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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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Faculty Perspective: Establishing Social Presence

Distance Learning -- Tue, 06/03/2014 - 12:00am

The guest blogger for this post is Mr. Johan Adendorff. He is a Master Instructor in the Health Promotion and Wellness online degree program in the School of Kinesiology housed within the College of Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Learn more about Mr. Adendorff by clicking here. This is a guest blog; the opinions presented here do no reflect the Office of Distance Learning or the University.

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Faculty Perspective: Journey to Lecture Capture

Distance Learning -- Mon, 01/13/2014 - 12:00am

Like most of the faculty out there, I am always looking for ways to improve my efficiency.  As I worked through my training to teach and design courses online, I was introduced to so many tools to assist me that I was a bit overwhelmed.  Did I need a Prezi?  Could I use Screenr?  Could a Voki avatar get my point across?  Would GoAnimate bring my workplace scenarios to life?  There are hundreds of tools at my disposal, but how could I simply deliver a lecture to my students in a way that was simple for me, and effective for them?  The Office of Distance Learning offered a user-friendly answ

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Sizing Up Course Enrollment

Distance Learning -- Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:00am

A number of Deans and Department Heads have asked the question, “What is the ideal course size for a hybrid or online course section?”  The typical response given by Office of Distance and Electronic Learning staff is,  “Online and hybrid course sizes should be determined on a course by course, department by department, and/or college by college basis.”

The Office of Distance and Electronic Learning Policies and Procedures provides the following parameters for determining electronic course size:

Course Size

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