|SOM eLearning Newsletter
Issue # 4, Spring 2009
Online Course Registration/Advising
Online Course Support
GMBA Program Contact
AIM Program Contact
SOM eLearning Contact
UTD Help Desk
UTD eLearning Support
UT TeleCampus Tech Support
Student Services Support
UTD Records Office
SOM Advising Office
The University of Texas at Dallas
School of Management - Advising Office
P.O. Box 830688, SM 20
Richardson, TX 75083-0688
Tel: (972) 883-2750
Fax: (972) 883-6425
Global MBA Online Program
Accounting and Information Management Online Program
SOM eLearning Blog
UTD Distance Learning
Information Page for Registered Online Course Students
Getting Started with WebCT
Ordering - MBA Direct
Ordering - Off-Campus Books
Exam Info Site
Schedule of Classes
Access Your Records - SIS
UTTC Tech Support Page
Comments and Feedback
SOM eLearning Team
School of Management
University of Texas at Dallas
Welcome to the Spring 2009 Semester!
You may know that The School of Management ranks 17th in the world among business schools based on research contributions between 2004-2008, and that The Global MBA Online Program is listed by Forbes as one of the top online providers in the world. It is my goal as the eLearning Manager to continue to build upon that reputation by providing our students with online degree programs and courses that best suit their needs. In each newsletter we post a survey to get feedback directly from the source (you).
The results are then used to help determine potential changes/ enhancements to online programs and courses. In our last newsletter, we asked you to select the areas you would like to see new electives offered. Twenty of you took the survey and here is what you said:
|OB: Organizational Behavior
|IMS: International Management Studies
|BPS: Business Policy Strategy
|OPRE: Operations Management
|MIS: Management Information Systems
|Other (Valuation Techniques, Complete MS Finance degree, & Humanitarian and/or Environmental)
|MECO: Managerial Economics
|MED: Medical Management
In this newsletter’s survey, I would like to offer a scenario:
A friend or co-worker is considering beginning an online degree at The University of Texas at Dallas School of Management. Based on your experience, what would you tell him/her? A summary of the results will be published in the Summer 2009 newsletter.
Click Here to take the Spring 2009 Survey
In other news, the eLearning Team provided a no-cost proctored exam service for the first time during the Fall 2009 Semester. There were 289 exams taken on December 12th and 13th. By instituting this service, students who were able to attend the session saved nearly $6,000 collectively by not having to use testing centers. Due to the popularity of this option, we will be offering the service again in future semesters.
Best of luck in your courses in Spring 2009 and beyond!
-Darren Crone, SOM eLearning Manager
News from Global MBA Online (GMBA)
GMBA Celebrates Several Milestones
The Global MBA Online (GMBA) program celebrated several milestones in Fall 2008:
- 10 years since the program's start: The GMBA offered two courses in Fall 1999
- 300th Graduate
- Largest graduation class of 32
- Just under 300 active online students currently enrolled
From its two-course beginning 10 years ago, currently the GMBA offers all 11 core courses, most of them every semester, as well as 31 electives (not counting elective choices drawing from the AIM MS degree online). Typically, 3-4 new electives are developed each year. Concentrations for your MBA degree based on the breadth of online electives are in international management, information technology, marketing, finance and accounting. Organizational behavior and operations management are expanding their online offerings. The GMBA continues to be ranked high in annual educational surveys.
News From Accounting Information Management (AIM)
AIM Online Master of Science Degree Approved
The Accounting and Information Management Area is pleased to announce that the online Master of Science in Accounting and Information Management degree has been approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the recognized regional accrediting body in U.S. Southern states for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees. As such, any students may now earn their entire MS-AIM through online courses.
For additional information about the courses within the degree, please contact Amy Troutman at [email protected].
Meet Our Students
The eLearning Team invites you to meet our students by viewing a different student profile each newsletter. This spring's featured student is Jackie Timte.
- Name: Jackie Timte
- What degree are you seeking?
- Employment details:
Where do you work?
Baker Botts LLP
What is your position?
Paralegal Clerk in the Intellectual Litigation Section
How long have you been there?
What do you want to do after you finish your degree?
Upon graduation, I intend to continue working for Baker Botts LLP
full-time. In the Fall of 2010, I plan to go to law school. I plan on
getting into Corporate Law.
- How many online courses have you taken?
As of the end of Fall 2008, I have taken 38 hours online.
- Why did you decide to take online courses?
Taking online classes was the easiest way for me to work full-time and
go to school full-time. Online classes give me the flexibility I need
to successfully manage both work and school. This was the most
practical decision for me.
- How is the online experience different from the traditional classroom?
Online classes allow me to study anytime. This is very important for
busy working individuals. Online classes are also self-paced. This
allows me to work at my own pace when time allows. While this is a
great aspect of online classes, it also requires a lot of motivation
and discipline to make sure that the task is done well.
- What makes an online course effective?
The professors have designed these courses to be straight to the point
with online discussions to keep students from getting behind. The other
component is the student's motivation and discipline to listen to
lectures, stay on top of the school work and consistent studying to
- Who was your favorite professor and why?
My favorite professors were Dr. Woldu and Dr. Ziegler. They both
effectively arrange their courses to assist their students in staying
on top of the material. They are also very accessible and just all
around great teachers.
- Is there any advice you can give to other online students?
My best advice is to start early, read the syllabus multiple times to
ensure that you understand the requirements, and pace yourself
throughout the entire semester. Once you have fallen behind, you will
always be playing catch-up.
- Do you have any additional comments?
UT Dallas has treated me very well and I have been very pleased
with the Online MBA Program!!
- Join Our Facebook Group: UTD SOM Online Students
The eLearning Team has created a group in Facebook called "UTD SOM Online Students". This group is intended for UT Dallas students (past and present) who are taking or have taken online courses through the UTD School of Management online programs.
- SOM eLearing Blog
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