Self-Assessment Guide: Creating a New Program

April 24, 2024

When you’re ready to launch an online program, it’s essential to consider industry demands, accreditation requirements, and engaging key stakeholders. This guide explains how and why to focus on creating an online program that enhances learning through technology rather than simply replicating traditional methods. Key takeaways include:

  • Understanding market demands and industry needs is essential for creating a successful online program.
  • Accreditation requirements should be considered in the design of the program to ensure rigor and standards are met.
  • Engaging key stakeholders—including faculty, student support staff, marketing professionals, and department leadership—early on can promote buy-in and success.
  • Using learning design resources and best practices can ensure the program is pedagogically sound.
  • Technology should be adaptable to individual needs and preferences and used to promote engagement and accessibility for all learners. 
  • Maintaining university branding and identity across all programs can create a seamless student experience.
  • Collaboration and inclusivity are key in developing a successful online program.

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