Board approves proposal for first completely online program

Elaine Collins, dean of Grand Valley's College of Education, addresses the Board of Trustees at the July 16 meeting
Elaine Collins, dean of Grand Valley's College of Education, addresses the Board of Trustees at the July 16 meeting
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Grand Valley State University is working to offer its first completely online program — a master’s in educational technology through the College of Education. The Board of Trustees approved a proposal for the program at its July 16 meeting.

The university is seeking approval from North Central Association; representatives will review the program in September.

The program will allow teachers to access cutting-edge information and build ongoing learning communities and networks. Elaine Collins, dean of the College of Education, said the state requires all high school students take a course in an online format and many teachers need greater preparation to develop strategies for instruction.

Collins said the online program will attract students from around the state and more online programs may be developed through the College of Education in the future.

For more information, contact Grand Valley’s College of Education at (616) 331-6250.

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* Elaine Collins, dean of the College of Education, said the online program will reach new people (audio).

* Collins said the online master's program focuses on educational technology (audio).

* Collins said the new program will be convenient for students (audio).

* Collins said more online programs could be developed in the future (audio).