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IU Online Newsletter - August 26, 2014
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August 26, 2014
Vol. 2, Ed. 5
Welcome to IU Online, an e-newsletter containing the latest news and information from the Indiana University Office of Online Education.
  1. Coming soon to IU: a brand new degree
  2. Tips for writing a strong gateway course proposal
  3. Farewell and thanks to Judith A. Halstead
  4. Easy instructions for finding IU's online classes
  5. Getting help with Canvas, IU’s new learning management system
  6. Self-paced instructional series supports faculty in teaching online courses
  7. Enter your data requests now to be eligible for FREE workshop
1. Coming soon to IU: a brand new degree
The regional campuses of Indiana University have recently been approved to offer the Bachelor of Applied Science. The B.A.S. is the first bachelor's degree program offered jointly by the five IU-administered regional campuses and is one of the first B.A.S. degrees offered in the state.
"The B.A.S. is designed solely for students who hold an Associate of Applied Science degree. Many of these individuals are already in the workforce, but need a bachelor’s degree to advance in their careers," said Sharon Calhoon, assistant vice president for university academic and regional campus affairs. Calhoon worked with the faculty from the five campuses who created the curriculum for the new degree.
“A.A.S. graduates typically work in highly technical fields, including health care and information technology,” she said. “As the demand for higher-level skills in these fields has increased, so has the demand for an efficient pathway to a bachelor’s degree.” Depending on campus, students can choose to earn their degree by taking all of their classes online, on campus, or a combination of the two.
In the past, students with an A.A.S. who pursued a bachelor’s degree at IU could lose as many as 45 credits from their two-year degree. The B.A.S. degree is designed to include 60 to 64 credit hours from the student’s associate degree, including 48 to 51 hours in applied science (technical courses). IU research has identified strong student demand for this degree, which is closely aligned with future workforce needs in the state.
The B.A.S. is one of six joint online undergraduate degree programs being funded by IU President Michael A. McRobbie's IU Online initiative, and is the first to be approved by the IU Board of Trustees, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and the Higher Learning Commission.
The campuses plan to begin admitting students as early as this fall.
2. Tips for writing a strong gateway course proposal
The Office of Online Education (OOE) is currently accepting proposals focused on the development of large-scale online gateway courses.
To help faculty with the proposal process, the Office of Online Education and the Online Instructional Design and Development unit presented two webinars in early August to faculty across IU. The webinar’s PowerPoint slides, which provide guidelines for developing a successful proposal, are available on OOE’s gateway proposal website.
To be considered eligible for review, proposals must
  • demonstrate intercampus collaboration of at least three Indiana University campuses (BL, EA, IN, KO, NW, SB, SE);
  • be sponsored by one full-time faculty member from each campus (may be clinical or lecturer rank) who is responsible for teaching the proposed gateway course;
  • follow the proposal submission format;
  • include letters of support from the appropriate dean and provost/vice chancellor for academic affairs from each participating campus.
The Office of Online Education will accept gateway proposals until October 1, 2014.
Learn more about the fall 2014 call for proposals:
View the PowerPoint slides:
3. Farewell and thanks to Judith A. Halstead
At the end of June, Judith A. Halstead left her position as director of the Office of Online Education to take a new position as the executive director of accreditation for the National League of Nursing in Washington, D.C.
In its press release announcing Halstead's appointment, the National League of Nursing quoted former IU School of Nursing Dean Marion Broome, who stated, "Judy Halstead brings a wealth of experience to this position. She has more than three decades of experience in nursing education, administrative experience at both the school of nursing and university level, a network of colleagues with expertise in this area across the country, and deep knowledge of standards in nursing education. This unique knowledge and skill set will enable Dr. Halstead to lead this important new initiative in ways few, if any, other individual could."
We would like to publicly thank Judy for her service to the Office of Online Education over the past year and to wish her well in her new role.
OOE Senior Director Barbara Bichelmeyer stated that a position description for a new director will soon be available at
4. Easy instructions for finding IU's online classes
A spring usability study of the IU Online website ( revealed that a great number of students had difficulty locating online classes at Indiana University.
A few simple revisions later, it’s now easier than ever to find an online IU class. Check out the brief explanation at
Watch for additional improvements to the website in the coming months.
5. Getting help with Canvas, IU’s new learning management system
As you probably know, Indiana University has selected Canvas as the learning management system to succeed Oncourse. Canvas offers many features not currently available in Oncourse, including audio and video, student analytics, and mobility. While Oncourse will remain available through the summer 2016 semester, faculty can teach with Canvas now (the two systems will run concurrently through summer 2016).
Learn more about Canvas:
Change can be challenging, but help is at hand: University Information Technology Services (UITS) and the teaching and learning centers on the IU campuses are making a variety of support resources available to help you use Canvas effectively.
Contact your campus center for teaching and learning:
6. Self-paced instructional series supports faculty in teaching online courses
A series of instructional modules around best practices in online teaching has been developed to further assist faculty in delivering the most pedagogically sound structure for their online course.
Covering topics such as developing your online presence to creating assignments that best measure learning outcomes in the online modality, each module in the series provides a carefully guided, virtual, hands-on approach to building and delivering an effective and engaging online course.
The modules are delivered via Canvas, IU’s new learning management system.
Are you an interested faculty member? Register for the series:
7. Enter your data requests now to be eligible for FREE workshop
During the past 18 months, the Office of Online Education (OOE) has made significant improvements in the way online classes, students, and programs are coded in Indiana University’s information system. These improvements have provided university decision makers with meaningful online education data.
Did you know, for example, that in spring 2014 5,713 IU students took all of their classes online? Of these students,
  • 3,812 (66.7 percent) were located in Indiana;
  • 1,635 (28.6 percent) were located in another U.S. state;
  • 266 (4.7 percent) were located outside of the United States.
The next issue of the IU Online Newsletter will describe the various data we are gathering and how you can access it. We plan to feature an interesting data tidbit in each subsequent newsletter.
What kinds of data would you like to see? Let us know by September 19, and we will enter your name into a drawing for a FREE seat in an Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan-C) workshop (value $169). A total of three faculty/staff names will be drawn.
Send your data request(s) to with the subject line “OOE Data Request.”
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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.
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