Webinar Today, 2 p.m.

Please join your colleagues for the following Webinar sponsored by the Center for Instructional Design and Academic Technologies. The Webinar will be held in P-266 (seating is limited, so come early if you can). Following this one hour presentation, we will have a 30 minute discussion regarding the content and implications of the presentation.

Evaluating Quality and Effectiveness in Online Learning: Regional Accreditation Principles and Practices

Presenter: Joan Costello, Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, Inver Hills Community College. Costello will examine the key areas where online programs typically must demonstrate quality and effectiveness to be awarded accreditation: strategic planning, curriculum and instructional design, staffing and staff support, student support, and evaluation and assessment of courses and programs. She will discuss federal compliance issues and some strategies for addressing each of the areas. The targeted audience for this Webinar includes institutions preparing applications for accreditation of online programming as well as institutions that are just launching online initiatives and will benefit from designing their programming with accreditation in mind. While the Webinar will be centered on Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association policies and processes, its general principles are meaningful for any institution that is looking to improve the quality of its programming. – submitted by David Yonutas