Improve Online Programming and Reap the Rewards

Don’t partner (and share your revenue) with an Online Program Manager when your institution can do it successfully in-house━with the right help. Edge’s Online Learning and Instructional Technology Acceleration (OLITA) program can help your institution build online learning capacity from the ground up or accelerate existing online learning programs over the course of a collaborative, project-based service involving a team of higher education experts.

OLITA can address any or all of the following areas:

Instructional Design as a Service (IDaaS)

Quality online learning demands meticulous design, development, and revision of engaging and interactive online, blended, or face-to-face courses. The EdgePro team provides the course design pedagogical expertise to collaborate with your faculty and subject matter experts to create meaningful learning experiences for students, through the creation, conversion, or expansion of online courses and programs.

Our instructional design experts understand and implement a wide range of methodologies to build quality learning experiences. We help our members in various ways:

Course Building – Do you need instructional designers to build new courses and programs? Edge’s team of instructional designers can partner with your academic leadership and faculty to build quality courses and programs that meet the pedagogical needs of today’s students, regardless of your existing systems and processes.

Course/Program Transformation – Do you have a set of courses or an entire program moving to a new modality? Edge’s instructional design team can help work with your instructors to translate their courses into a new format, applying industry best practices while working with faculty and staff to map out updated processes and procedures.

Evaluation and Quality Control – Need another set of eyes to make sure your courses meet quality standards? Edge’s instructional designers understand multiple course design rubrics (e.g. Quality Matters, OLC, etc.) and can evaluate any or all of your course catalog to ensure the courses you offer are the best they can be.

Faculty Development – Do your faculty need a crash course in instructional design and development? Edge’s instructional designers can work with your academic leadership to build asynchronous professional development, deliver synchronous sessions, and help fuel academic innovation by empowering your faculty through quality training programs.

Ad Hoc Instructional Design Consulting – Does your institution just need an instructional designer for specific courses? We can work with you on a case-by-case basis, providing hourly development support as you build out your own courses.

Educational Technology as a Service (ETaaS)

Our educational technology specialists can identify and implement educational and instructional technology solutions that meet strategic needs. We help our members in various ways:

Technology Evaluation – Do you have questions about the viability of educational technology solution(s)? Edge’s team can help evaluate your needs and recommend technology solutions that fit. Additionally, we can look at your existing educational technology stack and make recommendations on how to get better use out of the solutions you have in place.

Technology Implementation – Do you need expertise to help you implement an educational technology into your existing environment? Edge’s specialists can help you in any stage of the project, whether it’s the selection of the solution based on institutional needs, the mapping out of the integrations with your existing tools, or the transition to the new tool from a previous one.

Technology Training – Do you need to train your faculty, staff, or administration on a new or existing educational technology solution? Edge can provide professional development related to a wide variety of educational technology tools, through synchronous sessions or asynchronous learning modules or courses. We will work with your team to determine your needs, your deadlines, and ongoing support.

Classroom Technology Design – Do you have classroom spaces that need to be redesigned to meet 21st century instructional needs? Edge’s team of educational technology specialists have extensive experience in learning space design and can help you plan, implement, and manage your classroom spaces as you transform spaces to meet modern student needs.

Ad Hoc Educational Technology Consulting – Does your institution need a short-term educational technologist to support smaller scale projects? Edge’s specialists can hit the ground running and help with grant-funded experiments, departmental projects, and any number of other smaller scale, innovative projects with educational technology needs.

Online Learning Business Strategy and Revenue Modeling

Online programs built on even the best instructional and design models must be supported by effective business models and planning. The business of online learning depends on applying sound strategy to details like enrollment projections, credit hours to be offered, cohort planning and scaling, and expense planning. The EdgePro team consults with your staff to assess and optimize business strategies related to online learning goals.

Online Learning Technology Infrastructure

Effective identification, implementation, and support for technology is essential to positive outcomes in online learning. The EdgePro team will assist your staff in matching up your institution’s strategies and goals with the technologies you need to achieve them. This may include selection of an LMS and integrated online learning tools, as well as student support ticketing and response systems to aid staff in quickly and effectively addressing online student needs as they arise.

Working with Edge

Edge is a nonprofit organization that was formed by a visionary task force of leading higher education executives to serve as a technology partner, and OLITA serves to advance that mission. Driven by a public-serving mission for more than 20 years, we provide the most effective and affordable technology solutions for higher education institutions throughout Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and beyond.

As a higher education community partner, we advocate for the development of sustainable, institution-owned online learning programs. Rather than outsourcing the work (and much of the profit) to an Online Program Management firm, we work to provide our members with the skills and strategy they need to be self-sufficient in the online education arena.

Our team members have worked to assess, build, and launch numerous online education initiatives at public and private institutions of all sizes. The hard-won lessons learned from those projects provide your staff with the actionable information they need to plan for online education success.

Talk With Edge

Ready to accelerate your institution’s ability to deliver online learning? Schedule a one-hour, no obligation strategy session with one of our experts, in-person or virtually. It’s a great way to experience our strategic thinking for yourself and to determine if Edge is the right fit for your needs.