Two Decades of Teaching Innovations—Recent ICASIT Hybrid Course Samples and Articles
ICASIT has been active for two decades on several fronts in computer-mediated learning. A generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation enabled ICASIT to offer a unique Distance Learning (DL) cost model, developed by Dr. John Milam, which has been widely distributed, nation-wide. Using this GMU Model it is possible to determine the true cost of DL at a university. Steve Ruth, ICASIT’s director, feels that DL is fundamentally more expensive than traditional methods, so far. “Eventually the costs will go down, but until then, universities need to measure the true cost of DL with the same rigor applied to other cost centers-that’s what our model does”, says Professor Ruth who described his approach in articles in Educause Quarterly &&and an additional examination in the journal IEEE Internet Computing.
As part of the Mellon grant seven experiments were conducted to validate the model in courses like astronomy, history, MIS, statistics, computer science and geography. ICASIT continues to experiment in various instructional settings. The aim is drastic, innovative changes in current practice. Results of these experiments, which were partly funded by the Instructional Development Office at GMU, have been encouraging. Samples of recent blended learning courses as well as over a dozen articles based on them, can be found below. ICASIT-developed courses have been in the news for over a decade. They were first cited in almost two decades ago in a Datamation article featuring university-based on line programs in the United States that take advantage of ties with local businesses
Samples: Three Blended Learning Courses (2015-2017):
Introduction to Professor Ruth’s new course offered on line in Fall 2016 Semester : PUBP 710 Blogs and Social Media–A Public Policy perspective
Professor Ruth gives brief video introduction to his elective course for Spring 2016 Semester: PUBP 710 DL2 Internet and Public Policy: Technology or Tyranny?
Introduction to Professor Ruth’s new course offered on line in Fall 2015 Semester : PUBP 710 Massive, Open Online Courses (MOOC) and Higher Education Policy
Published Articles on
Technology in Higher Ed
by Stephen Ruth and ICASIT colleagues
Stephen Ruth Can MOOCs Help Reduce College Tuition?: MOOCs and technology to advance learning and learning research
Examines policy and financial issues associated with MOOC introduction
A closer look at deep budget cuts enabled in college tuition through application of structural change and leveraging fully the opportunities of MOOCs, course redesign and other “:radical” approaches.
Describes the effect of being able to import for-credit courses from one university to another, a practice currently rendered impossible by current culture in higher ed.
Suggests five approaches to save tens of billions of dollars annually in college expense through judicious use of existing IT approaches and major management revisions.
Stephen Ruth “Is E-Learning Really Working? The Trillion Dollar Question”
Presents advantages and disadvantages of E-Learning in the context of cost and return on investment. One in four college students now takes at least one course at distance.
Stephen Ruth, Martha Sammons and Lindsey Poulin E-Learning at the Crossroad-What Price Quality?
Offers five practical yet politically sensitive strategic approaches to both improve the quality and reduce the cost of postsecondary distance education.
Martha Sammons and Stephen Ruth, The Invisible Professor and the Future of Virtual Faculty
A realistic and somewhat pessimistic view of the quality trajectory of postsecondary distance learning approaches with dozens of examples and insights.
Stephen Ruth “E-Learning–A Financial and Strategic Perspective”
A challenge to traditional evaluation schemes for distance learning, the article selects three examples: traditional universities, for-profit universities (especially University of Phoenix), and the unique Open University system in Great Britain.
Stephen Ruth Virtual Learning: Between Imagination and Challenges
An examination of some of the tradeoffs that need to be considered in balancing costs and benefits in Distance from an international perspective.
P. Denning, R. Anthale, N. Dabbaugh, D. Menasce, J. Offutt, M. Pullen, S.Ruth and R. Sandu
Designing an IT College
Describes the results of a team-oriented approach to design an IT curriculum for the new University of the United Arab Emirates.
A brief look at some alternatives to traditional views on distance learning.
Joel Foreman Computerizing College Composition
In response to the daunting workload and limited resources of most college composition programs, this article examines how information technology can serve to streamline the process.
Stephen Ruth and Min Shi Distance Learning in Developing Countries: Is Anyone Measuring Cost-Benefits?
This article takes a brief, sober look at Distance Learning in the context of developing countries.
Stephen Ruth and Jiwan Giri The Distance Learning Playing Field: Do We Need Different Hashmarks?
Article stresses the need for an effective, two-dimensional field model for comparing distance learning programs, and includes a model.
Examines the complex hurdles that confront a manager trying to gain financial advantage from e learning.
Stephen Ruth, Joel Foreman, and Ted Tschudy Exploring the Middle Ground: A Course on Teaming in Cyberspace
Article explores a proposed classification system for determining the appropriate dose of IT intervention in college classes.