March | 2019
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Mahatma Ghandi
Terri A. Higdon, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor
RN to BSN Program
School of Nursing
The Department of Distance Education would like to recognize Ms. Terri Higdon for creating an online “Faculty Lounge” for the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) instructors.

Ms. Higdon is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. She taught face-to-face courses for 10 years before coming to Austin Peay. When she began teaching fully online courses, she took it upon herself to better her pedagogy and learn about best practices for online teaching. She collected resources and created a repository in D2L to help other new BSN instructors get started teaching online.

A word from our spotlight:

"Creating the Faculty Lounge was just fun for me. Even though I have taught in nursing for years, I was brand new to online instruction. I knew that I had a lot to learn to become a more polished online instructor. As I set out to learn best practices and available resources for my own personal growth, I decided to put it into a format that other people could use as well. I have always found that one of the best ways to learn something is to teach it to someone else. Hopefully the Faculty Lounge will be a great resource for other new online nursing faculty and will help them to go further faster !" - Terri A. Higdon

Do you know a faculty member who has taken strides to improve their online courses? Nominate them for our next Faculty Spotlight!
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The Distance Education Faculty Newsletter has been named a 2018 All Star Award winner by Constant Contact , an   Endurance International Group  company. The annual award recognizes the most successful 10% of Constant Contact’s customer base. It is based on excellence and significant achievements using email marketing to engage our customer base and drive results for our organization. We could not have achieved this without you all. We are very grateful to our community and can't thank you enough.

So thanks again and we look forward to more interactions in 2019!
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Free online tutoring through is the newest academic support tech for students. While this initiative is geared towards students, faculty involvement is essential to student usage. Additionally, the dashboard provides faculty with valuable information about their students and courses. Join Distance Education and the Academic Support Center on April 10 at 2:30pm for a faculty orientation to The orientation will cover:

  • The student experience including a demo of a tutoring session,
  • How faculty can access data, and
  • Information about the Early Alert system.
Attendees can join us in person in University Center Room 307 or an online attendance option is also available. Online attendees must register in advance at
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On March 12, 2019, the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) announced out-of-state learning placements and enrollment data reporting opens on May 14, 2019, and concludes on June 4, 2019. On April 4, 2019, NC-SARA is hosting a webcast on 2019 data reporting to assist institutions with the new out-of-state learning placements guidelines that take effect this year. Topics covered during the webcast include:

  • The new 2019 Data Reporting Handbook
  • Guidelines for Reporting
  • Questions and Discussions
Save the Date:

Webcast: 2019 NC-SARA DATA Reporting
Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019
Time: 1pm Central
Platform: Zoom
For more information about Austin Peay’s data sharing responsibilities as a participant in NC-SARA, please review the NC-SARA Data Sharing Agreement .
As a reminder, Distance Education now offers department-wide training sessions! We can come to you, or you can come to us. We offer training in many different subjects including accessible syllabus, D2L, course design, and more. Request a department-wide training by emailing .