New White Paper From Deltak Addresses Faculty Concerns About Online Learning. Director of Online Learning Authors Paper on How Schools can Overcome Faculty Skepticism About Online Higher Education

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Deltak, a leading online higher education services provider, has released a white paper responding to the recent Inside Higher Ed and Babson Research Group report Conflicted: Faculty and Online Education, which finds faculty to be more skeptical of online learning than administrators.

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Schools can improve feelings about online learning by developing support systems that provide faculty with assistance throughout the design, development, and facilitation process.

Deltak, a leading online higher education services provider, has released a white paper responding to the recent Inside Higher Ed and Babson Survey Research Group report Conflicted: Faculty and Online Education, which found faculty to be more skeptical of online learning than administrators.

The paper, titled “Building Trust: Faculty Concerns About Online Education” and authored by Director of Online Learning, David Migliorese, discusses the top reasons for faculty skepticism, from questions about quality and learning outcomes to concerns about support and compensation. Migliorese suggests that schools can proactively manage the changes accompanying online learning to address faculty concerns and set a foundation for success.

“We’ve found that as faculty gain experience with quality online learning, they quickly move past questions of legitimacy and become excited about exploring its potential,” said Migliorese. “To catalyze this process, schools can develop a robust support system in which faculty partner with instructional designers and technologists to work collaboratively throughout the design, development, and facilitation of their online or blended courses. A team approach tends to result in stronger courses, better student experiences, and higher faculty satisfaction, all of which are critical to creating momentum for online initiatives.”

This white paper describes Deltak’s approach to providing its partner schools with the framework, support, planning, and technology developments needed to create an exciting, high-quality online teaching experience for faculty members.

The white paper is available for download at http://www.deltak-innovation.com/white-papers .

The report Conflicted: Faculty and Online Education, which was sponsored by Deltak, is part one of a two part study focusing on faculty and technology. The second part of the report, titled Digital Faculty: Professors and Technology, 2012, focuses on the role technology plays in lives and careers of faculty and is now available for download at: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/surveys_faculty_and_technology.

For over 15 years, Deltak has been an innovator in online learning, helping its partners market, design, and deliver high-quality online programs. Deltak provides services to support the entire online-student lifecycle, while collaborating with partners to meet each university’s specific goals. Deltak partner colleges and universities can utilize Deltak’s new learning management system, Engage, to enhance the online student experience through increased instructor interaction and social learning capabilities.

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 to expand the educational experience to students beyond the traditional campus. Deltak offers a comprehensive spectrum of services to each campus, including 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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