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The first online degree program, a Bachelor
of Science degree in interpretation studies in
American Sign Language-English, is one
of only two online degree-completion
interpreting programs in the country and the
only one from a long-established program
.
The second degree program, a Master of
Education degree in teaching and technology,
will prepare teachers to effectively incorporate
technology in the classroom.
In addition to the degree programs,
William Woods is offering both current and
potential students the opportunity to take
general education courses completely online.
Online courses are available for traditional
campus, off-campus evening, and online
students, as well as non-WWU students who
apply and meet admissions requirements.
For those students unsure of which major
or degree program may be right for them,
starting with general education courses will
provide clarity and direction, while allowing
the student to make progress towards their
educational goals,”
Mark Peterson
said.
William Woods recently hired Peterson
as vice president of enrollment management,
responsible for the operational and
strategic initiatives for enrollment
and marketing.
Enthusiastic about the future of the online
programs at WWU, Peterson said: “Taking
our degree programs online helps us reach
students who may otherwise not be able to
attend. Our goal is to provide a world-class
student experience, and every decision we
make is centered on that goal. I am confident
the future is very bright!”
Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett
,
WWU president,
also is pleased with the direction the
university is taking.
I have always taken pride in the
progressive, changing, refusing-to-stay static
nature of the William Woods community, and
I believe we have, once again, aggressively
moved forward.”
Research validates that students want
more delivery options when it comes to
their education. With 75 percent of students
employed while attending college, many
students demand an option between classes
regularly offered on campus during the day,
multiple evening classes, hybrid classes, and
online classes.
In giving her support to the online
movement, Barnett quoted experts as saying,
Colleges that have focused on a four-year,
traditional-aged residential model will find
they need to attract more adult students,
part-time students and more students who
want online learning.”
Dr. Sherry McCarthy
,
vice president
and dean of the undergraduate college, said,
Online classes allow students to have a
choice that best fits into their lifestyles. They
have the same objectives and assessments
with online classes as they would have in the
traditional face-to-face delivery method.”
As William Woods expands further into
the online world, an advisory council of
faculty and staff was appointed by the
president to make sure the online classes
meet requirements and reach their fullest
potential. The advisory council is in charge
of establishing the policy and standards for
online learning.
One of our goals as the faculty advisory
council is to evaluate regular and adjunct
faculty as to the content and interaction for
online classes,” said
Murphy Tetley
,
an
advisory council member.
To achieve this goal, a rubric was
developed by the faculty and WWU
administrators as a guideline for faculty
designing online courses. A team of subject
matter experts (faculty and/or adjuncts)
designs the course based on the standards
and best practices.
Training is required for faculty and
adjuncts in distance education delivery using
distance delivery professional development,”
McCarthy said. “Every faculty member must
go through web-based training modules that
cover the technical aspects of using Moodle,
the online learning system. They also have
other modules on Best Practices in Teaching
Online that help faculty engage students and
make a course successful.”
WWU wants to serve all students who
wish to enroll in courses in any delivery
method that is convenient for them: online,
off-campus evening, or on-campus
traditional courses.
McCarthy said, “We’ve had online classes
for about five years; now we’re providing
more of a variety. We are pleased to now offer
more unique programs, like Interpretation
Studies in ASL-English, online for students
who would like to attend William Woods but
for whatever reason cannot.”
It is another exciting time in our history,”
Barnett said, “and while there are challenges
before us, I am confident that adding more
online options will greatly increase access to
educational opportunities.”
...
Taking our degree programs
online helps us reach students
who may otherwise not be able
to attend. Our goal is to provide
a world-class student experience,
and every decision we make is
centered on that goal...
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