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Distance Learning encompasses online courses, travel courses, continuing education and synchronously classes, and these styles of education will be celebrated November 7-11, 2016.


Distance Learning highlighted with week-long celebration

Colorado Mesa University, along with its Office of Distance Education and universities around the nation, will celebrate National Distance Learning Week (NDLW), Nov. 7-11, with workshops and contests for CMU faculty and students.

“We are so excited to be celebrating National Distance Learning Week for the second year here at CMU,” said Jessica Evans, Colorado Mesa distance education instructional designer. “The online learning and teaching community is continuing to grow rapidly and we are now able to reach more students than ever before. The distance education department wants to celebrate these achievements and recognize the hardworking and innovative students and faculty of CMU.”

There will be 10 professional development workshops offered during the five days including D2L Gradebook Q&A, ePortfolio and Humanize Your Online Class with VoiceThread. Nine of the workshops will be conducted at the Tomlinson Library and one will be online. Faculty may register for these workshops online.

A select number of faculty members will also be chosen to give mini-presentations on one free web-based technology they use to enhance student engagement and collaboration in an online, hybrid or face-to-face course on November 10 between 3-4pm. Interested faculty members need to fill out this form by Oct. 21 to be considered for selection.  

CMU students currently enrolled in a fully online or hybrid course may participate by submitting a video about why they enjoy online learning at CMU for the chance to win an iPad.  Full details and rules can be found on the online.

A big part of the week-long celebration is the Faculty Innovative Use of Technology Award presented on Friday, Nov. 11. CMU students and faculty may nominate a faculty member to receive this award which recognizes significant contributions, innovation and leadership by a faculty member in the integration of emerging technologies or new ways to use existing technology in their online, hybrid or face to face course.  Nominations close Oct. 28. The prize this year is an iPad and nomination forms can be found here.   

“This week is really a chance for us to celebrate all the different ways that learning happens,” said Timothy Pinnow, acting assistant vice president for academic affairs, director of graduate studies and director of distance education. “To look at the whole breadth of how we educate.”

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