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Guide to the New School Online records, 1992-2008

Collection Overview

Repository

New School Collections

Collection Identifier

NS.03.03.01

Creator

Yagjian, Tina Kahan

Title

New School Online records, 1992-2008

Extent

4.4 linear ft: 4 boxes

Summary

The New School Online records document the university's office devoted to developing and supporting online education. The files in this record group cover the second year of its existence as the Distance Instruction for Adult Learning (DIAL) program through 2008. The unit has also been called Distance Learning and is known as Global and Distributed Education as of 2017.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], New School Online records, NS.03.03.01, box __, folder __, New School Archives, The New School, New York, New York.

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Historical Note

The New School Online is, as of 2017, today known as Distributed and Global Education, a unit of The New School's Office of the Provost. Founded as Distance Instruction for Adult Learning (DIAL), it was established in 1993 with financial assistance from the United States Department of Education in the form of a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grant. The university piloted three liberal arts classes during the fall 1993 semester and launched them online during the spring 1994 semester, following collaborative evaluation with the University of Michigan.

The New School had been offering online courses since 1985 through an external vendor, Connected Education: Academic Courses via Computer Conferencing, or ConnectEd. The underlying technical infrastructure was supported by the Electronic Information Exchange System of New Jersey. At The New School, ConnectEd existed simultaneously with DIAL for a few years, possibly until DIAL was no longer considered to be in a pilot stage, and last appears in a 1996 course catalog. Paul Levinson, the founder and president of ConnectEd as well as a Media Studies faculty member, was ConnectEd's director for the entire eleven year duration. Although ConnectEd and DIAL served a similar function, there does not appear to be any personnel overlap. ConnectEd records are not present in this collection.

DIAL's stated purpose was to enable adult students with no computer experience to complete bachelor's degree requirements through "computer conferencing." During these formative semesters, only classes situated in the university's Adult Division (known as Schools of Public Engagement in 2017), under the leadership of Dean Elizabeth Dickey, were offered online to students. Stephen J. Anspacher (d. 2012), a graduate of Columbia University's Teacher's College, served as the first director of Distance Learning.

Over time, the name of the unit changed from Distance Instruction to Distance Learning, to New School Online University, to New School Online. By 2000, Anspacher's title had changed to Associate Provost for Distance Learning, and, by 2003, Anspacher's last year at The New School, the unit had dispensed with "distance learning" to become the Office of Distributed Learning Services (New School Online University). "New School Online" appears to have been last used in 2008, the most recent year represented in these records.

A key member of the unit was Christina (Tina) Yagjian, Academic Services Manager and, later, director of New School Online. Yagjian, an artist, had been teaching arts-related courses at The New School, including DIAL courses, when she was hired as manager. At the time of the records transfer to the New School Archives, Jim O'Connor was serving as director of Distributed and Global Education, although documentation of activity carried out under his direction is absent from the records.

Sources:

Kennedy, Carol Kahan and Tina Yagjian. "Creating an Early Model of Teaching at The New School." Critical Examinations of Distance Education Transformation across Disciplines. Ed. by Abigail G. Scheg. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2015. 15-43.

New School course catalogs. Public Engagement series: http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/NS050101.01.

"Remembering Stephen J Anspacher, Pioneer of Online Distance Learning at The New School." Sep 14, 2012. New School News. Accessed May 2, 2017: https://blogs.newschool.edu/news/2012/09/remembering-stephen-j-anspacher/#.WQirmNy1t9M.

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Scope and Content of Collection

The files in this record group appear to have been largely created and compiled by Christina (Tina) Yagjian, Manager of Academic Services for the New School University's Distance Learning Program. Her title was later changed to Director of Online Learning, The New School, inkeeping with university re-branding efforts and shifts in higher education terminology.

Although these files were transferred from the offices of Distributed and Global Education in 2015, the most recent documents date from 2008. As of 2008, course catalogs continued to refer to the New School's "distance learning program."

Many of the files concern learning management software, such as Banner and Blackboard, including evaluation, procurement, adapting the software to existing university policies and procedures, and training of students and faculty. Included are reports, proposals, written instructions, meeting agenda and minutes, and numerous print-outs of e-mail correspondence as well as print-outs of chat sessions.

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Organization and Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

New School Collections - July 21, 2017

66 Fifth Avenue
lobby
New York, NY, 10011
212.229.5942
archivist@newschool.edu

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], New School Online records, NS.03.03.01, box __, folder __, New School Archives, The New School, New York, New York.

Access Restrictions

Collection is closed for research use. Files with faculty or other personnel salary, performance reviews, and hiring information are restricted for 50 years from creation date of item (or last creation date in file). Collection will be open for general research use in 2058, 50 years from the most recent documents in the files. Interim access will be provided at the discretion of the New School Archives director or by written permission from the originating office.

