Distance Learning

State-of-the-Art Small Animal Hospital Maximizes Learning, Minimizes Waste

AMX in-camera lights and microphones give more students a close-up view of surgery

Veterinary students who once huddled together to observe a surgeon's intricate moves now have another learning option at the University of Florida. There, AMX technology allows students near and far to have a bird's eye view of every small step of a procedure.

Unleashing your inner Spielberg: How to make your presentations resonate with your students

It’s not enough today to put together a presentation and talk through the slides. Students have short attention spans and need to be fully engaged with the course material.
It’s not enough today to put together a presentation and talk through the slides. Students have short attention spans and need to be fully engaged with the course material. In this session, Brian Klaas, web systems designer for the Center for Teaching and Learning with Technology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, explains how to create a lively, memorable presentation or online class lecture using the basic structure of a great screenplay. Here are his eight recommendations.

Designing, building and supporting online lab science courses

The use of online courses in colleges and universities is really taking off as a way to reach more students, more affordably. But one constant challenge every school faces is how to handle classes that have science labs and other hands-on components.

Making instructors comfortable with on-camera roles

How to coach for distance learning and lecture capture

For an increasing number of faculty members, class prep has gone high tech. It’s not about simply reviewing notes and planning course exercises. It also involves stepping in front of a video camera. Whether it’s for distance learning programs or flipped classrooms, colleges and universities now need faculty who are able and willing to teach on camera.

On-camera: Performance tricks from the pros

Following are 10 ways to increase the odds of engaging and connecting with students through video.

Colleges are breaking new ground in distance learning

Before 2012, students who wanted to pursue an online degree at one of Florida’s public colleges or universities would have to navigate through a maze of websites, trying to cobble together a set of classes that would meet the requirements for their program. Now they can simply click on the Florida Virtual Campus website to view more than 700 online degree programs and access a range of student services.

Synchronous video chat and the real definition of MOOCs

How can a MOOC really become participatory, and how can MOOC instructors really create engagement? The short answer: video chat.
How can a MOOC really become participatory, and how can MOOC instructors really create engagement? The short answer: video chat.

Re-imagining college: The case for radical change

In this synopsis of the UBTech 2013 opening keynote session, Gene Wade, co-founder and CEO of UniversityNow, discusses the new model of online higher education and how it integrates with the traditional model.

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Master’s degree Is new frontier of study online

Next January, the Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a master’s degree in computer science through massive open online courses for a fraction of the on-campus cost, a first for an elite institution. If it even approaches its goal of drawing thousands of students, it could signal a change to the landscape of higher education. Virtual U.

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Kentucky community college breaks new ground in distance learning

With 187,000 working adults in Kentucky lacking a bachelor’s degree, state officials believed a new type of distance learning program could reach this group of potential students. So in 2006, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System began developing a set of modular, three- to five-week online courses called the Learn on Demand program.

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