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National Distance Learning Week

November 4-8, 2019

National Distance Learning Week, sponsored by the U.S. Distance Learning Association (USDLA), is a week of webinars and information sessions highlighting the best practices within the digital/distance learning community.

The last event was held November 5-9, 2018. All webinars were hosted via Zoom. Texas State University offered the following webinars during National Distance Learning Week:

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  • A moderated panel discussion featured faculty recipients of Texas State’s Award for Excellence in Online Teaching. The faculty panelists discussed their own experiences and best practices in teaching online and fielded questions from virtual attendees.

    Moderator:

    Patrick Smith

    Assistant Director, Office of Distance and Extended Learning
    Texas State University

    Panelists:

    Dr. Seth Frei

    Lecturer, Department of Management
    Recipient, 2017 Texas State Award for Excellence in Online Teaching
    Texas State University

    Dr. Carrie Boden

    Professor, Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies
    Recipient, 2017 Texas State Award for Excellence in Online Teaching
    Texas State University

  • A panel of Texas State faculty who administered exams in their online courses using Texas State’s adopted proctoring service, Examity, discussed the challenges and benefits of proctored online exams.

    Moderator:

    Dana R. Willett

    Assistant Vice President, Office of Distance and Extended Learning
    Texas State University

    Panelists:

    Dr. Rachel A. Davenport

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology
    Runner-Up, 2017 Texas State Award for Excellence in Online Teaching
    Texas State University

    Todd Mackenzie

    Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Health Administration
    Texas State University

    Kasia Romo

    Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Fashion Merchandising
    Texas State University

  • Texas State instructional designers led a discussion with selected Texas State faculty on strategies and effective practices to build and maintain instructor presence and foster student-instructor interaction in the online learning environment.

    Moderators:

    Dr. Gwendolyn Morel

    Supervisor, Office of Distance and Extended Learning
    Texas State University

    Komal Gandhi

    Instructional Designer, Office of Distance and Extended Learning
    Texas State University

    Panelists:

    Dr. Lynda T. Harkins

    Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Respiratory Care
    Texas State University

    Dr. David L. Gibbs

    Assistant Professor, Department of Health Information Management
    Texas State University

  • A moderated discussion on practical things faculty can do to make their courses accessible and to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This webinar offered insights from Texas State’s own instructional design staff, Office of Disabilities Services, Division of Information Technology, and faculty.

    Moderator:

    Dr. Michelle Fulks Read

    Senior Instructional Designer, Office of Distance and Extended Learning
    Texas State University

    Panelists:

    Dr. Ellen Duchaine

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
    Texas State University

    Bruce Coonce

    Assistant Director, Office of Disability Service
    Texas State University

  • A panel of Texas State faculty shared experiences with, and insights into, handling matters of student misconduct online, including areas such as (dis)respectful behavior in the online learning environment, handling controversial topics online and contending with non-participatory group members.

    Moderator :

    Dr. Michelle Fulks Read

    Senior Instructional Designer, Office of Distance and Extended Learning
    Texas State University

    Panelists:

    Jennifer Nicole Garcia

    Lecturer, Department of Philosophy
    Texas State University

    Dr. Olga Stadelmann Gerhart

    Lecturer, Department of Philosophy
    Texas State University

    Dr. Manish Kumar

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology
    Texas State University

Please stay tuned for more information about the November 4-8, 2019 event.