The Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences Department at Utah State University is interested in expanding their face-to-face Masters of Science degree program to include distance education (online) learning. The faculty is hoping it will bring in more students and funding for the current MS program. The Performance Systems Class, Instructional Technology 6470, examined the current MS registration process, program, and the beginning course development and conversion process to online education. After reviewing three research questions, recommendations on improving quality and efficiency have been made. The suggestions are based on the value stream mapping of the current state of the program. The future state is then delineated and other possible barriers to efficiency and quality have been described. The recommendations are as follows. First, a cyclical process which may include use of the FACT center or graduate students is suggested for developing online classes. The goal for course development is six weeks. Second, to enrich the student experience the following may be considered: secondary application deadlines, higher accessibility to department information, and more frequent contact time with advisors. Third, the alternative processes from several universities are described to provide the department with knowledge of possible routes in creating the online MS degree.
- Instructional Technology Learning Sciences
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