The transition to the new system will take about 18 months to complete, but that is only the beginning.
“Changing the LMS is only the first part of an even bigger project, and that is revitalizing our online education,” Vicki Westergard, executive director of eCampus, Web and Instructional Technology, told the board.
More than 90 members of faculty and staff are involved in a complete examination of how online learning at St. Petersburg College should look in the years ahead. See a previous story in the Blue & White on revitalizing online education for more details.
“The larger issue is online education in general,” said Rich Mercadante, Faculty Governance Organization president. “Over summer, Dr. Law put together a white paper with some of questions we should be considering with online education.
“One of the questions he wrote really captured the spirit of what we need to accomplish: What level of learning or support should a student have a right to expect when he or she enrolls at SPC?”
President Bill Law told the board that SPC already is a leader in online education. “About 10 percent of all online enrollment in the Florida College System is done by St. Petersburg College. We are the lead dog in this. We’ve been at this the longest so our stuff is a little shopworn. It’s like every other technology, it’s a consumable. “
See the Learning Management System Replacement PowerPoint presented to the Board of Trustees on Tuesday.
Watch the Board of Trustees meeting discussion about the learning management system and online education revitalization.
Read Dr. Law’s four-page white paper on Online Course Renewal at St. Petersburg College that sets out the issues, challenges and expectations for the project.
See the Online Education PowerPoint presented by Vicki Westergard at Fall Faculty.