Survey says…

BestOnlineColleges2018-TNWe want your feedback

The Department of Online Education (DOE) will be releasing a survey in the coming weeks. The purpose of the survey is to provide feedback about the work DOE conducts in their support of courses/programs that utilize the university’s LMS, Sakai. DOE’s mantra is ‘there’s always room to improve’, which is somewhat based on characteristics embedded in Quality Matters and the Quality Score Card respectively, so the aim of the survey is to improve what we do as an institution through the LMS and DOE’s work with faculty. Regardless of if you teach online, face to face or a mixture of the two (hybrid/blended), faculty are encouraged to take part in the survey. The survey will be sent to all full-time and part-time faculty in all schools and for all modalities and will be available for two weeks.

While not wholly a survey about the LMS, a large portion of the work done by DOE occurs around the LMS and as such asks faculty to provide candid and transparent feedback. Other questions will ask how DOE should support the work and effort faculty already put into teaching, with special emphasis on distance and online education.

Background

For faculty new to Johnson University – Johnson has been using Sakai for 10 years and the DOE has grown slowly over the years to support new online courses and programs. Since moving away from Blackboard in 2009 and becoming a member of the LAMP Consortium, Johnson has continued to see, support and benefit from the global Sakai community and often from direct input and feedback from Johnson University faculty and users. Directed by Dr. John Ketchen (Assistant Provost for Online Education), Johnson launched its first online program in 2011 and then bringing on an accredited fully online PhD a year later through its Center for Global Studies program directed by Dr. Alicia Crumpton under the School of Business and Public Leadership. It now boasts 6 Bachelor’s degrees, 3 Master’s degrees, 4 Associates degrees, multiple graduate and undergraduate certificates and a PhD – all fully online. Many of the University’s schools continue to develop additional courses and offer some to traditional program-seeking students. Johnson is recognized by BestColleges.com, OnlineCollegePlan.com, BestCouncilingDegrees.com and ChristianUniversitiesOnline.org for its quality programs. It was also recognized in 2017 with high marks on Forbe’s list of financially fit institutions and continues to grow, establishing a campus in Kissimmee, Florida through a merger with Florida Christian College in 2013 and partnerships with Forge and Pioneer Bible Translators.

The university was able to reinvest nearly two thirds of the cost of its former LMS into various initiatives including improvement of student learning outcomes and course development, procurement of a secure streaming platform and integration of a plagiarism detection service. DOE has developed the Online Instructor Certification Course for new-to-the-University online instructors and the Course Development Guide and Alignment Matrix (CDWAM) for course developers – all made available through Sakai and intended to support the work of faculty for the success of students.

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