Moving Your College toward Online Programs Including a Quality Matters Implementation Plan

Moving Your College toward Online Programs Including a Quality Matters Implementation Plan

Deborah A. Allen (Anoka Technical College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5051-0.ch016
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Abstract

Moving faculty in a direction toward having online programs/courses at their college can be a daunting task, but another college’s example may assist in preparing for online programs with quality online courses that include a Quality Matters Implementation Plan that will help define how the college will expand faculty knowledge of online education instructional design. In a college’s transition to online education, it is particularly important to “sell” this idea to faculty members. Faculty members at many institutions may be fearful that they will not meet QM standards when going through a course review. Further, faculty members may be fearful of losing the “boundaries” that they currently have teaching in a face-to face setting. Other concerns revolve around budget constraints, preparing the college for online education, keeping consistency in faculty work duties, training faculty, faculty staying current with technology, keeping the same rigor in the online course as a face-to-face course, including an appropriate level of contact with students, and accreditation needs in order to have online education offered at the college. Management and organizational needs include having an administration team that supports faculty in making the change from a face-to-face class to an online class.

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