Introduction to Distance Education Leadership

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Course Number: DEL 7010
Course Name: Introduction to Distance Education Leadership (Online)
Course Description:    Students will explore the various aspects of distance education/eLearning from a management perspective. Managing and leading people and teams is explored in the context of examining such specific topics as: marketing an online program, recruiting students and staff, training and retaining online instructors, developing courses, maintaining student services, which special consideration of including diversity/inclusion, and related issues. Emphasis is placed on review (and reflection) of career opportunities for managers of online learning programs including corporate, non-profit, K-12, with special emphasis on higher education distance education programs. This course surveys the history, theories, and practices of distance education. Key principles and practical issues involved in the field are identified and critically examined. In general, the course surveys the teaching and learning aspects of distance education, planning and evaluation as well as essential administrative and policy factors, with discussion of the impact of technological change on people and processes.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Course Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to

  1. Analyze the changing nature of distance education: including history and theories.
  2. Reflect on the broad scope and career options of distance education (eLearning).
  3. Identify particular management & leadership tasks associated with distance education.
  4. Describe some methods of managing staff, projects, and initiatives.
  5. Reflect on the dynamics of interpersonal and small-team interaction.
  6. Identify some common mistakes of diversity programs.
  7. Identify factors that encourage innovation.

Modality Emphasis: A fundamental understanding of the different learning environment modalities within virtual education is valuable for individuals advancing in the field of Distance Education Leadership. This course is comprised of asynchronous components and optional synchronous components. While a majority of the course is comprised of asynchronous interactions, optional synchronous sessions are included. These optional synchronous sessions are general sessions in which course topic discussions will occur.

Unit Descriptions:
Unit 1: Course Introduction
Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Use the Dropbox and Discussion thread functions of D2L.
  • Describe the role of a distance education administrator.
  • Assess a professional resume through communicating experiences, skills and distance education career options.
  • Identify why distance education program implementation might take a systems approach.
  • Analyze the changing nature of distance education.

Unit 2: Scope of Distance Education
Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Locate an eLearning blog and conduct online discussions.
  • Reflect on the broad scope and career options of distance education.
  • Describe various distance education programs outside traditional higher education.
  • Identify current issues across a range of distance education sectors.

Unit 3: History of Distance Education
Upon completion of this lesson, you should be able to

  • Access the online library.
  • Describe the five distance education generations.
  • Identify the impact of technological changes on distance education.
  • Analyze the impact of open universities on distance education.

Unit 4: Theories of Distance Education and Learning
Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Analyze the Theory of Transactional Distance.
  • Describe your position on Transactional Distance.
  • Explain the scalability of distance education.
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of certain research methodologies.
  • Identify non-traditional strategies for motivating students.

Unit 5: Basics of Management and Leadership
Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Identify particular management and leadership tasks associated with distance education.
  • Describe someone else’s leadership traits.

Unit 6: Managing People and Teams
Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Demonstrate how to organize distance education staff.
  • Reflect on methods of motivating remote faculty members.
  • Describe a method of making a decision.
  • Reflect on the dynamics of small-team interaction.

Unit 7:  Decision Making and Diversity Leadership
Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Identify techniques to assist decision making.
  • Describe how your own experiences relate to culture- and gender-based issues in the distance education classroom.
  • Analyze your own experiences, including gaps in your understanding, related to cultural issues in distance education.
  • Identify some common mistakes of diversity programs.

Unit 8: Supporting and Motivating Instructors
Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Describe the ramifications of teaching online.
  • Describe some methods of managing your staff.
  • Explore current trends in distance education research.

Unit 9: Supporting Students
Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Reflect on how distance education affects traditionally underserved communities’ access to educational resources.
  • Identify and evaluate the components of distance education student services.
  • Explore current trends in distance education research.

Unit 10: Curriculum Design and Development Management
Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Identify the components of a productive online discussion.
  • Reflect on instructional design paradigms.
  • Compare methods of course development.
  • Describe the areas of technological acumen most critical for distance education managers.
  • Analyze a model for facilitating collaboration between experts.

Unit 11: Planning and Problem Solving
Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Identify arguments for creating a strategic plan.
  • Describe your workplace using a SWOT analysis.
  • Analyze and assess the strength of various consultants who lead planning sessions.

Unit 12: Budgeting and Evaluation
After completing this unit, you should be able to

  • Describe your comfort level with budgeting.
  • Analyze the relationship between accreditation and distance education.
  • Identify and describe quality standards in distance education.
  • Describe what a leader can do to promote a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Recognize characteristics of both formative and summative evaluation, and describe the benefits of user testing.

Unit 13: Marketing and Margin
Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Reflect on the need for business planning within context.
  • Identify the “Four Ps” of marketing.
  • Describe education in business terms.
  • Recognize the relationship between distance education context and business planning.

Unit 14: Politics and Policy
Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Describe the legal and political background of distance education.
  • Reflect on the risk of abuse inherent in unregulated distance education.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with distance education literature.

Unit 15: Global Distance Education Overview
Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Describe distance education efforts in at least one other country.
  • Identify international agencies promoting distance education.
  • Reflect on the impact of global distance education on underserved populations.

Unit 16: Changing Landscape and Your Career in Distance Education
After completing this unit, you will be able to

  • Identify favorite DE heroes, conferences, and blogs.
  • Setup an account and profile on LinkedIn.
  • Reflect on DE futures.
  • Contribute to your Professional Devleopment Journal.

Exams:  none

Assignments: 
Weekly Discussion Posts
Interview Your Partner Activity
Kotter's Leadership Grid
One-Page Essay
LinkedIn Activity
Research Project - Topic Proposal
Research Project - Outline
Research Project - References
Research Project - Final Paper
Professional Development Journal Reflection
Total

Grading Scale:

A 940-1000
A- 900-939
B+ 870-899
B 840-869
B- 800-839
C+ 770-799
C 740-769
C- 700-739
D+ 670-699
D 640-669
D- 600-639
F 0-599

 

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