eCollege’s Online Course Assessment Helps Schools Achieve Consistent Quality
DENVER – April 23, 2003 – eCollege(SM) [Nasdaq: ECLG], a leading provider of technology and services for online higher education programs, is helping institutions achieve consistent quality across their online programs through a unique course assessment process. eCollege’s Online Course Assessment serves as a critical component of an online program by empowering institutions to evaluate and improve online courses in line with their quality standards.
“Supporting quality courses and qualified instructors is a significant part of our overall solution that powers the success and growth of online programs,” said Oakleigh Thorne, chairman and CEO of eCollege. “Helping an institution set and achieve quality standards across the online program can result in increased student satisfaction, and ultimately higher completion and retention rates.”
Developed with input from the University of Dallas, the Online Course Assessment is based on the knowledge gained by eCollege’s expert Instructional Design Team in developing and assessing thousands of online courses for some of the most successful programs in the country. eCollege continues to involve its customers in the product and service development process to make sure it provides the most relevant offerings.
“This self-directed approach is helping the University of Dallas improve course quality by putting assessment capabilities directly in the hands of faculty,” said Dr. Stan Kroder, associate dean of Online Learning, University of Dallas. “Not only does the Online Course Assessment enable our faculty to conveniently benefit from of eCollege’s experience in order to enhance current courses, it provides strategies and insights for developing new ones as well. Course assessment should be a routine part of a university’s continuous improvement efforts for its online program.”
The Online Course Assessment evolved from eCollege’s traditional, one-on-one course auditing services. The product is structured as an online exam, providing faculty, instructional designers, course auditors and an institution’s review committee with an extensive assessment guideline. Assessment results and specific enhancement strategies are presented in the Gradebook feature, along with links to “Best Practices” and “How-To” instructions. Additionally, institutions can modify the Online Course Assessment to include information specific to their school. For more information regarding eCollege’s course auditing services or this assessment tool, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
eCollege [Nasdaq: ECLG] is a leading eLearning technology and services provider to educational markets. The Company designs, builds and supports some of the most successful, fully online degree, certificate/diploma and professional development programs in the country. eCollege’s customers include publicly-traded for-profit institutions, community colleges, public and private universities, school districts, and state departments of education. The Company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Denver. For more information, visit www.eCollege.com
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