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Morgan Online - A Journey From 0-60

Adebisi Oladipupo (Morgan State University, USA)
Karen Rubinstein (Morgan State University, USA)
Cynthia Brown-Laveist (Morgan State University, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 3:45pm
HBCU Innovations (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Asia 2
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 4

Creating a robust university-wide online learning program is a journey that takes time, careful planning, flexibility and a strong desire to reach the destination. This session will feature our roadmap (faculty development), our vehicle for success (system support), bumps we encountered en route, and how we're well on our way to reaching our destination - a university-wide program of online courses and programs.

Extended Abstract

Online learning has been an established mode of education since the early 2000's. However, many HBCUs value a traditional, face to face approach to education, and have therefore limited their foray into the online learning market. The push towards online learning began at Morgan State University in 2008 when the administration realized that students sought online alternatives for their education. Our early steps in preparing for online learning included securing a robust Learning Management System, as well as training our staff and faculty to create courses and teach online. Since these early years, Morgan has developed a model for faculty development which includes online course design, pedagogy for teaching online, as well as technology training. Morgan Online program objectives are to:

1. increase the number of trained faculty offering online courses;
2. increase the number of online courses being offered; and,
3. increase the number of students enrolled in online courses

The purpose of this presentation is to describe the process Morgan State University used to create and implement its Morgan Online Program. Our goal is to include information on the specific steps we implemented related to three broad categories of need for an online program: Faculty Development, Student Support and System Support. While reviewing the history of our program, presenters will discuss important milestones of program development, as well as lessons learned. Presenters will share our course development model, as well as the process we use to train faculty to teach online and use technology efficiently. We'll conclude with our future plans to improve the Morgan Online experience. Administrators, Directors and Instructional Designer will benefit from this session.

The following is a detailed outline of information included in this presentation:
Our Roadmap: Faculty Development
? Quality Matters Recognized by Administration - from the start in 2008/9
? QM Certified Instructional Designer/Peer Reviewer
? Template for Online Courses
? Adding Technology: Adobe/Panopto/Respondus
? Faculty development Program -
? Online Course Design at Morgan, then with QM
? Teach Online
? Blackboard Certification
? Technology Training
? Morgan Online Course Development Program
? Lean Enterprise streamlining of instructor training time
? QM Expansion on MSU campus / Peer Reviewers
? Systematically Targeting Online Programs

Our Vehicle: System Support
á System Support for Online Learning
á Robust and secure network infrastructure
á Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
á Cloud storage for student/faculty documents
á Reliable email/communication system
á Reliable Cloud Based Technologies (Blackboard LMS, Panopto, Adobe Connect, Respondus)
Our Journey:
á Building Student Support Systems
? Morgan Online Portal / Website
? Student Orientation
? Americans with Disabilities Compliance
? Library Systems
? Advising
? Marketing/Advertising
? Our Destination is in Sight:
? The result is a streamlined course development program that trains instructors to be online course developers in 5 weeks instead of 10 weeks.
? Instructors utilize a standardized QM inspired Blackboard course template to develop online courses to QM standards.
? the number of instructors and online courses both increased by 25. The online enrollment of the three semesters (Fall 2014, Winter 2014, Spring 2014) exceeded the enrollment for the entire four semesters of the previous academic year.
? Today, the increase in Morgan State online enrollment for the academic year is estimated to be in excess of 30%
? "Are we almost there yet?" Opportunities to Improve!
? Student Support
? 24/7 Tech Support - Student Orientation & Training -- Badges

Lead Presenter

Adebisi Oladipupo, earned his Doctor of Science (Sc.D., 1987) and Masters of Science (S.M, 1984) degrees in Materials Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering Physics (Materials Science) in 1980 from the University of Ife, Nigeria.
Oladipupo is currently serving as the Chief Information Officer at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to joining the Morgan State University family, he worked at Norfolk State University, Norfolk Virginia as the inaugural Vice President for Research & Technology and as the Chief Information Officer.