Pioneering in the Online Liberal Arts

Posted on February 16, 2018 by
Dr. Ruth A.H. Lahti

The liberal arts are coming alive online in unique ways at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Long outdated is the stereotypical image of a lone bookworm buried in a dusty corner of the university library. Instead, our liberal arts students are engaged in lively online communities where they read, write and create in ways that […]

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Healthcare Complexity and Interdisciplinary Education

Posted on February 8, 2018 by
Jan Wyatt

The future of the healthcare industry is complex and changing as related to not only growth in demand for healthcare services, but also a myriad of other issues.  A sampling of these issues include: An increase in healthcare demand due to the aging population; The Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare” may be repealed and replaced; […]

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Business: Meeting the Market Demand

Posted on January 26, 2018 by
Dr. Bruce Stetar

Employers now realize that their employees need to keep learning through their entire careers, not just at the beginning, and are turning to higher education institutions to provide those educational experiences. They want their employees to be able to access “just-in-time” education and training that will enable them to upgrade their skills to face new […]

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Our Commitment to Faculty

Posted on January 19, 2018 by
Brandi Hoyt

The Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), College of Online and Continuing Education has developed a reputation for being more demanding of faculty than other institutions, but also more rewarding. We have high expectations of our online faculty and seek and expect the best for our mission. At our core we are committed to student success […]

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Familiar Faces: Making Connections with Students in Online Programs

Posted on January 12, 2018 by
Kirstin Bibbiani and Willem Brooke-deBock

A secret fear of many online educators is that their students are going to feel a deeper bond with their device than they do with the institution, program, faculty or peers.  These fears were validated by the findings published in 2017 study by The Learning House and Aslanian Market Research Group; of the 1,500 prospective […]

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OFYE Matters: Building Rapport

Posted on January 5, 2018 by
Jamie Holcomb

Perhaps one of the most important relationships in Online First Year Education (OFYE) students’ learning experience is the one fostered with their teacher. New students come to class with varying degrees of preparedness, confidence, educational experience, and skill. Many new students struggle with asking for help and hesitate to reach out when necessary. A strong, […]

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The Puzzle of the Macro in the Micro

Posted on December 22, 2017 by
Dr. Sasha Thackaberry

Originally published on Educause.edu Raise your hand if you’re not thinking about microcredentials. If you just raised your hand, you’re bound to be sitting at home, alone, because you’re being shunned by the entire higher education innovation sector. You might consider turning back now (but it’d be great if you stuck it out ’til the […]

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Divining the Data: Measuring Student Success

Posted on December 15, 2017 by
Dr. Sheryl Phillips

One of our key values is using data to inform our strategy, decisions and actions. Understanding and having access to data help us ensure we are providing the best experience possible for our students. However, making sense of all of the data and using it wisely has been an evolving process. Five years ago our […]

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New Learning Models

Posted on December 8, 2017 by
Dr. Sasha Thackaberry

Historically in online learning, the dominant model has been transitioning content delivery from a face-to-face format to an online format. This emphasis paralleled the development of distance learning, and utilizes a primarily “broadcast” model of education, and, despite research advances in effective pedagogy in online courses, largely still dominates online education. Though the history of […]

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The Power of Unlearning

Posted on December 1, 2017 by
Dr. Gregory Fowler, CAO

This year it was abundantly clear to the COCE Academics team that leadership and innovation in the higher education space is as much about unlearning as it is about learning. Yes, we continued our work in mastering learning science and analyzing how new technologies impacted the learning experience for our students. But equally important was […]

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