FAQ

Why Creative Minds Squared?
With extensive experience and proven methodology of building capacity from the inside out, our university clients will be able to acquire know-how to grow enrollment, globalize their offerings in most effective way.
Who is Creative Minds Squared?
Creative Minds Squared was created with the sole purpose of transferring knowledge and building capacity to institutions so they could launch/expand online learning. This is aligned with our mission to ‘educate and connect our world’.  The leadership team and consultants have decades of experience pioneering online learning.
Who are CMSquared‘s consultants?
Because we help you from the inside out, all of our consultants possess a minimum of 5 years functional experience in online operations. Our consultants are vetted, on-boarded through rigorous process to ensure that not only they have the knowledge and experience, they are well-versed in CM2‘s knowledge transfer and capacity building methodologies. In addition, their compensation is tied directly to your success.
How is CMSquared different from other services providers?
Guided by our mission ‘to educate and connect our world’, we employ only proven, experienced SME to engage you from the inside out. Through our 10-20-70 methodology, our consultants work with your team to build capacity and transfer knowledge. The intention is for your team to gain the operational know-how, IP to be self-sustained.
What does it take to be a CMSquared consultant?
Two key qualifications: proven functional experience and the absolute desire to make a positive difference in the world by imparting knowledge to others. For additional requirements, please contact us.
What is online modality?
Online modality is a method of delivering education virtually instead of in a physical classroom. There are various types of online learning such as synchronous, asynchronous, a combination of the two. Typically, online learning is not self-paced.
Why should online modality matter greatly to institution of higher education?
Online isn’t the future, it is the present. Education delivery and consumption have evolved. In order to meet current and future learners and employers’ demands, educators must embrace technologically driven pedagogy.  Online learning allows learners and educators to connect at any time, and any place adding a global reach to the institution.  
Is online learning credible?
Yes. ‘The modalities of educational delivery have evolved from traditional face-to-face instruction to distance education, and now to global online asynchronous and synchronous with plausible growth rates (Allen & Seanman, 2005). With CM2’s highly valued techniques that combined Diagnostic, Formative and Summative, institutions will be able to quantify students’ outcomes.
Can CMSquared help us achieve the same or better quality with online as offline?
Our services provide you with end-to-end support to convert your quality programs to online while at the same time, allowing you to utilize our experience to drive learning outcomes and student experience.
What is the operational difference between campus and online teaching?
Campus is physical and online is virtual, there are distinct differences in how you recruit, teach, support students. If implemented correctly, universities can achieve the best of both worlds. CM2s expert consultants have extensive experience operating in both modalities.
How is teaching online different from teaching at campus?
In a campus based classroom, faculty lectures, interacts with students in a physical setting and in real time. In an online classroom, the faculty lectures and interacts with students virtually and depends on the format, may be synchronous or asynchronous. Aided by embedded technologies, faculty can achieve greater efficiency and reach students from anywhere in the world where internet is accessible. Because of the flexibility around teaching/learning in the virtual environment, your educational offerings could reach every continent on the globe.
Is there a difference between how curriculum is designed for online vs. campus?
Yes. The process for curriculum design and development differs between online and campus. CM2 curriculum experts can help your institution modify the process to ensure quality and scalability.
Is there a difference between online and campus for faculty operations?
Yes. Not all campus-based faculty can teach online and vice versa. The process of knowledge transfer differs significantly to leverage technology in lieu of face-to-face interaction. Our Faculty Operations consulting service will help you throughout the entire faculty lifecycle.
My country’s perception toward online learning is still negative, how can CMSquared help change this perception?
We understand your situation as we’ve faced similar perception in different countries. Fortunately, because of our decades of operating online learning, we have learned how to overcome this perception. It is not easy but the process can be shortened significantly if we understand the student’s motivation. Most students don’t go to school for the diploma itself but rather for what the diploma can do for them. We will work closely with you and your team to speed up the public acceptance through a closed loop relationship between learners, educators and employers.
Why can’t we just cut and paste our curriculum into an LMS and claim to possess online capability?
Online pedagogy is different than campus-based pedagogy. There is simply no short cut as the result will be negative student experience, which will lead to negative perception on the institution itself.
What is the relationship between online modality and globalization of higher education?
Online modality leverages technology thus allowing your institution’s students and faculty to reach each other from every continent of our world. The knowledge, background and personal experiences will further globalize your education in the process.
How can we achieve growth through online offerings?
Because online allows you to reach student population beyond your geography. By having online delivery, you also reach students in your geography that were previously unable to attend your school physically.
How can I create global brand through online modality?
In addition to having students and faculty from all over the world, CM2 can assist your institution in forming strategic partnership with other higher education institutions for programs such as 2+2, 3+1, co-branding…
What is adult education?
Adult education, also known as Andragogy (adult learning) is a theory that holds a set of assumptions about how adults learn. Andragogy emphasises the value of the process of learning. It uses approaches to learning that are problem-based and collaborative rather than didactic (Lieb, 1991), and also emphasises more equality between the teacher and learner (Lieb, 1991)
How is adult education different from traditional college education?
Adult education, andragogy, emphasizes more equality between the teacher and learner (Lieb, 1991). Adult learners are much disciplined and focused. Given their life experience, in many instances, they are able to quickly connect concepts to real life practicality. Traditional college education is typically catered to the young adult between the age of 18 and 25. These two types of learners have very different needs and how they learn.
What are the technologies required to offer online courses?
Generally, an institution would need a VLE, Virtual Learning Environment. “VLE is a system for delivering learning materials to students via the web. These systems include assessment, student tracking, collaboration and communication tools” (Oxford, 2015). In addition, other IT related assets such as datacenter, helpdesk, operating systems (CMS, CRM, SIS…). Technologies acquisition process for online can be complex. We work with you to develop custom solutions specifically for your needs.

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