Month-End Update: 05.31.2013

Here it is: Your e-news payday (just a little late)!

During the last two weeks, I’ve begun serious work on revamping the UNC Online website to become more of a portal to serve four populations: current UNC students, prospective UNC students, all faculty and UNC faculty. I am busy gathering all sorts of resources for the various pages: there is a huge amount of information available on the web, and trying to corral it all is well, to use the cliche, like herding cats. (as an aside, for those of you who may not have seen this commercial…check this out.)

Each population will have its own set of resources, with a login required to access proprietary materials. Each set of resources will have the same “look and feel” so that all visitors will always “know where to go.”

I recently completed an article entitled “The Five Mistakes Online Students Make” which was published as a two-part series at the LifeLong Learning blog.. They were then picked up by a couple of other outlets, thus garnering some good publicity for UNC Online.

Last week, I started a Pinterest site as well. You can view the board here.. Feel free to repin any of the pins. I got the idea from a post in LinkedIn about adult education. Several other Pinterest sites are listed here

As you know, one of the action items in the UNC strategic plan is to Develop an RFP that provides incentives to faculty to leverage technology in the redesign of courses within the general education core that have high DWIF rates. . An RFP was released last week to provosts at all campuses. We are very excited about the benefits large-scale course redesign that exploits available technologies can have for our students.


I’ve mentioned UNCW’s Global Learning Technology Conference in previous updates. Here is some more information about it from Sheri Anderson, Instructional Designer @ UNCW:

Dear Colleagues,

Don’t miss the Super Early Bird registration special ($125) for the Global Learning Technology Conference which is will be held at the Wilmington Riverside Hilton in Wilmington, NC, on Thursday Oct. 10th and Friday Oct. 11th. This early bird special expires on June 15th. We have a great line up of presentations.

We are happy to announce our key note speaker will be Dr. Kyle Peck. Dr. Peck is Principal Investigator for the NASA Aerospace Education Services Project, Co-Director of the Center for Online Innovation in Learning and Professor of Education at Penn State University. He studies and applies innovations in education, and his current interests include Massive Open Online courses (MOOCs) and digital badges in education.

Please join us for this special event. For more details on the schedule and presentations, please visit our website: GLTC

Adobe Webinars:

If you have resources for faculty or students that should be posted on the new website, please forward them to me.

If you have events on your campus related to distance and e-learning, please forward them to me for posting herein, or use the comment box below to tell me about them.


Every month-end, I will post a website that I’ve found to be useful for a variety of reasons related to e-learning. This month’s site is SREB’s ShortTakes. These are five-minute Web 2.0 demonstration recordings by online teachers. Education Week blogged about the site here Most of the material posted is from K-12 instructors, but much of it is adaptable to higher ed. Visit the site

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