Leaders in Online and Professional Continuing Education

Program Planning and Oversight in Professional, Continuing, and Online (PCO) Education - April 2022

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Faculty Member

Julie Uranis, Ph.D.

Cost

Members: $459.00

Non-Members: $599.00

Description

Possessing a solid understanding of the program planning process is critical for a PCO professional, particularly for those involved in the development, design, and delivery of opportunities for diverse learners. 

Program planning is exciting, complicated, and dependent on the contexts and variables that exist at an institution. This course provides essential background on the process of program planning, good sources of information to guide essential elements in the process, and perspectives PCO professionals should consider when planning programs. 

As a learning community, participants will have an opportunity to explore program planning, collaborate and share perspectives, and will be encouraged to create a non-mandatory program plan of their own with the goal of developing a better sense of the considerations necessary to build a successful and sustainable program.

Because a program can be any learning experience we create intentionally for a specific target population, participants can apply the information in this course to short (non-credit) programs, such as a one hour lecture, or lengthier (degree) programs regardless of the credential received by learners. This course explores the consistent attributes needed for all programs: the existence of learning outcomes/impact on learners as well as the ability to assess and evaluate the programs offered by a PCO unit. Because program planning is the act of developing ideas, working through the logistics of a program, and a systematic means of determining the initial viability of a program, this course can provide insights in all areas of a PCO enterprise.

Topics Covered

  • Internal and external resources necessary to develop programs
  • Key stakeholders in the program planning process
  • Operational and curricular components to PCO programs
  • The centrality of the learner and learner needs in the design of programs

Learning Objectives

  • Achieve an understanding of how programs are planned, executed, and evaluated relevant to the PCO enterprise and initiatives
    • Assessing, managing, and advocating for resources
    • Collaborating with internal and external partners
    • Assessing and evaluating performance
  • Become familiar with curriculum design, sourcing, and revisions inclusive of learning strategies and theories delivering instruction and supporting programmatic outcomes and objectives for PCO programs
    • Designing curriculum and credentials
    • Detailing operational components of programs
  • Become more socially perceptive and ready to facilitate diverse, inclusive, and culturally sensitive PCO working and learning environments
    • Identifying program ideas and responding to the needs of learners

Who should take this course? 

This four week course is designed for both the new PCO professional as well as those who have significant experience (3-5 years and beyond) planning credit and non-credit learning experiences. New professionals will have an opportunity to explore the multifaceted process and hone in one the skills and knowledge they need immediately to be more effective in their roles. More seasoned professionals will be challenged to review their program planning approach and determine if they can refine or be more inclusive of different components covered in the course. 

Format and Schedule

This is a four week course consisting of about five hours of weekly course work made up of readings, asynchronous activities, and a weekly one hour live class meeting via Zoom. The schedule for the weekly meetings will be: 

  • Wednesday April 27 at 2:00 ET 
  • Wednesday May 11 at 2:00 ET 
  • Wednesday May 18 at 2:00 ET 
  • Wednesday May 25 at 2:00 ET 

Julie Uranis, Ph.D.

Vice President for Online and Strategic Initiatives

UPCEA

Julie Uranis serves as the Vice President for Online and Strategic Initiatives at UPCEA. She also serves as the Managing Director of the National Council for Online Education. Uranis is a part-time lecturer at Eastern Michigan University, the University of Illinois-Springfield, and a founding faculty member in UPCEA’s Professional Development Program. Prior to joining UPCEA she led the distance learning and continuing and professional development teams at Western Kentucky University as the Director of Distance Learning and Innovation. She began her career at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) where she held both teaching and administrative positions. Uranis has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, a Master of Science in Technology Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Community College Leadership from EMU. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Uranis’ research, publications, and consulting work focus on professional, continuing and online education with attention to program planning and development, organizational efficiency and operations, student and faculty support, and budget models.

Uranis has been active with various organizations throughout her professional career including UPCEA, serving on the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and in other volunteer leadership roles; the Association of Continuing Higher Education, serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Continuing Education; the Kentucky Distance Learning Steering Committee, having served as meeting convener and WKU’s representative; the Blackboard Executive CBE Advisory Council; and other regional community groups and higher education associations.

See what past participants have said about this course: 

"The course content and materials, assigned readings, weekly discussions, were extremely relevant. I liked how the discussions were assigned and scheduled. I learned so much in such a short period of time. I am making significant contributions to my PCO unit because of what I learned from this course."


"Julie was great. She has such a positive, energetic demeaner and it was fun learning from her. She engaged the group well."


"All the content was very beneficial. Plus I enjoy being able to discus our unique situations during the live class versus going back over everything we just read or studied."


"I just want to say, Julia Uranis is a national treasure. Her energy and accessibility made this course. Thank you!"


"This was my first UPCEA course, and it was an eye opener for me. Although I have many years of experience as a college-level instructor for both face-to-face and online courses, I have not been a student for almost 40 years. I think I will always prefer in-person situations in education, but I know that online instruction is an ever-expanding industry, especially in the last couple of years with COVID. It is good to know that the experience continues to improve over time.  Well done UPCEA!"


"Julie was a great instructor. It was helpful to hear about her personal experiences and challenges in program planning."


"The faculty member was excellent: very welcoming and engaging. She had fantastic examples and could speak to a range of experiences with expertise. The course included excellent resources and thoughtfully prepared lectures."


"I really liked Julie. She was very personable and ensured that she was inclusive of all experience levels from seasoned veterans to newcomers to program planning (me). It was much appreciated."

