Nov 06

National Distance Learning Week: #NDLW2017

Longwood’s Distance Education program is continually growing since its inception. While there is currently only one degree program available fully online, Master of Business Administration, there are many courses across most departments that are either fully online or hybrid.

The Digital Education Collaborative (DEC) provides faculty and students with support and professional development to help them be successful with online teaching and learning. Faculty and students can come to the DEC in person, contact us by telephone or chat to receive assistance and support as well as checkout equipment.

Instructors for Longwood are required to take the Longwood Online Teaching Initiative (LOTI) course, which is an eight week online course in quality online instruction in order to be qualified to teach online for the university. This training introduces technology and course design fundamentals selected by Longwood University to meet regional and state accreditation requirements for online and hybrid course instruction.  We will use the Quality Matters rubric as a baseline for all course design elements.  The emphasis will be on the design of the course, not the delivery of the course.  However, some training time will be devoted to discussing best practices in online and hybrid class administration and pedagogy.

The Quality Matters (QM) is a non-profit, quality assurance organization that was developed by a group of higher-education faculty members and instructors with the goal of providing a system to help instructors and designers deliver on the promise of well-conceived, well-designed, and well-presented courses and program through review, improvement, and certification of quality.

QM is celebrating NDLW2017 by offering a keynote webinar and some workshops to support our distance learning efforts and creating accessible materials for our students. The webinar can be accessed at https://www.qualitymatters.org/professional-development/free-webinars#ndlw  on 11/6 at noon. There are short and interactive workshops, one hour in length, that offer takeaways and resources instructors can use in their courses right away. They are offering one each day at 11:00am on 11/7, 11/8 and 11/9.  The fee for the workshops is $75 if you register through Longwood and the DEC will cover this cost for our faculty members. Contact us if you would like to take advantage of this. They are all offered live and not recorded for later viewing.

In addition, the United States Distance Learning Association is providing a series of webinars throughout this week that can be accessed here: https://www.usdla.org/events/ndlw/ndlw-2017-webinar-schedule/.

*This post was drafted by Dr. Julie Mersiowsky, Director of the Digital Education Collaborative

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