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Developing and Assessing Quality Online Courses and Programs

workshop by Anthony Piña,
Dean of Online Studies, Sullivan University

Friday, February 3, 2012
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Regency Room, Holmes Student Center


Anthony Piña
Anthony Piña

In this interactive workshop, the current status and growth trends online learning in higher education as well as proven indicators of quality online courses and programs will be explored. Sample quality guidelines and metrics for assessing the quality of online courses and programs will be discussed. Participants will review examples of well-designed and poorly-designed online courses and will leave with recommended best practices for measuring course quality and effectiveness that will help them in their own online course development efforts. All those from across disciplines who have an interest in creating quality and effective online courses and programs and/or assessing them will benefit from this workshop.

Dr. Anthony Piña currently serves as Dean of Online Studies and Distinguished Lecturer at Sullivan University, Kentucky’s largest private regionally-accredited (SACS) university. With over 15 years experience in online education and having taught at the middle school, high school, community college and university levels, Dr. Piña continues to teach online and oversees an academic division that delivers over 400 online courses and online degree and certificate programs to more than 3,000 students with 150 faculty who teach online. He has published widely in the field of online learning and has delivered over 130 conference presentations and 200 training workshops for faculty related to online learning and educational technology.

Tentative Agenda

Morning Session
8:30   Check-in and Refreshments
9:00   Introduction and Overview
9:15   Current status and growth of online learning
9:45   Elements of quality online courses and programs
10:30   Break
10:45   Quality online course design
  • Principles from widely-accepted rubrics
  • Examples of successful and unsuccessful online courses and programs
Afternoon Session
12:00   Lunch in Blackhawk Cafeteria
1:00   Sample quality guidelines and metrics
2:30   Break
2:45   Recommended best practices for measuring quality and effectiveness
4:00   Conclusion and workshop evaluations

Sponsored by:
Assessment Services
Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information

This workshop is open to NIU administrators, faculty, and staff. Registered participants will receive workshop materials, lunch, and a certificate of participation. If you do not wish to receive a certificate, please inform the Center while registering for the workshop. Advance registration is required.

Due to the expensive nature of the program and the advance notice needed for arranging food and materials, please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire workshop, if you register. After you register, if you are unable to attend, please inform the Center by January 30, 2012 by sending an email to so those on the waiting list may be given the opportunity to attend the workshop or program costs can be reduced.

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 20, 2012

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Last Updated: 07/10/2014