U.S. News said the 2018 rankings of America’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs are based on data evaluated from 292 U.S. education schools with online graduate programs. The ratings take into account five weighted factors: student engagement (35 percent), student services and technology (20 percent), admissions selectivity (15 percent), faculty credentials and training (15 percent), and peer reputation (15 percent).
UF’s College of Education offers nine web-based degree programs, geared mainly to working teachers and school administrators seeking additional certifications, career advancement or professional development. In 2017, online course enrollments totaled 1,938 and the college offered more than 130 online courses.
The College of Education’s distance learning program was the highest rated University of Florida online field of study in the U.S. News 2018 survey.
“A key distinction of the College of Education’s online program is its cohort instructional approach, where the students start and complete the degree coursework together,” said Education Senior Associate Dean Tom Dana. “That creates more opportunities for students to interact with each other and their instructors.”
The college’s instructional design team partners with professors to customize an online course-management system to incorporate audio, video and interactive tools. “The goal is to better establish instructor presence, deliver compelling lessons and promote relationships,” said COE e-learning director Jason Arnold, “not only between instructors and students but also among students.”
For more information on the college’s distance learning program, visit Online.Education.ufl.edu.
Source: Tom Dana, senior associate dean, UF College of Education, 352-273-4134
Source: Jason Arnold, director of e-learning, UF College of Education, 352-273-4442
Writer: Larry Lansford, news & communications manager, UF College of Education, 352-273-4137