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City University of New York - New York - USA

Online instruction as local education: CUNY`s online baccalaureate

The City University of New York (CUNY) is taking a new, local approach to online instruction: offering an online baccalaureate for degree completers, designed for NYC students who have ‘stopped out’ in good academic standing, and need the ‘any time’ flexibility of asynchronous learning to finish the degree. What is especially distinctive about this online program is its goal of access for local students, its core constituency, and mission. Though CUNY is addressing a local problem, online access to higher education for local students may address nation-wide problems, with rates of degree completion, and progress towards completion. As more institutions provide online instruction, localness may well be the key to access and timely completion for local students, with time, and not distance, being the key obstacle it overcomes.

Article originally published in ‘Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks’, V. 11 (2007), n. 1, pp.¬† 9-14.

http://www.sloan-c.org/publications/jaln/v11n1/pdf/v11n1_2otte.pdf – Reprinted with permission.

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Online learning: new models for leadership and organization in higher education

Online learning is now reaching the core, helping to transform higher education and moving beyond isolated efforts to pervasive influence and change. The dichotomy of distance learning vs. campus-based education has broken down, and forward-looking senior administrators have embraced new approaches to education that contain the elements of successful online education while cultivating the community-building and branding of site-based education, particularly to promote enriched faculty and program development. Rather than being isolated in a distance learning task force or continuing education program, the conversations about online learning now occur – or need to occur – at the executive level and throughout other levels and structures.

Article originally appeared in: “Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks”, V. 10(2006), n. 2. Reprinted with permission.

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