Stroble on ‘Assuring Quality in Online Learning’ at CIC Presidents Institute

| January 17, 2014
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President Beth Stroble presented “Assuring Quality in Online Learning Programs” at a workshop during the 2014 Council of Independent Colleges Presidents Institute on Jan. 5.

Webster University President Beth Stroble presented at the 2014 Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Presidents Institute, held Jan. 4 – 7 in Marco Island, Fla., as part of The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s workshop, “Considerations in Online Education: What to Do about MOOCs, Virtual Programs, and Regulatory Requirements,” held Sunday, Jan. 5.

Stroble was invited to speak with other presidents as the leader of a university that has received distinct recognition for its quality online programming, operations and resource commitments by the Higher Learning Commission, U.S. Department of Education and U.S. News and World Report. The “Considerations in Online Education” workshop addressed issues related to university presidents’ needs to evaluate, initiate, or further develop the institution’s use of online education, helping them decide which approaches help the bottom line and contribute to institutional sustainability.

In Stroble’s presentation, “Assuring Quality in Online Learning Programs,” she shared insights from Webster’s unusually distinguished 13 years of experience with mission-serving online course offerings and WorldClassRoom, growing from just three MBA courses in 1999 to offering 32 programs in the 2012-2013 academic year. Additionally, she discussed the University’s online course development process, the importance of faculty development, faculty and student support and evaluations, as well as the unique challenges in offering online learning.

As one key to assuring quality, Stroble emphasized that at Webster University, online is not a separate program; instead, “online is integrated into academic and operational units and processes to give our students options for progressing to their degrees.” The University’s worldwide network of campus locations enables quality assurance throughout online and classroom experiences, as faculty engage in developing curriculum, providing instruction, and designing assessments as well as identifying needed changes in technology and pedagogy to support students’ learning.

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