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Zero to Online in Six Months

The School for Professional Studies (SPS) at Elmhurst College was chartered on 07/01/12 with a goal of having online programs offered for non-traditional students by the Elmhurst College Online Center (ECOC) in Spring Semester 2013 (February, 2013).  With just seven months before the start of the semester, SPS was challenged by limited time, financial, and staffing resources and dedicated to program quality. What components of orientation and development would be required to support faculty?  How would new online students be supported?  What policies and processes would need to be developed to support the new online center?  SPS married best practices in online learning, course development, and student affairs with the mission and core-values of the college to create a high-touch learning experience for students and faculty members.
Dr. Donna Gardner Liljegren, Elmhurst College
Donna Gardner Liljegren is Director of the Elmhurst College Online Center and Manager, Instructional Support for the School for Professional Studies of Elmhurst College.  In these roles she is responsible for the administration and growth of the Online Center as well as instructional support, including faculty recruiting, for online, onsite, and hybrid programs in the School for Professional Studies.  She has worked in higher education for over 20 years and distance learning for 15 years in both faculty and executive leadership roles. Dr. Liljegren earned BA and MA degrees in English from Governors State University and an Ed.D. in Adult Education from Nova Southeastern University.