LEARNING FACULTY NEWSLETTER VOL 1
Welcome to the
first edition of the Distance Education Faculty
Newsletter! It is intended to keep you up to
date with current Distance Education information
and University services that are available to
support your online teaching. Included in our
first edition is a 3 minute video statement by
Professor Roberta Sloan of the Theater
Department in the School of Communications and
I hope that you
enjoy this and future newsletters.
EDUCAUSE in Philadelphia!
From January 7th to
9th, 2009, the first
Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference was hosted in
Philadelphia. The subject of this conference was
"The Technology Revolution in Higher Education: IT
as a Catalyst for Change." Various topics were
discussed, including "Technology in Virtual Worlds
(Second Life)", "Engaging Today's Learners: Making
Library Instruction and Outreach Dynamic", "Using Camtasia to Create Online Tutorials to Ease the
Learning Curve", and "Using Clickers to Control
Access to Online Recordings of In-Class Lectures".
Presenter Dr. Kristen
Betts of Drexel University discussed some key points
in her presentation entitled "Incorporating Online
Human Touch (OHT) Instruction and Programming to
Increase Online Student Engagement and Retention".
According to her data, the expected total US college
enrollment is 18 million (up 14% from 2007),
3.9 million students enrolled in at least 1
online course in Fall 2007, online enrollment went
up 18% between Fall 2005 and Fall 2007 (3.2
to 3.9 million students), there was a 12% growth
rate online vs. 1.2% overall HE growth rate (Fall
2006 - 2007), and economic and demographics factors
continue to drive online education enrollments.
Dr. Betts also
discussed the concept of Online Human Touch stating
that it provided a way to bring the campus to
students giving them opportunities to interact and
connect within and beyond the classroom. Students
are also able to build upon research (both on-campus
and online) and create lifelong bonds.
If you would like to
read up on more of Dr. Betts' Online Human Touch
research, please refer to the following article:
Betts, K. (2008).
Online Human Touch (OHT) Instruction and
Programming: A Conceptual Framework to Increase
Student Engagement and Retention in Online Educatio,
Part I. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and
Be sure to visit the
for more information about the EDUCAUSE association,
and while you're there, don't forget to read more
Dr. Kristen Betts and sign up for
EDUCAUSE Live!, a series of free web seminars
about technology topics in higher education.
Roberta Sloan Video
Video statement made by Professor Sloan of
the Theater Department at
the School of
Communications and Theater.
Professor Sloan talks
about her positive experience as an online
professor, how she uses Blackboard to help student
participation, and how well the online course format
has helped her students learn the material as well
as interact with the rest of the class.
Online search tools and library services provide
students with rapid access to the intellectual
content necessary for meeting your learning
objectives. Integrating them into
Blackboard provides convenient
access. Let Temple's librarians create
customized course guides for the unique needs of
Virtual Coffee House!
us for a virtual coffee house!
The proposed dates
for the coffee house will be the last Friday
of the month from Noon to 1 PM: February
27th, March 27th, and April 24th.
To join, simply
This Liveclassroom Link. You can also
join the room via telephone by calling
(201)-549-7592 and entering 15915387
as a pin number. No login id and passwords are
needed to join this live