Creating Faculty-Centered Quality Assurance for Online Courses
In spring 1998, SUNY Canton reached beyond its traditional classroom walls and offered its first online course, Earth Science 107. Eighteen students were enrolled in the course. Within a few years, the small upstate college, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) university system, had embraced distance education, earning the reputation within the state system as a leader in online learning. The college owes this reputation largely to a quality assurance program first introduced in 2005, a time when many faculty members were skeptical of online learning.