UMassOnline Chief Academic Officer Unanimously Elected to University Continuing Education Association's Distance Learning Community of Practice

UMassOnline Chief Academic Officer Unanimously Elected to University Continuing Education Association's Distance Learning Community of Practice

SHREWSBURY, MA - March 20, 2007 - UMassOnline, University of Massachusetts’ virtual campus offering more than 1,300 accredited courses within 66 degree and certificate programs, announced today the appointment of Barbara Macaulay to Vice Chair/Chair-elect of the University Continuing Education's (UCEA) Distance Learning Community of Practice.

“UCEA is thrilled to have Dr. Macaulay involved with our Distance Learning Community of Practice (DLCoP),” said Clark J. Hickman, Ed.D., Associate Dean for Continuing Education and Associate Research Professor of Educational Psychology, Research and Evaluation College of Education, UM-St. Louis. “Barbara represents distance learning from a variety of perspectives that include learner, educator, and online course developer—this offers an invaluable advantage for this educational forum.”

Macaulay will assume this role at the UCEA annual conference in April 2007 and will continue until April 2009. In her role as Chair/Chair-elect, Macaulay will assume the responsibilities for overseeing the DLCoP at the annual UCEA meeting in New Orleans in 2008.

The University Continuing Education Association's Distance Learning Community of Practice is dedicated to researching and improving the design and execution of distance education amongst institutions of higher education. It is an international community, comprising universities from North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. With the proliferation of distance education opportunities and the rapid advancement of technologies in the 21st century, this community serves as an international leader in guiding and creating the future standards and good practices of respected universities throughout the world.

“There are more people learning online and more programs and courses than ever before,” said Dr. Barbara Macaulay. “As a result, it is vital that we examine best practices and issues vital to the continued growth and effectiveness of online learning.”  Macaulay also noted that through the work of the UCEA DLCoP, the industry is provided a forum to discuss issues and examine the various aspects of online program and course delivery. Such forums will shape the future of quality online education.

With nearly 30 years of experience in adult and continuing education, including 24 years in public higher education, Dr. Macaulay developed of one of the first system-wide initiatives for UMass, one that was created to bring UMass programs and services to the I-495 region in Central Massachusetts. Now as Chief Academic Officer for UMassOnline, she works with the campuses to grow online opportunities, develop single and multi-campus efforts, support faculty, and develop new opportunities with external organizations.

Dr. Macaulay's field of study is adult learning and she pursues this discipline via teaching and professional development efforts. She develops and teaches courses in adult learning, adult development, and program development for both graduate students and practitioners in adult and higher education. These courses are taught in both face-to-face and online environments. She also currently serves as a doctoral advisor in the AEGIS Program at Teachers College.

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About UMassOnline

UMassOnline, the University of Massachusetts’ virtual campus, provides the highest quality education offered by the UMass system in a flexible, online format enabling students, professionals, and lifelong learners to take courses anywhere, anytime. With 66 undergraduate and graduate degree, certificate and professional development programs and more than 1,300 individual courses, UMassOnline offers one of the largest accredited online programs available. Programs span the disciplines for which the University is best known: liberal arts, education, management, nursing, public health, information technology, and other disciplines. All UMassOnline courses are taught by the same award-winning faculty who teach on-campus, offering online students the same rich experience as the face-to-face classroom. Students from around the world and from almost every state are among our 26,627 enrollees.

Date: 03/20/07