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Celebrate "National Distance Learning Week" With Wilmington University
Virtual activities for students and faculty highlight online education's successes
Online education invites the world into a classroom. In order to showcase its unbounded abilities and expand its population of participants, Wilmington University is celebrating National Distance Learning Week from Monday, November 6 to Friday, November 10 with activities for students and faculty.
"We've changed and added additional technology tools and multimedia components that have really upped our game in the online learning world," said Dr. Sallie Reissman, dean of WilmU's College of Online and Experiential Learning, "and we want to share all of those elements with the community at large."
The virtual activities prepared by the university's Online Learning & Educational Technology Department allow online students and faculty to show off how distance learning works, what it means to them, and how to excel at it. They may even win participants a prize. During National Distance Learning Week:
• students are invited to post photos of themselves wearing WilmU gear on social media with the hashtag #NDLW2017WILMU as part of a "Where Do You WilmU?" campaign.
• students can download the GooseChase app to their smartphones and join a virtual scavenger hunt, in which first place wins an Amazon Fire HD tablet.
• faculty and staff taking part in a VoiceThread can share advice and input on the most effective methods for virtual teaching.
• faculty enrolled in the Pathways to Instructional Excellence program may complete a quiz for a chance at a $25 gift card at week's end.
For more information on these activities, visit WilmU's National Distance Learning Week website.
National Distance Learning Week, an annual event co-founded in 2007 by the United States Distance Learning Association and Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., aims to raise public awareness of distance learning and foster conversations about best practices for online classrooms.
Wilmington University, which has been participating in the event since 2010, currently offers more than 100 degree programs and certificates that are available entirely online.
The fact that 6,000 WilmU students in the fall 2017 block 1 term are taking at least one online course is a sign of distance learning's opportunity and accessibility, said Dr. Matthew Davis, director of online learning.
"It's the happiest thing, I think, for any of us that work in this," he said, "when someone says, 'I couldn't have completed my degree without online learning.'"
About Wilmington University
Wilmington University is a private, non-profit institution committed to providing career-oriented, traditional and online associate, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. The Wilmington University difference starts with our flexible, year-round class schedules, full online learning capabilities, and one of the lowest tuitions in the tri-state region. Combined with our intense focus on academic excellence and individualized attention to our students in our degree and certificate programs, the WilmU difference is reflected in our students' achievements and our alumni's successes. For more information, contact Wilmington University at 302-356-INFO (4636), via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.wilmu.edu.