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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

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

What to Include

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

Course Navigation

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This video considers the importance of clear course navigation.

Canvas App

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

Discussions

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

Modules

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

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

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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

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

Plagiarism

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

The Front Page

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

Rubric

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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

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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

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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

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

Multi-Media

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

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

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

Syllabus

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

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

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

Academic Rigor

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

Student Behavior

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

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

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

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

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

Assignments

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

Meta Majors

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

Students

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

Flow

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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