I don't usually refer to a report more than once when it comes to blog posts but I'm just loving the Instructional Technology Council (ITC) 2009 study I wrote about a couple of days ago titled Trends in eLearning: Tracking the Impact of eLearning at Community Colleges.
Page 15 asks the question Is Your OnLine Program Typical?
Here's how the report says you can tell:
- Is the primary source for enrollment growth for its institution.
- Does not offer enough classes to meet student demand.
- Increases access to higher education.
- Is attracting an increasing number of non- traditional (younger) students.
- Reports to the academic side of the institution (dean or above).
- Is under-staffed, working in cramped conditions, and has an inadequate budget
- Offers approximately 160 online classes/class sections each semester.
- Has become a significant change-agent, prompting increased faculty training and professional development, rethinking how we teach, and providing a catalyst for integrating technology into instruction,
- Often leads the institution in dealing with issues of assessment, design, rigor, course quality and learning.
- Struggles to obtain understanding, acceptance and support from campus leaders, who often lack direct experience with this method of teaching and learning (sometimes a generational disconnect).
The excellent 18-page 2009 report is available as a free download here.