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Course Intro - Engage (Zoom) Meeting - Wednesday 04/27/2022 at 2:00-3:00 PM (Eastern)
04/27/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
04/27/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes During our first call, we’ll do some introductions, go over the design and pacing of the course, and share our past experiences with program planning. In this and all Zoom calls we’ll follow ‘Vegas Rules’ (what happens in the zoom room stays in the zoom room) - we will talk more about that during our session. While our session will be recorded, in the event someone is unable to join our scheduled time, I expect everyone to treat our conversations as sacrosanct - not sharing or citing them in any way to those outside the course. Join the class for a live video-conferencing session. Participants are advised to access the session 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start time to ensure their technology is configured and working properly. Join Zoom Meeting https://upcea.zoom.us/j/83801080607 Meeting ID: 838 0108 0607 One tap mobile +13126266799,,83801080607# US (Chicago) +19294362866,,83801080607# US (New York) Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 929 436 2866 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) Meeting ID: 838 0108 0607 Find your local number: https://upcea.zoom.us/u/kc02nHvoxB
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Module/Week 1: Preparing for Program Planning
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Content A: Overview of Program Planning
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Content B: Managing Resources, That Includes People!
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Reading and Resources II
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Content C: It All Matters!
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Content D: Thinking about Assessment and Evaluation from the Beginning!
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Module/Week 2: Identifying Programs and Participants
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Content A: Generating Program Plan Ideas
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Video Conference Meeting - Wednesday 05/11/2022 at 2:00-3:00 PM (Eastern)
05/11/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
05/11/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes During our zoom call, we’ll spend the first few minutes greeting one another and then kick off the call discussing marketing - we’ll talk a bit about allocating marketing dollars, outsourcing marketing, and marketing on a shoestring budget. Please come prepared to share an example of a time when you helped support the marketing efforts of a program and share what you did and the results of your efforts. We’ll follow ‘Vegas Rules’ (what happens in the zoom room stays in the zoom room). While our session will be recorded, in the event someone is unable to join our scheduled time, I expect everyone to treat our conversations as sacrosanct - not sharing or citing them in any way to those outside the course. Join the class for a live video-conferencing session. Participants are advised to access the session 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start time to ensure their technology is configured and working properly. Join Zoom Meeting https://upcea.zoom.us/j/83801080607 Meeting ID: 838 0108 0607 One tap mobile +13126266799,,83801080607# US (Chicago) +19294362866,,83801080607# US (New York) Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 929 436 2866 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) Meeting ID: 838 0108 0607 Find your local number: https://upcea.zoom.us/u/kc02nHvoxB
Reading and Resources II
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Content B: Considering Perspective & Voice in PCO Programming
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Content C: Considering Cognitive and Physical Abilities in PCO Programming
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Module/Week 3: Developing Partnerships to Identify Talent and Content for Programs
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Video Conference Meeting - Wednesday 05/18/2022 at 2:00-3:00 PM (Eastern)
05/18/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
05/18/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes During our zoom call we’ll spend the first few minutes greeting one another and then kick off the call discussing partnerships. We’ll briefly discuss our asynchronous engage activity and then we’ll spend some time talking about kicking off partnerships on the right foot, who needs to be at the table (most of the time) and when you need to consider ending a partnership. Please come prepared to share an example of time when a partnership went unexpectedly well. We’ll follow ‘Vegas Rules’ (what happens in the zoom room stays in the zoom room). While our session will be recorded, in the event someone is unable to join our scheduled time, I expect everyone to treat our conversations as sacrosanct - not sharing or citing them in any way to those outside the course. Join the class for a live video-conferencing session. Participants are advised to access the session 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start time to ensure their technology is configured and working properly. Join Zoom Meeting https://upcea.zoom.us/j/83801080607 Meeting ID: 838 0108 0607 One tap mobile +13126266799,,83801080607# US (Chicago) +19294362866,,83801080607# US (New York) Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 929 436 2866 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) Meeting ID: 838 0108 0607 Find your local number: https://upcea.zoom.us/u/kc02nHvoxB
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Content C: Credentials
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Module/Week 4: Delivering a Program Plan
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Module/Week 4 and Course Wrap Up - Video Conference Meeting - Wednesday 05/25/2022 at 3:00-4:00 PM (Eastern)
05/25/2022 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
05/25/2022 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes During our zoom call we’ll spend the first few minutes greeting one another and then kick off the call discussing budgeting for programs and pricing. We’ll spend some time talking about indirect costs (administrative salaries, ‘rent’, ‘provost taxes’, and other variable costs that we should account for in programs) Please come prepared with your questions about pricing programs and it would be great if you could share examples of how your unit prices programs. We’ll follow ‘Vegas Rules’ (what happens in the zoom room stays in the zoom room). While our session will be recorded, in the event someone is unable to join our scheduled time, I expect everyone to treat our conversations as sacrosanct - not sharing or citing them in any way to those outside the course. Join the class for a live video-conferencing session. Participants are advised to access the session 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start time to ensure their technology is configured and working properly. Julie Uranis is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: PCO 105 Class Meeting Time: May 25, 2022 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://upcea.zoom.us/j/84318096884?pwd=S29ONGZlS3ZGTUtRWkNjcUlwUEp2QT09 Meeting ID: 843 1809 6884 Passcode: 323015 One tap mobile +13126266799,,84318096884# US (Chicago) +19294362866,,84318096884# US (New York) Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 929 436 2866 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) Meeting ID: 843 1809 6884 Find your local number: https://upcea.zoom.us/u/kdWvNxkABj NOTICE: The Zoom service allows audio and any materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded and shared. Please be aware that by participating in this activity, you consent to your voice, likeness, and any materials you provide, possibly being recorded for use and dissemination, without payment of any compensation for such use, in any language, format, or media now known or later devised, and you release the University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) from any and all claims, liability, or damages arising from any such use. UPCEA will proceed in reliance upon such consent and release. If you do not consent to the foregoing, please do not join the session.
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Content D: Measuring Success
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Post-Course Evaluation
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