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IU Online Newsletter

January 22, 2014 | Vol. 2, Ed. 1

Welcome to IU Online, an e-newsletter containing the latest news and information from the Indiana University Office of Online Education.

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. IU trustees approve new online bachelor's degree offered jointly by regional campuses
  2. Office of Online Education issues call for proposals for online gateway courses
  3. Sloan-C benefits soon to be accessible
  4. IU Contact Center now fielding online, email, and phone inquiries to IU Online
  5. Three new certificate programs added to IU Online website
1. IU trustees approve new online bachelor's degree offered jointly by regional campuses

In December 2013, the Indiana University Board of Trustees approved the creation of an online Bachelor of Applied Science degree program, the first bachelor's degree program offered jointly by all five IU-administered regional campuses and one of the first BAS degrees offered in the state.

Funded by IU President Michael A. McRobbie's IU Online initiative, the regional campuses are working together to create a total of six new joint online degrees. The BAS and a Bachelor of Science in Informatics were funded under the first year of the initiative, and four additional programs will be created over the next few years.

Learn more about approval of the BAS:
http://news.indiana.edu/releases/iu/2013/12/BAS-degree-online.shtml

Learn more about joint online degrees:
http://iuonline.iu.edu/faculty-resources/joint-undergrad/index.shtml

2. Office of Online Education issues call for proposals for online gateway courses

The Office of Online Education announces a call for proposals focused on the development of large-scale online gateway courses. The purpose of this initiative is to engage faculty across all campuses of Indiana University (Bloomington, East, IUPUI, Kokomo, Northwest, South Bend, and Southeast) to foster innovation in teaching and learning by working together to develop high-quality, interactive, cost-effective online versions of gateway courses designed to reach greater numbers of students.

Gateway courses are courses that may have most or all of the following characteristics:

  • 100- or 200-level courses
  • meet general education requirements
  • have large numbers of enrollments
  • frequently have associated waitlists
  • are prerequisites that support multiple undergraduate degree programs
  • often transferred in from other institutions
  • taken as dual-credit or advanced placement courses by secondary students

Learn more about the large-scale development initiative for online gateway courses:
http://iuonline.iu.edu/faculty-resources/gateway/index.shtml

3. Sloan-C benefits soon to be accessible

Now that Indiana University is a member of the Sloan Consortium, faculty and staff will be able to take advantage of such membership benefits as

  • discounted fees for all Sloan-C workshops, and the lowest pricing on Sloan-C College Pass (large scale workshop seats at discounted prices).
  • Sloan-C’s Quality Scorecard for evaluating online programs.
  • free webinars on online higher education topics.
  • full access to a variety of documents and to job listings and listservs.
  • consulting services.
  • the Sloan-C Mentor Program.
  • discounts on Sloan-C publications.

Institutional representatives for each IU campus are in the process of being appointed and will be listed on the IU Online website. Contact your representative for Sloan-C login information.

Learn more about the Sloan Consortium:
http://sloanconsortium.org

4. IU Contact Center now fielding online, email, and phone inquiries to IU Online

On December 9, 2013, the IU Contact Center assumed responsibility for responding to inquiries sent to IU Online by email at iuonline@iu.edu or by phone at 844.948.4863.

Between December 9 and December 31, the Contact Center received 112 email inquiries and 158 phone calls regarding IU’s online programs.

5. Three new certificate programs added to IU Online website

Three new online certificate programs were added to the IU Online website in late fall 2013:

  • Graduate Certificate in Education Law
  • Graduate Certificate in Preparing Educators of Students with Autism
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Financial Management

The Office of Online Education Mission

As a steward of the tradition of excellence at Indiana University and in partnership with the campuses, the Office of Online Education provides leadership, coordination, and resources to the IU community to serve students and promote learning through quality online education.