Whew! It’s been a busy and engaging National Distance Learning Week here at the Ohio State University! With an event each day, we’ve had the opportunity to meet new associates and long-standing colleagues and discuss the rewards and problem-solving opportunities that the internet provides for college education.
Monday: Twitter Chat
On Monday Team DELTA and our MarComm colleague Skylar Fought hosted our first Twitter chat, with an assist from the Center for Online Ed. With about a dozen attendees from across the country, the conversation demonstrated the power of Twitter to be more than just a mass of disconnected one-liners.
On Tuesday, our colleagues in OSU’s Writing Across the Curriculum program presented a webinar on Real World Writing in Online Learning filled with practical tips and scholarly advice for crafting effective online writing assignments with an emphasis on the kinds of activities and assessments that best prepare students for the workplace.
Wednesday: Online Instructors’ Forum
On Wednesday, a small but engaged group of online instructors gathered in the Faculty Innovation Center to dine on Buckeye Donuts and converse about the joys, obstacles, solutions, and needs of those who teach online for Ohio State. It was the first of what will be a series of DELTA-hosted events designed to build community and provide this new population of teachers with a venue to commune with their online colleagues in much the way they already do with those who teach similar subjects.
Thursday: Blog Chat
This is a short week at Ohio State, with Veterans Day (11/11) observed as a holidy. Many people leave early. Thus, for this culimating day of National Distance Learning Week, we are launching an asynchronous Blog Chat, a post the proposes questions for folks to reply and discuss. We look forward to hearing from you at http://u.osu.edu/delta/2016/11/10/2016-ndlw-blog-discussion/.