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Distance Education

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Distance Education

Address:
Business and Public Management Center
5th Floor
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2948
Fax: 610-436-2189
Email: DistanceEd@wcupa.edu


Distance Education Support
Phone: 610-436-3373
Email: DistanceEd@wcupa.edu

Training and Support

Distance Education offers faculty many development opportunities. We work to keep faculty informed of best practices for online/blended teaching and emerging e-learning technology tools. We offer a range of workshops through face-to-face and online formats, as well as individual consultation. Topics include:

  • Effective strategies for online course design, development and delivery
  • Techniques to facilitate multiple forms of online communication, manage online group projects, and promote interaction
  • Assessing online students and academic integrity issues
  • Effective use of media and Web 2.0 tools to enhance your course
  • E-learning technology trends and integration

Online Faculty Development Program (CAPC Required)

A fully online, 2 or 3 week program designed to introduce faculty to best practices for online or blended teaching. Participation in this program satisfies the CAPC training requirement. Facilitated by an instructional designer and a seasoned WCU online faculty member, participants engage with program content that includes:

  • Foundational Concepts
  • Setting Objectives
  • Developing Learning Activities
  • Continual Engagement
  • Assessment
  • Online Learners
  • eLearning Tools
  • Mobile Learning
  • Copyright and Library Resources
  • Capstone Project

As content and interactivity changes each year, we recommend and encourage retakes. Program participants should have basic D2L skills before participating in the program. More information regarding D2L can be found on D2L Services' website. On campus, face-to-face support throughout the session is available.

If you would like to learn more or have any questions about the Online Faculty Development Program, please feel free to contact the Office of Distance Education at

DistanceEd@wcupa.edu

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Next Offering

July 31 to August 11, 2017. Registration.

Future Offerings

  • October 2 to October 20, 2017
  • January 3 to January 16, 2018

Faculty DE Recertification Training (CAPC Required)

To help experienced distance education faculty meet the CAPC policy on the training of new and experienced distance education faculty , the Office of Distance Education offers half-day, in-person advanced recertification sessions. These sessions provide experienced faculty with an opportunity to update their skills, learn about new approaches, and collaborate with other experienced distance education faculty.

Faculty in need of recertification are contacted by the Office of Distance Education.

Webinars

To help you fit training into your busy schedule, the Office of Distance Education offer online training webinars, from 12-12:30 pm during each semester. Webinars are recorded and can be viewed on the Office of Distance Education YouTube channel.

Upcoming Topics

  • August 4
    Captioning Your Course Videos
  • August 11
    Techniques for Engaging Synchronous Sessions
  • September 8
    15 New Resources for the New Semester

Un-Seminar Luncheons

A monthly gathering for distance educators to share and learn together. You bring the questions, we bring the food, and together we learn. RSVP and submit your questions or discussion topics to Pat Brander at X2948 or PBrander@wcupa.edu

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Next Offerings

  • Tuesday, May 23, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 21, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Self-Paced Technology Training

Each month faculty can participate in 100% online, self-paced workshops that guide them towards becoming an expert user of different technology tools. Trainings start on the first of each month and end on the last day of the month. The workshops are facilitated by an instructional designer.

Upcoming Offerings

  • Workshops resume in Fall 2017
    Check back in August for the new schedule

Distance Education Initiative

For the last three academic years, the Office of Distance Education funded a University-wide initiative to enhance the undergraduate and graduate student experience in distance education courses. Selected faculty members move as cohorts to receive training and support in the development or redesign of distance education courses. Faculty members work one-on-one with Instructional Designers, attend at least 6 hours of training, and successfully submit their course for CAPC approval.

Customized Training Sessions

The Office of Distance Education can develop sessions or trainings to meet your individual or department distance education needs. Contact us at DistanceEd@wcupa.edu

today to start the planning process.

Past Offerings

Lunch'n Learn Series
The Office of Distance Education in collaboration with the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Center (TLAC) hosted guest lectures on a variety of topics for online and face-to-face educators.

Faculty Seminars
Selected faculty share their experiences on a variety of teaching topics over lunch. These sessions are co-sponsored with the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Center (TLAC) for both online and face-to-face educators.

Flipped Initiative
During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Office of Distance Education partnered with the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Center to run the Utilizing Flipped Instruction in Blended Courses Initiative. A selected cohort of faculty developed and applied flipped classroom instructional strategies for a blended course environment.

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