Online & Hybrid Learning Expands @GVSU

Grand Valley State University currently offers 6 online (100% of the courses are online) and 23 hybrid (at least 50% of the courses are in the online or hybrid format) programs.

The online programs are offered by:

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Education
  • Nursing

The hybrid programs are provided by:

  • Community and Public Service
  • Education
  • Health Professions
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Nursing

Online and Hybrid Enrollment at GVSU Up by 17%

Flexible learning options at the university continue to grow as more faculty become certified to teach online and as more courses are offered in the online and hybrid modality.

Online and hybrid enrollment expanded this year by 17% (from 2015) to include over 3,800 enrollments in online and hybrid classes at GVSU.

In addition, 14% of all students at the university are enrolled in at least 1 online or hybrid class.

The online/hybrid courses were taught by 136 faculty in 150 courses, representing 11% of the classes at the university.

Students at GVSU take a blend of face to face and online/hybrid classes with some students residing in other states and even overseas. Learning online is growing nationally as well, with over 5.8 million students taking at least 1 online course (which amounts to more than 1 in 4 students) according to the Babson Survey Research Group.

“The trend of increasing distance education enrollments in the face of declining overall higher ed enrollments suggests an important shift in the American higher education landscape, with contemporary learners leaning in to online options,” said Kathleen S. Ives, chief executive officer and executive director of the Online Learning Consortium. “The majority of academic leaders recognize this and understand online learning is critical to their institutions’ long-term strategy.”

GVSU Strategic Plan

As indicated in the Babson survey above, eLearning (online/hybrid) is critical to an institutions long-term strategy.  In fact, the 2016-2021 GVSU Strategic Plan includes a priority statement for expanding the number of courses offered in the online and hybrid format.

Strategic Priority 3: Ensure the alignment of institutional structures and functions.

Institutional outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 3.D.2: At least 30% of undergraduate courses are offered in innovative approaches and formats, such as hybrid, online and competency-oriented. Baseline for undergraduate courses for Fall 2014 is 6%.

Objective 3.D.3: At least 30% of graduate courses are offered in innovative approaches and such as hybrid, online and competency-oriented. Baseline for graduate courses for Fall 2014 is 25%.

eLearning and Emerging Technologies Provides Faculty Support

With the growth in eLearning nationally and locally at the university, the eLearning and Emerging Technologies team is here to provide support to faculty at GVSU that are interested in creating and/or teaching an online or hybrid course.  Faculty learn how to prepare, design, and teach an online or hybrid course through a Foundations of Online/Hybrid Course Development workshop which is facilitated by 3 instructional designers in the IDeL group.

In addition, digital media and technology support is provided by a digital media developer, 2 eLearning and instructional technology specialists, and 2 system analysts that work with the university’s Blackboard learning management system.  Blackboard support for faculty is provided by the eLearning team including 2 graduate assistants through seminars, email, phone, and office consultations.  Online readiness for students, along with a variety of student services are also offered by the university, including the GVSU IT HelpDesk.

How can the eLearning team help YOU? Please reach out and let us know!

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