Initiatives: Online Learning

Since its inception, the Kirwan Center has been supporting USM institutions in making strategic forays into online learning. “Online learning” in this context is defined as any learning environment that makes substantive use of a web-based component that enables collaboration and access to content beyond the classroom. Online learning strategies across the USM range from fully online degree/certificate programs, to MOOCs, to hybrid and "flipped" courses.

To advance this work, the Kirwan Center has launched USMx to help institutions  leverage the affordances of online learning to give students the flexibility to interact with content, faculty, and learning communities in the ways that best meet their needs. 

The USMx mission is to provide both access to innovative e-learning technologies as well as the resources, support, and planning necessary for strategic implementation of online learning.  This, in turn, helps our institutions achieve their mission of providing access to high quality, affordable higher education to a diverse student body both in Maryland and across the globe.

    In addition to UMUC, which offers over 90 fully online programs, the USM now has 44 degree programs offered entirely online.

    Our Work in Online Learning

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    April 30, 2020

    Product management is one of the fastest growing and most lucrative jobs available today. Companies have awoken to the desperate need for product managers to create products that customers love, that integrate design, functionality, and business solutions. This is a one of kind product management certification that covers the skill sets for the entire product lifecycle.

    UMCP starts this new Professional Certificate with the fundamentals of product management and why this role is so coveted as a launch pad for future CEOs and startup founders. By exploring the roles and responsibilities of being a product manager, and identify its relationship to stakeholders external and internal, including customers, engineering, legal, finance, marketing, and customer service.

    April 15, 2020

    SALISBURY, MD—Registration is open for Salisbury University’s newest massive open online class (MOOC), Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care.

    The course, available globally through the University System of Maryland’s edX platform, was developed by Dr. Mary DiBartolo, Fulton Endowed Professor of Geriatric Nursing in SU’s School of Nursing.

    Registration also is open for the second offering of DiBartolo’s Overview of Parkinson’s and Disease Management MOOC. The inaugural course drew over 1,100 students from more than 100 countries in its debut as SU’s first MOOC last fall. The new offering includes several course updates.

    “Anyone can take these courses for free. They are designed for both lay people (including caregivers) and healthcare professionals,” said DiBartolo.

    October 3, 2019

    SALISBURY, MD— Salisbury University’s School of Nursing is launching the campus’ first massive open online course (MOOC).

    Available on the edX platform, the Overview & Management of Parkinson’s Disease course targets nurses, physical therapists, social workers and other health care professionals who care for people with Parkinson’s. It provides an overview of the disease, and explores the patient experience and special care considerations.

    The five-week course begins Thursday, October 31. It is free, self-paced and open for enrollment now. The course is not for credit, but a verified certificate is available with a fee.

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