One in four students take some of their courses online, and two-thirds do so at a public institution in the same state where they live (Allen, Seaman, Pouline, & Straut, 2016; Allen & Seaman, 2017). In early November, UMBC celebrates National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) with a series of lunchtime conversations. Topics include:
Hybrid or Online? Learn about the Alternate Delivery Program
- Monday, November 4 - Register Online
Attend this information session to learn more about the Alternate Delivery Program. Ask specific questions related to the ADP Course Designer Track Call to Participate for Spring/Summer 2020. Previous ADP alumni will be on hand to share their experiences!
Universal Design for Learning, Accessible Content & Bb Ally
- Tuesday, November 5 - Register Online
The principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) promote the approach that everyone -- with and without disabilities -- can benefit from accessible course materials. Learn about the key foundational concepts of UDL and what tools are available at UMBC to make your course materials more accessible to students.
Does Your Bb Course Spark Joy? Go Ultra!
- Wednesday, November 6 - Register Online
Marie Kondo's tidying up method applies to more than just our homes -- we can apply it to our course designs as well. Join our faculty, instructional technology staff, and instructional designers to learn about sparking joy in your Blackboard courses with Ultra.
Lights, Camera, Action! Lecture Capture with Panopto
- Thursday, November 7 - Register Online
Panopto is a lecture capture and video delivery system that lets faculty easily create online videos for their classes. Learn how to start using Panopto to record lectures and tutorials, embed active learning, create student video assignments, and support a flipped classroom.
Open Educational Resources Support Student Access, Equity
- Friday, November 8 - Register Online
A recent faculty survey of OER usage at UMBC revealed that many want to know how to find, evaluate, and use openly licensed course materials to increase student access and reduce textbook costs. We wrap up National Distance Learning Week with a focus on Open Educational Resources: Learn about OER use cases, resources, professional development, and talk with faculty who have adopted OERs. Stay after the lunchtime panel to see a demo of the Maryland Open Source Textbook (MOST) Initiative to discover how faculty can find easy-to-adopt, high-quality OER.
Please RSVP: A light lunch will be provided for in-person sessions.
Can't make these National Distance Learning Week sessions? Try these virtual events!
The History of National Distance Learning Week and the U.S. Distance Learning Association
- Monday, November 4, 2019 from 11 AM - 12 PM EST
- Register Online
Microlearning in the World of Distance Learning
- Monday, November 4, 2019 from 3 - 4 PM EST
- Register Online
- Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 1 - 2 PM EST
- Register Online -> You must have a free EDUCAUSE account to register.
- Friday, November 8, 2019 from 3 - 4 PM EST
- Register Online
Allen, I. E., Seaman, J., Poulin, R., & Straut, T. T. (2016). Online report card: Tracking online education in the United States. Oakland, CA: Babson Survey Research Group. Retrieved from http://onlinelearningsurvey.com/reports/onlinereportcard.pdf
Allen, I. E., & Seaman, J. (2017). Digital learning compass: Distance education enrollment report 2017. Oakland, CA: Babson Survey Research Group. Retrieved from http://onlinelearningsurvey.com/reports/digtiallearningcompassenrollment2017.pdf