The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA) is a partnership of 20 public university members providing access to the best educational opportunities by collaboratively developing and delivering high-quality, online academic programs. The dietetics program is a collaboration of eight of the member universities. The Great Plains IDEA is an academic alliance that offers fully-online graduate and undergraduate coursework and program options in high- demand, professional fields.
Each university has a campus coordinator who works with students through the various processes of the Great Plains IDEA. Campus coordinators work with home institution students to answer general questions about admission, programs, enrollment, scheduling, and graduation. They can also refer students to additional resources. Students work with the teaching institution campus coordinators to gain access to courses for which they are enrolled.
All courses are delivered online. Students will utilize learning management systems (LMSes) at each partner institution. Each campus coordinator will facilitate access to the LMS at the teaching institution prior to the first day of class. The courses are a semester long with courses offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.
The delivery of course content may vary from online lectures to supplemental readings and assignments, to group projects, and all of the above. Each instructor designs his/her courses to meet the learning objectives.
While this degree allows students the convenience of accessing course material when and where it is most convenient, it definitely requires a commitment of time and attention. Students should plan to spend nine to twelve hours per week on a three-credit course. Time required will vary depending on students' learning style and previous coursework.