Introduction, Part 2
Distance Learning Courses
We're glad you're here. This workshop was developed jointly by the Center
for Teaching, Learning & Technology and UW Educational
Outreach to assist you in your beginning explorations into the
exciting but challenging world of virtual education. During the workshop,
you will use electronic tools to:
several kinds of electronic teaching and learning environments;
yourself with basic distance learning concepts;
among yourselves and with a faculty mentor; and
application to your own courses.
for the time you spend with us to be engaging, provocative, and productive.
you've come with a robust curiosity and open mind, but little or no experience
with distance learning to date. So we'll be teaching you the mechanics
of some of the particular electronic tools as well as suggesting how they
can be used effectively with learners.
printout of the workshop Powerpoint slide set and
campus resource list
At the end
of this workshop you will be able to:
critical differences between classroom and distance learning course
how differing instructional design approaches affect course development;
the structure and features of an effective distance learning course;
and use a few online tools for course communication and interaction,
including the Catalyst tools E Post; QuickPoll, Peer
Review, VirtualCase, and WebQ;
thinking about how to apply what you've learned to your course(s); and
campus resources to assist you as you develop your course.
need both print and electronic resources to complete this workshop successfully.
Print materials required include:
workshop agenda - use this to gauge our progress through the
workshop, and to review the function of each section of our work together;
printout of the workshop Powerpoint slide set - use
this to take personal notes, capture and review critical concepts, and
gauge our progress through the workshop; and
campus resource list- use as reference as you subsequently
develop your own course.
are available from the course instructors.
resources required include:
- a computer
with World Wide Web access;
- A Web
browser such as Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator, versions
4.0 or higher. (Please note that the America Online (AOL) interface
is not supported. Contact your service provider for information on how
to download a different browser);
- an Internet
connection mode (modem, cable, DSL or T1) of at least 56k speed,
to read Java Applets and Adobe Acrobat files. The latest
browser versions will do this automatically. Check with the commercial
vendors' Web sites for information on free downloads of appropriate
"plug-ins" if you have an older browser. Or contact the UWEO
helpdesk at email@example.com.
For viewing and listening to audiovisual materials, a media
player such as RealPlayer or MS Mediaplayer and a sound card.
Check with the commercial vendors' Web sites for information on free
downloads of appropriate "plug-ins"
resources are available to you in a UW general access computer lab, Catalyst
collaboratory, or your own academic department, home, or office.
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