Faculty Guide to Distance Education

Distance education is the fastest growing facet of higher education today. Developing and delivering effective distance education courses can present instructors with unique challenges. Quality interaction—between the instructor and students, and among students—is a key factor in student retention and success. Students who feel engaged are more likely to complete their classes and enjoy their distance education experience. Use the links on this page to access resources that can help you make your distance education courses a success.

Developing Distance Education Courses

Distance ducation faculty take on additional responsibilities that become essential to providing a creative, supportive learning environment. Instructional Design Services can help you design educational activities and course materials with technology tools that engage students and fit with your learning outcomes. Whether you are converting an existing on-campus course to online, or developing a brand new distance education course, IDS is on hand to help you with Blackboard, web and multimedia materials, online testing, and more. Get started by initiating a project or contacting an Instructional Designer at your campus.

Delivering Distance Education Courses

The distance education course orientation is a student's introduction to your class. If the first impression is a positive one, it sets the stage for student engagement and success—especially if you keep the communication lines open throughout the semester. Various activities can be added to classes to maintain a high level of quality engagement. Timely feedback on assignments and exams is just as necessary when a student is doing well as when additional effort is needed. If students fall behind, make sure to take advantage of the Early Intervention program to keep them engaged and involved in course activities.

Distance & Alternative Education