WebCT 2 - TM Access, Quality and Cost: e-Learnings...

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TM Access, Quality and Cost: e-Learning’s Contribution WebCT, Inc. Six Kimball Lane Lynnfield, Massachusetts 01940 781.309.1000 www.webct.com
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Executive Summary Instructional technology can be a cost-effective means to address the higher education challenges of access and quality. In fact, the most effective uses of educational technology are those in which the e-learning strategy is explicitly derived from the strategic plan and mission of the institution. This paper draws from WebCT’s institutional partners around the world to identify some exemplary applications of e-learning to expand access and improve quality. Expanding Access to Education There are a number of challenges to expanding access that instructional technologies are well suited to address. Use of the technologies can be a key element of the strategy to: > Reach non-participating learners in a mode or location convenient for them > Accommodate expanded enrollment without major facilities investments Examples of institutional programs with similar strategic aims are presented from Tennessee Board of Regents, Ohio State University, and Deakin University. Enhancing Excellence in Teaching and Learning The widespread use of instructional technology has the potential to improve educational outcomes overall and assess learning outcomes in innovative ways. A number of research studies indicate that blended mode learning can lead to higher outcomes than either traditional or online learning alone. New quality assessment opportunities presented by e-learning should also be planned for long-term. Examples are provided from University of Central Florida and University of Southern Maine. Controlling Costs of Enterprise-wide E-Learning Utilizing technology to help achieve strategic aims will necessitate an enterprise-wide approach to e-learning. Standardization of infrastructure, and collaboration within and among institutions, can make the wide-scale usage of proven e-learning solutions more cost-effective. Examples are provided from Purdue University and E-Learning Consortium Hamburg. An Exemplary Approach to Access, Quality and Cost The University System of Georgia is a leader in addressing the issues of access, quality and cost of education throughout the state of Georgia. TM 1 Access, Quality and Cost: e-Learning’s Contribution
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Expanding Access to Education Institutions around the world are confronted with the challenge of expanding access to education. The demand for increased access comes from a number of different pressures: an increasing percentage of the population participating in higher education; workforce retraining for a dispersed population; population growth in a specific geography; and global demand and opportunities for specialized programs. Regardless of the reason for expanding access to education, technology should be seen as an enabler to: > Reach students who can’t (or won’t) come to campus > Accommodate more learners with a given physical infrastructure > Prepare to support lifelong learning
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WebCT 2 - TM Access, Quality and Cost: e-Learnings...

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