University of Baltimore
The University of Baltimore (UB) supports online learning through its UBOnline initiative. UBOnline seeks to provide higher education opportunities to nontraditional learners and professionals.
The University of Baltimore was founded in 1925, and is today part of the University System of Maryland. It is located in Baltimore, Maryland, US. Total enrolment is 5,415, of which 2,412 are undergraduates and 1,865 are postgraduates. Average age of undergraduates is 30; postgraduates, 32. There are 159 faculty members.
UBOnline offers three online degrees:
- webBachelor’s: The webBachelor's is a complete online undergraduate degree programme leading to a Bachelor of Science in Business (a full-time, four-year programme offered by the Merrick School of Business). All currently enrolled undergraduate business students may participate in these online courses.
- webMBA: Available since 1999, the webMBA was UB’s first complete online degree. The MBA is offered via the University of Baltimore and Towson University, year round. Evening and Saturday classes can be synthesized with online classes.
- webMPA: The webMPA is a complete online MPA (Master of Public Administration). The degree is designed specifically for working professionals seeking further education.
A full list of the individual courses that comprised these degrees in 2007 is at http://ubonline.edu/courses.html. Online courses are delivered via the WebTycho learning management system. Course communications may be synchronous or asynchronous. A 24-hour Help Desk is available to students.
The centralised UBOnline e-Learning Center (eLC) supports e-learning activities at the University of Baltimore. It administers online learning and webTycho, offers training to individuals, sponsors workshops and conferences, and seeks opportunities to collaborate externally on e-learning initiatives.
In 2007 the law schools at the University of Baltimore and Iraq’s University of Tikrit signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore collaboration in higher education.
A glimpse of the development of online learning at the University of Baltimore can found in this 1999 presentation, http://www.sloanconsortium.org/conference/proceedings/1999/pdf/99_legon.pdf (from the Fifth Sloan-C International Conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks, 1999).