Rich faculty resources optimize distance education
The Distance Learning faculty and staff at Cincinnati State are highly skilled and competent at distance learning, as well as in their fields of expertise—from computer technology, the humanities, and science to education, engineering technology, and much, much more.
The College provides many best practice resources to enable instructors to design, develop, and deliver high quality distance learning College courses. Instructors also take advantage of one-on-one faculty development opportunities, as well as hands-on technical training. In addition, the College offers a variety of online services, multimedia training, and conferences related to distance education.
What’s more, a team of Cincinnati State specialists in instructional design and development work closely with faculty and staff to ensure that the College’s online courses meet student and community needs and enhance the learning experience.
Distance Education Podcasts
Check out these informative distance education podcasts gathered from around the web.
Faculty and staff looking for ways to enhance their presence and inject their personality into their online courses should definitely consider providing video content. There are a number of free video capturing applications available on the Internet for both the Windows and the Mac operating systems.
Below are online resources for distance learning instructors and staff at Cincinnati State:
CState Online: Distance Education App of the Month
Instructors, help increase your productivity with these handy mobile tools.
Distance Education Events
Keep checking this page for new training dates.
Cincinnati State will be converting to Blackboard 9.1 right before the 2012 Spring Term.
View the PDF for more details.
Non-Attendance in Web-based and Hybrid Courses
Due to a recent change in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR668.22) that covers institutions taking academic attendance, a new policy has been implemented. Visit the link for more information on this policy.
Preparing Your Online Course for Semester Delivery: a Quality Matters approach
Any faculty designing or redesigning distance education courses for semester delivery at Cincinnati State should participate in a Quality Matters rubric workshop (Preparing Your Online Course for Semesters).
The Quality Matters rubric assures that all online courses are consistent, easy-to-understand, and meet the high-quality standards expected at Cincinnati State.
Sign up for training now by filling out the Preparing online courses for semesters; a Quality Matters approach eForm.
Developing Course Objectives
Information on developing course objectives from the Illinois Online Network.
Blackboard Orientation Template for Instructors Video
All new and re-developed Blackboard courses will have a similar look and feel to them. This design was developed based on an award winning course template that incorporates principles from Quality Matters. The underlying principle is to make navigation of all Blackboard courses consistent so that students do not spend too much time learning how to navigate their courses. For more information, watch the video link above or read the downloadable PDF.
We've put together a few instructional videos and some online resources for Collaborate.
Social Media in Online Higher Education
Implementing Live Twitter Chat Discussion Sessions
Google Docs Information
Google Docs is an easy-to-use online word processor where students and teachers can share and collaborate on online documentation.
NEW! Online Repositories for Open Educational Resources
Free and open online resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world.
Information about copyright and intellectual property protection.
Instructional Design Tips
Jon P. McKamey, Ph.D shares insightful instructional design tips that can help instructors when preparing for their online classes.
Ten Tips and Best Practices for Developing and Teaching Distance Education
As distance education becomes more and more popular, certain strategies, tips, and guidelines have been proven to help instructors begin what can seem like an overwhelming task — creating an online course. We’ve compiled a list of ten best practices and tips that we believe can help save distance education instructors a lot of time when teaching or developing online courses.
An online publication with valuable information for faculty, academic deans, and department chairs. Publishes an e-newsletter three times per week, plus a dedicated website with news and best practices on the academic issues at the forefront of higher education today.
Faculty Focus online PDFs:
- 10 Principles of Effective Online Instruction
- Effective Group Work Strategies for College Classroom
- Student Collaboration in the Online Classroom
- Tips for Developing a Distance Learning Program
- 15 Strategies for Engaging Online Students Using Real-time Chat, Threaded Discussions and Blogs
- Teaching with Technology -Tools and Strategies to Improve Student Learning
MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) offers a free, open, online community of resources designed for faculty, staff, and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy.
Quality Matters (QM)
A faculty-centered, peer review-based process that is designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. QM rubrics are downloadable.
An institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education, helping institutions and individual educators improve the quality, scale, and breadth of education.
How to Write Effective Driving Questions for Project-Based Learning
Distance Learning Glossary
The Distance Learning Glossary contains terms and definitions related to distance and online learning. This glossary will be update periodically.
For more information, contact us. We’re happy to help.
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