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Welcome to Finlandia University Online!
Online learning at Finlandia University responds to today's information-intense, knowledge-based society and enables the university to reach students that need or want the flexibility of completing a degree without having to attend traditional classroom sessions.
In fall 2007 Finlandia began offering online courses via the eCollege platform, a comprehensive outsource solution that provides students in-house technical support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The university offers three levels of online courses: 1) eCourse (fully online), 2) Hybrid (no more than 50% online), and 3) eCompanion (regularly scheduled classes with an online component).
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Online Learning Comes to Finlandia University
by Carol Bates
The online market share has more than tripled since 2001. By the end of 2006 there were 1.5 million 100% online students. In 2010 - 1 in 10 will be taking an online course.
These statements are part of the online education trends and influenced the decision by Finlandia University to start offering some online courses. Campuses are also transitioning toward "anytime, anyplace" learning. The availability of technology for instructional purposes is blurring the lines between resident instruction and distance learning. We must think of distance learning as providing another delivery means among many to deliver the quality education programs required at disparate locations. We must embrace the concept of life-long learning via any media available for learning.
Dr. Rita-Marie Conrad, author of The Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web, notes, "We no longer deliver courses. Instead, we create ‘knowledge environments'." Many call the "learning community" a "virtual community" and indicate that we may want to help create learning communities, whose lives extend beyond the length of our courses, assisting in the mission of lifelong learning.
There are some immediate and practical reasons why we're learning online these days. Traditional classroom learning, which many call in-person face-to-face learning, is starting to show some limitations. The cost of travel, time involved, need for quick updates and information, offerings at only certain days and times, and only one location, are a few of the limitations.
But there is something bigger going on as well. Our society is moving rapidly from an industrial or manufacturing-based society into an information or knowledge economy.
Online learning responds to an information or knowledge-based economy. It has certain characteristics that fit in well with where our society is going technologically, businesswise, information-wise, and educationally.
We started looking at ways to offer online courses in the fall of 2005 and the decision was made to go with eCollege, a comprehensive outsource solution, in summer 2006. As the only provider with all of the hardware, software and support services under one roof, eCollege offers single-point accountability to assure programs provide a high-quality experience for students. This integrated solution has the following key components: Teaching Solutions, Program Administration System, Technology Infrastructure, and Support Services.
Finlandia offered three eCourses (fully online) this spring and eight eCompanion courses (meet in the classroom but have a web component). We will have six eCourses this summer and eight in the fall. At some point we will also offer hybrid courses e.g. a science course where the lecture and other components will be online but students will come to campus for the lab.
The decision to begin offering online courses and programs at Finlandia University is a big step in meeting the needs of our students as we transition toward "anytime, anyplace" learning. This requires substantial shifts in teacher's roles and it has been exciting to be a part of the transition.