National Distance Learning Week

National Distance Learning Week

UWG Online is celebrating National Distance Learning Week, November 10-14, 2014.Thomas Tobin Super Skills Series Nov 12-13 2014

Sponsored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), National Distance Learning Week helps increase awareness and appreciation for distance learning and how it helps people reach their educational goals. Because of online education opportunities at UWG, people studying from 31 states and 3 countries have earned their University of West Georgia education—often while balancing full-time commitments with work, family and community.

UWG Online will be offering the following activities in recognition of 2014 National Distance Learning Week.

Daily Social Media Activities

Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter to participate in daily social media activities for a chance to win promotional items! You can submit some entries to us via email (online@westga.edu), or watch for the daily social media posts November 10th-14th to submit your contest entries then. Selected entries will be widely promoted via UWG Online social media. Participants will receive an UWG|Online promotional item of their choice. Submissions accepted through 5pm ET on November 14th.

  • Monday, Nov. 10: Tell Us Your Story

    What do you like most about online learning? How has distance learning at UWG affected the way you are reaching your goals? Post a comment on our UWG Online Facebook page or Twitter - share photos, videos, whatever you'd like.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day Photo Contest

    Share a photo in honor of a veteran or other U.S. Armed Services personnel (since Nov 11th is also Veterans Day!) - include title and rank, branch of military served in and whether you served during a war, including the specific conflict (if you have this info available).

  • Wednesday, Nov. 12: Share Your Favorite Online Success Story

    Tell us about your favorite online course, instructor, student success story, project, research, or anything you'd like to brag about in relation to online education!  Share your story on our UWG Online Facebook page or Twitter - share photos, videos, whatever you'd like.

  • Thursday, Nov. 13: UWG Gear Photo Contest

    Submit a photo of yourself or your family decked out in your favorite UWG gear, on our UWG Online Facebook page or Twitter - share photos, videos, whatever you'd like. Participants will receive an UWG|Online promotional item of their choice.

  • Friday, Nov. 14: Traveling Wolfie Photo Contest

    Share a photo of yourself with Wolfie (you can just hold up a photo) that showcases your city, home or anywhere you like to study, on our UWG Online Facebook page or Twitter - share photos, videos, whatever you'd like.

Super Skills Series for FACULTY and STAFF

Wednesday, November 12 Presentation
104 Best Practices in D2L • 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. • Nursing #115 (bring your mobile device)
Dr. Tobin will present best practices in Desire2Learn such as ways to increase student engagement, instructor presence, interactivity, academic integrity, and even how to integrate game-based learning, plus much more.
Wednesday, November 12 Workshops
Three Paths to Academic Integrity • 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. • Nursing #121
The primary approach to academic integrity on many campuses is “catching cheaters.” From this presentation, you’ll get three specific strategies that your institution and faculty members can implement within the next ten days to help increase campus-wide academic honesty (and, yes, still catch those cheaters). "Your academic-integrity workshop stimulated conversation and action on our campus. It was definitely worth the money!” —Verena Van Fleet, Director, Office of Educational Technology, Northwestern Health Sciences University
Doing Well by Doing Good • 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Nursing #121 (assessing online courses)How are online courses designed and taught differently than face-to-face courses? I’ll show you how student ratings, peer observations, & administrative evaluations can align to the online medium, and I’ll share five use-them-now practices from my book Evaluating Online Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2015). “Super job. Thanks for making something arduous so entertaining.” “Excellent job of presenting complex information in an easy-to-understand manner. Nobody really put all of this together for me like you did.”
Leadership Forum • 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. • Nursing #121
In this session, you will have a chance to ask questions about how other institutions similar to UWG have implemented their own online programs, increased student retention, and instituted various best practices. Bring your questions about teaching evaluation, program design, accessibility and more.
Thursday, November 13 Workshop
Universal Design for Learning is a Secret Retention Tool • 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. • Nursing #112
UDL strategies are typically discussed as ways to accommodate learners with disabilities, but they make courses more engaging and flexible for everyone. This workshop, presentation, or keynote helps to increase student retention by using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in higher-education course design. “Dr. Tom Tobin presented an interesting and thought-provoking presentation that not only educated the audience, but began discussions on our campus about utilizing Universal Design for Learning.”
Attend all three workshops and be eligible to win prizes at the end of the last workshop from Dr. Tobin.

Online Google Hangout Events

UWG|Online Training: Getting to Know CourseDen
When: November 10, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: FDC/Old Auditorium or Google Hangouts

Get familiar with Brightspace by D2L 10.2, our learning environment! During this 90-minute training session, participants will be introduced to our LE, the Course Builder Tool, and the many ways to enhance and engage your students using CourseDen. 

Sessions are available live on Google Hangouts On Air. Participation in the Google Hangout On Air is limited to the first 15 participants that login. You can also watch live on YouTube. To register: http://goo.gl/ytHtrr

UWG|Online Training: Gradebook

When: November 14, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: FDC/Old Auditorium of Google Hangouts

 

  • Identify the differences between Weighted and Point Grading Schema
  • Reflect on the existing grading schema in your syllabus
  • Configure the Gradebook using the Wizard
  • Create Categories and Grade Items
  • Learn to associate course items with grade items
  • Learn how to show accurate cumulative grades to students throughout the semester

Sessions are available live on Google Hangouts On Air. Participation in the Google Hangout On Air is limited to the first 15 participants that login. You can also watch live on YouTube. Need help joining, call the FDC at x95289. To register: http://goo.gl/ytHtrr

Students:

If you can't get your hands on a picture of Wolfie, UWG|Online will be in the library (next to Starbucks) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will have a picture of Wolfie and promotional items to give away. 

Online Webinars

The USDLA will also be sponsoring online webinars (coming soon!) and they have archived ones posted here: http://www.usdla.org/v/vspfiles/satellite_sites/2014_NDLW/learners.html

View UWG|Online's archived iApollo (faculty) webinars (http://tinyurl.com/uwgonline) and sessions applicable to both students and faculty: http://www.youtube.com/uwgonline.

Thank you for helping us celebrate and for supporting distance learning at UWG!