Welcome back! Many of you have seen the news of the recent growth in online learning at CWU: declared online majors have tripled in one year to 478 this Fall, while overall online enrollment is up 18 percent over last year, with about 20 percent of all CWU students (2,028) taking one or more online courses. These increases positively impact enrollments, as well as student access to courses and time-to-degree completion.
Recognizing that faculty engagement with online learning and integration of information technologies in face-to-face and blended courses can serve to enhance teaching and learning throughout the institution, Provost Levine initiated an Office of Multimodal Learning, with a new half-time faculty director to oversee the development and support of online learning and other instructional modalities.
Following are recent enhancements, new initiatives, and information related to multimodal learning at CWU (see Online and Multimodal Learning Update for more details):
Office of Multimodal Learning – The Office of Online Learning is now the Office of Multimodal Learning, with Dr. Christopher Schedler serving as Director.
New Online Degree Programs – now offered in B.A. Law & Justice, M.Ed. Higher Education, M.Ed. Instructional Leadership, M.Ed. School Administration, M.Ed. Literacy, and M.Ed. Special Education.
New Website – Please visit our redesigned website for the latest information and resources related to online learning: http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning
24/7 Blackboard Support – Student and faculty Blackboard support is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: http://www.cwu.edu/online-learning/blackboard-help-support
Enterprise Upgrades – Blackboard and Collaborate were successfully updated over the summer to provide enhancements and new functionality.
GO Central Network – A new online communication and collaboration platform, using Web 2.0 tools to increase academic engagement among faculty, students, and staff, will be piloted this year.
Waypoint Outcomes Assessment – Another pilot program provides faculty and departments with a robust learning outcomes assessment and reporting tool integrated directly into Blackboard.
Professional Development – Training Workshops on Blackboard and other instructional technology tools and Online Learning Communities of practice continue to be offered each quarter.
Your suggestions and comments regarding these or other multimodal learning initiatives are welcomed.