UGA is poised to develop the state’s first fully online master’s degree programs in emerging media beginning in Fall 2018.
UGA is poised to develop the state’s first fully online master’s degree programs in emerging media beginning in Fall 2018.

Grady’s Emerging Media master’s program to receive UGA online development grant

Grady College is pleased to announce that its Emerging Media program is one of two initial university programs to receive an Online Course Innovation Grant offered by the Office of Online Learning and the UGA Graduate School.

Stephen Balfour, director of the Office of Online Learning; Associate Dean Shari Miller, School of Social Work; and Associate Dean Jeff Springston, Grady College, celebrate the first Online Course Innovation Grants. Photo: Office of Online Learning.
Stephen Balfour, director of the Office of Online Learning; Shari Miller, associate dean, School of Social Work; and Jeff Springston, associate dean, Grady College, celebrate the first Online Course Innovation Grants. Photo: Office of Online Learning.

The School of Social Work also received one of the initial grants.

The Online Course Innovation Grant will help Grady College develop an online version of its new Master of Arts in emerging media. This program is designed for students who want to learn how to identify emerging media needs and solutions using innovative and interactive digital technology, develop content and applications and strategically manage emerging media platforms.

“This grant will enable us to better serve citizens in Georgia and beyond,” said Jeff Springston, associate dean of graduate studies and research. “The program will allow individuals to gain new or enhanced expertise in emerging media without having to move or quit their current job.”

Over the next year, Grady plans on developing nine required online courses to accompany an existing online required course and an online elective. The online program is expected to be offered in Fall 2018. No other schools in the state offer online master’s degrees in emerging media.

“We are using a team-based model for both projects to leverage the nationally recognized expertise of our faculty with the strengths of our online learning staff,” said Stephen Balfour, director of the Office of Online Learning. “It is our intent to raise the bar on quality and innovative online degree programs and increase the spotlight on graduate education at UGA.”

These two programs were selected from 12 proposals based on their intended use of innovative technologies, student engagement, strength of proposed assessments to gauge learning outcomes, feedback and clarity, and anticipated project timelines.

Faculty will be supported through an intensive collaborative partnership with experts in the Office of Online Learning for quality instructional design, media creation, marketing and online student services.

Date: November 8, 2017
Author:  Tracy Coley (tcoley@uga.edu) Sarah Freeman (freemans@uga.edu)