Online by Design Podcast

It seems like online learning is everywhere these days. So how do you tell if a program will develop the skills you need and offer real support and resources to online students? Join UNC Greensboro’s Susie Boles and Sid Fletcher each Tuesday as they talk with experts about developing high-quality online courses and supporting the students who take them. If you’re interested in earning an online degree or certificate but aren’t sure how to evaluate program quality and resources, our new Online by Design podcast is for you.

Boles, Susie

Dr. Susie Boles

As Assistant Director of Instructional Design at UNCG Online, Susie Boles collaborates with instructors and course design and multimedia specialists to develop effective, engaging online courses. From Chapin, SC, Susie earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from NC State University, master's in Marketing and Management from the University of Virginia, and bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Sidney, Fletcher

Sidney Fletcher

Sid Fletcher provides Adaptive Technology for students with disabilities and guidance for instructors on accessibility and universal design. From Forest City, NC, Sid earned his bachelor's in International and Global Studies from UNC Greensboro and is pursuing his M.Ed. in Higher Education, with a concentration in Student Affairs Administration.




1. Advising for Online Students

Phillip Wogatzke, an advisor in the Integrated Professional Studies program, explains how he supports online students and connects them with resources on their path to graduation.

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2. Topics in
Hip-hop Course

In this popular online course, Thomas Taylor uses hip-hop music as a window to the past. He shares how he designed the course to help students look inward as they reflect and relate to the music.

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3. Digital ACT Studio

The Digital ACT Studio is dedicated to helping students with their digital media and design projects. Dr. Vaughn Stewart explains how his staff offers consultations at any point in the design process.

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4. BIO 105 Course

What’s it like to take science courses and labs online? Dr. Malcolm Schug & Heather Rushforth, two members of UNCG’s Biology faculty, discuss how their online students learn and what makes them successful.

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5. Career Support for Online Students

Justin Golding discusses the many resources available to online students through the Career and Professional Development office, from pinpointing strengths to prepping for interviews.

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6. Online Speaking Center

Kim Cuny explains how the award-winning University Speaking Center offers students high-quality support, including personalized online consultations from friendly, experienced staff.

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7. Alumni Chats: BIPS Program

Nina Shamsi talks about her experience in the BS in Integrated Professional Studies program — what it was like to study online, her courses, and the support she received from faculty and staff.

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8. Library Services for Online Students

As UNCG’s online learning librarian, Sam Harlow shares details on the wide array of resources and services available through University Libraries — and how online students can access them.

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9. Alumni Chats: Gerontology

Melissa and Olivia Cornett, a mother-daughter duo, explain why they chose UNCG for graduate school and how they felt supported as online students in the MS in Gerontology program.

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10. Online Writing Center

Jennifer Whitaker discusses the services available through UNCG’s Online Writing Center, where students can get feedback from consultants on their work at any point in the writing process.

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11. Quality Matters

How does UNCG ensure that online courses include what students need to be successful? Dr. Racheal Brooks, a Quality Matters expert, explains the rigorous standards UNCG uses to develop online courses.

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