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Give Your Students Access to Hundreds of Online Courses by Using an Online Consortium

Adam Samhouri (Regis University & Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities - OCICU, USA)
Samantha Brown (Regis University, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 11:15am
Institutional Strategies & Innovations
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Discovery Session
Atlantic Hall
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Discovery Session 2

Students are expecting more course offerings, flexible calendars, and fully online courses. Employing a consortium, fills a gap in academic demand vs. supply quandary.

Extended Abstract

Institutions are facing increased competition, more demanding and mobile students, inadequate academic calendars, limited resources to keep up with the latest technologies. An institution would like to increase retention and student satisfaction. An online consortium is a viable venue to access hundreds of quality online courses. These courses are offered to local students to meet specific demands that otherwise will go unmet. An online consortium would increase the outreach to new student populations, complement current academic programs and courses that are not available year around. Additionally, an online consortium would empower the institutions to offer needed courses with minimal risks. A course sharing mechanism can benefit both the consumer as well as the provider institutions. A provider institution would increase revenue by filling an "open" seat in a classroom that would otherwise go unoccupied. An online consortium is a win/win venture for all consortium members. Building an online consortium requires designing an operational infrastructure that can facilitate communication and exchange of academic information; course offerings, calendars, grades, and enrollments.

Lead Presenter

Educated at Brigham Young University, Adam received his
B.Sc. in Civil Engineering. He attended Utah State University where he earned his MS in Instructional Technology in 1994. Since that time he has worked with several professional companies as a Lead Instructional Designer and or as a Project Manager. He worked for the USAF, Ameritech Library Services, Arthur Andersen, MicroStrategy, Jones International University, and as an Education Consultant. Currently, Adam works as the Director of Operations with New Ventures of Regis University. New Ventures is the manager of the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges & Universities (OCICU.) Adam has extensive experience in elearning course design and development, online teaching, faculty training, and strategic planning of online initiatives in higher education.