National Distance Learning Week

National Distance Learning Week 2017


Please register here as soon as possible as it helps us know in advance how many people to accommodate for seating and food. We hope to see you there!




Celebrate National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) with those who contribute to online learning at LSU. 

In coordination with LSU Online, Faculty Technology Center (FTC), and Continuing Education (CE), National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is an annual event generating awareness and appreciation for those involved in the online learning environment.  We will be celebrating the week from November 6 - 10, 2017 with several activities and we invite you to attend. 


The “Designing Your Online Course” workshop includes an overview of the QM Rubric and provides a framework for participants to design an online course plan. An integral element of the workshop is exploration of the eight General Standards of the QM Rubric, focusing on learning objectives and overall course alignment. Participants will complete a Module Planning Worksheet to design one module of an online course. The worksheet includes course and module learning objectives, assessments that align with the learning objectives, instructional materials that support the learning objectives and activities, and tools and media that enhance student interaction with classmates, content, and the instructor.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the foundational concepts of Quality Matters.
  • Describe disability services and policies at your institution.
  • Recognize the challenges learners with various disabilities experience with online courses.
  • Explain the importance of creating courses that are accessible and usable for all learners.
  • Develop navigation schema for online courses.
  • Develop online content that facilitates readability.
  • Explain the challenges faced by learners with use of multimedia.
  • Create web accessible content.
  • Locate accessibility statements for technologies used in the course.


The “Improving Your Online Course” workshop explores the QM Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online courses. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own courses and develop a course improvement plan.

The content is based on the 21 essential Specific Review Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric. Participants come away with a plan for course improvement so enrolling in the workshop with a pre-developed online course is required.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the foundational concepts of Quality Matters.
  • Apply the essential Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric to your own online course.
  • Describe the alignment of at least one module/unit in your online course.
  • Prioritize improvements to your online course. 


Digitization and the internet have made it much easier to locate, reproduce and redistribute copyrighted material. With the lowering of the barriers to copying and re-using other people's work, combined with the effortless attachment of copyright protection, some knowledge of copyright law has become an inescapable necessity for university faculty, staff, and students. Presenter: Peggy Hoon, Director of Copyright Policy & Education


We would like to extend an invitation to attend the panel discussion: Experiences in the Online Classroom. We will be sharing faculty and student experiences and insights in the online/distance education environment. Presenters: Dr. Kimberly Williams, Dr. Dana Hart, Dr. Annie Daniel, Dr. Michael Dettinger, Dr. Wilfred Major, Santiago Diaz-Laguna, Nicole de la Garza, Martina Dixon and moderated by Dr. Mike Martinez and Dr. Dagoberto Diaz-Cortes.


9:00am - 11:00am

French House | 135


In this presentation, Ms. Toni Sparks from Information Technology Services (ITS) will be reviewing guidelines for universal design in online courses. This event will be held at T. Boyd Conference Room 135F. Presenter: Toni Sparks


**This course will be taught 100% Online from Nov 6 to Nov 18, 2017 ** Quality Matters (QM) provides tools to ensure quality in online/blended courses. QM's flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and its use in reviewing the design of online and blended courses is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and adjunct instructors. It is particularly helpful to those new to QM or those considering the adoption of a quality assurance process for online and blended learning. Presenter: Teresa Seymour