Deltak Sponsors Online Higher Education Study

Deltak, a leader in online higher education services, announces its sponsorship of a survey performed by Inside Higher Ed, Babson Survey Research Group and Quahog Research Group, LLC. The study, titled Conflicted, Faculty and Online Education, 2012, focuses on attitudes and practices related to all aspects of online education, and draws attention to the conflicting views of administrators and faculty.

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We have helped scores of faculty make the journey from hesitant and skeptical to enthusiastic and confident. Having an experienced partner to guide the program development process can remove much of the risk (and fear) associated with online programs.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 27, 2012

Deltak, a leader in online higher education services, announces its sponsorship of a survey performed by Inside Higher Ed, Babson Survey Research Group and Quahog Research Group, LLC. The study, titled Conflicted, Faculty and Online Education, 2012, focuses on attitudes and practices related to all aspects of online education, and draws attention to the conflicting views of administrators and faculty.

The results of the survey showed that the views of faculty and administrators differed substantially on many topics, with administrators having a much more optimistic view regarding quality and learning outcomes in online programs. 80% of responding administrators expressed that they were more excited than fearful about the growth of online education, while only 42% of responding faculty indicated they were more excited than fearful when posed with the same question.

“Faculty skepticism regarding online learning is something we see often in the early stages of our partnerships,” said David Migliorese, Deltak’s Director of Online Learning. “Those new to online teaching often haven’t had exposure to high-quality courses, so they’re naturally wary of the entire category. Of those who have developed and taught online courses, most have done so without the kind of instructional design and technology support needed to create state-of-the-art courses. So they have legitimate concerns not only about learning outcomes and equivalency to traditional courses, but about support resources, scalability and compensation in their schools’ online initiatives.”

Deltak helps universities develop quality online programs through a collaborative approach that partners Deltak-provided instructional designers and course developers with campus-based faculty to optimize courses for the online modality. This approach leverages pedagogical best practices and advanced learning technologies, as well as the faculty's teaching philosophy and subject matter expertise to meet learning objectives and foster genuine community in the online classroom. Deltak also provides extensive initial and ongoing training to familiarize faculty with technology as well as keep them abreast of the most effective ways of engaging students in an online, asynchronous format.

“We have helped scores of faculty make the journey from hesitant and skeptical to enthusiastic and confident. The transition to online delivery is complex. From quality standards and outcomes assessment to faculty support, technology, incentives and performance management, successful online programs require several critical pieces to fall into place,” says Migliorese. “Having an experienced partner to guide the program development process can remove much of the risk (and fear) associated with online programs and ensure an engaging, satisfying experience for faculty and students.”

You can download the study in its entirety at: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/survey/conflicted-faculty-and-online-education-2012.

To learn more about how Deltak is helping universities build quality online programs, please visit: http://www.deltak-innovation.com. Deltak will be publishing a white paper later this summer further discussing the report findings and the methods being employed to improve the design and delivery of online learning.

ABOUT DELTAK:
Deltak is where academics and innovation converge. As an industry leader in higher education and online learning for more than 15 years, Deltak unites top academic programs with innovative online solutions; assisting academic institutions in expanding the educational experience to students beyond the traditional campus. Deltak offers a comprehensive spectrum of services to each campus: collaboration with faculty in the development of online programs, implementation of integrated admissions processes, industry-leading marketing strategies, personalized student services to positively impact persistence and graduation rates, and alumni services that reinforce the mission of each partner. Together, Deltak and its partners succeed in bringing unique online programs to the increasingly dynamic higher education market. For more information about Deltak, visit http://www.deltak-innovation.com


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