Online Learning Update

January 9, 2016

Why Are Online Classes, Degrees Hard To Get At The University Of Hawaii?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by Jessica Terrell, Honolulu Civil Beat

Fully online degree programs are even harder to find. UH Manoa offers two fully online degree programs — a “dramatic contrast” to the average of 16 online-only degree programs offered at comparable public universities elsewhere, according to a Boston University professor who was invited to UH Manoa in 2013 by the dean of Outreach College to make recommendations on distance learning programs. “UHM is falling far behind similar public institutions, many with an even less compelling need in their states to offer online degrees,” Jay Halfond argued in a 2013 memo. Changing that is no easy task. Halfond laid out a series of suggestions in the memo aimed at better positioning UH Manoa’s distance learning programs, from restructuring the financial model of online courses to conducting formal market research and developing new degree programs.

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