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ISSUE 8 - Jan 2007
BGSU e-Learning News and Updates

College of Business Administration Launches Web-Centric Executive Masters of Organization Development Program in Spring 2006

The EMOD Department in the College of Business and the Online Learning Unit on campus, IDEAL, have been collaborating over the past 6 months to plan, develop, and deploy an engaging and interactive web-centric Executive Masters program. Read the featured interview with Dr. James McFillen and Ms. Angie Stoller below to learn more about this grand endeavor.
Learning 2.0:  IDEAL Faculty Lunch Hour Lecture Series
Join the staff of IDEAL (Interactive Distance Education for All Learners) for a new lunch hour series!  The series will feature informative and collaborative sessions with opportunities for faculty and staff to learn about current online technologies and pedagogical and administrative practices. Click Here to view the lecture series schedule.
TerenceOnline - Elearning and Educational Technology Resource Center/Blog
Whether you enjoy exploring how the latest technologies can improve your course or you get overwhelmed by them, IDEAL Instructional Designer, Terence Armentano, has developed an academic blog site for you. The eLearning resource center is designed to not only help instructors and learning professionals stay informed about new trends and technologies, but also provides strategies for implementation. Instructors from all over the world have been accessing the blog and enjoying the resources. View Terence's Blog at
Working Together
Brian Childs - A graduate of the BGSU MBA program, Brian works in a unique role for the new web-centric Executive Master of Organization Development Program. Brian was hired by EMOD to work directly with IDEAL to ensure student satisfaction relating to the online technology portion of the program. Brian has participated in IDEAL's Online Faculty Training Program and understands the unique challenges and benefits of online course delivery. Because of the techno rich environment of the EMOD program, Brian serves as technical support for the students as well as research assistant and online blogger for the program. View Brian's EMOD Blog at

Dr. Xiang Shen -
Please welcome Dr. Xiang Shen, the Director of Distance Learning in the Department of Continuing and Distance Education at Shandong University in China!  Dr. Shen has joined Bowling Green State University as a visiting scholar for the spring 2007 semester.  She has participated in IDEAL's Online Faculty Training Program and will be exploring the design, development, and implementation of web-based and web-centric courses and programs during her stay.  In addition, Dr. Shen will be researching the development and delivery of adult learning programs.  We look forward to an exchange of ideas and information about distance education programs in the U.S and China during Dr. Shen's visit!

Student Testimonial - Amanda Hooper
As a journalism and political science major, there is no greater place to study and work than “inside the beltway” in Washington D.C. Far away in Bowling Green, Ohio, an internship semester in D.C. seemed like a dream, but online learning was my ticket there. I had the opportunity to work a full-time internship in the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor and become fully immersed in the culture of Washington politics. However, the only way for me to retain my scholarship at BGSU was to remain a full-time student. Online courses made that possible. Not only did I keep my scholarship, but online classes helped me stay on my graduation track, despite spending the entire spring in Washington . The virtual world let me keep one foot in BGSU and one foot in Washington D.C., and the semester was definitely the most beneficial and enjoyable experience of my college career.

Do you want to teach online but don't know how to get started?
Contact Connie Molnar, IDEAL Director at or 419.372.7900 for assistance.

Articles, Ideas, and Innovations in online teaching and learning

Distance Technologies Play Major Role in the Re-Design of the Web-Centric Executive Master of Organization Development Program (EMOD)
In this interview, Business Professor and EMOD Chair, Dr. Jim McFillen, and EMOD Director, Ms. Angie Stoller, discuss what the EMOD web-centric program entails, why they chose the format, what it took to develop the program, and also give advice to others interested in pursuing a web-centric or online program at BGSU.
Read EMOD Interview

Making the Grade: Online Education in the United States, 2006
Nearly 3.2 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2005 term, a substantial increase over the 2.3 million reported the previous year. This study represents the 4th annual report on the state of online learning in U.S. higher education. Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group in partnership with the College Board, the report, based on responses from over 2,200 colleges and universities, examines a number of key questions: Read Full Report

My SecondLife
It is not everyday that you experience a rocket blasting off into space while seated in the cockpit. How often can you attend class on a platform that happens to be orbiting the earth? These are daily activities for anyone who visits the International Spaceflight Museum. The view from the platform was breath taking. There I was, looking down at the earth and all I could think about was the absence of guardrails on the platform. Wait, did I mention that this all took place in SecondLife? Read Full Article by IDEAL's Michael Kudela

Tips for a user-friendly course: Simplify the Course Menu

As you click around in Blackboard, you will start to notice some customizable features. This is a great way to make your course shell stand out from others, but also to make important information more accessible. The easiest way to do this is to simplify the buttons in the course menu. Read Full Article by IDEAL's Carolyn Matzinger

IDEAL's 3 week Online Faculty Training Program
The Next 3 Week ONLINE Faculty Training Program: February 5th - 23rd

What BGSU faculty are saying:

  • “All of it was valuable.  Perhaps most useful was seeing what could be done, the detailed instructions and being in a position of being forced to complete assignments........seeing it through the eyes of the student.”
  • “Overall, I found this extremely valuable and will recommend it to colleagues.”

An online course is much more than a repository of information. It is an interactive, collaborative, and informative method of instruction. What better way to learn how to teach effectively online than to experience it from the student's point of view. Join your colleagues for 3 weeks in learning how to harness the power of online instruction by participating in a completely online workshop via Blackboard and facilitated by a distance learning specialist. Just like most distance courses, this course works around your schedule rather than vice versa. After completing this workshop, you will receive an IDEAL Certificate of Training and you will join the ranks of other leaders in e-Learning at BGSU as a member of the BGSU e-Learning Colloquium.

Click here to learn more and enroll in the online training program or for more information call 419-372-6843, or e-mail

NOTE: This course is most beneficial for instructors somewhat new to facilitation and course design in the online environment.

The Next 3 Week ONLINE Faculty Training Program: February 5th - 23th

The Distance Learning newsletter is published bi-monthly by IDEAL (Interactive Distance Education for All Learners) to provide faculty with current news and initiatives in online learning at BGSU. Each newsletter will contain online pedagogy articles, training and workshop dates, online teaching tips, online teaching resources, and interviews with BGSU faculty or staff who teach online.

"BGSU is accredited from the North Central Association for its distance learning programs at BGSU and has also been granted the "Best Practices in Student Services" designation by the Ohio Learning Network."

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