The Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL) provides support to Stanford faculty and staff for course design and production, including instructional design services, content production, and online delivery. Professional learning and continuing education are great for online courses because students are motivated and focused. Synchronous Instruction: Online courses taught in a synchronous format require all students to log in at scheduled times to live-stream lectures, participate in real-time discussions, and/or engage in other types of collaborative group work. It’s a leader in the delivery of high-quality online education for more than 20 years.
The agency that accredits an online degree program is just as important as the process itself. In fact, they’re not even building courses per se, but creating a whole new architecture of learning that has serious implications for businesses and organizations around the world. There is no single formula for what constitutes an excellent online course,” says Berghage, though in good courses the student feels a great sense of community and investment in the endeavor.” But an online course is more than the presentation of information or lectures.
Work online by reading lecture notes, checking assignment due dates, participating in group discussions, submitting coursework, taking quizzes or exams, and communicating with your professor. Our study uses data from DeVry University, a large for-profit college with an undergraduate enrollment of more than 100,000 students, 80 percent of whom are seeking a bachelor’s degree. The NCES and BSRG report that the majority of colleges and universities now offer online courses.
These methods define how an online program is structured; how and when lectures are delivered; and how students interact with classmates and instructors. In online sections, all interaction—lecturing, class discussion, group projects—occurs in online discussion boards, and much of the professor’s lecturing” role is replaced with standardized videos. Reviews are solicited through the list serv of the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education. Most online courses through a secondary or post-secondary program will not meet face-to-face but there will be set due dates and deadlines.
Staff author Oliver Schinkten draws the connections between high-quality instruction and online education. For example, universities may deliver coursework online, but require online doctoral candidates to report to campus to serve residencies, conduct research, and defend their theses. Do this before scaling up to the masses, because the paradox of scalable education is that, to deliver education at scale, you have to invest more time and money in things that don’t scale.