Best Practices in Online Program Development is a practical, hands-on guide that provides the concrete strategies that academic and administrative departments within institutions of higher learning need to develop in order to create and maintain coherent and effective online educational programs. Unlike individual courses, an online education program requires a comprehensive, inter-departmental effort to be integrated into the ongoing educational project of a college or university. This book focuses on the:
Best Practices in Online Program Development covers the above topics and more, giving all the stakeholders in online educational programs the building blocks to foster successful programs while encouraging them to determine what role online education should play in their academic offerings.
"This book should be a must-read for Senior Administrators who are thinking through the strategic decision to launch online degree programs at their institutions. For any institutions that have already taken the plunge into online learning, the book provides a clear structure and methodology to evaluate where they are and how they should go forward. Senior Administrators will find in this book the details of a step by step working process to investigate and evaluate whether online learning is right for their institution. Well done, easy to follow, and very comprehensive."
Ron Chalmers, Executive Director of Online Learning, Hofstra University, USA
"This book is very informative and, what is rarer, very wise. Surveying online education with an extensive view, it treats not just the different shapes that online programs take, but the reasons for those differences as well. This is just what decision-makers need."
--George Otte, University Director of Academic Technology, The City University of New York
Series Editor Introduction
Chapter 1: The Online Challenge in Higher Education
Chapter 2: The First Step Now
Chapter 3: Issues and Challenges Facing Faculty
Chapter 4: Issues and Challenges Facing Students
Chapter 5: Institutional Issues and Challenges
Chapter 6: The Generational Model for Online Program Development
Online education continues to explode as a diverse group of higher education institutions and non-profit and governmental entities adopt both fully online and blended learning. As a result there has likewise been tremendous growth in the need for special preparation and training for instructors in the methods and approaches to teaching online – moving beyond the emphasis on software training that once comprised a large portion of online teaching training. Many instructors seek introductory, yet comprehensive professional development books that coincide with the next stages in their online teaching careers. While they are interested in principles and tips that are grounded in evidence-based research, they do not necessarily want to wade through research in order to formulate the applications that constitute best practices.
Enter Routledge’s Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning series, which provides in-depth coverage of focused areas or issues educators might confront in the ever-changing environment of online teaching and learning. Based on the solid experience of expert practitioners and communicated in a jargon-free, popular style, titles in this series will address the most current issues and trends in online teaching and learning. Each title is designed to be rich in examples drawn from experienced, real-life online instructors, exemplifying a best practices approach and lending themselves to easy application by the reader.
The Best Practices concept provides a unifying element in the series and offers more in-depth coverage than existing series. By covering both depth and breadth of content books in the series is introductory enough to be of interest and readily apprehended by those relatively new to online education but still rigorous and example-based to appeal to those seeking further professional development and knowledge in this area.