DL News & Updates
Distance Learning News & Updates
Important updates about the Distance Learning Program will be posted here throughout each
term, so check back frequently for updates!
2013 UA System Scholars Institute
Now in its sixth year, the UA System Scholars Institute is hosted each year on a rotating basis by one of the UA System campuses. Scholars Institutes are open to faculty, staff, and administration attendance from all three campuses. The Scholars Institute supports collaboration among faculty and administration system-wide, and encourages a shared community of knowledge for implementing best practices into the use of technology in the teaching, learning, and research processes.
The Institute is seen as an important professional development initiative for faculty in their use of technology in teaching and learning, particularly in support of the adaptation and use of new approaches to teaching with technology. Further, the Institute focuses heavily on the sharing of best practices across our system-wide community. Presentations emphasize quality, evidence of impact, tools, and pedagogical and practical approaches, with time for colleagues within- and between campuses to engage in collaboration and knowledge sharing. The Institute also provides hands-on opportunities for practice and implementation of classroom and online tools.
In 2013, both an on-site as well as virtual attendee options were planned to further broaden the reach beyond UA System members, allowing surrounding colleges and K-12 colleagues to attend.
6th Annual UA System Scholars Institute
The University of Alabama (UA) System hosted the 6th Annual Scholars Institute on May 21 & 22, 2013 on The University of Alabama in Huntsville campus. The Scholars Institute supports collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and administrationsystem-wide, and encourages a shared community of knowledge forimplementing best practices into the use of technology in the teaching, learning, and research processes. Click here to get more info on this great event.
Distance Learning Week November 5-9, 2012!
Happy National Distance Learning Week 2012! Interested in learning more? Check out the free webinars, and sign up now! http://www.usdla.org/webinars Some of the webinars include:
Demystifying Accreditation, Certification and understanding the USDLA Quality Standards Certification Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Time: 1-2:00 pm (ET) Presented By: George R. Collins USDLA Board Member President LearnTech Corporation Description: This webinar will explain some of the differences between accreditation and certification, while providing more details on the USDLA Quality Standards Certification Program.
Promoting National Distance Learning Week – An Institution-Wide Initiative Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012 Time: 1-2:00 pm (ET) Presented By: Carol Smith Assistant Provost and Dean Online Berkeley College Online Description: This webinar will provide best practices and demonstrate how organizations can promote National Distance Learning Week and online/distance learning as a whole across their organizations.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Date: Friday, November 9, 2012 Time: 1-2:00 pm (ET) Presented By: Dr. Nish Sonwalkar, (Sc.D.MIT) USDLA, Director of Research The International Center for Distance Learning Research and Praxis (ICDLRP) Description: This webinar will cover the recent rise of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which are large-scale online courses with open access via the Internet.
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"Designing An Exemplary Course" Training Initiative
"Designing An Exemplary Course" is an open course which provides both theoretical concepts and practical tools for instructors to recognize, organize, and build online courses for both blended learners and online learns. The course will provide a framework for participants to use the Exemplary Course Rubric to self-evaluate their course-building work, as well as to ask others in the course to provide peer reviews.
Course objectives include identifying the pillars of an exemplary course, gaining practical knowledge about incorporating specific pillars into one's course, applying the pillars to construct the basic framework for an online course, and providing opportunities for collaborative peer review of online course components and strategy.
The course will be taught over a four-week period starting on September 26, 2012 from 1 to 2 pm. Each session will be guided by one of several highly qualified Exemplary Course Instructors. Participants will hear from previous course winners who will demo their courses. Each session will conclude with a Q&A.
Signups for the class are located here.
Prior to the beginning of each academic term (Spring, Summer, and Fall) at UAH, the Distance 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 here.
2012-2013 Academic Year:
Spring 2013 Newsletter now available!
Fall 2012 (Updated August 24, 2012)
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