Clineman: UC has a long legacy of online learning and has graduated nearly 22,000 online students. This means that UC has helped to advance the lives of thousands of students through fully online degree programs. That is a point of pride for UC, myself personally, and all of my colleagues. We work everyday with faculty to make the online student experience an excellent one.
The quality of online learning at UC has been a continuous evolution. UC’s earliest online programs were created before learning management systems had ever been developed. Now with state-of-the-art tools, students are able to participate in an incredible array of media, simulation, audio/video graphics, animation and text. Our focus has been to serve students and help them achieve their learning outcomes. This means our digital learning toolkit is always evolving. UC participates with Quality Matters and the Online Learning Consortium as well as other online education collaborations. Through these we have adopted research-driven best practices in design and delivery of online courses.
UC Online is a part of the online ecosystem within UC, and through our partnerships with other UC units we focus on supporting faculty, creating opportunities to offer world-class online programs and creating support structures that help students reach their goals. The lessons learned with UC Online have been shared with many UC faculty, specifically with our Adult Learning Institute where over 50 faculty members recently completed an online course that focused on designing courses with best practices and adult learning theory.