Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sloan Consortium - Promoting Quality Online Education

The Sloan Consortium (http://www.sloan-c.org/ ) is an association of 1,500 colleges, universities, and other organizations committed to quality online teach and learning. The founder of the consortium, Dr. Frank Mayadas, is a good friend and colleague who has had an enormous impact on the development of online learning nationwide over the past 15 years. He is the program director for the online and blended learning initiatives at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; the Sloan Foundation has provided nearly $100 million to foster quality online teaching and learning.

Dr. Mayadas identified five key "pillars" supporting quality in online programs:
  • Learning Effectiveness
  • Access
  • Faculty Satisfaction
  • Student Satisfaction
  • Cost Effectiveness (institutional commitment)

All five of these pillars are necessary for a successful, high-quality, online program.

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