The SPS Distance Learning Department wishes you a very happy holiday season. We celebrated the end of the year with a Festive Smorgasboard, featuring a hot chocolate bar, holiday bake-off, and Secret Santa gift exchange! The Distance Learning Department will be closed from December 22 through January 2. We’re looking forward to the new year and are excited to learn, design, and educate together with our colleagues!
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We’re very excited to welcome Jeanne Kerl as our newest full-time Learning Designer! Jeanne began working as a freelance learning designer for SPS Distance Learning a few months ago, so we were already familiar with her work, her rapport with faculty, and her dedication to creating high-quality learning experiences for students. Jeanne has experience in both designing courses and teaching them, which will bring in new perspectives to our office and development process. We’re very happy to have Jeanne join the DL team!
The Distance Learning Team recently attended the TCC Online Conference hosted by TCC Hawaii. Because the conference was virtual, the team brought Hawaii to their office in Chicago via decorations, Hawaiian music, and Hawaiian snacks while they enjoyed the webinars. Conference topics included connecting with students, providing constructive feedback, building faculty community, and using video and humor in online courses. A topic that resonated with me was the first webinar we attended, “Are We Connecting? Strategies for Online Student Success” by Marsha Morgenstern, Tina Miller, Amy Winger, and Louisa Fordyce from University of Phoenix. The presenters discussed scaffolding, tone, multimedia
On Monday, May 16, SPS Distance Learning staff attended the first annual TEACHx Program, a one-day conference showcasing innovations in educational technology and digital learning. There were numerous projects and presentations, including a poster presentation on learning analytics by our own Jackie Wickham! It was a great opportunity to share knowledge and see what technologies are being used across the university. Below, the DL team reflects on what they learned at the conference. Krissy Wilson, Learning Designer All too often, videos in online courses are lectures, talking heads explaining topics. However, I was excited to hear many TEACHx presenters discuss
A new recording studio will soon open in Abbott Hall. The SPS DL Video Recording Studio provides a space for recording high quality video and audio for use in SPS programs. Request to visit the space using the SPS DL Video Recording Studio Request Form or go to the DL Studio Page to learn more. Highlights of the studio include: High quality HD video and audio production Assistance from SPS DL staff in planning, making, and sharing your video. Convenient Chicago location in Abbott Hall with additional meeting spaces for collaboration, preparation, and rehearsal (we have free coffee, too!) Modern aesthetics