The Office of Distance Education offers a variety of free services to faculty. Please read below for more information about the services available.
Faculty training is offered on an ongoing basis in two different formats - fully online training for individual faculty members, and customized group sessions for departments or other groups of five or more faculty. Customized group training sessions can be held in an virtual classroom (our recommended method for ease of access by all faculty; recording features available), the Distance Education lab in Self Hall, or another location on campus. In addition, the Instructional Designers and other Distance Education staff are available to individual faculty members that may have additional questions or require training on supplemental educational technologies not covered in the fully online Blackboard training courses.
Course Design, Review, and Evaluation
As requested by faculty, an Instructional Designer is enrolled in Blackboard courses to review instructional techniques and activities, and provide structured feedback to the instructor. These reviews are based on the standards outlined in the Standards for Exemplary Distance Education Courses policy and use the Blackboard Exemplary Course Rubric. The course review form is available for download and use by individual faculty, colleges, and departments.
As requested by faculty, an Instructional Designer attends an on-campus class meeting(s) to review instructional techniques and activities, and to provide structured feedback to the instructor; this may be especially helpful when planning to place a program/course online.
Moving Traditional Courses or Programs Online
As requested by departments that are considering placing new courses or an entire program online, consultation and/or training designed to meet departmental needs is available.
Course Capture and Podcasting
Capturing, production, and/or distribution of original content is offered to JSU's faculty as an instructional supplement to both traditional and distance education courses. Helpful coaching, tips, and best practices for recording are provided to faculty by Distance Education staff prior to a recording session. The recorded video/audio is then edited, if necessary, by Distance Education staff and made accessible to students through a secure process in iTunes U.
Contact the Office of Distance Education for more information about any of the above mentioned services.