Using an unmatched ed-tech resource over a daunting distance
Online learning solutions can help small colleges save thousands every month on travel expenses
Ivy Tech Community College is not only Indiana’s largest, public post-secondary institution, but it’s also our nation’s biggest, single-accredited statewide community college. To put that in perspective, each semester our community college educates roughly 120,000 students on 30 degree-granting locations and more than 75 community locations across Indiana.
Providing consistent access to high-quality education across such a great distance has been one of our biggest challenges – we have campuses located all over the state.
Ivy Tech has long stood for promoting affordable, open-access education and training programs. Our chief goal is to enhance the development of Indiana’s citizens and communities along with strengthening the state economy.
For that very reason, one in three students at Ivy Tech takes an online class each semester. And while many student learners are now accustomed to plugging in, a large number of our faculty and administrators have traditionally relied on in-room interaction for planning purposes.
To better connect our faculty and administrators, and overcome our challenge of distance, we knew we had to engage a platform that provided decentralized support and made interaction easier for our faculty members.
Employing real-time, remote interaction
The first thing Ivy Tech needed to do to improve efficiencies for faculty was to enhance the ability to collaborate across campuses. Our faculty members operate as single entities on their campuses across the state.