In Our June, 2017 Issue:

Letter to the Editor

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To the Editor:

The Metro State Distance-​Learning/​Intellectual Prop­erty Com­mit­tee of fac­ulty read with inter­est C.T. Corum’s arti­cle, titled “Break­ing the Piggy Bank: Why Online Classes Cost More Money Than Tra­di­tional Classes” in your March 2017 issue.

Our com­mit­tee was dis­ap­pointed that no fac­ulty were inter­viewed for this piece, because we work hard to advo­cate for improve­ments to online learn­ing. These include: ADA accom­mo­da­tion needs in online courses for stu­dents (e.g., closed cap­tion­ing, uni­ver­sal design); SCORM (Sharable Con­tent Object Ref­er­ence Model) for ensur­ing con­tent func­tions con­sis­tently across the learn­ing man­age­ment sys­tem; an online ori­en­ta­tion for stu­dents new to online course­work; and course tem­plates for con­sis­tency of nav­i­ga­tion and user expe­ri­ence as stu­dents move from course to course.

We would very much like the stu­dent body to know that our fac­ulty com­mit­tee has reviewed and ques­tioned the devel­op­ment of extra tech­nol­ogy fees asso­ci­ated with online learn­ing. As a com­mit­tee, we have advo­cated reg­u­larly for the most effec­tive, eco­nom­i­cal, and effi­cient uses of any tuition dif­fer­en­tials that may be needed for online and hybrid courses.

If any stu­dent would like to speak with our com­mit­tee regard­ing our committee’s research on this issue and our pro­pos­als for exam­in­ing the use of tuition dif­fer­en­tials for improv­ing stu­dent suc­cess, please feel free to con­tact Pro­fes­sor Car­olyn Whit­son, our committee’s chair, at carolyn.​whitson@​metrostate.​edu

Sin­cerely

Metro State Fac­ulty Distance-​Learning/​Intellectual Prop­erty Committe

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