Celebrate National Distance Learning Week
Distance learning continues to grow by leaps and bounds at The Ohio State University with an increase of new students, faculty, and programs each semester. To celebrate the growth of distance education, the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) is celebrating National Distance Learning Week.
National Distance Learning Week is a series of events during the week of November 6-9. The week is hosted by the United States Distance Learning Association, which encourages institutions and organizations around the country to participate by hosting events to help educate their members on what is going on in distance learning and to showcase campus-wide accomplishments.
This year, ODEE will host four days of events dedicated to distance learning, online instructor support, and community building. The events for the week include:
Monday, Nov. 6, 1-2 p.m., Campbell Hall 100
The State of Distance Education at Ohio State
Kick off the week right by joining ODEE for this presentation on the state of distance education at the university. Rob Griffiths, Associate Vice President of Distance Education, and Jen Simmons, Director of Distance Education, will share how Ohio State has quadrupled its online program offerings and developed a robust distance education infrastructure in just five short years. As part of the presentation, you will hear from a few of our partners who’ve helped with building the infrastructure and ensuring online students have access to the resources that they need.
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2-4 p.m., Enarson Classroom Building 012
Online Course Creation Studio
Online Course Creation Studios are offered specifically to support instructors and designers creating online courses at Ohio State. Think of the Creation Studio as a makerspace for online course development. You'll have access to state-of-the-art software in the Digital Union and be able to try out ideas you've been thinking about but weren't sure how to put into action. The studio is open and unstructured, with ODEE instructional designers on hand to answer your questions.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Enarson Classroom Building 015
Supporting Students Online Forum: Autumn Conversation
If you currently support or want to support students online, this is the event for you! Faculty, staff, advisers and student support groups are all welcome to attend and join the conversation. Attendees will have the opportunity to build connections, share ideas, learn strategies, and share obstacles and solutions to supporting students online.
Thursday, Nov. 9, 1-2 p.m., Online
Webinar: Coordinating Multi-Section Online and Hybrid Courses
Dr. Melissa Beers, Program Director for the Department of Psychology, and lecturer Dr. Kristin Supe will present an overview of their work coordinating and teaching the multi-section Introduction to Psychology course (Psych 1100) in both online and hybrid formats. Serving over 3,000 students per year poses a range of logistical and pedagogical challenges, which are likely familiar to many instructors at Ohio State. Beers and Supe will share their department's distinctive ways of solving those challenges, along with their research into best practices for teaching introductory students with technology, and take questions from attendees facing similar challenges in their work.
Don’t miss out on the celebration, mark your calendar and register for these events! Interested in other ODEE offerings? Visit our ODEE events website.