Many thanks for your complimentary
responses to the first issue of Sloan-C View.
In future issues, we want to include a feedback column
for commentary from the readership.
A letter from the editors of the Sloan-C View
example, in response to the intellectual property report,
Phil Turner, Associate Vice President
for Distance Learning at the University of North Texas,
would like readers to know that UNT had one of the first
and most frequently emulated online IP policies. UNT's
model is viewable at: http://www.unt.edu/legalaffairs/FAQ/DistributedLearning/
In this issue, 3 items address
significant issues emerging in online learning from
the perspectives of cost effectiveness, faculty satisfaction,
and student satisfaction.
- Leigh S. Estabrook,
Professor and former Dean of the Graduate School of
Library and Information Science at the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, describes the process
and the results of a departmental transformation that
enables on-campus students and students at a distance
to achieve the same learning objectives while being
taught by the same faculty.
- Melody Thompson,
Director of Planning and Quality for Penn State’s
World Campus and Sloan-C effective practices editor
in faculty satisfaction, provides an overview of issues
and promising directions for quality in faculty satisfaction.
- The cover story synthesizes
a recent Sloan-C listserv discussion and debate about
students as customers.
Sloan-C View intends
to provide you with useful commentaries about quality
in online learning based on learning effectiveness,
cost effectiveness, access, faculty satisfaction and
student satisfaction. Currently, Sloan-C has approximately
220 active member institutions, including colleges,
universities, consortia, and vendors. New members are
welcome to join by applying at: http://www.sloan-c.org.
If you know of others who might be interested in reading
the Sloan-C View, and if you would like to see certain
topics addressed, please let us know by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sloan-C is a non-profit philanthropic organization that organizes and distributes knowledge about online learning to widen access to education by enabling people to do more together than each of us can do apart to create the very best online learning experiences in the world.
… for the Sloan Consortium
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