IU Online Newsletter - April 16, 2015
Office of Online Education welcomes Chris Foley
Please help us welcome Chris J. Foley, who joined the Office of Online Education as assistant vice president and director on March 2 of this year.
Chris has nearly 18 years of international and undergraduate admissions experience at IU Bloomington and IUPUI. This experience perfectly positions Chris to collaborate with staff and academic administrators on all campuses to recruit, support, and retain thousands of online students.
Chris is already hard at work to promote the university’s new Bachelor of Applied Science, add functionality to the IU Online website, evaluate contact center activities, collect robust data about online students, assess and develop staff capacity, and broaden the IU community’s awareness about online education’s tremendous potential.
We’re excited to have Chris with us. Under his leadership, we expect to see a rapid, profound, and sustainable transformation of online education at IU campuses across the state.
Improved EVPUAA website details approval procedures for new online degrees and certificates
The Office of the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs recently revised its website with the goals of making the office’s operations more transparent and of providing the IU community guidance and information regarding academic matters.
The process for seeking approval of new online academic programs is also described on the site.
We encourage those who plan to seek approval for online degrees to notify the Office of the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs early in the process. Send an email to Natalie Harvey, administrative assistant in the Office of Statewide Academic Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
B.A.S. marketing campaign to launch in May
A multichannel marketing campaign for IU’s new Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) will be launched in May, giving potential students time to learn about the degree before fall 2015 admission application deadlines.
Initial marketing efforts will target Ivy Tech alumni who hold an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), as well as current Ivy Tech students who have earned more than 45 credits toward an A.A.S. These efforts will include a custom web landing page, a brochure, a variety of digital ads, an email campaign, a post card, and on-site promotions at all Ivy Tech campuses.
Subsequent marketing efforts will target adults in the five-state area who hold an A.A.S., already work, and want to advance in their careers.
The B.A.S. is an online degree completion program open to anyone who already holds an A.A.S. It is offered jointly by IU’s five regional campuses.
Learn more about the B.A.S.: https://online.iu.edu/program/indiana-applied-science-bas-undergraduate-1515523342680
Coming soon to a browser near you: distinct OOE websites
In web usability tests last year, students persuasively argued that the IU Online website should be devoted only to students.
As a result of these findings, administrative information about the Office of Online Education has been moved from the IU Online website to the website for the Office of the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs.
A new "teaching online" website will provide information for and about faculty who are teaching - or interested in teaching - online. It will include case scenarios, best practices, profiles of faculty who are already “doing” online education, and more. The new site is scheduled to launch at the end of July.
In the coming six to 12 months, the IU Online website will be redesigned to provide students with even greater services while engaging them with interactive content. Launch of the new site will be in 2016.
Spring 2015 online education “top threes”
Four new certificates added to IU Online website
Four new certificates have been approved for distance education delivery and are now listed on the IU Online website:
- Undergraduate Certificate in Analog Audio Electronics
- Graduate Certificate in Analog Audio Electronics
- Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Mathematics
- Undergraduate Certificate in Pure Mathematics
Find other online programs: https://online.iu.edu/
OOE in the news
OOE Director Chris Foley talked about the value and flexibility of online education for working adults in a March 10 interview with U.S. News and World Report. Read more. https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2015/03/10/find-online-degrees-that-lead-to-a-top-job
The IU Bloomington student newspaper, Indiana Daily Student, mentioned IU Online in a March 23 column explaining “Why online education matters.” Read more. http://www.idsnews.com/article/2015/03/column-why-online-education-matters
OOE Data Manager Sharon Wavle encouraged women to recognize that “People are your greatest resource” in a March 24 tech spotlight at IUWIT (IU Women in IT). Read more. https://www.facebook.com/IUWIT/photos/a.565685130126731.138462.548178131877431/1043445515684021/?type=1&theater
Office of Online Education Mission
As a steward of the tradition of excellence at Indiana University and in partnership with the campuses, the Office of Online Education provides leadership, coordination, and resources to the IU community to serve students and promote learning through quality online education.