September 17, 2014
by Greg Walker

A Guide to Quality in Online Learning

A Guide to Quality in Online Learning

What is quality in online learning? Existing quality assurance frameworks, guidelines, and benchmarks show that quality in online learning has many dimensions. But we can distil these into a number of common issues to which practitioners and students should attend. This guide, commissioned by Academic Partnerships, is helping numbers of institutions globally to ensure the quality and financial sustainability of their online offerings.

September 17, 2014
by Greg Walker

Free Webinar: Fun and Useful Web Based Activities For Traditional, Hybrid, and Online Language Courses

Fri, 09/26/2014 – 9:00am – 10:00am (HawaiiTime)
Ready to make the leap to distance education language teaching? Looking for new ideas for your hybrid and online language courses? This webinar provides an overview of web-based activities useful for traditional, hybrid, and online first year world language courses. Using examples from first year Spanish, we’ll explore ways to use the web to enhance your students speaking, writing, listening, reading, and culture skills.


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Jessica Puma learned HMTL 1.0 in 1989 and has been happily using the web to support her teaching and to deliver faculty training ever since. From 2003 – 2014 she served as the Cypress College Instructional Designer assisting faculty with course development, providing online, hybrid, and web enhanced training and technical support, including accessible content production. As the Instructional Designer she also worked closely and in collaboration with the Director of Academic Computing, the Staff Development Coordinator, the Distance Education Dean, and the Distance Education Coordinator on instructional design and technology projects for the college. Jessica has a B. A. in Spanish from UCLA, an M. A. in Spanish from the University of California, Irvine, and an M. S. in Instructional Design & Technology from the California State University at Fullerton. She is a professor at Cypress College and currently teaches traditional, hybrid, and online Spanish and Spanish for Spanish Speakers courses.

September 13, 2014
by emclcc
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DE Committee Meeting Dates for AY 2014-2015

Meetings will be on the following Mondays from 3:00 – 4:00 PM in LC-108A. 2014 September 29 October 27th November 10 December 1 2015 January 12 February 9 March 9 April 13

September 5, 2014
by Greg Walker

Adding Some TEC-VARIETY by Curtis J. Bonk and Elaine Khoo

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Curtis J. Bonk and Elaine Khoo wrote the TEC-VARIETY framework as a solution to the lack of meaningful engagement. It can shift learners from nearly comatose states to actively engaged ones. Adding Some TEC-VARIETY helps instructors focus on how to motivate online learners and increase learner retention. It also is a comprehensive, one-stop toolkit for online instructors to inspire learners and renew their own passion for teaching. Using 10 theoretically driven and proven motivational principles, TEC-VARIETY offers over 100 practical yet innovative ideas based on decades of author experience teaching in a variety of educational settings.


In this book, you will discover:

  • A wellspring of Web resources;
  • 10 fully documented successful motivational principles;
  • Hundreds of activities to motivate and engage online learners;
  • Proven ideas on how to design interactive and collaborative courses;
  • A realistic path toward meaningful and relevant online learning;
  • Detailed risk, cost, and time guidelines for each activity;
  • A thoroughly researched basis for each idea and activity;
  • Hope (yes, real hope!) for engaging online learners.

September 5, 2014
by Greg Walker

MOOCs This Week

Elliot Lepers


OIL101: Fact or Friction?
Are you using the right type of engine oil in your vehicle? Is synthetic, conventional, or blended oil the best? Are there certain oil types that are better than others? Engine type, driving style, weather, and age of vehicle and engine are some of the important factors to consider when selecting the best oil for your vehicle. The misuse of oil can be detrimental to the life of your vehicle. There is much more to oil than meets the eye! In this course, participants will learn about and …

Art, Technology & Media: Digital Imaging
This course will examine the intersection of technology, culture, and the fine arts. Digital Imaging will focus on the use and manipulation of the image in print and online with a focus on image authenticity and creativity in the age of the Internet. Students will refine their use of Adobe Photoshop and learn to give and receive constructive feedback on visual artistic projects. Communication and process will be emphasized over raw skill and technique, but students can expect to see their …

Teaching Flipped
Teaching Flipped gives university faculty an introduction to the ins and outs of teaching with a flipped, hybrid, or online MOOC-type classroom. The course will cover: The basics of flipped/hybrid/MOOC methods What is known and not known in the literature Where these learning methods are heading How to develop content for online (video) and for active, in-class learning Ways to think about and organize your course How to assess both students and your teaching The course is …

Don’t Panic! The Professor’s Guide to Teaching: Course Design
Don’t panic! Teaching is an incredibly difficult endeavor, but its foundation is great course design, which is something you can master. Participants in this course will explore (and teach each other!) how to design interesting, engaging classes that will provide students with opportunities for truly significant learning. In this four-week journey, you will develop significant learning goals for your students, learn about and apply authentic assessment practices, examine various types …

Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory & Practice
This course gives an introduction into the field of terrorism & counterterrorism studies. It will help you to analyze and understand these complex phenomena and discuss its impact on society with a global audience. Students, policy makers, journalists or anyone with a strong interest in understanding issues like the history, origins and nature of terrorism, security, fear management, resilience, politics, violence, foreign fighters and radicalization will find the course most relevant.