UM to Celebrate Academics with Conversation on Future of Online Programs

March 17, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana invites students, faculty, staff and community members to discuss the future of UM’s online programs from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, in the James E. Todd Building Rooms 203-204. The event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by UM’s Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Keynote speaker Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of The State University of New York, will join UM via videoconference to talk about her institution’s recent success broadening its online offerings. A Q-and-A session will follow.

Then, leaders of some of UM’s online programs will take part in a panel discussion, facilitated by UMOnline Director Robert Squires. Topics of discussion include the following questions:

  • What motivates students to enroll in online programs?
  • What is the best way to ensure quality online learning experiences?
  • How can UM make its online programs distinctive at the national level?
  • How can UM encourage faculty to create rewarding online learning opportunities for students?

A reception will conclude the event.

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Contact: Claudine Cellier, assistant to the UM provost, 406-243-4689,