Award-winning Cincinnati-Based Oodle collaborating with UC

Cincinnati-based Oodle was started by three locals in 2009 and has since appeared on multiple lists as a “business to watch,” as well as by Inc. as a member of the “Inc. 5000,” which pays tribute to the company’s rapid growth. They have proven to be the little engine that could and, while they started in Loveland, they’ve since opened operations in both Austin and Denver.

This type of prowess got the attention of The University of Cincinnati.

Oodle and UC are working together to transform student enrollment in the digital space. For students today, this is the space that matters.

Oodle is actively promoting UC Online programs, some of the best ranked in the U.S.

The University of Cincinnati was ranked No. 2 for innovation in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report and, in 2019, ranked No. 10 for best online master’s in nursing degree, No. 11 for master’s in information technology, and No. 8 for master’s in criminal justice. According to their most recent alumni survey in 2018, 87% of graduates receive job offers within 90 days of graduation. Today, there are more than 300,000 alumni with approximately half residing in the greater Cincinnati area.

“We are pleased to announce this relationship with UC Online,” says Mark Hughes, partner and chief stragegy office at Oodle. “We look forward to promoting UC’s online programs and increasing enrollment.”

“UC Online is integrated into the strategic backbone of UC as it serves across Next Lives Here in nearly everything it does — whether that is being innovative, delivering best practices for online instruction, or being at the forefront of educational delivery and flexibility for both a national and international audience,” says Brandi Bittner, executive director of marketing and recruiting at UC.

“UC Online is in a unique position as it partners across colleges and is able to serve an educationally diverse population of students,” she continues. “Importantly, it serves more diversity than the typical on-campus student.”

As online education has increased in traction, there is much reported that verifies its success and credibility. In an article for Forbes, March 5, 2019, author Brandon Busteed writes about benefits:

  • Students are increasingly turning to online courses because they have become a better way to learn.
  • Online courses offer students greater control over their own learning by enabling them to work at their own pace.
  • More engaging multimedia content, greater access to their instructor and fellow classmates via online chat, and less likelihood of outside scheduling conflicts can contribute to improved retention metrics.
  • Online courses also tend to include more frequent assessments. The more often students are assessed, the better their instructors can track progress and intervene when needed.

“This is an exciting time for students and higher ed institutions,” says Hughes. “This places UC at the forefront of how technology makes higher education more widely available for both traditional students and adult learners.”

Read more articles by Jennifer Mooney.

Jennifer Mooney is a reformed corporate communications senior executive. She has also worked in the advertising industry and founded The Mooney Group, LLC, a boutique public relations practice. She is an avid adventurer and traveler, which includes climbing/hiking, open water swimming, and downhill skiing. She is a downtown resident and is married to Donald Mooney. She has two grown daughters.

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