Certificate Programs: The “New Black” in Professional Development

In today’s ever-evolving workforce, lifelong learning is the key to gainful and fulfilling employment—which is why successful professionals are always on the lookout for quality continuing education, designed to drive career advancement. That being said, industry-relevant, postsecondary certificates are fast becoming the “new black” in professional development, at a time when employers and employees alike [...]

Building Campus Pride Among Virtual Students

For years, we’ve heard that students who learn online cannot possibly develop the same affinity for the institutions they attend as their peers who study on campus. But from where I sit, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, I see that attachment every year at commencement time when our online graduates travel [...]

Wired For Success

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Providing quality higher education for adults

Providing quality higher education for adults

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) first opened its classrooms in 1947 as a special college at the University of Maryland, created specifically to serve the state’s returning World War II veterans with GI Bill in hand. That was the spark that in many ways ignited America’s adult-learning movement and paved the way for open-access [...]