The charge of this Community of Practice is to make recommendations on the use of technology and technology software to improve the ability of faculty and staff to develop and offer online courses, and to support student centered distance education services. This is an essential component of successful online programs.
|UNMC||ITS Learning Environment / Internet Services|
|Tanya Custer||UNMC||Instructor, Radiation Science Technology Division|
|Brandon Hammond||UNK||Assistant Director Information Services, Info Technology Services|
|Karen Premer||UNK||Instructional Technologist, eCampus|
|Shelley Haberlan||UNK||College of Education IT Support Specialist|
|Charles Ansorge||UNL||Professor, Educational Psychology|
|Heath Tuttle||UNL||Online Learning Project Lead, Information Services|
|Brett Blackman||UNL||Director, Administrative Information Services|
|Shelley Schafer||UNO||Manager Distance Education and Academic Parterships for Instruction|
Instructional Design and Faculty Support
The charge of this Community of Practice is to address faculty support issues, training needed and quality standards. The Online Learning as a Strategic Asset Volume I: A Resource for Campus Leaders, August 2009, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities study reported, that campus leaders should consider such issues as adequacy of resources and support for faculty training and development, recognition of the additional time and effort it takes to develop and teach online courses, and faculty concerns about online learning outcomes. Other key issues reported, by the study, are professional support for course design and delivery, faculty incentives for development and delivery of online content, and institutional polices concerning intellectual property. Online learning programs cannot meet stated campus strategic goals without an engaged and supportive faculty.
Community of Practice Members
Communities of Practice
Faculty and staff from the four campuses involved in distance education programs will be invited to join one or more Communities of Practice, giving them a voice in strategic developments related to instructional design and faculty support, infrastructure and systems, student services, and grants. Community of Practice members are appointed by the Director of Online Worldwide in consultation with the campus Distance Education Directors.
Communities of Practice:
The charge of this Community of Practice is to evaluate student services, define issues and assist in facilitating needed change. To a large extent, the University of Nebraska distance education student services have been developed in the same fashion as its bricks-and-mortar programs and are reliant on existing on-campus services and staff hours. This can be challenging for the student in that a large number of online students do their course work at nighttime and on the weekends. Making it more convenient for distance education students to access essential IT and other support services at times that work for them is important in that a majority of adult learners are trying to fit their courses into an already busy schedule. While the focus of Online Worldwide is attracting new off-campus distance education students, the distance education service must facilitate policies and procedures to accommodate seamless access of off-campus students, on-campus students, on-campus students at other campuses and high school students taking college online courses.
Community of Practice Members
The Marketing Committee, with representatives from each campus, has the responsibility for developing and implementing the website implementation plan and the marketing plan that will brand distance education programs as University of Nebraska/Online Worldwide. This responsibility includes overseeing website and promotional communications to current and potential distance education students. The goal is to identify marketing strategies to gain the strongest position we can in the marketplace.