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DE Blocks

The LTCC DE Blocks are designed to provide an overview of successful DE education. Each of the blocks offers a compact yet insightful conversation about a foundation of distance education. As you begin this track, please have a look at the many blocks that are offered. The blocks not only represent a foundation in the sense of a building block, they also suggest, borrowing from the worlds of electronic music and circuits, the idea that the content from one block connects, holistically, to the content in another block. As you explore these short videos, feel free to jump from one to the next, in whatever order you choose. Good luck and we hope that these DE resources will be of benefit to you.

How to Use DE Blocks

This short video explains how the DE Blocks work. Have a listen. When you are finished, please begin the training by clicking on any of the Blocks below. By clicking on the image, you will be taken to a short video clip. Handouts for the main points of each Block have been included as well. Keep in mind that you can click on the Blocks in any order. The key is the totality of all of the DE insights contained within each video. If you are completing the short certification with this training, you may send in the required information for your certification. If you would like to complete the training in the Canvas site, please just reach out.

Feedback

Course Navigation

What to Include

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Important feedback is a foundation of a successful DE class. This block considers why.

What to Include

Course Navigation

What to Include

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In this block, we consider what foundations about be present in your Canvas course.

Course Navigation

Course Navigation

Course Navigation

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This video considers the importance of clear course navigation.

Canvas App

Discussions

Course Navigation

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The Canvas app is handy for both students and faculty. This block explains why.

Discussions

Discussions

Discussions

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All high-quality DE courses have effective discussions. This block focuses on discussions.

Modules

Discussions

Discussions

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This block considers the significance of Modules in the Canvas class.

Student-Student Contact

Library/Information Literacy

Student-Student Contact

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Student-student contact is a requirement of all DE courses. This block focuses on this important context.

Canvas

Library/Information Literacy

Student-Student Contact

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Canvas is the LMS or Learning Management System that we use for our courses. This block addresses Canvas.

Library/Information Literacy

Library/Information Literacy

Library/Information Literacy

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It is great to focus on library resources and information literacy. This video discusses these contexts.

Plagiarism

The Front Page

Library/Information Literacy

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Plagiarism is a common aspects of the DE teaching environment. Listen to this video to hear more.

The Front Page

The Front Page

The Front Page

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In this focus, we address the value of having an effective Front Page for your students. 

Rubric

The Front Page

The Front Page

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A rubric can be a source of great success in terms of grading approaches. Listen to this video to learn why.

Stress

Instructor Presence

Stress

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Stress, whether that of faculty or students, can be a challenge in DE learning. This block focuses on this topic.

Help

Instructor Presence

Stress

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If you get stuck in your journey as an LTCC faculty member, we are here to help. Listen to this video to find out more.

Instructor Presence

Instructor Presence

Instructor Presence

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This block discusses the significance of effective instructor presence in your DE class.

Multi-Media

Multi-Media

Instructor Presence

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This video addresses the use of multi-media in a DE class.

Transitions

Multi-Media

Transitions

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What is expected in terms of transitioning from one teaching modality to DE? Have a listen to find out.

Grading

Multi-Media

Transitions

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Effective grading is a core of a high-quality DE course. This block illustrates why this is true.

Syllabus

Student Success

Accessibility

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This video emphasizes some cores that should be present in your DE class syllabus.

Accessibility

Student Success

Accessibility

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Accessibility of content is a requirement of all DE classes. Have a listen to this video on the topic.

Student Success

Student Success

Student Success

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Student success is a key to our DE courses. This block focuses on this significant issue. 

Academic Rigor

Non-Correspondence

Student Success

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All successful classes display academic rigor. This video focuses on this key topic.

Student Behavior

Non-Correspondence

Non-Correspondence

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This block focuses on the many contexts of student behavior in your Canvas class.

Non-Correspondence

Non-Correspondence

Non-Correspondence

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DE courses need to be active and participatory, not correspondence focused. Please listen to this block to learn why.

Inbox

Discipline Content

Discipline Content

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The Canvas Inbox is a great way to communicate with students. This video focuses on the Inbox.

Discipline Content

Discipline Content

Discipline Content

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The discipline content that is provided in your DE class is key. This block addresses your disciplinary expertise.

SLOs

Discipline Content

Assignments

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SLOs, or Student Learning Outcomes, should be included in all DE courses. This video focuses on SLOs.

Assignments

Assignments

Assignments

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Good assignments can make or break a class. This video discusses assignments.

Meta Majors

Assignments

Meta Majors

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This video focuses on the important new initiative of meta majors. 

Students

Assignments

Meta Majors

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This Block focuses on some important considerations in terms of students, including demographics, values, and learning issues. 

Flow

Communication

Apps

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Course flow is an important consideration in your DE class. This video focuses on this idea. 

Apps

Communication

Apps

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Apps are a great way to customize a DE course. This blocks explain how to use apps in your class.

Communication

Communication

LTCC Resources

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This video address the importance of effective (one-on-one) communication with students in your DE class.

LTCC Resources

LTCC Resources

LTCC Resources

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It’s a great idea to share LTCC resources with your students. Have a listen to this block to see why and how.

Due Dates

LTCC Resources

Due Dates

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It is important to have standardized and clear due dates in a DE course. Listen to this video to learn about due dates.

Careers

LTCC Resources

Due Dates

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This video illustrates how a focus on careers can be foundational in your DE course.

Canvas Analytics

Canvas Analytics

Canvas Analytics

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This video addresses the value of the Canvas Analytics tool—a very valuable way of addressing student needs in your class.

Requirements

Canvas Analytics

Canvas Analytics

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In this Block, we look at the use of Requirements and Pre-requisites in your Canvas module content.

Canvas Gradebook

Canvas Analytics

Canvas Gradebook

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The Canvas gradebook has many new features that can be of great value to you. Have a listen to this overview and demo of the gradebook. 

Audio Feedback

Groups v. Discussions

Canvas Gradebook

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Audio Feedback is an opportunity to customize and personalize your content and grading in Canvas. Have a listen and decide if it is of value to you.

Surveys

Groups v. Discussions

Groups v. Discussions

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Surveys represent an opportunity to check-in with students and even adjust some of the content and delivery methods in your Canvas class. This video addresses the value of surveys. 

Groups v. Discussions

Groups v. Discussions

Groups v. Discussions

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Do you have a large class and you would like to break students into smaller work groups? Have a listen to this video to discover the Groups tool in Canvas.

Technology

External Tools

External Tools

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Do you, or your students, have a fear of Technology? Please check out this video to discover how to overcome technology anxiety. 

External Tools

External Tools

External Tools

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In addition to all of the resources and apps in Canvas, you have an opportunity to draw on the many External Tools for your DE course. This video and resource list will update you on the many available external tools for your DE course.

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