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Gibson, Nancy; Rayburn, William; Campbell, Tracie; Bhatt, Parishweta; Loftus, Anna; Duncan, Loretia – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2020
This case study describes a collaborative process by various teaching and distance support units to create and run a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in the subject of Leadership. Whereas typical collaboration arrangements in the literature involve partnerships of various teaching and support units, the collaboration of course developer,…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Teacher Collaboration, Distance Education, Program Development
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Brothen, Erin; Staley, Kim; Matson, Heather; Smock, Jason; Bennett, Erika – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2020
As the modes of course development in universities shift to be more team-based, librarians are now contributing core components of course development operations. This article outlines the ways that librarians at Capella University have been integrated systematically into course development. Adding librarians to specific points throughout the…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Librarians, Curriculum Development
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Johnston, Jason Paul – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2020
Distance education across all levels of education is growing at a rapid rate. As institutions and governments attempt to guide distance education, working definitions and their meanings conflict. Perhaps this is in part because administrators and practitioners are working from definitions that are decades-old. This paper suggests new definitions…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Definitions, Educational Change, Educational History
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Hall, Celine Santiago; Williams, Nikki – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2020
Whether in business or education, leadership should always take steps to prepare employees for increasing responsibilities and future leadership roles. Continuous leadership training helps ensure employees are prepared to lead their classrooms as well as step into future leadership roles with confidence. Cultivating faculty leadership has numerous…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Development, Leadership Training, Virtual Universities
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Faulkner, Cynthia B.; Webb, Shelly – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2020
A culminating experience is incorporated into most graduate programs. Capstone courses are one methodology for structuring this experience. These courses are designed to integrate student learning throughout their studies, making them a natural point for program and student learning assessment. The development of capstone courses must consider the…
Descriptors: Acceleration (Education), Capstone Experiences, Graduate Students, Stakeholders
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Roepnack, Beth René – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2020
As online learning grows, we have an exciting opportunity and responsibility to create online discussion structures that promote engaging, generative, and discursive conversations that increase critical thinking and reflection. Organic-style discussions that are similar to classroom conversations increase critical thinking skills and offer a…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Computer Mediated Communication, Online Courses, Asynchronous Communication
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Piña, Anthony A.; Harris, Phillip – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2019
Amid the continued growth of online learning--and concerns about its quality--a number of different groups have moved to establish tools, such as rubrics and standards for online course quality. This paper highlights the development of the "Instructional Design Standards for Distance Learning" by the Association for Educational…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Academic Standards, Distance Education, Educational Technology
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Dudek, Brittany; Duran, Darci; Parscal, Tina – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2019
As the affordability of higher education dominates the spotlight, open educational resources (OER), low cost, and free-to-student materials are widely offered as a solution. This paper outlines the experiences of course developers who contributed to a large-scale OER initiative, including training, knowledge, effort, and satisfaction of course…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Open Educational Resources, Consortia, Community Colleges
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Farrell, Camille M. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2019
University of Central Oklahoma's Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR) leverages the LMS to assess coursework and co-curricular, informal learning experiences beyond an A-F grade. Students build their STLR Snapshot to show growth in five core employability soft-skill areas and display them in a streamlined way to back up their resume.
Descriptors: College Students, Transformative Learning, Academic Achievement, Career Readiness
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Bates, Rodger; LaBrecque, Bryan – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2019
With the dramatic increase in the demand for distance learning opportunities in higher education, staffing demands have created a new opportunity for faculty members to teach full-time from remote locations. Previously, a significant portion of online instruction was taught by full-time faculty as part of their regular teaching load or as an…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Higher Education, Online Courses, College Faculty
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Waldner, Leora; McDaniel, Dayna; Esteves, Tammy – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2019
Online students are often short-changed when they reach their most important milestone--graduation. For many institutions, virtual graduation has proven to be a holy grail of sorts--critically important to student experience, but illusive in form and difficult to achieve. This article explores several existing models of virtual graduations, and…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Recognition (Achievement), Graduation, Synchronous Communication
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Shannon, Patrick – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2019
Online programs are often viewed as a cost-efficient strategy for increasing revenue for shrinking university budgets but this may not be an accurate assessment. Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) is a budgeting model that is purported to increase efficient delivery of academic programs. As RCM budgeting models have been embraced, many…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Social Work, Cost Effectiveness, Budgeting
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Taylor, Cathy; Taylor, Michael W. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2018
Open educational resources (OER) can be an effective tool in lowering student textbook expenses and bringing current material into the classroom, but come with many barriers for faculty related to time, expertise, motivation, standardized testing requirements, and subject matter differences. Given the number of potential challenges and problems…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, Instructional Materials, Textbooks, Distance Education
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Coleman, Mikki; Berge, Zane L. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2018
The proliferation of the Internet, computers, and mobile devices means that students of all ages, socioeconomic statuses, geographical locations, and abilities have access to higher education institutions that were previously unavailable. As the population of the United States ages and the number of students with diagnosed disabilities grows,…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Online Courses, Best Practices, Inclusion
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Scarpena, Kathleen; Riley, Michele; Keathley, Michael – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2018
In the online environment, faculty engagement in the form of professional development takes on a new significance. Online programs hold strategic importance and growth opportunities for institutions, and therefore universities need faculty members who are engaged and effectively teaching in the online environment (Allen & Seaman, 2013, 2016;…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Faculty Development, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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