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Important updates about the Distance Learning Program will be posted here throughout each 
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2014 UA System Scholars Institute

Save the Date - May 12-13, 2014! 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... Read more

National Distance Learning Week, November 11-15, 2013

National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is here! Held November 11-15, 2013, click here for information on the scheduled events for this week and to sign up for the FREE WEBINARS that will be available.  Read more

Teaching a Class from 1700 Miles Away: How Texas Tech Leverages Mediasite for Li…

Students in Dr. Farris’s Wind Energy class show up three times a week for his lecture at Texas Tech University. They see him and his digital white board, he sees them and can tell whether they’re engaged or yawning. Questions... Read more

Eight Roles of an Effective Online Teacher

Teaching face-to-face and teaching online are both teaching, but they are qualitatively different. In comparison, driving a car and riding a motorcycle are both forms of transportation, but they have enough differences to warrant additional training and preparation when switching... Read more

New Technology Allows Professors to Track Whether Students Are Reading Their Tex…

This semester, thousands of college students around the country, including dozens at a Texas A&M University campus, won't be able to hide their studying habits from the prying eyes of their professors. With the new platform CourseSmart Analytics, professors are able... Read more

Lecture Capture Allows the Professor to Make House Calls

Four hours southeast of Albuquerque, in the eastern plains of New Mexico, a small university is using videoconferencing technology to extend its reach past its isolated location. Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) is in Portales, a rural town near the... Read more

From Flipped Classroom to Dual Enrollment: How ENMU Achieved Campus-Wide Capture…

Join Mary Fanelli Ayala, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as she shares how ENMU successfully met their ambitious timeline – from pilot to full-scale, campus-wide deployment in less than 12 months. She’ll outline the process of... Read more

Applying the Seven Principles for Good Practice to the Online Classroom

Almost 25 years have passed since Chickering and Gamson offered seven principles for good instructional practices in undergraduate education. While the state of undergraduate education has evolved to some degree over that time, I think the seven principles still have a place... Read more

Teachers flip for 'flipped learning' class model

Check out this technology-driven teaching method known as "flipped learning" has changed this high school pre-calculus class: Read more

From Flipped Classroom to Dual Enrollment: How ENMU Achieved Campus-Wide Capture…

While Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) is the third largest school in the state, it covers more ground than any other university. The entire eastern part of the state, to be exact. In the dean’s quest to make education accessible... Read more

Free Webinars

Free Webinars sponsored by MERLOT Read more

Free Webcast: Mobile Technology

UAHuntsville Distance Learning has signed up for a free webcast on mobile technology. For more information about the webcast, visit here and contact Dr. Carson if you're interested in viewing. Read more

Educating Voters One Webcast At A Time

Check out how Marquette University Law School educates the public on important public policy issues via webcast. This is just one example of how Mediasite can be used.;utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua&elid=343920&elq=d79ffb5fa9f8498db38e89a40d1d6d56&elqCampaignId=867 Read more

MERLOT Releases Mobile App's for iOS and Android

MERLOT‘s Mobile App's provides a quick and easy way to discover high quality open educational resources that are freely available online on your mobile devices.  Search from 38,000 resources that have been curated by educators.  The FREE downloadable app's lets... Read more

A Sip of MERLOT: FREE Webinar on MERLOT Basics

Would you like a helping hand to get started using MERLOT? Join us on Thursday, November 8th at 3 PM (Eastern Time)for a free, live webinar that will help you find high quality teaching and learning materials on MERLOT. The... Read more

US Distance Learning Association's Distance Learning Week

Sponsored by the United States Distance Learning Association, National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) held November 5-9, 2012, seeks to promote and celebrate the tremendous growth and accomplishments occurring today in distance learning programs offered by schools, businesses, and governmental departments. For... Read more

"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... Read more

Prepare for a Brand New School Year with the Sloan-C Certificate

The Certificate Program prepares educators to teach and improve online courses using the Sloan-C pillars of quality in online education—learning effectiveness, scale, faculty and student satisfaction, and access. A unique feature of the certificate program is that expert mentors work... Read more

Professors and Distance Learning

John Thelin writes about why professors shouldn't be afraid of online learning, read the full article at Inside Higher Ed here Read more

Distance Learning degrees on the increase

Distance Learning degrees are on the increase according to The Guardian, check out the full article here Read more

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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 (, campus coordinator for this event. You may also contact our committee chair at:

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


Distance Learning Newsletters

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


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