Use Restrictions

Collection will be open for general research use in 2058, 50 years from the most recent documents in the files. Interim access will be provided at the discretion of the New School Archives director or by written permission from the originating office. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Distributed and Global Education to the New School Archives, 2015.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence.
  • Electronic mail.
  • Minutes.
  • Reports.

Subject(s)

  • Distance education.
  • Educational technology.
  • Internet in higher education.
  • Universities and colleges -- Curricula.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder
General, 2006 
1 1
5-Year academic plan, 2005 
1 2
Academics Come Together and the International Union: Blackboard meeting to discuss stipends, 2005-2006 
1 3
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and New School for General Studies, 2005-2006 
1 4-5
Article: "Personal Control at Work," 2007 
1 6
Assessment, 2006-2007 
1 7
Associate Provost Internal Group, 2005 
1 8
AT&T Foundation Grants, 1998-1999 

Two successive grants supporting the Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning with Technology program.

1 9-12
Banner, 2004-2006 

Banner is the product name of a software suite widely used by institutions of higher education to manage student information.

1 13
Blackboard 

Blackboard is a proprietary learning management system used extensively in the higher education environment during the 2000s. According to the Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science, a "learning management systems" or LMS is "an integrated set of online applications providing access to course assignments and materials, tests and test results, e-discussion and chat space, and other features in support of education, particularly in colleges and universities." (http://www.abc-clio.com/ODLIS/odlis_l.aspx)

General, 2006 
1 14
Blackboard and other tools, 2008 
1 15
Blackboard to Moodle transition questions, 2007-2008 
1 16
Course retention issues, 2007 
1 17
Implementation plan, 2006 
1 18
Implementation, training workshop, best practices, etc., 2006-2007 
n_restrict_1 (legal size) 13
Instructions, 2006-2007 
1 19-20
Printing issues, 2007 
1 21
Proposal to the New School, 2005 
1 22
Training Fall 06 Faculty, 2006 
1 23
Blended Learning Pilot Project, 2003-2006 
1 24
Book and e-reserves process, 2007 
1 25
Budget, 2006 
1 26
Continuing Education registration system and Kaplan, 2004 
1 27
CEA student experience, 2008 

The CEA in this folder title likely refers to the unit formerly known as Communications and External Affairs, now Marketing and Communications (as of 2017).

1 28
CET proposal, 2008 

The CET in this folder title may be an inaccurate transcription of CIT, the Duke University Center for Instructional Technology.

1 29
Communications and External Affairs, 2005-2006 

As of 2017, the title of this office is now Marketing and Communications.

1 30
Contracts for technical support, 2004-2006 
1 31
Copyright, 2005 
1 32
Course development, undated 
1 33
Course resources 
Course e-reserves processing and retrieving, 2007 
1 34
Faculty view: Course materials submissions, 2007 
1 35
Student view: Book orders and purchases, 2007 
1 36
Curriculum Support and Development Subcommittee, 2006 
1 37
Departmental chair account information, 2001-2006 
1 38
Department course evaluation, undated 
1 39
DIAL 
Brand opportunity analysis, 2000 
1 40
Budgets, ad concepts, performance analysis, 1993-2000 
1 41
Budgets, salaries, 1998-2002 
1 42
Media recommendation and revision, 2000 
1 43
Research summary, 2000 
1 44
Sprint multimedia proposal, circa 1997 
1 45
Student Services survey report to Sloan Foundation, 1997, 1999 
1 46
Disability, 2008 
1 47
Disability compliance, 2006 
1 48
E-Reserves, 2006-2007 
1 49
EMBANET, undated 

EMBANET is the name of an online program management company.

1 50
Enrollments, 2005-2006 
1 51
Environmental Studies, 2005 
1 52
Faculty compensation, 2005 
1 53
Faculty handbook, 2008 
1 54
Faculty homepage, 2007 
1 55-56
Fall 2006 courses, 2006 
1 57
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, undated 
1 58
Financial Aid, 2005-2006 
2 6
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) 

These files concern the federal grant used to establish the DIAL program.

General, 1995-1996 
2 2
Evaluation, 1993-1994 
2 1
Going the Distance: Handbook for Developing Distance Degree Programs book, 1992 
2 3
Nettles, Michael, 1994-1995 
2 4
Questionnaires, 1996-1997 
2 5
Group meetings, 2004 

Includes Learning Management Systems Advisory Committee, Online Learning Task Force, Working Group/Provost's Office Group Meeting, Internal Working Group, Ad Hoc Group, and others.

2 7
Guest accounts, 2006 
2 8
Headcounts, 2002-2006 
2 9
Homepage server issues, 2006 
2 10
IDEA Center, 2006-2008 

IDEA Center is a non-profit higher education consulting firm.

