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First Faculty Fellowship Yields Adaptive Learning Course

Distance Learning -- Wed, 06/06/2018 - 9:45am

Andrea Leonard, Master Chemistry InstructorAndrea Leonard, a Master Instructor in the Department of Chemistry, has been teaching online courses every semester for the past six years and felt her delivery methods were stagnant. She’d long wanted to explore new options, but couldn’t take the time or the risk to student success until the ULearn Faculty Fellowship offered her that opportunity.

 

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Spring MUG session highlights VoiceThread, Moodle Groups

Distance Learning -- Mon, 04/16/2018 - 3:52pm

As part of its ongoing effort to explore and share new instructional tools, the Department of Distance Learning presented information on Moodle Groups and VoiceThread March 26.

About 30 instructors and staff members took advantage of the information session, which afforded the opportunity to hear not only from support experts within the department, but also from other instructors across disciplines.

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Learner Support Block

Distance Learning -- Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:00am

Improvements have been made to the Learner Support block, which appears in all Moodle courses. These enhancements are user-focused, providing more information in a targeted layout for students. For faculty teaching hybrid and online course sections, these improvements help those instructors to better align with the Quality Matters (QM) standards for Learner Support. Finally, the enhancements enable better alignment with information on new UL Lafayette supported websites.

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Faculty Perspective: My Course Design Practicum Experience

Distance Learning -- Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:00am

Dr. James Kimball is a Senior Instructor and the Director of Freshman Mathematics at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. During the summer 2014, he participated in the Office of Distance Learning’s Course Design Practicum (CDP) online experience in preparation for designing and teaching Elementary Statistics online. A year removed from the experience and having taught online, Dr. Kimball shares his experiences as a Guest Blogger and includes a video about his course design.

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Get the Most from the IT Help Desk

Distance Learning -- Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:00am

The staff in the Office of Distance Learning has a unique opportunity of working with faculty across many departments and colleges. This vantage point allows us to observe common challenges being experienced by faculty in all disciplines and modes of teaching. One consistently observed challenge involves interactions with our university IT Help Desk as members of our learning community report technical issues and request assistance. In full disclosure, the Office of Distance Learning is an investor in the IT Help Desk, through financing of after hours and weekend tech support.

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