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MEd in MESA
“I have learned a great deal from my program coursework and I believe my instructors are successful in making the online content interesting and accessible which is vital in engaging students who are completing the program from a distance.”
I enrolled in the online MEd program in MESA in order to further my knowledge of educational research and to improve my skills in statistics and assessment. An online option was important as it allowed me to complete degree requirements even though I had accepted a full-time position in another state. Initially, I was concerned that the content covered in my courses would be difficult to learn in the online environment. However, once I began interacting with program faculty and saw how the courses were structured, my concerns were soon alleviated.
All of the professors in the program are not only extremely knowledgeable in their subject areas but also easily accessible to their students. Whether trying to connect through e-mail, an online chat, or making an appointment to see them in person on campus, my instructors have always been quick to respond to any questions I may have. I have learned a great deal from my program coursework and I believe my instructors are successful in making the online content interesting and accessible which is vital in engaging students who are completing the program from a distance
MEd in MESA
“I found my experience with the MESA/ERM (online) program to be quite rewarding. I am able to fit the study around my hectic schedule. Teachers are most helpful and gave their feedback in a timely manner, which is very important for an online course. Everything being presented is relevant to the subject of assessment, and I really like the fact that both qualitative and quantitative aspects are emphasized.”
MEd in MESA
“Without exception, each of my professors has been very friendly and accessible – as keen to make the online experience a human, interpersonal experience as we students are. The courses are extremely well organized, with learning objectives that link to skills that should help students in a number of career-related areas. ”
After a long career in the corporate world, I decided to plan for a new career in education. My specific interests are in educational and psychological measurement. The UIC online MESA program is unique as the only specialized program in its area that can be pursued on a part-time, remote basis. Although I am unsure exactly where the program and my interests will lead me, with each course I have taken at UIC, new ideas are coming to mind. Without exception, each of my professors has been very friendly and accessible – as keen to make the online experience a human, interpersonal experience as we students are. The courses are extremely well organized, with learning objectives that link to skills that should help students in a number of career-related areas. Although the pace of the work is fairly continuous, the professors have all shown flexibility in helping me work around the occasional business trip that interferes with my studies. I look forward to continuing to learn new things and develop new ideas.
MEd in MESA
“[The MEd in MESA program] gave me the tools…so I can now run the analysis on my own and empower the administrative staff to make better informed decisions about our district assessments.”
I work in K-12 assessment data analysis and reporting. My time in the MESA MEd [program] has already laid the foundation for a better comprehension of the technical documentation that I used to skim, and now inhale, for a better understanding of our state assessment system and the measures we are held accountable for. It has raised my awareness of the vast analysis I can now run for my school district. It gave me the tools…taught me how to fish, so to speak…so I can now run the analysis on my own and empower the administrative staff to make better informed decisions about our district assessments.
The course work in the UIC MESA program provides the foundation to foster the necessary skills needed for the effective management of program development in professional licensing and higher education curricular assessment.
MEd in MESA
It’s really exciting to put into practice everything I learned in MESA. I refer to my notes from your classes every week! Thank you again for all of your help in MESA and beyond.
“The professor…did a wonderful job of overcoming the distance between students and faculty in the online environment…She made herself highly available to students through e-mail, phone and Skype…I was not only satisfied with my interaction with [the faculty] in the MESA program, but everyone else I had contact with at UIC—the program coordinator, the Blackboard support staff, the Student Accounts staff—was courteous and helpful.”
I’m a professor of psychology at a state university in Minnesota, and I was recently granted a sabbatical leave. One thing I wished to accomplish during this leave was to gain a better understanding of multivariate statistics as their use is so common in the research literature in which I’m interested. To this end I was considering various textbooks, when another alternative came to my attention. I received an e-mail that described the MESA online program at UIC. After getting in touch with the program director, Dr. Everett Smith, I found that I could take a single course as a non-degree student. So, in the fall of 2010, I enrolled in EPSY 583, Multivariate Analysis of Educational Data.
To be honest, I was somewhat apprehensive about taking a course online. I had never done that before and I am old enough to be daunted by requirements for technological expertise that 20-year-olds take in stride. I need not have worried. The professor, Dr. Yue Yin, did a wonderful job of overcoming the distance between students and faculty in the online environment and was generous in providing technical assistance to students. She made herself highly available to students through e-mail, phone and Skype. In many ways, she was more accessible than a professor in a traditional course—Professor Yin’s office hours appeared to be unlimited! Whether I e-mailed her early in the morning or late at night, my questions were responded to promptly. She showed unfailing patience and support whether my questions were about mundane concerns (“How do I submit my homework?”) or about statistical matters. Her answers were clear and complete. It was quite evident that she enjoyed answering questions, as one would expect from a professor who is enthusiastic about her subject and who wants her students to succeed.
The lectures for the course were presented using PowerPoint slides with audio accompaniment. The professor made sure to have periodic “learning checks” built into the lectures, allowing students to test their understanding of the material just covered. These brief exercises and the homework assignments were helpful in promoting understanding of the material. The lectures were well coordinated with the readings in the Tabachnick and Fidell textbook.
The course served my purpose very well and I am glad I signed up. I was not only satisfied with my interaction with Dr. Yin and Dr. Smith in the MESA program, but everyone else I had contact with at UIC—the program coordinator, the Blackboard support staff, the Student Accounts staff—was courteous and helpful. This also contributed to making online learning a good experience for me.
MEd in MESA
“I work in the field of virtual education as a curriculum and assessment specialist. Being a MESA student has helped me to use and interpret statistics to improve the quality of our online courses.”
MEd in MESA
“[Dr. Yin’s] exams are perfect examples of measuring what you really know. She [takes] the extra step to provide better learning tools and is always in search of what she can do better. [Dr. Yin] takes her students’ requests very seriously, and she responds to them in a timely manner.”