Distance Learning classes at UAH are offered as an outreach to students around the state, country, and world. These classes are an integral part of the UAH academic environment. The Distance Learning initiative at UAH strives to provide up-to-date and service-oriented technological support for all DL faculty and classes, while maintaining a strict focus on offering high quality academic work. We serve to continuously improve our support structure. To see guiding principles and future plans for our DL program, click here to view "Features of Exceptional Programs & Courses" in Distance Learning. Also check out our new information on DL WEBCASTING.
Distance Learning coursework at UAH, supported by CoE, uses a number of technological tools. Our capture tool is Mediasite, which allows us to capture live lectures while our professors are teaching and to provide this content to our DL students very shortly thereafter. These classes may be viewed on-demand or live via Streaming/Webcasting. Many of our faculty also supplement their DL classes with Angel, the course management system for the UAHuntsville Campus. In addition, we also offer some courses across the UA System using Videoconferencing. Up-and-coming innovative Mediasite uses and case studies are available at the Mediasite Webcasts website.
Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series
Blackboard is offering a free faculty pedagogy training webinar series called the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series. The Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) is training initiative to help augment (not replace) your on-campus faculty training efforts. Harnessing our community of Blackboard users, BITS will share the top strategies and pedagogy for both increasing educator efficiency and improving learning outcomes. This program will consist of monthly faculty training webinars that will be taught by faculty from higher ed institutions and supported by Blackboard experts. View the BITS schedule.
DL Faculty Support and Mentoring
To assist and support you with teaching through DL, we have created a Distance Learning group on Facebook. Select this link to join our group, and stay in touch with DL students and faculty at UAH. Further, we encourage new DL faculty to work with professors within their disciplines with experience in DL under a mentoring approach during the first and second academic terms.
Need to improve your technology skills in areas such as email, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and other tools? Check out the UA Huntsville's Click and Learn Series. Downloadable training documents as well as Flash presentations are available for your review.
Live Viewing of Captured Events
Did you know that DL at UAHuntsville offers LIVE viewing of captured events through our Mediasite system as a Webcasting event?
In addition to our viewers ability to watch content on-demand (on your own time), content is also available via live streaming options configurable in our Mediasite system. These live streamed events, called Webcasts, allow viewers to see and hear the presenter, along with any content being presented (i.e., PowerPoint slides) as time-synched pictures alongside the presentation. These events may be configured to allow viewers to also view and respond to polls, submit questions via a text chat tool, and also view linked documents for the individual presentation. If you would like to request that your class or event have live streaming Webcasting available, please include that on your reservation form, or contact the DL Program Coordinator to request this on a case-by-case or semester basis.
See the Live Stream Interaction Options handout for more information on these options. Please note that you may also view polls that have been completed, view linked documents, and submit questions when viewing videos on-demand, provided that these tools are enabled in your event.
Supporting Distance Learning Students with Disabilities
- Supporting UAHuntsville students with disabilities--What can I do as a faculty member?
- Make sure to review and incorporate the UAHuntsville Disability Statement template into your course syllabus
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