Thursday, May 26, 2005

E-CaD: A New Curriculum Model at the University of Phoenix

E-CaD (Enhanced Curriculum & Delivery Model) represents a change in the distance education practices of the University of Phoenix, implemented to allow for larger classes. E-CaD has the following key features:

Student Academic Expectations

  • students actively participate with substantive remarks in online discussions 4/7 days a week (previously 5/7 days)
  • final week of class has optional student participation in online discussions (previously students participated all weeks of course)
  • weekly summaries are optional ( previously these were required)

Faculty Academic Expectations

  • provide detailed syllabus (change only in specific E-CaD details)
  • share two weekly online discussion questions (previously 3-6 questions)
  • freedom to assign weekly online discussion questions to learning teams (previously dialog questions created only for individual students)
  • share weekly lectures can be optional if course has weekly overview of material in rEsource
  • respond to student comments 5/7 days in online discussions (no change)
  • share weekly grade reports with students (no change) (E-CaD, 2004)

Since the University of Phoenix is considered a leader in best practices in online education, these changes in expectations will be taken into account by course designers across the academic universe.


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2 Comments:

Blogger Dr. Tammy said...

Interesting that UoP is considering 4 out of 7 days. I guess this is based on feedback from learners...which they listen to...over time.

UoP just changed from a Thurs. to Tues. start date each week as a response to learner needs.

I don't know how many schools follow UoP's model. It's a good model.

7:41 PM  
Blogger Marlo M said...

iNTERESTING. SEEMS LIKE ITS GETTING EASIER! whAT DOES THAT MEAN? iS COLLEGE TOO HARD? I DON'T THINK SO...i AM ONE OF THE LUCKY PEOPLE WHO STUDY VERY VERY LITTLE AND DO PRETTY WELL WITH LITTLE EFFORT. bUT THEN, THAT MIGHT BE BECAUSE MY MAJOR IS SOMETHING i'M TRULY INTERESTED IN. laW AND cRIMINAL jUSTICE. IF IT WERE ECONOMICS OR BUSINESS, I'D DIE OF BOREDOM!

DISTANCE EDUCATION ROCKS!

3:52 PM  

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