A strong online learning program is essential to modern institutions as they strive to help students achieve personal and professional success

4 insights on using a systems-based approach to build a world-class online program


A strong online learning program is essential to modern institutions as they strive to help students achieve personal and professional success

High-quality online learning programs require the expertise of many. Finding the bridge between all the expertise embedded within your organization is critical to developing highly effective learning experiences.

During the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Quality Scorecard Review journey for our online Master of Engineering Technical Management at Texas A&M University, our team uncovered how widespread the depth of expertise that was influencing the success of our program was and gained insights on how to better leverage that system to enhance the effectiveness of our program further.

In this blog, we unpack some of our insights and capitalize on them as we take a systems approach to continue building a world-class online program.

Insight 1: Shifting from Assigning Tasks to Developing Collaborative Partnerships

We often create to-do lists for all the aspects of our online course: the videos, the articles, the quizzes, putting it on the LMS, etc. We forget that they all go together to create one learning experience for our students.

The person who edits the videos has ideas you may never have thought of, even if they are not experts in your content. Thoughts are everywhere; you have to value each person that has a hand in the process and be open to building a collaborative partnership instead of navigating a transactional checklist.

In going through the OLC Quality Scorecard Review process, we learned just how valuable those partnerships could be as we tried to gather the evidence across the different domains. No one person can hold all the knowledge needed to make each course the best it can be; it does take the whole system- all the resources, knowledge, and talent of a diverse group of people to create the valuable learning experiences students need.

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