Online Learning Update

May 27, 2011

Academic departments at University of Missouri to take control of online learning through faculty committee

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:09 am

By Caitlin Swieca, University of Missouri Maneater

The committee was formed in response to academic departments’ concerns about changes in MU’s eLearning programs. In response to concerns over the proposal to realign MU’s eLearning program, a faculty committee will be organized in the fall to develop curriculum for online courses. Interim Vice Provost for eLearning Jim Spain said the shifts in the program will be mainly administrative. The report, released Feb. 25, was developed by former MU Extension Director Tom Henderson at the request of the UM System. “That report included input from a wide range of campus constituents — including administrators, staff involved in teaching and learning online and faculty that have extensive experience in distance education programs,” Spain said. Under the plan, MU Direct and the Center for Distance and Independent Study will be moved out of the MU Extension program and into the academic administrative structure of MU. Spain said he intends to have this process finished by the end of summer.

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