Online Education Organizations
There are numerous resources devoted to online/distance education. Many of the popular online organizations that DU is a member of each of these organizations:
EDUCAUSE Learning Initative (ELI) – a community of higher education institutions committed to the advancement of learning through the innovative application of technology. ELI hosts an annual meeting (i.e., conference) and other professional development events. ELI also conducts research and is responsible for the very popular ELI 7 Things You Should Know About... which are short overviews of key emerging technologies and practices that have significate postential for teaching and learning.
eLearning Consortium of Colorado (eLCC) - The eLCC is an educational network of distance education specialists with respresentatives from Colorado community colleges and universities throughout Colorado. Each year they host an annual Distance Learning Conference in April and a local, professional development event in the Fall.
Faculty Focus - Through its free e-newsletter and dedicated website, Faculty Focus publishes articles on effective teaching strategies for the college classroom — both face-to-face and online. Faculty Focus was created in 2003 by Magna Publications.
Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan-C) – The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing quality online learning by providing professional development, instruction, best practice publications and guidance to educators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world.
WCET – WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies accelerates the adoption of effective practices and policies, advancing excellence in technology-enhanced teaching and learning in higher education. WCET offers many resources including a very active listserv, free online webcasts, annual meetings, JIT blog posts, research publications and surveys about technology-enhanced higher education.
Three Questions to Reframe the Online Learning Conversation
1. What courses should be offered in the online format?
2. Who should be teaching online courses?
3. Who should be taking online courses?
External Resources for Online Students
Quick-start Guide for Online Students
5-Step Strategy for Student Success with Online Learning
20 Minute Mentor Videos
Sample Topics & Access
As a member of our campus community this online resource from Magna Publications is available at no cost to you. 20-Minute Mentor Commons offers on-demand versions of their popular 20-Minute Mentor programs, covering a broad range of topics. Most videos include a note taking guide, supplemental PDF, and a transcript. Recommended videos about Distance Administration and Teaching Online include:
- What are the Key Components of the Online Instructor Onboarding Process?
- How Can Faculty Advocates Promote Online Education on Campus?
- How do I create engaging Threaded Discussion Questions?
- How Can I Develop Online Instructor Presence?
How do I get started?
There are two ways to access the 20-Minute Mentor Videos and Supplemental Resources:
- 20-Minute Mentor Canvas Course – Log into Canvas and follow the instructions on the home page. Email email@example.com if you have problems.
- Request an account by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will email you instructions and a link to the activation code.
Tech Tip: Avoid accessing via Safari.
One goal of the DLC is to certify the "quality" of online courses at the University of Denver. This rubric is used by faculty members in the Teaching Online Workshop to complete self and peer course reviews.
Contact the Office of Teaching & Learning (email@example.com) to request a review of your online or hybrid course by a certified QM reviewer.
Access to Learning Projecthttp://www.accesstolearningproject.org/
This website was designed to introduce the concept of online learning to public opinion leaders, potential students, and others who are unfamiliar with this instructional medium. “Access to Learning” includes interviews with higher education leaders explaining the value of and advances in online learning.
Strengths & Weaknesses of Online Learninghttp://www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/tutorials/overview/strengthAndWeak.asp