Introduction to Distance Education

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The Introduction to Distance Education course provides five self-paced, online, open-access modules on key topics related to successfully navigating an online learning environment. Included are tutorials on the use of Blackboard (a learning management system); time and resource management when learning online; what to expect in accommodation support and collaboration within an online community; and using online technology tools. Introduction to Distance Education will also address motivation and extending students’ online presence to support their coursework. This course underwent a thorough review by subject matter experts.

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Introduction to Distance Education: How to Navigate Your Course

In this module students will develop an understanding for the layout, navigation and content strategies used for your Introduction to Distance Education course.

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Introduction to Distance Education Module 1 – Welcome to Distance Education

In this module students will learn to recognize key components and terms associated with a distance education course and review basic navigation skills using the Blackboard Learning Mangement System (LMS).

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Introduction to Distance Education Module 2 – Succeeding in Distance Education

In this module students will identify tasks and resources that support strategies for succeeding in a distance education course.

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Introduction to Distance Education Module 3 – Using Online Technology Tools

In this module students will identify online technology tools and resources to support learning in a synchronous and asynchronous environment.

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Introduction to Distance Education Module 4 – Distance Education – Community and Communication

In this module students will identify appropriate communications between peers and faculty in an online environment and describe appropriate copyright restrictions and social conventions when posting information online.

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Introduction to Distance Education Module 5 – What’s Next?

In this module students will identify strategies for addressing issues of motivation and collaboration in a distance education course.

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