ICCI launches online learning

The International College of the Cayman Islands is launching a new online learning program, starting in July for students in its Bachelor of Business Administration Program. 

The college’s president David Marshall said the program, which will feature video lectures and podcasts from staff at the college, would be extended to other courses, if successful. 

Faculty will start training this week on how to record lectures, post to YouTube and Vimeo, produce podcasts and use communication tools like Skype and WhatsApp to stay in contact with students and engage them in academic content, he said 

“Offering online classes will open the doors of opportunity for those otherwise unable to access a college education,” he said. 

“This innovation is part of ICCI’s strong tradition of producing outstanding graduates for Cayman’s workforce for 44 years,” said Marshall. 

The online class launch follows seven months of planning and surveying the student and alumni populations, he said. 

“A majority of ICCI’s students are working adults who face barriers to earning a degree because of work, civic, or family obligations. These courses are designed specifically to benefit students who have difficulty commuting to the Newlands’ campus.” 

Marshall says the online initiative allows students to attend virtual classes on their own schedules. 

Last month, ICCI won permission from its U.S. accrediting body, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, to begin the pilot program. An ACICS accrediting team will also visit ICCI next year to ensure students are achieving the same learning outcomes as those in face-to-face courses. 

“We know that students all over the world are already supplementing their classroom education with many online tools,” said Marshall. “Online learning is really the future for producing accessible, high quality and affordable education, especially in Cayman were very few can stop work altogether to pursue their education.” 

Each online course typically will have a set of readings, recorded lectures, videos, podcasts, discussions, tests and collaborative group projects. The course will be led by a credentialed faculty member who will interact with students online about the course content each week and grade assignments. 

The college is seeking approval from ACICS to add additional courses from other degree programs. 

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  1. Online learning is great, however, I feel posting to YouTube, and Vimeo, IS a bad idea, any of your videos of lectures posted could easily be compromised. I seriously hope they take this into consideration.

    Might I suggest looking at a better solution similar to CBT Nuggets.

    Enrolled customers to the Online ICCI Program should have a secure login that grants them access to the online learning material associated with their classes that they are enrolled in.

    This will be more secure than simply hosting your videos of classes on YouTube or Vimeo, as well as Protecting your Intellectual Property.

    I wish ICCI all the best with implementing Online Learning, as it is an invaluable tool to have.

  2. While I agree with Mr. Smith, it’s very hard to impossible to stop students from to post their lectures, videos, course materials on-line for all to see–and they can do so anonymously. So, most schools, especially in the US beat them to it by making courses and lectures available.

  3. Jeremy, there’s nothing wrong with a university or other school posting its curricular materials for anyone to see. They cannot be changed by others, only viewed. In fact, open courseware is an international trend.

    Also, as a practical matter, it saves ICCI money in that they don’t have to worry about hosting a lot of video. As for "protecting their intellectual property", it’s information, not property, and besides their revenue comes from those who enrol for a credential, not specifically from people who just happen by, so they don’t lose anything by sharing.