OL News & Updates

Online Learning News & Updates

Important updates about the Online Learning Program will be posted here throughout each 
term, so check back frequently for updates!



*Summer 2015 Newsletter Now Available! 

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Spring 2016 Newsletter Now Available

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Faculty, Because of the campus closures caused by wintery weather during spring semester last year, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) has developed workshops for faculty and GTAs on strategies and technologies for conducting classes during a campus electrical outage, snow... Read more

Alabama Higher Ed Now Part of a National…

  Alabama Higher Ed Now Part of a National Online Learning Agreement   Senator Glover’s legislation empowers state universities and colleges to reach more students       MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On Tuesday, May 5th, Governor Robert Bentley signed into law legislation that will expand the ability... Read more

UAH College of Engineering's Offering Fr…

The College of Engineering at UAH is very pleased to announce the 3rd offering of Chemical Engineering: Review of Enabling Sciences through Problem Solving, beginning March 23rd. This is the 3rd offering of a MOOC by UAH's College of Engineering. Register for... Read more


OL Students--GREAT news! The UAH Interactive Schedule: http://www.uah.edu/cgi-bin/schedule.pl now allows you to query classes based on course modality, including Online, Hybrid, and Traditional Instructional Methods. This should make finding the right online course for you at UAH much easier. Registration just opened Tuesday of this week, so check out the new search functionality now and let us know how you like it.


 Free Webinar on February 12!


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Feb 12, 2PM ET - Accessibility Strategies for Educational Online Video




It's National Distance Learning Week! Check back for updates on webinars, online events, and more!

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About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. http://www.usdla.org

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NDLW Webinar: Continuous Improvement in quality course design - what is Quality Matters?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 9:30-10:30 Continuous Improvement in quality course design - what is Quality Matters? Presenter: Ron Legon & Brenda Boyd Constituency: ALL Come and learn what you always wanted to know about Quality Matters but were...




Ready to get inspired? TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). Click "TED Talks" to read or watch these 5 TED Talks that are each given by an education professional or technology expert with their own unique vision for how to improve learning.

While you're at it, read up on how during a recent eSchool News webinar, experts revealed how formative assessment can support the curriculum, click the happy face to read on!

There's an app for that? There sure is! These five apps–all free–might help busy administrators manage their workload, identify and organize priorities, and make their days a little less hectic. And really, who doesn't love free?



10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs

Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be invaluable to educators. Here are ten tricks that can make your life easier with Google Docs: http://www.edudemic.com/10-things-every-teacher-know-google-docs/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

Get to know Canvas! 

Join Canvas by Instructure for a free 50 minute webinar with presenter Jason Gilbert, Solutions Engineer, on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 11 a.m. 

In this free webinar you will see why some of the largest and most innovative colleges and universities have made a switch to Canvas. Canvas is the new LMS that has been formally recommended for adoption on our campus here at UAH, to replace Angel.During the webinar you will learn how Canvas makes grading up to 70% easier, how it engages students via integration with the use of websites and devices, how cloud hosting is easier for everyone involved, and how the modern web interface makes it easy for faculty and students to use.Sound interesting? Register today so you don't miss out.


Save the Date! May 12-13, 2014 - 2014 UA System Scholars Institute

The UA System Office asks that you save May 12-13, 2014 for the 7th Annual Scholars Institute, to be held at the UA Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This year's theme is, "Integrating Technology to Support Student Success, Research, and Service". For more information, click here!

If you have specific questions about eligibility for attendance, the Call for Papers, or otherwise, you may contact Dr. Sherri Restauri (sherri.restauri@uah.edu), campus coordinator for this event. You may also contact our committee chair at: 2014scholarsinstitute@ua.edu.

The Scholars Institute fosters a shared community of knowledge between members of all three UA System campuses. It brings us together to discover and discuss best practices and new ideas for the roles of technology in our teaching, learning, and research processes. As in years past, 2014 conference topics relate to experiences of all faculty and students, from integration of technology into our academic environments to the growing role of technology in the teaching, learning, and research triad.


Conversations That Matter: Approaching the Academic Calendar More Creatively

Special sessions are emerging as a key strategy for optimizing enrollment. To learn a little more about the opportunities these calendaring options present, we interviewed Ken Smith, Virginia Tech's vice provost for resource management and institutional effectiveness. To learn more about this and to watch the interview click here


Conversations That Matter: Copyright, Fair Use, and MOOC's - What To Be Aware Of

Fair use and copyright ownership are complicated enough when we are considering materials for a class with seven or 70 students. But what if you are venturing into the world of the MOOC, where media and written materials may be shared with 7,000 or 70,000 students? How do fair use and copyright considerations change as you move into that setting, and what do your faculty need to be aware of? To learn more about the matter of copyright and fair use click here.


How Flipped Classroom Strategies Help Solve STEM Shortage

Want to know how the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at University of Cincinnati gave more than 500 high school students a head start in college STEM studies over the course of just one academic year? Find out more here!


Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Conference April 9-11, 2014! 

 The Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium is designed to bring together individuals interested in the review and evaluation of emerging technologies' impact on online teaching and learning. The California State University’s MERLOT and the Sloan Consortium invite you to submit a proposal for the 7th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium, to be held April 9-11, 2014 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Click here to learn more.



The College of Engineering began work on the development of the University of Alabama in Huntsville's very first MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) during the Summer 2013. The progress of this project has been fast-paced with many lessons learned. Launch date is currently set in January 2014, so check back on new information to be posted.

MOOC Course Objectives: The objective of this online course will be to review key and essential concepts and ideas from four key enabling sciences that impact chemical engineering education: chemistry, mathematics, physics, and biology. We will do this by introducing problems that chemical engineers are asked to solve and explore the reasons why the enabling sciences are required to solve them. The problems introduced will come from topics such as water versus gasoline, chemicals to help cure disease, and materials and their properties.

Who is this program for? Students who are curious about chemical engineering or those that have expressed in earning a degree in chemical engineering will benefit from taking this course. While many students do take many of the basic science classes, this course will provide a context for basic science through exploration of specific problems and case studies.

  UAH's First MOOC Launches


Online Learning Newsletters

Prior to the beginning of each academic term (Spring, Summer, and Fall) at UAH, the Online Learning Productions Office publishes an electronic newsletter containing information on such items as upcoming classes, changes in technology, DL Faculty & Staff, Academic Calendars, and projected academic schedules for the future terms. These newsletters are distributed via email. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to be added, please let us know by requesting to be added sherri.restauri@uah.edu.


2013-2014 Academic Year:

Summer 2015 OL Newsletter Now Available

Fall 2014 DL Newsletter Now Available

Summer 2014 DL Newsletter Now Available 

Spring 2014 DL Newsletter

Fall 2013 DL Newsletter 

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