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NEW BOOK FOCUSES ON INNOVATIVE BUSINESS MODELS DRIVING HIGHER EDUCATION WASHINGTON, D.C.—New business models that harness technology and innovation are the key to reforming—and transforming—higher education in the United States. Despite enormous financial pressures and public mistrust, “pockets of genius” on some campuses are already ramping up the value and cost-effectiveness of education, argues author [...]

Quality: The Real Benchmark of Value in Technology-Enhanced Learning (Part 2)

This is the conclusion of a two-part series by Dr. Susan Aldridge, president of Drexel University Online, exploring quality in technology-enhanced education. In the first part, Dr. Aldridge shared three elements administrators should consider when it comes to assessing quality in online and hybrid learning. In this conclusion, she shares some case studies of successful [...]

Quality: The Real Benchmark of Value in Technology-Enhanced Learning (Part 1)

Over the years, online education has sparked many a lively and often contentious debate around the halls of academia. Yet, given the tremendous impact of interactive technology on our personal and professional lives, it’s becoming increasingly obvious — even to the naysayers — that these digital tools can indeed transform the way we learn. In [...]

Drexel Blog: The Online Student Connection

Susan Aldridge Appointed Senior Vice President of Drexel University for Online Learning

Let’s face it. Most of us still equate higher education with sprawling campuses and desks in a classroom. So the idea of earning a degree entirely online can be a bit intimidating – if not downright daunting – even for those who enthusiastically embrace the power of technology in every other aspect of their lives. [...]

Drexel Blog: Avatars make the grade for drexel’s online nursing students

Susan Aldridge Appointed Senior Vice President of Drexel University for Online Learning

Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions is well-acquainted with the educational merit of using patient proxies to teach essential clinical skills – having built a high-tech, high-touch simulation laboratory on campus, complete with life-size mannequins and the latest medical equipment. But this arrangement is far from convenient for the school’s many online nursing [...]

Graduate School 2.0: Three Ways to Put Technology to Work for Graduate Student Success

No doubt about it; digital technology has more than proven its value as a convenient and flexible medium for delivering academic programs. Just ask the thousands of working professionals out there, successfully pursuing their graduate degrees online at some of the best universities in the country. But aside from its transactional value, technology can also [...]

Creating a Culture of E-Learning Quality: The Case for Continuous Innovation – Dr. Susan Aldridge

Dr. Susan Aldridge, delivered this speech, titled “Creating a Culture of E-Learning Quality: The Case for Continuous Innovation”. It was delivered at Distance Learning Administration Conference 2014. ABSTRACT As e-learning continues to gain traction, distance administrators are under increasing pressure to ensure that it serves students well – both personally and professionally. In meeting the [...]

Drexel Blog: Two Worlds, One Life-Changing Experience: Online Nursing Students Go to Work on the Ground in Paraguay

Susan Aldridge Appointed Senior Vice President of Drexel University for Online Learning

When Kevin Hannon and Liz Clarke enrolled in the RN-BSN program at Drexel University Online, they never expected to end up in Paraguay for what both of them call “a life-changing experience.” But thanks to a unique partnership among Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, SouthEast Lancaster Health Services, and Outreach Paraguay, these two [...]

Susan Aldridge – Choice and Voice in the Multicultural/Multigenerational Classroom

Choice and Voice in the Multicultural/Multigenerational Classroom

Not too many years ago, college students were, for the most part, fresh out of high school and culturally homogenous, with minds that were essentially “clean slates” waiting to be filled with useful facts and functions. So when all was said and done, our “one size fits all” model of higher education, with its textbook-driven, [...]

Online programs navigate learning curves

Online programs navigate learning curves

The CMU online experts say universities have been, overall, slow to embrace online education. The likely reason: They realize it isn’t easy to do right. Students, meanwhile — especially adults in the workplace — are champing at the bit for it, statistics indicate. They want it because it fits their increasing need for higher education [...]

