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National Distance Learning Week 2018 Lunchtime Series

Learn about ADP, Collaborate, Panopto, accessibility, Ultra

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 the 11th anniversary of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) with a series of lunchtime conversations. Topics include:

Hybrid or Online? Learn about the Alternate Delivery Program

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 2019. Previous ADP alumni will be on hand to share their experiences!

Support Student Engagement with Collaborate Ultra

Imagine a room that was perfectly outfitted for collaboration -- except the room only exists online. Collaborate Ultra is an integrated web conferencing tool available to faculty through their Blackboard course shells. Attend this virtual session to learn best practices, workflows, and use cases.

Panopto Lunch ‘n’ Learn

UMBC has recently announced the licensing of Panopto, our new and improved screencasting platform. Learn about how Panopto could change the way you think about lecturing.

Explore Accessibility in the Technology Test Kitchen

Bring your own device (laptop, tablet, smartphone) to one of our Technology Test Kitchen areas to learn and explore both faculty and student approaches to accessibility. Each Kitchen features “chefs” from Accessibility & Disability Services or IT to discuss “recipes” (strategies, tools, resources, etc.) for addressing a particular issue.

Monthly Blackboard Ultra Experience Orientation

UMBC's current flavor of Blackboard has not changed significantly in many years, but that's about to change with the Ultra Experience! Attendees will receive information about training opportunities and how to access an Ultra Experience sandbox. Discuss the differences between course conversion and course redesign, and learn about other features exclusive to the Ultra Experience.

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?

Technology vs. Innovation: Strategies to Build an Engaging Online Course

Does the inclusion of technology alone make a course innovative? Learn strategies to make your courses more engaging through multiple modalities. 

The IT Experiences of Undergraduate Students: EDUCAUSE’s 2018 ECAR Report

Topics will include student device access and ownership, device use and importance, student technology experiences, LMS use and satisfaction, learning environment preferences, experiences with instructors and technology, home internet access, a day in the online life of a student, accessibility, and student success tools.

  • Monday, November 5, 2018 from 1-2 PM EST
  • Register online -> (Note: You must have an EDUCAUSE profile)
How to Engage Online Students through Discussion Boards
Learn how you can engage students in your online classroom with discussion board questions mixed with online videos to increase online student retention.Teaching Science Online: Learn from the Experts
Learn about best practices for bringing science to life in an online format and ask questions of experts in the field.
Digital Transformation in Higher Ed: What Is It, and Why Should You Care?
Digital transformation (DX) is having a profound impact across all industries, but what does it mean for higher education? Learn more about what DX means for higher education and why institutions should be planning for change now.
  • Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 2-3 PM EST
  • Register online -> (Note: You must have an EDUCAUSE profile)



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

Posted: October 25, 2018, 2:56 PM