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IU Online Newsletter - February 2, 2015
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February 2, 2015
Vol. 3, Ed. 1
Welcome to IU Online, an e-newsletter containing the latest news and information from the Indiana University Office of Online Education (OOE).
  1. Chris J. Foley appointed IU assistant vice president and OOE director
  2. Where do IU's “fully online" students reside?
  3. Student success factors in online education identical to face to face
  4. Graduate certificate in public health added to IU Online website
  5. Traffic on IU Online website up significantly in 2014
  6. FACET helps faculty enhance student learning
  7. Find a faculty collaborator to help develop your online course
1. Chris J. Foley appointed IU assistant vice president and OOE director
Following a national search, Chris J. Foley has been appointed Indiana University assistant vice president and director of the Office of Online Education, IU Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs John S. Applegate has announced.
Foley has nearly 18 years of experience working on IU’s Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses. Since 2007, he has served as director of undergraduate admissions for Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Before that position, he spent 10 years at Indiana University Bloomington, where he was chief of operations for undergraduate admissions and director of international admissions.
As director of online education, Foley will lead a growing office that serves students and promotes learning through high-quality online programs, providing leadership, management and coordination of online education across all IU campuses. The Office of Online Education, established in 2012, also provides strategic oversight of online education activities, maintains a portal of online education offerings and interacts with state agencies that influence online education.
Foley’s appointment is effective March 1.
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2. Where do IU's “fully online" students reside?
Thank you to several of our readers who sent us some great data questions about online education at IU.
David Hakken, information ethnographer and professor of social informatics at Bloomington, asked, “What proportion of all students taking online courses are resident at the campus offering the online course they are taking? To what extent are online courses taken by the ‘geographically challenged’ as opposed to those who could take the course ‘in real life’?”
In spring 2015, 22,622 students across the university—or 23% of all IU students—took one or more online classes.
  • 71% (16,103) of these students took a combination of online and on-campus classes. Since most students take online classes from their home campus of enrollment, most of these students were resident at the campus they took the online class from.
  • The remaining students (6,559) took fully online schedules. Using Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) logic for identifying student location at the time of instruction, we created a geographic map that shows where our fully online students are. By selecting a specific campus, you can see how many students were truly at a “distance” from that campus when taking online classes.
To view the 100% Online Student Location map:
  1. Click this link to enter IU’s Consolidated Business Intelligence (CBI) portal. (Authenticate with your IU username and password if needed.)
  2. Click the CBI button.
  3. Click on the Student folder to expand it, and then on the Online Education folder.
  4. Click on the 100% Online Student Location Map.
In return for his question, Professor Hakken received a coupon good for a complimentary seat in an upcoming Online Learning Consortium Workshop.
Contact OOE Data Manager Sharon Wavle ( with your comments and questions.
3. Student success factors in online education identical to face to face
Rebecca Torstrick, associate vice president for university academic and regional campus affairs and director of IU’s Office of Completion and Student Success, helped answer a data question we received from IU Southeast business professor Linda Christiansen. Professor Christiansen asked, “What student attributes correlate with success with online classes?”
Torstrick replied, “I recently was asked something similar and found the following information in a post by Christine Harrington on the First-Year Experience listserv. Harrington is a professor of psychology and student success at Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey. I liked the point made that the same factors which make for success in online education also make for success in face-to-face education.”
Harrington posted:
  • DOES ONLINE EDUCATION WORK? While many studies have found online courses to lead to lower achievement, the data is really mixed. Driscoll, Jicha, Hunt, Tichavsy, and Thompson (2012) found that online learning can be equally productive and satisfying; Poirer and Feldman (2004) found online students outperformed in person students.

  • WHO DOES IT WORK FOR? Many researchers have looked at what factors contribute to success in online courses and, not surprisingly, the same factors for online and in-person success are noted. Waschull (2005) found that self-discipline was the best predictor. Lee and Choi (2011) found traditional factors such as higher GPA, time management, confidence with technology, internal locus of control, self-efficacy, and motivation mattered. They also did find that prior experience with online courses and upper-level students with some background in the course content were also predictive of success.

  • CONNECTION? Some argue that connection is more difficult in online environment (Reio and Crim, 2006), but others have found that students are more likely to self-disclose in an online environment (Bruss and Hill, 2010); so this may lead to more connections.

  • CRITICAL THINKING? Online courses seem to "win" in this area. Guiller, Durndell, and Ross (2008), for instance, found conversations are often more in depth in the online environment.
Harrington co-presented on this topic at the Lilly Teaching Conference in May 2014. Her handout is on her website at
In return for her question, Professor Christiansen received a coupon good for a complimentary seat in an upcoming Online Learning Consortium Workshop.
4. Graduate certificate in public health added to IU Online website
A new graduate certificate from the School of Public Health–Bloomington is now listed on the IU online website:
Find other online programs:
5. Traffic to IU Online website grows significantly in 2014
The number of visitors to the IU Online website nearly doubled since it was created in 2013, increasing from more than 53,000 visits in 2013 to more than 104,000 in 2014.
As shown in the chart below, every month in 2014 saw a higher level of traffic compared to the same month in 2013. The most frequently visited pages at IU Online are the “browse academic program” and “search academic program” pages. In 2014, the most frequently viewed programs were the following:
  • Business Administration, B.S.
  • Business Administration, M.B.A.
  • Psychology, B.S.
  • Health Sciences, B.S.
  • Social Work, M.S.W.
IU Online sees a significant jump in visits each January and August, as students prepare for the start of a term; but visits remain high through the fall term, indicating that students are using the site as a reference when researching online classes and programs.
number of visitors to IU Online website in 2013-14
The IU Online website contains a complete list of all approved online graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificates offered at IU, with brief descriptions and links to individual program websites. Corrections or additions to information posted at IU Online can be sent to OOE Client Services Manager Lisa Denlinger at
6. FACET dedicated to enhancing student learning
We asked Robin Morgan, professor of psychology at IU Southeast and director of the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET), to brief us about the ways FACET activities intersect with OOE activities.
Her response demonstrates that enhanced student learning lies at the core of FACET’s programs and services.
The Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) offers numerous opportunities for faculty interested in enhancing student learning in all modalities, including the online environment. FACET events are open to faculty across IU even if they are not FACET members.

Each spring, the FACET Retreat provides a full day of programming—open to all IU faculty members—dedicated to enhancing teaching and student learning. Many of the sessions are focused on pedagogically effective use of technology and engaging students in online or flipped classes.

Similarly, each fall adjunct faculty and lecturers across the country are invited to a conference (FALCON) focused on improving teaching and enhancing student learning. Sessions address face-to-face, hybrid, and online modalities.

Throughout the year, numerous FACET sponsored workshops and events that support teaching and learning in all modalities are held on each IU campus. FACET also provides online training modules for those wishing to become peer reviewers, as well as formative and summative peer reviews for those teaching face-to-face, online, or hybrid.
If you would like additional information about FACET, contact the FACET office at
7. Find a faculty collaborator to help develop your online course
Want to collaborate with other faculty in developing an online course? There’s a form for that.
Learn more:
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.
Fulfilling the Promise.
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