In 2015, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary faced a huge challenge when attempting to make online courses available to students who were scattered across the globe. What is the optimal way for administrators, professors and students to stay connected and keep discussions thriving? How should this learning portal look? What would help make online courses feel more spiritual and engaging?
Initially, Mid-America offered only a few online classes each year. In order to reach more students and address individual student needs, the university realized it needed to update its existing online curriculum and platform as well as its course design and virtual presence within their learning management system (LMS). Timely tracking of online student assessments and progress became imperative. Additionally, Mid-America wanted to ensure students learn in a platform aligned with the school’s unique brand and style.
Learning Program Management
Remote-Learner applied a tailored, simple, single platform online learning management solution to all of Mid-America’s challenges. Mid-America seamlessly updated and maintained a high-level remote curriculum and easily tracked student progress for online programs.
Restructured Site and Design
Mid-America connected with the design team at Remote-Learner to develop a professional theme and encouraging design for its online courses to match its website. Mid-America provided the content for the courses, and Remote-Learner supplied the course development expertise to ensure students were learning in an engaging environment.
Mid-America upgraded its LMS platform – optimized by Remote-Learner’s extremely scalable infrastructure – to provide users with seamless access to modern features that support online learning at faster speeds so the university could support even more online users.
Mid-America’s administrators, faculty, and students shared very positive feedback via a survey conducted after the transition. The survey results showed that users found Remote-Learner’s LMS assessment and learning tools to be effective and engaging, the increased speed and interactive coursework greatly reduced frustration associated with online classes, and the overall look and design aligned with a need for content readability and consistent branding.
Since partnering with Remote-Learner, the number of concurrent students accessing the Mid-America LMS drastically increased and continues to rise. Today, Mid-America offers its entire curriculum online, and the university’s first fully online Master’s degree program will be offered in fall 2015.