Category Archives: Online Learning Policies, Procedures, Systems

Why Online Fails

As online increasingly enters the higher education mainstream, there have been many articles and reports documenting best practices in this arena. Institutions who are novices in implementing online learning can tap the wealth of experience from the “early adopter” universities … Continue reading

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Focus on Online: Opportunities to Publish

Understandably, professors on the tenure track are quite concerned about finding journals to publish in.  The field of online learning presents many opportunities for those interested in adding to their CV’s. Given that online teaching and learning has been a … Continue reading

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Faculty “Qualms” with Online, Not Technology

I was going to title this post “Faculty Resistance to Online,” but I feel that is too strong. While it is certainly true that many faculty have resisted, downplayed, disparaged, and attacked online learning in principle and in practice, there … Continue reading

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CUNY Closed vs. Academic Continuity: An Institutional Choice

The current weather-related closing of all CUNY campuses for several days this week offers a case study in emergency preparedness or lack thereof. In bold red letters, many campus websites proclaim: All (CUNY College of choice) Classes and Activities Cancelled … Continue reading

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Where the Jobs Are—Online

One bright spot in a dismal job market is work related to online learning.  For many years I have taught a course for the CUNY Online BA Program, entitled “Principles, Practices and Policies of Online Learning.” I have reminded my … Continue reading

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Interactive Online Learning: Positive Results

A significant study was published in May 2012 by Ithaca S + R which bills itself as a “strategic consulting and research service . . . dedicated to helping the academic community use digital technologies . . .”  The study, … Continue reading

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An Online Policy Conundrum: Structure versus Freedom

The current issue of the Online Journal of Distance Education Administration has a timely and important paper concerning institutional policies about online course structure. “An Analysis of Organizational Approaches to Online Course Structures” explores the sometimes conflicting territory of faculty … Continue reading

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Online and Emergency Planning

I came across a wonderful study published in the Journal of Distance Learning Administration (Volume IV, Number 1, Spring 2011) entitled, “The Role of Online Learning in the Emergency Plans of Flagship Institutions.” Authors Katrina Mayer and Jeffrey Wilson had … Continue reading

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CUNY Survey of Online Learning-Part 1

Note: For the sake of brevity, the term “online” used in this post and the survey described, includes hybrid or blended teaching in addition to fully online courses. The distinction between “hybrid” and “online” concerns the extent to which a … Continue reading

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The “Central” Issue

Should there be a greater central office presence at CUNY for hybrid/online?  In my estimation, this is a central issue for the future development of CUNY’s hybrid/online programs. As I have suggested over a series of blog posts, there are … Continue reading

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