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Great Plains IDEA releases new resource for students, advisors

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Great Plains IDEA, an Oklahoma State University partner, has released a new podcast aimed at empowering advisors and students with strategies for digital success. 

“Get Online” is a three-episode series focused on tackling the challenges associated with online advising. “Get Online” provides practical solutions for building online communities, removing barriers and offering career advice using real-world stories and examples from students, advisors and experts. 

Shiretta Ownbey, professor and graduate coordinator for OSU Great Plains IDEA Online Programs, said the podcast and the purpose of Great Plains IDEA are valuable resources with more students, advisers and professors engaging via technology.  

“The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) was launched in 2002 by a group of human sciences colleges at peer universities in the Great Plains of the United States to collaborate on delivery of online academic programs,” Ownbey said. “In 2020, the alliance offers eight online Master of Science programs and one fully online undergraduate degree program.”

OSU is one of 19 Great Plains IDEA member universities. The organization aims to create and provide resources for online success in and out of the classroom. For more information, visit

The “Get Online” podcast is available at Future episodes will focus on enriching the online educational experience by providing resources for student support and online leadership while addressing relevant student topics. 

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