Building an Interactive Fully-Online Degree Program

Building an Interactive Fully-Online Degree Program

Jennie Mitchell (Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, USA) and Daesang Kim (Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-751-0.ch018
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Abstract

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) expects to launch an interactive fully-online undergraduate degree program in 2010. This program will fill a market need not currently met at SMWC. The program is designed for an online community of learners with a format and focus that appeals to net generation (millennial), neo-millennial, and computer savvy non-traditional students, including military personnel. The General Studies in the new program will focus on seven themes of Leadership for Environmental and Social Justice and will build upon a subset of the existing General Studies. This new program will complement the Woods External Degree (WED), an existing distance education program, established in 1973, that was built on the “correspondence model.” In the new program, students will not be required to come to campus, but will become a vibrant part of the SMWC community by being empowered to explore, discover, and interact through innovative technologies.

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