October | 2019
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill
Amy Hamlin, Ph.D., MSN, FNP-BC, APN
Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing
The Department of Distance Education would like to recognize Dr. Amy Hamlin, Ph.D. as this month’s faculty spotlight for her dedication to creating engaging lecture videos for her graduate courses. Dr. Hamlin is a professor with the School of Nursing and has been working closely with the Distance Education instructional design team to create original, specific content for a newly formed online graduate nursing program at APSU.

“I teach full-time at APSU and practice as a nurse practitioner to maintain clinical expertise, finding time to learn how to record, edit, and upload videos for class didn’t seem realistic until I started working with the instructional design team from Distance Education. The best part about working with the instructional design team is that they walk you through the video creation process from scripting, recording, editing, captioning, and uploading your video to D2L. I felt supported through the entire process and the student’s often comment on how much they like receiving content in a video format.”

Distance Education understands that creating instructional videos can be overwhelming on faculty members. Our instructional design team has resources such as cameras, microphones, green screens, and teleprompters to help make your instructional videos stand out. To learn more about how high quality instructional videos can benefit your courses please contact the instructional design team at online@apsu.edu .

Do you know a faculty member who has taken strides to improve their online courses? Nominate them for our next Faculty Spotlight!
National Distance Learning Week is November 4-8 th! The purpose of NDLW is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning. We hope you join our team and partake in some great distance learning professional development opportunities.
The Distance Education team works hard to support the digital learning needs of its faculty and students. Part of our efforts includes a focus on professional development and growing awareness on digital learning pedagogy, emerging technology, and best practices. As we continue to refine our department’s brand and role on campus, we would like to take in to consideration your needs and areas of interest. In order to be effective, our purpose must be relevant to our stakeholders, a majority of which are faculty. National Distance Learning Week is an excellent opportunity to measure interest as multiple professional organizations in our field are hosting webinars and publishing resources.

I encourage you to take a look at what’s being offered. If anything piques your interest, we would love to hear about it. As APSU employees you have access to professional organizations and resources like EDUCAUSE, WCET, and OLC. As lifelong learners, it’s difficult to resist the urge to go down various curiosity rabbit holes. If any of those rabbit holes include the digital learning environment, I’m going to say- GO FOR IT! It will help us tremendously as we work to grow our digital learning awareness and mindset on campus. 

Have a great Halloween!

Amor Moran, Director Distance Education
Examity logo
Are you interested in learning more about to learn more about online proctoring, Examity levels, and best practices? Current and new users are welcome? Please join us for a webinar on November 12th at 3:00 pm.
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.
Tutor.com approached APSU about participating in a case study to highlight the work APSU has done to blend the use of online and face-to-face tutoring. Crystal Faulkner from Distance Education and Martin Golson from the Academic Support Center were interviewed by JAM Marketing and the case study is now available.  Check it out online .

Like what you read? Start using online tutoring today! Visit the online tutoring web page for more information and resources.
D2L is offering webinars that APSU faculty can attend in the month of November. Use the registration link below to sign up!

Ten Myths About Accessibility of Online Courses

Date and Time : November 19, 2019 at 3:00 PM EST

Presenters : Karen Sorensen, Stephanie Shipley and Royce Jacomen, Pellissippi State Community College and Barry Dahl, D2L

Description : Improving the accessibility of online learning is a passion that runs deep at D2L. That’s also true for the many organizations that use Brightspace to provide learning opportunities to students and employees. There is a great deal of good advice out there related to improving the web accessibility of online courses, but there are many misconceptions too. We’ll examine some of these myths and provide some different perspectives for you to consider.
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 online@apsu.edu .