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!
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
The University of Alabama (UA) System invites you to attend the 6th Annual Scholars Institute,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... Read more
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... Read more
Check out this technology-driven teaching method known as "flipped learning" has changed this high school pre-calculus class: http://news.yahoo.com/teachers-flip-flipped-learning-class-model-233848813.html Read more
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 sponsored by MERLOT
http://taste.merlot.org/MERLOTFreeWebinars.html Read more
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
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.
http://www.worldofwebcast.com/post/educating-voters-one-webcast-at-a-time?utm_campaign=HIGHED%20news%20Nov12%20FY13&;utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua&elid=343920&elq=d79ffb5fa9f8498db38e89a40d1d6d56&elqCampaignId=867 Read more
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
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
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" 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
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
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 are on the increase according to The Guardian, check out the full article here Read more
Abstract: Online learning has become a reality for many students in higher education. Unfortunately, something that has also become a reality is a sense of isolation in online courses, and Moore (1980) has warned that students' sense of distance can... Read more
New features mark a more holistic approach to user-generated content with recording at the desktop, approval workflows, search-based catalogs and unprecedented customization
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The following are the highlights of the study, "Linking online course design and implementation to learning outcomes: A design experiment." For the full study, see link below
For incremental improvement of online courses: begin with a QM (Quality Matters is a... Read more
Below is some highlights from the study, "Cutting the distance in distance education: Perspectives on what promotes positive, online learning experiences." For the full study, see the link below
The study investigated what appeared to both support and hinder participants' online... Read more
Want to make your lectures more engaging for your online students? Try writing a script for your lectures, check out the article here:
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/making-online-powerpoint-content-engaging-writing-a-narration-script/ Read more
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.
"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 reveiws.
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.
Sign ups for the class are located here.
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 here.
2012-2013 Academic Year:
Spring 2013 Newsletter now available!
Fall 2012 (Updated August 24, 2012)
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