Building Online and Hybrid Degree Programs – Models That Work

Nearly a generation of academic commentators has touted the growth of online programs as a means of enhancing learning productivity, lowering instructional costs and expanding student access. Yet a variety of real and perceived barriers have slowed the successful introduction of these programs — particularly in an all-online format — to technical education. This session highlights the successful launch of a series of online undergraduate engineering programs at one institution, and it considers instructional features and methodologies used, faculty support requirements, forecasting student demand and the economic model that supports such ventures. A major element of the session will address ABET accreditation requirements and methods several different institutions employ to demonstrate learning outcomes.