Berkeley College Online Celebrates Growth during National Distance Learning Week

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Hosts 'Quality in Online Education' Faculty Symposium

Activities during National Distance Learning Week at Berkeley College are celebrating both growth and quality in distance learning. Nearly 3,300 – or 41 percent – among more than 8,000 students are enrolled in at least one online course at Berkeley College in the Fall 2016, compared with 2,900 students a year ago, according to the institution’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness. The number of sections of courses offered also has risen – about 35 percent – to 412 sections, with 141 faculty members teaching online courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. To see the most recent Berkeley College Online Fast Facts, click here.

Faculty gathered at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, for the Quality in Online Education Faculty Symposium to hear presentations on the developments of distance learning from Keynote Speakers Deborah Adair, PhD, Executive Director of Quality Matters, and Ray Schroeder, Director of the Center for Online Leadership at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).

“Educators need to play a leading role in assuring quality as we move forward in innovation in teaching and learning,” Dr. Adair said. “The work going on now in the innovation space, around learning beyond the classroom, the abundance of data, alternative learning providers, and personalized learning at scale, are changing roles and practices in education. Faculty need to be aware and actively participate in this reshaping of education’s future.”

“Online distance learning is rapidly becoming the accepted standard of bringing the campus to the student, enabling those who cannot come to campus to advance their learning,” said Mr. Schroeder. “In our technologically based society, citizens are changing careers – not just jobs – with increasing frequency.”

Joseph Scuralli, DPS, Dean, Berkeley College Online, who welcomed the participants to the Symposium, cited the value of bringing all concerned together to learn best practices from each other. 

“The delivery of courses with the highest quality is a major priority for Berkeley College Online” Dr. Scuralli said. “The synergies developed today from the interaction between Quality Matters, the UPCEA Center for Online Education, The Berkeley College Online Faculty Support Team and the Berkeley College Online faculty have set us on a path for reaching even higher levels of success in achieving our mission of empowering students to achieve lifelong success in dynamic careers."

Following their presentations, Dr. Adair and Mr. Schroeder participated in a panel discussion with Dr. Scuralli and fellow Berkeley College Online faculty Michael Samman, Director, Online Faculty Support, Instructional Design, and Laura Altomonte, Chair, Business, Online, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business.

National Distance Learning Week Symposium at Berkeley College

Photo Caption: Panelists at the “Quality in Online Education” Faculty Symposium held at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, during National Distance Learning Week, November 7 – 11, 2016, were (Left to right) Ray Schroeder, Professor Emeritus, Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning at the University of Illinois Springfield and Director of the Center for Online Leadership at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association; Michael Samman, Director, Online Faculty Support, Instructional Design, Berkeley College; Deborah Adair, PhD, Executive Director, Quality Matters; Joseph Scuralli, DPS, Dean, Berkeley College Online; and Laura Altomonte, Chair, Business, Online, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business.

Online students see the benefits of how they learn in various ways. “Every day, going online, I know that I will have a great conversation with a classmate or a professor,” said Matt Rodriguez of Manhattan, NY, a Berkeley College Online student who expects to graduate with his BBA degree in Health Administration in December 2016. “Looking at the discussion boards to hear each person’s opinion or approach on certain topics or assignments is great.”

Mr. Rodroguez adds that, “The community itself is why I chose Berkeley College Online. I can honestly say that I learn something new about my classmates each and every week.” To read more about Mr. Rodroguez and his experience as a Berkeley College Online student, click here.

Online campus life experiences include online clubs, social media engagement, wellness and personal development programs, and workshops focusing on student success. All of the student support services such as Academic Advisement, Library, the Center for Academic Success, and Career Services are available to online students as well as to students on site. Berkeley College Online students are also welcome to apply for the Berkeley College Honors Program. 

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 600 international students – in its Master, Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, both for the third consecutive year. The website address is

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