Online learning isn’t about using technology for its own sake. Rather, the technology is seen as a medium by which we can engage learners in new and creative ways. I know this ideal and truly believe it, but I also recognize that good technology surely can make e-learning more effective when applied in the right way and at the right time.
Thanks to our partnership with Desire2Learn as our learning platform, I recently had the privilege to hear from the University of Wisconsin about their award-winning instructional approach, U-Pace. The U-Pace approach is a prime example of using technology to improve learning online and lead to greater success academically. In this post, I am sharing resources to help you learn more about U-Pace and the Desire2Learn Community, wherein I was able to learn about this innovative approach. I hope to inspire some online instructors at Greenville College to consider the U-Pace approach, and perhaps apply it in their courses.
The University of Wisconsin U-Pace Approach
The webinar recording “Implementing an award-winning, technology-enabled instructional approach in your online program” linked below is provided courtesy of Desire2Learn. The webinar explains how developers used a combination of D2L’s release conditions and repeatable quizzes along with instructor-initiated amplified assistance to improve student learning.
Webinar Recording (March 12, 2014)
Desire2Learn Community User Network:
Perhaps the best way to collaborate with other D2L clients
This site is a free resource available to all clients who are using Desire2Learn, giving everyone a direct way to collaborate with Desire2Learn and other colleges and universities. Every Greenville College instructor using Desire2Learn is highly encouraged to join the community.
What kinds of things can you do in the D2L Community? You can ask questions. Look for answers. Learn from what other schools are doing. Post new ideas. Suggest product improvements. “Vote” on product ideas others have posted. Ideas with the most votes get the most attention from D2L developers!
To learn more, contact me. I’d be happy to collaborate with you!