Online Programs

 

I have learned that an online course works for delivering this content and works extremely well with a diverse, professional student body.

Susan Martin

Online programs at Georgetown University include both undergraduate and graduate degree and non-credit certificate programs.

Online programs at Georgetown reflect the core educational mission of the University by supporting the development of reflective lifelong learners and building upon our tradition of excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. We offer the same academic rigor as our on-campus programs and provide our online students with both student and academic services to support their learning.

Georgetown’s institutional approach to online programs ensures that online education at Georgetown is part of the institution’s systems of governance and academic oversight ensuring the integrity of our online offerings.

What are some considerations for developing an online course?

Fully online courses allow students to take courses from geographically remote locations, without any need to come to campus. Hybrid courses, on the other hand, take advantage of both the on-campus and online learning space. Depending on the programmatic approach, whether the program is fully online or whether it offers both on-campus and online learning opportunities for students, the considerations for developing an online course will vary. However, the considerations generally fall within the following categories:

  • Curriculum mapping and assessment
  • Course-level alignment (outcomes, content, assessment)
  • Learning space and technology
  • Student and academic support services
  • Faculty support services
  • Faculty and student development
  • Monitoring and evaluation including institutional and learning analytics

What is our approach and methodology?

The CNDLS approach to online programming connects the learning process and learning outcomes at multiple levels—institutional, curricular, course, and individual. This integrative approach to our online programming enables students, faculty, and staff to explore intermediate process outcomes. With this approach, adjusting the direction of the teaching and learning strategies during a course of study becomes intentional and visible.

To implement this approach, we follow an attentive and structured learning design process for the development of new online programs and/or re-design of existing ones. This process focuses on the examination of the affordances of the learning space itself across the institutional, curricular, and course levels. As a result, an individual student’s learning experience is not only academically rigorous but also offers learners opportunities for formative reflection throughout their Georgetown education.

What tools and options are available?

We use a range of instructional technology tools for both synchronous and asynchronous interaction. Our core learning management system for online programs is Canvas (http://www.instructure.com/higher-education/).

How do we assure quality?

CNDLS has a team of learning design, assessment, and media specialists to assist faculty developing their online courses.

How do we assess quality and impact?

Georgetown University is an institutional member of both QualityMatters and the Online Learning Consortium. Both these external organizations offer rubrics for reviewing both the readiness of the institution to offer online programs and the quality of the design of courses.