|Box lunch session will focus on models of distance learning|
UND, like many institutions (especially in these areas of shrinking populations) has been moving very heavily into distance education. The bad news is that teaching well with distance students demands new tools and techniques. The good news is that learning to use those new tools and techniques effectively and comfortably can enable you to create really outstanding distance courses and, in many cases, enhance your face-to-face teaching as well.
The Feb. 14 On Teaching session will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Room, Memorial Union. They will discuss "Models of Distance Learning at UND," which will feature six individuals with expertise and interest in various kinds of distance education. You'll get a chance to hear how they use techniques as varied as game-based learning, lectures and study guides on video, streaming video, assignments and testing on the Internet, and various technological tools for interaction (HTMLeZ, Blackboard, and Breeze) to enhance student learning in distance education courses. Thomasine Heitkamp (social work), Craig McLaughlin (space studies), Janet Rex (library), Richard Schultz (electrical engineering), and Rick Van Eck (teaching and learning/instructional design and technology), and Julie Zikmund (nutrition and dietetics) will share their experiences in this "round table" discussion of distance learning and the accompanying technologies. To register and reserve a free box lunch, e-mail Jana Hollands by NOON Monday, Feb. 12, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call at 777-4998.
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