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Office of the President Blog

Online Education Needs More Than Technology to Be Done Right

By David Harpool, President, Northcentral University 

Northcentral University is a private, nonprofit online university focused on delivering primarily graduate education to working professionals.

As colleges and universities decide how to handle the upcoming fall semester, some are moving more courses online. Unfortunately, “online” is becoming synonymous to “technology-supported courses,” not true remote learning

NCU Faculty Represents Terrorism Victims Before Supreme Court

By Edward Maggio, JD, M.Sc., Adjunct Professor, School of Business

At NCU, I serve as an adjunct professor in the School of Business. In that role, I currently teach Introduction to Legal Studies, Constitutional Law, Civil Actions I-II, Contract Law and Strategic Planning and Implementation in Criminal Justice.

It’s Necessary, but It’s Not Online Learning

David Harpool, JD, PhD
President, Northcentral University

I applaud the quick actions of higher education in response to the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Recent data from Italy, France, and Vietnam suggest younger, seemingly healthy students can be carriers. The health threat to older adults is clear and maybe understated to traditional college-aged students. During the last few weeks, on-ground higher education institutions have made the correct, although painful, decision to move online. 

Building an Online Learning Community through Cruising and Other Innovative Approaches

A challenge with online learning is ensuring you build a community for student-to-student and student-to-faculty engagement. By design, our 1-to-1 “Teaching Through Engagement (TTE)” model promotes faculty-to-student community. To build student-to-student and student-to-alumni community among all constituencies requires additional approaches.

My Day with Jimmy Carter - By Dr. David Harpool, President, Northcentral University

In 1978 I was a page for President Jimmy Carter, at an event associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, in Atlanta, Georgia. Since then, we both left the Southern Baptist Denomination—or more accurately, with a large number of Southern Baptists making an intolerant move to ultra-conservativism and political activism, the denomination left us. I was 17 years old, had just taken my first flight, and was attending this convention in the largest city I had ever visited. I was receiving a National Service Award from the denomination, and President Carter was the Keynote Speaker.

NCU's Teaching Through Engagement (TTE) model is key to successful online learning

At Northcentral University, we reject the “sage on stage” model of teaching – where a professor stands in the front of the room and lectures. It was never very effective in the traditional classroom, and is disastrous in an online course. Instead, we use a model, unique to NCU, called Teaching Through Engagement (TTE), © where the goal is for our students, faculty, and team members to be actively “engaged” in the University community. It is the model of faculty-student interaction that NCU uses to foster learning in our online environment.

 

A New Model of Higher Education in the Age of Emerging Models

Historically, colleges and universities, regardless of their mission, were private or public. Later, for-profit higher education emerged as an alternative model.  Although institutions invested in new formats and modalities – such as extended-campuses, weekend and night formats and mini-courses – colleges and universities were largely private, public or for-profit.

Diversity at NCU – An Expanded View

At NCU, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). These words often get collapsed together but we wanted to share briefly that when we talk about diversity in our context, we are talking about the diversity of identities that exist among us in terms or race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, economic status, education level, and other identities. We all make up our diverse work environment and we are stronger because of the diversity that exists at NCU.

Introduction to the NCU President’s Blog

Welcome to the Office of the President’s blog. As President of Northcentral University, I look forward to a robust and stimulating dialogue on the future of higher education, and how best to advance the Mission of NCU.

NCUOne: A Learning Management System that supports Teaching by Engagement

In 1989, when I first experienced teaching in an online format, I discovered the potential power of online learning, and the extreme limitations of our learning management system (LMS).  As one technology director stated, “It doesn’t do much, but it is reliable.”  Truthfully, the LMS was horrible, nothing more than horrid lecture notes, posted online, and email.

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