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Developing an Online Learning Unit for Next Generation Learners

John Vivolo (New York University, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 3:45pm
Institutional Strategies & Innovations
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Blended Program/Degree
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Southern Hemisphere V
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 4
Virtual Session

Is your school prepared for next generation learners? From instructional design to faculty and student support, an online learning unit can help bridge the gap.

Extended Abstract

During the early years of online learning, much of the course development was completed by the faculty and was primitive. Marketing and student support targeted toward online learners was practically nonexistent. Research into best practices in online learning pedagogy and technology was something faculty did only in their spare time.

But things have changed. Individual online or blended learning courses have become full degrees online. The needs of the online students and faculty are now starting to be recognized. These needs become even more relevant when the next generation learners are technology centered and contain certain expectations about online learning.

Therefore, institutions must now adapt to these needs and begin building online learning units which will support all aspects of online learning for faculty and students, future growth and to be the champions within the schools.

This presentation will provide details of New York University's online learning unit, which is located within NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. This group, NYU-ePoly, provides a multi-layered approach to online learning that has evolved over the last three years to provide unit support for faculty and students. This group also provides separate, but integrated elements for the benefit of the online programs. These elements include, but are not limited to: recruitment, marketing, student services, faculty pedagogy and technology training and other research. Audience members will review the timeline of growth in online learning that has been directly linked to the online learning unit, as well as the planned expansion of new fully online degrees (which will be supported by the unit).

Audience members will:
-Understand that individual faculty and/or academic departments can no longer support the needs online learning programs without a separate unit.
-Understand that the online faculty and students have unique needs that are often ignored by normal school services; as result, an online learning unit can fill these needs..
-Understand that building an online learning unit can be the voice of online learning growth within a school.
-Understand that only an online learning unit can meet the needs of the next generation of learners.

The Presenter will engage with audience members with the following:
A live survey (PollEverywhere.com), handouts, and a Q&A session.

Lead Presenter

John Vivolo is the Director of Online and Virtual Learning for New York University. John partners with faculty to devise a set of pedagogical and technical practices often known as Best Practices for Online Learning. Working to create a rich and interactive learning experience, John also researches new methods and technologies to incorporate into online learning. He also works with academic departments to strategically develop and deploy their degrees as fully online programs.
For over 10 years, John taught both fully online and blended learning courses. In addition, John has hosted numerous faculty seminars and workshops in online learning. During this time, he has trained faculty in both the eLearning technology as well as how to effectively implement these technologies into online courses. John has a Master's in English from the City University of New York.