What is eLearning?
The eCampusOntario Glossary offer this definition: eLearning, short for electronic learning, is an umbrella term that refers to all types of training, education, and instruction that occur through a digital medium, such as a computer or mobile phone. https://www.ecampusontario.ca/glossary/
What is Online Learning?
“A form of distance education where the primary delivery mechanism is via the Internet. These could be delivered synchronously or asynchronously. All instruction is conducted at a distance.” (eCampusOntario Glossary)
With online learning, the key element is some use of the internet, some reliance on technology, some use of online tools for learning. Both eLearning and blended/ hybrid learning employ online learning.
What is the difference between Online Learning and Distance Learning?
The key difference between online learning and distance learning is geography. Students can be together with an instructor and use online learning, but with distance learning implies that students and instructor are separated.
Formats for eLearning Delivery
The AU eLearning Hub supports the University’s goal of strengthening and expanding technology-enhanced learning practices, in particular online learning. See objectives 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3 of the 2016-2021 Strategic Plan (PDF). In particular, the eLearning Hub offers assistance with the following sorts of eLearning:
These are traditional traditional courses that incorporate some technology-mediated (online) components to complement the required class meetings. For example, faculty might require students to use specific software to complete labs or take exams using the school’s learning management system (LMS). The ability to extend an engaging discussion in the physical classroom to a discussion board in an LMS is another example of a web-enhanced course.
“A blended/hybrid course is designed to combine both online and face-to-face teaching in any combination.” (Tony Bates)
Blended/ hybrid courses reduce the amount of time faculty and students meet in person and rely heavily on web-technology to mediate learning. For example, a student might attend classes in a real-world classroom setting and then be required to complete online multimedia coursework. Face-to-face contact might happen in meetings at the beginning of the semester, the end of the semester, or consistently throughout the semester.
“Distance education courses are those where no classes are held on campus – all instruction is conducted at a distance.” (Tony Bates)
These courses have no in-person learning requirements but some scheduled (time-of-day-dependent) online requirements that are fully accessible from where the student lives (including any examinations). Exams can be completed at a local test center, monitored online, or can be taken under the supervision of an approved proctor.
The AU eLearning Hub is committed to assisting instructors/faculty in the design, development, and use of technology in the redesign of existing courses, as well as new course offerings.
Support provided will focus on best practices for how to create and organize course content, how to effectively capture lecture content (audio/video) to share online, how to use online communicative/collaborative tools, how to ensure AODA compliance and how to adhere to copyright and quality assurance standards.
The AU eLearning Hub provides:
1. Consultation for technology-enabled face-to-face instruction, hybrid/blended courses, and distance learning opportunities.
2. Support and guidance related to the use of technology in the classroom, as well as online course design, development, and implementation.
3. Assistance with the use of technology in online courses (before, during, and/or after the course has been launched).
The eLearning Technician will work with you individually or in faculty cohorts to explore innovative avenues of course and program design and delivery, and how to add engaging and media-rich content using a variety of innovative educational technology tools.
Consultations and the Recording Studio (SH205)
You may schedule consultations with the eLearning Technician, and you may make reservations for the Recording Studio (this space is to be used strictly for capturing and/or editing video/audio content).
Algoma University is pleased to announce that all current students, staff and faculty members have free, unlimited access to high-quality, skills-focused online learning through LinkedIn.com, from now until September 21, 2020.
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- Visit LinkedIn.com, click sign in
- Click on sign in with your organization portal
- Enter algomau.ca and click continue
- Sign in with your Algoma University account: firstname.lastname@example.org and password. For example: John Doe’s login would be email@example.com
What does it cost? Nothing. Access to LinkedIn.com is free to all current postsecondary students in Ontario as part of the Government of Ontario’s Career Kick-Start Strategy. eCampusOntario has negotiated access for all current faculty and staff at publicly funded colleges and universities in Ontario.
- Pre-made (or institution created) playlists
- Or create playlists of your own
- Personalized recommendations to explore the most in-demand skills based on their experience
- Helpful resources like quizzes, exercise files and coding practice windows to reinforce learning
- Receive a certificate of completion that you can share electronically or post on your LinkedIn profile
Contact AU’s ITS Helpdesk in the Library, if you have questions about
- Your eligibility for access
- Registration – you require an active AlgomaU account to have access
Contact LinkedIn.com with questions about
- Technical issues or trouble after you successfully login
- Site Navigation
- Locating courses
- Certificates of Completion
- Creating playlists
- Course requests
How to contact LinkedIn.com: