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VPA Alumni Hired for Their Expertise as University College Meets Demand for Online Programs
University College’s Center for Online and Digital Learning (CODL) has grown rapidly to meet the demand of providing quality online programming at Syracuse University.
The center was launched in 2017 and includes state-of-the-art video production that incorporates animation, graphics and assessment with live synchronous instruction and engagement to create a differentiated, highly interactive learning experience.
Ten alumni from the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) have been hired over the last two years to fill positions as videographers, video editors and graphic designers.
The skills and experience of the VPA alumni are a perfect match for the needs of the center. “They are all talented individuals with great attitudes, and they have the skills to produce high-quality video, with little training,” says CODL Director Eileen Julian. “We are very fortunate to have access to such high caliber graduates from the exceptional film and illustrative design programs right here on campus.”
The center has had to expand rapidly as more schools and colleges across the University offer online courses and programs to an increasingly diverse student population. “The growth in the number of online courses and programs is making Syracuse University more accessible to exceptional students who are unable to attend full time and live on campus,” Julian says.
In accordance with the Chancellor’s 2019-20 Universitywide initiatives, the focus at University College is to expand post-traditional student programs and enrollment with the goal of becoming a recognized international leader in online and post-traditional education.
“The Center for Online and Digital Learning is a signature One University commitment to provide Syracuse University students with a unique and differentiated online learning experience,” University College Dean Mike Frasciello. “The talent and creativity of the VPA grads on the video team, coupled with the center’s world-class instructional designers, allows the University to build high-quality online programs that can move to scale without compromising the rigor, engagement and innovation that defines the Syracuse University student experience.”
In addition to creating online courses and programs for University College, the team is developing programming for the the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Law, the Falk College, the Maxwell School and the School of Education.
University College delivers exceptional support and services to a diverse part-time student population seeking a Syracuse University education. University College offers market-sensitive professional degrees to residential and online learners as well as non-credit programs and executive education.