ETOM 2018 Spring Retreat
June 11-12, 2018 at the Kettunen Center – Tustin, MI
The Spring Retreat is a yearly ETOM event with an administrative focus on distance education and educational technology. Gathering together to compare notes, share best practices, and discuss current issues and trends in online and hybrid teaching and learning provides great value for directors of online programs, instructional designers/technologists, and faculty.
Distance Education the HLC Perspective
Presenter: Dr. Tom Bordenkircher
Session Description: Distance Education the HLC Perspective – Tom Bordenkircher, Ph.D., Higher Learning Commission
Dr. Bordenkircher will provide a general overview of regional accreditation and the expectations of institutions accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. There will be particular focus on federal and commission rules for distance education courses and programs. He will then discuss best practices as when offering programs at distance. Common pitfalls and red flags will be reviewed through provided case studies. This will also be an opportunity to provide feedback to the HLC on the criteria and accreditation process. This session will end with a look forward to the future of accreditation and proposed changes on the horizon.
- Keys for assurance documentation is all about “evidence”.
- 75% or more offered by distance methods are Distance Courses.
- 50% or more of courses in a program are Distance Programs.
- HLC approves capacity to offer distance and/or correspondence education.
- Program has an entrance and an exit and you get a credential.
- Peer reviewer – examine blended or hybrid courses to see if they conform to the Distance definition.
- Investigate if it’s possible to “cobble” together a Distance degree with existing distance courses.
- The level of faculty interaction is a distinct difference between distance education and correspondence courses.
- Distance education: Education that uses one or more of the following technologies to deliver instruction to students who are separated from the instructor and to support regular and substantive interaction between the students and the instructor, synchronously or asynchronously. Technology may include: internet, 1 and 2 way transmissions through broadcast.
- Higher ed has only 60% of market with 40% being for profit. And this is still changing.
- HLC does not review student identity verification protocols. This is a responsibility of the federal government. The student who registers is the same student that participates and completes. Institutions should have systems to monitor repetition of IP and email addresses.
- If a fee is required for student identity such as a proctored exam, the institution must disclose the cost at the time of registration.
- HLC guidelines align with C-RAC. All require evidence around what activities support.
- Clearly demonstrate institutional capacity, planning, quality, support, and evaluation relative to distance education.
- Ensure distance education is integrated into assurance argument.
Be sure to focus on the CRAC Guidelines as these are criteria used by HLC for distance education.
Educational Technology Organization of Michigan (ETOM) and Michigan Colleges Online (MCO) Updates
Ronda Edwards (MCO Executive Director), Carl Weckerle (ETOM President), Stacy Whiddon (President-Elect). Ronda will provide an update on MCO initiatives and issues around online learning – including, SARA, accessibility, group technology purchases, MCO OER repository, MCO professional development series for 2018-2019. Carl and Stacy will provide an update on recent ETOM initiatives and lead a discussion on future ETOM member benefits.
ETOM vision and mission statements have been revised.
- ETOM Vision StatementETOM is the premier instructional technology-focused post-secondary entity in the state of Michigan. We provide access to high quality, low cost professional development activities and certification focused on educational technology and distance learning. ETOM provides a network for sharing and collaboration among faculty and staff. By maintaining a strong relationship with the Michigan Colleges Online (MCO), ETOM is recognized as the primary source for professional development relating to successful post-secondary student learning through technology in the State of Michigan.
- ETOM Mission StatementThe Educational Technology Organization of Michigan is a non-profit organization dedicated to the use of instructional technologies in higher education with an emphasis on distance learning. Established in December of 1980, ETOM has, and continues to be, a valuable resource for Michigan community colleges, universities, related businesses, other educational organizations and interested individuals.
- 2018 Plans
- New this year will be a year long calendar of events that include conferences as well as monthly meet ups.
- This Fall the ETOM conference will be held on November 2 at Macomb Community College. Keynote speaker will be Michelle Pacansky-Brock who will talk on the topic of Humanizing Online Education.
- Meet up topics to include guest speakers or experts on a variety of topics: quality, accessibility, OER, online orientations, academic integrity, HLC, QM, etc.
Michigan Colleges Online
- OER Initiative
- Goals: improving student success and completion, lowering costs for students, increasing inter-institutional faculty collaboration
- Developed a MCO microsite repository on OER Commons
- Over $4 million of savings just last year. 15 schools are involved in the OER initiative.
- Faculty grants have been offered in OER adoption, adaption, and development categories.
- 5 OER faculty conversations have occurred through online webinars.
- Michigan OER Summit will be held on September 21, 2018 hosted by St. Clair County Community College, Port Huron.
- MCO Accessibility Community of Practice
- Share knowledge and review best practices that can assist colleges as they become compliant with federal regulations.
- MCO shared a 9 key items that colleges should address to begin to be compliant. Webinars have been also created for web content, procurement, etc. Agendas will be forthcoming.
- MCO Collaborative Programs Initiative
- Goal to build capacity in financial model for high cost low enrollment programs.
- Additional sessions will continue for a collaborative programs: eg. MRI Associate Degree, Computed Tomography Certificate, EEG Technician Certificate with option for an Associate Degree.
- Collaborative Purchases
- BlackBeltHelp – US based help desk call center. Licensed reduced costs close to 45% off standard rates.
- Fit Faculty – Qualifications management software.
- Professional Development
- Landscape of Web Accessibility in Higher Ed
- Ready Set Go – Developing a CBE Program
- MCO/TechSmith Vendor Program
- Creating an Accessible Syllabus
- MCO Repository Group Training
- MCO OER Faculty Conversations for Science, Math, Composition, History, and Psychology
- Creating Accessible PowerPoint and PDF Files
- Intellis Learning Demo
- Kaltura Video Platform Demo
- NetTutor Demonstration
- Online enrollment growth is up 5%. ITC reports 8% increase from Fall 2016-17.
- Online students – 40% male 60% female, ages 18-25 60%, and reside locally.
Accessibility in Action Across the College – Roundtable
Shaelynn Long-Kish, Mid Michigan Community College
- Discussions on how many colleges have received OCR complaints and the process for campuses to bring new awareness for the importance of accessibility.
Save the Date for the ETOM Fall Conference!
ETOM – Educational Technology Organization of Michigan
Michigan’s Distance Learning Resource
The Educational Technology Organization of Michigan is a non-profit organization dedicated to the use of instructional telecommunications in higher education with an emphasis on distance learning. Established in December of 1980, ETOM has, and continues to be, a valuable resource for Michigan colleges and universities, related businesses, other educational organizations, and other interested individuals.