UTSA's Office of Online Learning Participates in National Distance Learning Week

November 30, 2016



by Danicia Steele at 6:35 AM in Campus Community, Events, Interesting, Student Info

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(Rowdy with Online Learning staff during National Distance Learning Week)

The UTSA Office of Information Technology's (OIT's) Online Learning department participated in its second National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) hosted by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) on November 7th from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and November 8th from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The FREE event, which was held in the UTSA Sombrilla Plaza, is designed to promote UTSA online and hybrid courses and showcase the growth of online learning during NDLW.

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(Rowdy participating in the interactive survey)

During NDLW, students were given an interactive survey to help improve the online and hybrid courses. Students were asked "What do you want in an online course to enhance your learning experience?" and then given a sticker to place on any of the available responses. There were different options including constructive feedback from my professor and other students and instant collaborations. The survey poll also included a suggestion box where students could write and share their ideas.

After participating in the survey, to help increase the awareness of social media, students were given the opportunity to get a FREE t-shirt by following UTSA's Online Learning on social media. During this time students were able to take pictures with Rowdy and were educated on the free hybrid and online courses offered at UTSA. The online learning table also included a surface used to give students a chance to view the Online Learning website.

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(Students participating during National Distance Learning Week)

"The event hosted by the Office of Online Learning for National Distance Learning Week was a great success! We wanted to put a face behind the courses that so many of our students take, and essentially let them know we're here for them," stated Christopher Cortez, multimedia specialist II. "With all the information gathered from this event, ranging from the wants and needs, we're sure to move forward in a progressive manner that's aimed to please our students and faculty in the future of online education at UTSA."

OIT's Office of Online Learning offers many sessions and services to help increase the level of student success at UTSA. NDLW is a great time to promote online learning and increase the student awareness of online and hybrid courses offered at UTSA.  Director of Online Learning Marcela Ramirez stated, "After attending our event, students can go to our website and find the course they need for next semester."

For more information on OIT's Online Learning, please visit:

http://utsa.edu/online

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