Drexel Blog: From Combat to College the Drexel University Way

Susan Aldridge Appointed Senior Vice President of Drexel University for Online Learning

At Drexel University, educating our men and women in uniform is not only a great privilege; it’s also a longstanding tradition – which has earned us a much-deserved spot among US News and World Report’s top 15 “Best Colleges for Veterans.” Not long after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, our university was selected to [...]

Drexel Blog: From MOOT to MOOC: Taking Legal Education to a Whole New Level

Susan Aldridge Appointed Senior Vice President of Drexel University for Online Learning

Most of us would chuckle at the thought of cardiac surgeons perfecting complicated heart procedures by simply reading a textbook or listening to a lecture. In truth, they learn by practicing their skills over and over as an integral part of their medical education, under the expert eye of seasoned surgeons, who provide plenty of [...]

Drexel Blog: The Real Value of a Drexel Degree

Susan Aldridge Appointed Senior Vice President of Drexel University for Online Learning

As a new arrival on the Drexel campus, I have spent the past few months getting to know my colleagues, as well as our students. Needless to say, it has not only been a pleasure, it has also given me a unique opportunity to discover some of the many “pockets of genius” among this university’s [...]

Drexel Blog: Technology Solutions to Live and Learn By

Susan Aldridge Appointed Senior Vice President of Drexel University for Online Learning

Imagine you are a healthcare practitioner treating a hearing impaired patient in rural Pennsylvania, where sign language interpreters are few and far between. So to gather critical information about his irregular heartbeat, you whip out your iPad and pull up Sign 4 Me, a nifty application that acts as a virtual, on-the-spot interpreter. Before long, [...]

Reinventing Online Higher Ed

Susan Aldridge Appointed Senior Vice President of Drexel University for Online Learning

A recent study by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) reported that about 95 percent of students enrolled in their free, online courses (EdX) dropped them before earning a certificate of completion. Increasingly, colleges and universities, both not-for-profit institutions like the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and especially for-profit institutions such [...]

Online education: From campus to computer

Article by Susan Aldridge, Online education: From campus to computer

  Formerly on the fringes, distance learning has gained wide acceptance among students, institutions of higher education and even employers. At a time when career needs are constantly morphing and most “good” jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree, students of all ages are trading the campus for the computer in record numbers – a [...]

Dr. Susan Aldridge joins Drexel University

Susan Aldridge Appointed Senior Vice President of Drexel University for Online Learning

Dr. Susan Aldridge has joined Drexel University. Dr. Susan serves as senior vice president for Online Learning and president of Drexel University Online. Aldridge is responsible for building an administrative division that provides comprehensive services focused on the unique needs of online students and pursues new approaches to online curricula, teaching and student tracking that [...]

Harnessing the power of continuous innovation

Policy paper by Susan Aldridge - "Harnessing the power of continuous innovation" at 10th Anniversary Annual Meeting at the President's Forum

Policy paper by Dr. Susan Aldridge – “Harnessing the power of continuous innovation” – to be discussed in the 10th Anniversary Annual Meeting at the President’s Forum in Washington on October 7th- 8th. The Presidents’ Forum, established in 2004, is a collaboration of accredited, national, adult-serving institutions and programs which have embraced the power and [...]

Susan Aldridge Appointed Senior Vice President of Drexel University for Online Learning

Susan Aldridge Appointed Senior Vice President of Drexel University for Online Learning

Susan Aldridge has been appointed Senior Vice President for Online Learning. In a letter going out the Drexel Community, the President of Drexel University said ….. Susan brings 17 years of higher education leadership experience and has built an international reputation as one of the premier innovators in online and distance education. She is the [...]

Veterans find out-of-state military service can cost big when starting college

Veterans find out-of-state military service can cost big when starting college Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2013/07/16/2864633/veterans-find-out-of-state-military.html#storylink=cpy

Groups such as the American Association of State Colleges and Universities worry that the bill represents an overreach by the federal government, since determining tuition rates is something states handle. The association also thinks the present language of the bill could have some unintended adverse results, such as slashing current benefits to veterans. “This bill [...]