National Distance Learning Week

2017 National Distance Learning Week

November 6 - 10, 2017 | Live Online Everyday

Purdue West Lafayette, Purdue Northwest and Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne and Kaplan University are celebrating National Distance Learning Week with a whole week of synchronous and asynchronous events.
Our goal is to embrace Distance Learning by Reaching and Retaining Students through Online Education. To achieve this goal, our campuses will explore several topics and we hope you can join us in the conversations.


Teaching in blended and online learning environments: Creating and sustaining communities of inquiry

The purpose of this session is to discuss how to apply the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework to the design, facilitation, and direction of a blended or online course experience. During this session participants will learn how to:

  • Design and organize a blended or online course or module using the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework
  • Co-construct facilitation and moderation guidelines for a course or module
  • Develop direction and leadership strategies for a course or module
Dr. Norman Vaughan

Dr. Norman Vaughan

Norman Vaughan, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has co-authored the books Teaching in Blended Learning Environments: Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry (2013) and Blended Learning in Higher Education (2008) and he has published a series of articles on blended learning and faculty development. Dr. Vaughan is the Co-founder of the Blended Online Design Network (BOLD), a member of the Community of Inquiry Research Group, the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning and he is on the Editorial Boards of numerous national and international journals. More information about Norm can be found on his personal web site.


Monday November 6

11 - 12 pm (EST)
Speaker: David Pratt, Purdue NorthWest
Title: Discovering a 'MAP' to Motivate Online Learners for Deeper Learning
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5 - 5:30 pm (EST)
Keynote Speaker: Norman Vaughan, Mount Royal University, Canada
Title: Teaching in Blended and Online Learning Environments: Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry
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Tuesday November 7

6 - 7 pm (EST)
Speaker: Jeff Bailie, Kaplan University
Title: Engaging Online Learners with Strategic Instructional Immediacy
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Wednesday November 8

11 - 12 pm (EST)
Speaker: Xiaokai Jia & Kathleen Surface, Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne
Title: Enhancing Student Learning with Camtasia Video Quizzes
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Thursday November 9

6 - 7 pm (EST)
Speaker: Arin Weidner & Kenny Wilson, Purdue University
Title: User as a Learner: Lessons Learned from a User Experience and Curriculum Design Collaboration
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Friday November 10

11 - 12 pm (EST)
Speaker: Marla Cartwright, Kaplan University
Title: Online Faculty Training and Development
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Tech Videos

Using Technology to Engage Online Students

The video highlights four ways to use technology to engage with your students in an online environment.

Accessible Word Documents: Word Accessibility Checker

The Purdue Campuses are committed to making education accessible to students. Here are some resources to get you started making your content accessible.

Collaborative Tools

Office 365 is a useful tool for students to stay organized whereas Google Apps supports student collaboration for group projects.

Getting Feedback from Students

You do not have to wait until the middle or end of the semester to gather student feedback. Qualtrics is an easy to use web-based survey tool used to create survey questions with easy distribution.

Create Discussions and Polls with Students

Support classroom participation with a tool that can be accessed from devices using WiFi or texting. Hotseat is an easy to use discussion and polling tool that encourages class conversation.

National Distance Learning Week

National Distance Learning Week - November 6-10, 2017

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