National Distance Learning Week

National Distance Learning Week

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Center for Online Learning and Teaching Technology will be celebrating National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) between November 4-8, 2019.  In honor of distance learning worldwide, we would like to invite you to participate in these sessions below hosted by our office. The week will kick-off with several workshops hosted by COLTT, followed by an Online Learning Faculty Round Table, and a COLTT Open House.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Micro Lectures 101

Time: 12:20 PM - 1:50 PM
Location: Brownsville (BMAIN 1.312) and Edinburg (EEDUC 3.224)

Quick micro-lectures; tips and tricks to get you going. We will talk about choosing topics, outlining, and scripting before filming. Then we will get some hands-on practice using Panopto our lecture capture software that is built into Blackboard. After a video is created we will edit and share it with the class.


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Group Work Session: Peer to Peer

Time: 12:20 PM - 1:50 PM
Location: Brownsville (BMAIN 1.312) and Edinburg (EEDUC 3.224)

Join us as we delve into online group work and learner-learner interaction. We’ll discuss how to choose good candidates for group assignments, how to develop clear instructions, and how to build accountability structures for quality assurance. Then we’ll get hands-on Blackboard practice in both creating and managing groups and in assigning and grading group work.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Strategies to Improve Online Presence

Time: 12:20 PM - 1:50 PM
Location: Brownsville (BMAIN 1.312) and Edinburg (EEDUC 3.224)

Establishing a connection with online learners is a demonstrated strategy for increasing student motivation in online classes (Jones, Kolloff & Kolloff, 2008). The challenge of keeping our online students engaged and motivated is common across disciplines, and without face-to-face contact, it is difficult to know if students are engaged and enthusiastic about the course in general. In this session, we will discuss strategies to improve online presence and explore tools for “humanizing” your online course.


Thursday, November 7, 2019

Online Learning Faculty Round Table

Time: 12:20 PM - 1:20 PM
Location: Edinburg Campus: Borderlands Room (EEDUC 3.204) / Live Streaming Available

This session will provide an opportunity for faculty collaboration concerning online learning methodology to foster pivotal improvements in online course delivery and students' online learning success. More Details


Friday, November 8, 2019

COLTT Open House

Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Brownsville (BCASA 617) and Edinburg (EEDUC 2.202)

Stop by to learn more about the services COLTT offers and discover the new Blackboard features coming to UTRGV in time for Spring 2020. 

Registration not required. 


Update Your Profile Pictures

Brownsville Campus: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Edinburg Campus: 11:00AM - 12:00PM

Need an updated photo for your instructor bio on Blackboard? Photographers from University Marketing and Communications have been scheduled to take your photograph during our open house. The instructor bio is often the first introduction that students will have to you–as an educator and a subject matter expert.  A picture can add a nice touch to your instructor biography, as it provides students with a face to your name.


For more information or special accommodations, please contact the Center for Online Learning and Teaching Technology in Edinburg (956) 665-5327 or Brownsville (956) 882-6792.