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eLearning Updates for October 2016

Devon Cancilla

Devon Cancilla, Vice Provost for Online Learning

Regular and Substantive Interactions: It Really Does Matter

Even though I married a lawyer, I think I know why I never wanted to become one! Reading laws and regulations is hard work. Interpreting what they say is harder. Knowing what they mean and how they impact an institution is harder still. Nonetheless, we as individuals and we as an institution have an obligation to know and adhere to the laws and regulations that govern higher education. This is why I keep coming back to the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965 and all the amendments to date.

An amendment of particular importance to UMKC lies within the Code of Federal Regulations Part 600 – Institutional Eligibility Under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as Amended Subpart A – General. It sounds like a lot but in reality, this amendment is only four pages long. What is also striking about the amendment is that within those four pages are just four words that impact everything we do in online education: regular and substantive interactions. Read more >

Lack of faculty engagement in an online course is like having students show up to an empty classroom day after day and finding nothing but the homework assignment written on the board. — Devon Cancilla, PhD, Vice Provost, Online Learning

2016: A State Authorization Odyssey

The past few months in the world of state authorization have been fast and furious. Since acceptance into NC-SARA this summer, the University of Missouri-Kansas City increased its offerings of most online degree programs for 46 states, plus the District of Columbia, with more on the way. Read more >

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EAB and Hanover Market Research: Free to Faculty

Have you ever wished for a crystal ball that could predict future trends shaping your field or divine the market potential of a new online program or minor under consideration? Well, professional market researchers can’t tell your fortune, but they can provide the data, competitive benchmarking, and survey analyses… Read more >

The Library in Your Course

How do you ensure your students have seamless access to that ebook, streaming video, or article pdf? Whether you’re teaching 100% online or assigning homework so you can use your face-to-face time more effectively, the library is here to help! Read more >

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