Distance Learning News & Updates
Important updates about the Distance Learning Program will be posted here throughout each
term, so check back frequently for updates!
DL 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.
It's National Distance Learning Week! Check back for updates on webinars, online events, and more!
Check out these current Webinars!
National Distance Learning Week--November 10-14, 2014
What will you do for NDLW 2014?
The purpose of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning, including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Military, while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field.
For schools, colleges, and corporations to conduct local events during NDLW to celebrate and promote the field of online learning.
November 10 - 14, 2014
Professionals engaged in the day-to-day practice of distance learning (schools, colleges, corporations, military) and individuals and organizations providing products and services being distributed via online, video conferencing and satellite technologies.
For more information on NDLW contact USDLA at1.800.275.5162.
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
Georgetown University brings Hoyas together using Google Apps for Education
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13th, 2014
3:00 pm EST / 12:00 pm PST
Duration: 1 hour
Register for this free webinar today!
Best Practices for Designing and Assessing Online Discussion Questions
In this webinar you will learn strategies for:
- Designing discussion questions that encourage students to critically evaluate course materials and topics.
- Fostering an environment that supports active and meaningful discussions among class members.
- Communicating clear expectations to students regarding online discussion.
- Creating rubrics to assess discussion participation and provided detailed feedback to the students.
To register for the free webinar, visit: http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/institute/webinars/2014/7/bestpracticesfordesandassessonlinediscuss
You’re invited to a complimentary MATLAB seminar on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014. The purpose of the session is to help you use the tools currently available on campus. The session is intended for faculty, researchers and students at the University of Alabama in Huntsville only.
The seminar will be held on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 in the Technology Hall room S105. Session 1 will run from 10a.m.- 12p.m and then Session 2 will run from 1p.m. -3p.m. The presenter for the seminar will be Mehernaz Savai, Application Engineer.
Please click here to register
Our event features a technical session presented by a MathWorks engineer:
Session 1: Machine Learning with MATLAB
In this session, you will learn several machine learning techniques available in MATLAB and how to quickly explore your data, evaluate machine learning algorithms, compare the results, and apply the best solutions to your problem.
Session 2: Optimizing and Accelerating Your MATLAB Code
In this session you will learn how to boost the execution speed of computationally and data-intensive problems using MATLAB and the Parallel Computing Toolbox. We will introduce and demonstrate the high-level programming constructs that allow you to easily create parallel MATLAB applications without low-level programming and finally talk about tools to automatically translate your MATLAB code into C.
We hope you can join us!
To view a complete session description and register, visit: www.mathworks.com/seminars/UAH2014
If you have any questions concerning this seminar please contact Dr. Rhonda Kay Gaede, Associate Professor.
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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!
Theres 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 intergration 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 dont 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), campus coordinator for this event. You may also contact our committee chair at: email@example.com.
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
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