Texas Tech University

Worldwide eLearning Hosts National Distance Learning Week

Bailey Bales

November 6, 2017


Presentations, competitions and events will take place online and on campus.


The Texas Tech University eLearning & Academic Partnerships, a division of the Office of the Provost, will host informational sessions and events Nov. 6-10 to celebrate National Distance Learning Week (NDLW). All on-campus events will take place at the Texas Tech Plaza, 1901 University Ave.

NDLW is sponsored by the U.S. Distance Learning Association (USDLA). All sectors of USDLA, including Pre K-12, Higher Education, Corporate, Government & Military and Telehealth, will educate constituents on the growth in distance learning and showcase their accomplishments.

eLearning & Academic Partnerships will host a kickoff event and open house from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 7) on the fifth floor of Texas Tech Plaza. Those interested in discovering the latest technology, exploring the new office space and meeting faculty and colleagues are welcome. There will be door prizes and free gifts from Panda Express, Firehouse Subs, Slim Chickens and more. Refreshments and parking will be available.

Students were encouraged to submit a multimedia project to celebrate NDLW as part of a Texas Tech eLearning Student Competition. Finalists are currently displayed on their website. Winners will be announced Friday (Nov. 10).

Faculty may stop by Texas Tech Plaza for come-and-go Instructional Design Support sessions in room 513, where they can communicate with instructional designers about any issues with their online courses.

For a complete schedule and description of events, visit the NDLW online schedule. For more information on NDLW, visit the website. All sessions will be available to view online. Sessions marked as USDLA sessions are available at their website. Sessions marked as eLearning sessions will be available at Texas Tech's Mediasite website. Below is a list of information sessions for the week.

Monday (Nov. 6)

  • Noon-1 p.m., Room 218: "10 Disruptive Technologies & Innovative Applications in Online Learning" USDLA session
  • 2-3 p.m., Room 218: "Why Instructional Design?" eLearning session

Tuesday (Nov. 7)

  • Noon-1 p.m., Room 218: "A Brief History of Distance Communication & Collaboration" USDLA session
  • 2-3 p.m., Room 218: "How to be a Successful K-12 Online Student" eLearning session

Wednesday (Nov. 8)

  • 9-10 a.m., Room 218: "Communicating Algebra Remotely: Problem Solved!" USDLA session
  • Noon-1 p.m., Room 218: "The Often-Overlooked eLearning Strategic Plan-Don't Have One? You Should." USDLA session
  • 2-3 p.m., Room 218: "The Three P's of Accessibility" eLearning session

Thursday (Nov. 9)

  • 9-10 a.m., Room 218: "Office 365 & Skype for Business in the Classroom" USDLA session
  • Noon-1 p.m., Room 218: "Distance Learning & Technology Resources for Telehealth" USDLA session
  • 2-3 p.m., Room 218: "Instructor Training for LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Prevent Cheating During Online Exams" eLearning session

Friday (Nov. 10)

  • 9-10 a.m., Room 218: "4 LMS Data Points That Can Help You Move The Needle On Student Retention" USDLA session
  • 11 a.m.-noon, Room 218: "How Kenai Borough Schools in Alaska are Using Video-Enabled Learning Spaces" USDLA session

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