November | 2019
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill
Dr. Sarah G. Whiteford
Assistant Professor
Department of Criminal Justice
The Department of Distance Education would like to recognize Dr. Sarah Whiteford. Dr. Whiteford is an assistant professor with the Department of Criminal Justice and is in her first year at Austin Peay State University and is dedicated to discovering and adopting successful online teaching strategies. Dr. Whiteford began working with the DE Instructional Design team when she first started teaching at APSU earlier this Fall and had this to say about how the Department of Distance Education has supported her.

“As a new APSU faculty member, I cannot express how great my experience with the Distance Education office has been. From my constant questions regarding D2L to my first video productions for online teaching to personal struggles with mastering programs such as Examity and Zoom, each and every staff member of the Distance Education office has been supportive, informative, and patient with my numerous requests for guidance.”
Do you know a faculty member who has taken strides to improve their online courses? Nominate them for our next Faculty Spotlight!
Happy Thanksgiving APSU! We at Distance Education have a long list of items to be thankful for. But first, let’s talk about some institutional highlights. Between another historic enrollment year and a playoff bid for the football team, it’s a great time to #BeAGov. As a DE team, we’ve accomplished so much in 2019, and we look forward to bringing even more to you in 2020. At the top of my grateful list is the opportunity I have to lead this team and support this community through one of my passions, digital learning. Taking on this director role at the beginning of the Academic Year has been both an honor and tremendous learning opportunity.

On a personal note, I would have to say second on my thankful list is my husband coming home safely from deployment just in time for the holidays. As a military spouse in a leadership position, managing solo parenting life and effectively leading a department can be challenging. Which is why, third on my thankful list, belongs to this DE team. I certainly would not have successfully survived that deployment time without the men and women on this staff that constantly lift, support, and motivate me. I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving break and we would love to hear some of the items on your thankful list. Find us on Social Media and let us know!
Distance Education is standing by to help you get ready to go for Spring 2020! All Spring 2020 courses (Main Campus, Spring I FCC, and Spring II FCC) are available in D2L. If you need your courses combined, content copied into your courses, or if you just have a D2L question, please contact the Distance Education Support Desk at (931)221-6625 or .

You can also choose to submit your request through the TeamDynamix help ticketing system. Links to the course copy and course combine service request forms are below.

D2L Course Copy Form :

D2L Faculty Course Combine or Merge :

New Break-even Report:

Distance Education is working hard for you! We added a new break-even report in Argos that will provide an estimate of enrollments for sections to break-even during Winter Term. The new report will assist chairs in making effective decisions about faculty assignments before the term begins. Additionally, the report will provide a rough estimate of revenue for the term.

Winter Term Faculty Pay Forms:

Beginning winter term 2020, departments will no longer fill in the FOAP information on the faculty pay form. Extra compensation pay forms are due to Human Resources by January 10, 2020. Payroll will disburse extra compensation pay on January 31, 2020.

*Headcount is the individual number of students enrolled for Winter Term (not duplicated).

**Enrollment is the total count of students enrolled in each course for the term (duplicated –students that enrolled in more than one course is counted twice).

If you have any questions please email .
Distance Education has a new web page for Examity Online Proctoring. If you have included links in your course to online proctoring information for your students, please go in and update the link so students are directed to the new page. The new page has resources for both students and faculty and information on technical support. Faculty will find a PDF guide, sample syllabus statement, and a video on student identity verification. Student resources include two guides – a quick sheet and a full guide with pictures. There is also a video to help students better understand what to expect during online proctoring.
Austin Peay State University is an institutional member of WCET.  Membership in WCET provides access to free webinars, workshops and seminars at a reduced cost. In addition, faculty and staff have an opportunity to network with higher education educators and professionals across the nation through wcetmix . Stay up-to-date on best practices and hot topics in higher education by joining this diverse community.

Are you looking for free professional development opportunities? Check out these virtual webcasts .

If you have questions about WCET, email us at .
As a reminder, Distance Education 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 documents, D2L, course design, and more. Request department-wide training by emailing .