“Removing barriers of time and space, designing inclusive onramps, and creating flexible stackable learning models are essential to increasing access to higher education.” - James DeVaney
Online & Hybrid Programs
Meeting the needs of a diverse population of lifelong learners
We work with academic units to remove barriers of access to exceptional U-M learning experiences and to consider new approaches to engaging with learners at different stages of life and career.
Portfolios: create, bundle, and rebundle to get more from your efforts
We encourage academic units to strategically rebundle content to create online program portfolios. The portfolio approach combines degree programs with open learning experiences—such as open online courses, a MicroMasters program, or a MasterTrack certificate—to create a variety of pathways for learners to engage as part of the Michigan community.
Online program portfolios
- provide innovative learning experiences of various durations, commitment level, and depth of study
- offers high quality learning experiences that promote multidisciplinary problem solving and diversity, equity and inclusion
- are affordable, accessible at scale, and available for global and lifelong learners
From on-ramps to online degrees and beyond
The degree program portfolio allows a program to meet their prospects, students, alumni, and worldwide audience wherever they may be needed–whether they want to gain confidence or confirm their interest before committing to a full degree program, or whether they want to extend their knowledge and skills beyond the degree programs.
Online degree portfolios help Michigan students become—and remain—leaders in their disciplines, regardless of where they are
We support academic units in all aspects of the design and development of exemplary online and hybrid degree programs.
Online and hybrid degree programs:
- extend access to U-M’s outstanding learning experiences
- reduce geographic and temporal barriers
- offer rigorous, high quality, and innovative degree courses and complementary co-curricular experiences
- encourage connections to the University and to other U-M students, including opportunities for informal learning
- take on a wide variety of curricular designs, employing state of the art technology to engage students in learning activities
Hybrid programs leverage both on-campus and online learning experiences, which may be most appropriate to create ideal interactions for particular disciplines.