2 11-15
India China Institute, 2005 
2 16
Information Technology, 2005 
2 17
Institutional research statistics, 2005-2006 
2 18
Kerrey, Bob, 2006 
2 19
Learning Management Systems Committee, 2005 
2 20
Learning Management Systems courseware proposals: Blackboard, 2005 
2 21
Letter with account information to new students, 2007-2008 
2 22
Library online, 2004-2005 
2 23
Litt, Eleni: Pedagogy, 2007 

Eleni Litt was director of Faculty Development and Academic Support and taught a course, "Topic Is Pedagogy."

2 24
Luminis/Prometheus integration, 2004-2005 
2 25
Marketing 
General, 2005-2006 
2 26-27
Boston University Online, 2004-2006 
2 28
For Shelley Reed, 2005-2006 

Shelley Reed was the Senior Vice President for Information Technology.

2 29
Netblue, 2005 
2 30
New School Online status report, 2006 
2 32
New School Online surveys, 2006 
2 31
Online marketing, Sloan-C Online Seminar, 2004-2005 
2 33
Paul Schrager of Schrager & Co., 2006 
2 34
MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, 2005-2008 
2 35-36
Media Tech, 2007 
2 37
Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 1998-2002 
2 39-40
Middle States Commission on Higher Education Self Study Steering Committee, 2000-2001 
2 38
Middle States Data Info, 2006 
2 41
Milano Non-profit Management, 2005 
2 42
New account mailer information, 2006-2007 
2 43
New Look/SMLE, The New School & New School Online re-branding, 2005 
2 44
New programs, 2005 
2 45
New School for General Studies, 2005-2006 
2 46
New School for General Studies: BA-BA Core, 2007-2008 
2 47
New School Online 
Blackboard Tasks - Communication, 2004-2007 
3 1
Blackboard, WebCT evaluations, consultant contract and price proposal, 2005-2006 
3 2
Business plan, 2005 
3 3-4
Business plans, best practices, Embanet, Eduventures, 2005-2006 
3 5
Enrollment, task assignment, 2006-2008 
3 6
Fact sheet, 2005-2007 
3 7
Hiring and marketing, 2005-2006 
3 8
Internal marketing, 2006 
3 9
Proposal to the Fund for New Initiatives, 2004-2006 
3 10
Search engine materials, 2005 
3 11
Website, 2005-2006 
3 12
Working Committee, 2006 
3 13
New School Online University 
3
General, 2001-2002 
3 14
Activity chart, 2004-2006 
3 15
Faculty e-mail templates, 2000-2001 
3 16
New model, 2004-2005 
3 17
Technical info/Instructions access info, 2004-2005 
3 18
New School University general policies and materials 
General, 2004 
3 19
Academic honesty, 2004-2005 
3 20
Media retention, 2004-2005 
3 21
University Seminars, 2003-2004 
3 22
New York State Education Department, New School for General Studies BA, MATESOL, 2006 
3 24
New York University and competitors, 2005 
3 25
Online course printouts, 1994 

Primarily courses from fall semester of 2004. Includes Advanced PC Topics,  Advertising and the Construction of Culture,  Before and After the Information Highway,  Business Writing,  Foundations of Feminism, and  The Making of Americans.

3 26-32
Online Materials Committee, 2007 
3 33
Open University, 2002-2007 
3 34
Policy, procedure and planning, 2007-2008 
3 35
Parsons School of Design: General, 2007-2008 
4 1
Parsons School of Design Fashion Marketing program, 2005-2008 
4 2-4
Parsons School of Design Practice Management program, undated 
4 5
Peterson's Distance Learning Online survey notification, 2005-2007 
4 6
Presentations, 2005 
4 7
Presidium contract, 2006 
4 8
Program proposal guidelines, 2005 
4 9
Quigley, Timothy: faculty seminar, 2002-2003 
4 10
Quin, Datamark, James Walker marketing, 2006 
4 11
Registration, 2005 
4 16
Registration 2006-07, 2006 
4 12
Registration issues Alvin Banner, 2002-2005 
4 13-15
Ross, Elizabeth, 2007 
4 17
SafeAssign guide, 2006-2007 
4 18
Science, Design, Technology Committee, 2005-2006 
4 19
Senior staff, 2005-2006 
4 20
Senior staff meetings, 1994-1999 
4 21
Siteline information/Affinity groups, 2004 
4 22
Spring/Summer 2005, 2004-2005 
4 23
Staff meetings, 2005 
4 24
Staff retreat, 1997-2003 
4 25
Strike, 2005 
4 26
Student and faculty accounts, 2006 
4 27
Student Services, 1999-2008 
4 28-29
Telephone, 2004 
4 30
Tuition, 2006-2007 
4 31-32
Undergraduate academic support, 2006 
4 33
University Lecture Courses, 2005-2007 
4 34-36
U.S. News and World Report distance learning rankings, 2005-2007 
4 37
Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications (WCET) conference, 2004 
4 38
Web Task Force, 2005 
4 41
Webcasting, 2004-2007 
4 39-40
Writing Center, 2004-2008 

As of 2017, this office is now the University Learning Center.

4 42-43

Collection Guide Last Updated: 08/01/2017

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