In the fifth season kick-off, hosts Kelvin Thompson and Thomas Cavanagh reflect on what makes them crazy about the field of online education and what online practitioners might do to remedy the situation. This is a great episode to share and discuss with colleagues inside and outside the field.

About Episode 48: Access to education is not equal across all demographics. What might we do about that? In this episode, rockstar scholar Dr. Chuck Dziuban joins hosts Tom and Kelvin to discuss equity and the affordances of digital learning. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF] Episode 48 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete …

The Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) has awarded the 2018 Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching  to Matt Dombrowski, from the School of Visual Arts and Design. The award presentation occurred during the Showcase event that concluded the fall session of CDL’s faculty development program for online and blended teaching, IDL6543.  Recognition Along …

With our increasingly diverse population of students, creating a more inclusive learning environment can be challenging, especially in online courses. However, inclusivity is an important element for any successful learning environment in any modality. In this session, participants will learn about ways in which they can facilitate a cross-cultural and inclusive online environment for their students. The presenters will cover strategies, best practices, and online course tools which we can be used to help establish and maintain inclusion. Additionally, a UCF professor will share her experience and course examples.

Whether you are looking to save your students money on high-priced course materials or leverage learning content that offers you the freedom to customize the learning experience for your highly-diverse student demographic, open educational resources (OER) can help you to achieve your goals. In this session, participants will learn about the richness of openly-licensed educational materials, where to find them, and potential use cases for implementation in their courses. Additionally, a UCF professor will share his story about his journey to OER and how his idea began a chain of events that turned his static text to life for his students.

Is your personality, humor, and care for student success lost in translation while teaching your online course? When you are not seen or heard, learners may have more difficulty connecting with you, which may hinder the overall experience. Integrating video can help develop your online persona by fostering your social presence in the online classroom. Video has the potential to enhance student satisfaction, engagement, and meaningful learning. By using video, you can model multimedia fluency skills, essential for learners’ employability and career advancement.

The online classroom environment can sometimes cause students to feel isolated, both socially and cognitively. Digital storytelling creates a framework that can bring the online classroom to life, energizing social-cognitive dynamisms, and promoting a more authentic sense of community in the virtual teaching and learning space.

Kenneth L. Hanson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Judaic Studies, College of Arts and Humanities was awarded the Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching by the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL). The award presentation occurred during the Showcase event that concluded the spring section of CDL’s faculty development program for online and blended teaching, IDL6543. Dr. …

The Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) has awarded the fifth annual Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching to Alisha Janowsky, Ph.D., from the Department of Psychology, College of Sciences. The award presentation occurred during the Showcase event that concluded the spring section of CDL’s faculty development program for online and blended teaching, IDL6543.