.
This session will share the design, experiences, interview and survey feedback, and learning analytics gathering process from a pilot conducted for a new online doctoral program, the first online doctoral program of any kind at Emory University and the first online version of this particular degree to be nationally accredited.