October 10, 2014
“Our future growth relies on competitiveness and innovation, skills and productivity... and these in turn rely on the education of our people.”
This academic year marks the second full year for the Innovative Learning Institute and we are seeing the fruits of our labor beginning to emerge. If you haven't visited the new ILI website, I strongly encourage you to, especially if you are a faculty member in need of support and services. On the ILI website, you will find stories of how RIT faculty have innovated in their classroom, strategies that are proven to work, online course development services and much more.
RIT Online, a division of the ILI, is going quite strong as you can see by visiting its website. RIT has now has 27 programs fully online - 14 master’s programs, 8 advanced certificates, 1 bachelor’s program, 1 associate degree, 1 diploma program, and 2 certificates. We also are waiting for NYSED approval of 2 additional advanced certificates.
Enrollments in both online courses and online programs have increased from last year. In particular, there has been 35% growth in graduate online course enrollments since fall 2012, and 29% growth in online course enrollments (graduate and undergraduate) during the same time period. This next academic year will see continued emphasis on growing enrollments and increasing the number of graduate level online program opportunities.
The other division of the ILI is Teaching and Learning Services, which supports enhancing faculty teaching and student learning. The TLS partners with RIT faculty to improve and expand their students’ learning experience with on-campus, online, and blended courses. It supports faculty in designing courses, applying appropriate academic technologies, developing media, and using classroom technology resources. I encourage all faculty to peruse the TLS website and become familiar with the services it provides.
It is with this in mind that I announce my intention to identify the permanent Executive Director for the ILI. As you know, Dr. Neil Hair has been serving in the interim position and has taken the ILI from 0 to 60 in just two and a half short years. Now we'd like to conduct an internal search to find the permanent director. I have charged a search committee, chaired by Professor Rob Garrick from CAST, to conduct this search. You can find the charge as well as the other members of the committee on my website.
I am bullish on the continued innovations RIT faculty are known for in their pedagogical approaches. The ILI is there as a partner with faculty to make sure our students have the best learning experience possible.