Distance Education Professional Learning Series (DEPLS)

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This is a three-part certificate based Professional Learning Series. You do not have to take them in sequence.

DEPLS 1: Considerations for Teaching Education Courses
Description: In this two-hour, face-to-face workshop, the focus will be on compliance and course design considerations for a high-engagement distance education course. This one part of a three-part Distance Education Professional Learning Series will cover (1) Compliance (federal regulations, ADA, credit hour, copyright) and (2) Course design considerations (writing learning objectives, course mapping, types of content, interactions/student engagement and assessment).

DEPLS 2: Blackboard for Teaching Distance Education Courses
Description: In this one-hour, face-to-face workshop, the focus will be on designing a distance education course with the design set and using Blackboard features to provide instructor-student and peer-to-peer interactions. This one part of a three-part Distance Education Professional Learning Series will cover (1) Designing the course using the Design Set, (2) Mechanics of using Blackboard with focusing on using interactive tools, (3) Design and create a learning module and (4) Develop interactive discussion questions.

** Faculty members should already be familiar with Blackboard prior to registering for this workshop. Additional training for Blackboard basics is available through CTL.

DEPLS 3: Facilitating a Distance Education Course
This course, while asynchronous, will require approximately 2 – 4 hours per week of work, with specific deadlines for posting and replying to peers. To pass this course, instructors must complete all the work before the deadlines, and get an 80% or higher on the final assessment (online).

Description: In this four week, asynchronous, fully online course, the focus will be on the concept of “engagement” in a distance education course, from the perspective of both the learner and instructor. This session will cover (1) Social Presence and Creating Student Presence, (2) Teaching Effectiveness, (3) Developing Discipline-Specific Course Activities and (4) Creating an Instructor Feedback Plan.