National Distance Learning Week 2015


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Each year the Online Learning and Educational Technology Team works together to create a set of activities in celebration of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW). This year NDLW will run from November 9-13, 2015.

NDLW is sponsored by the United States Distance Learning Association. These activities engage our:

Student Activities

  1. Favorite Online Instructor
    Prize: Two students will be picked at random to receive a $25 Visa Gift Card. Winner will be announced on Monday, November 16, 2015.
    Entry details: Complete this entry form.
    Activity description: Do you have a favorite instructor? Let us know by providing your input on a simple form.  It will only take a few moments and you can make someone's day!
  2. COEL Online Info Session
    Prize: Students who register and attend this information session will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card!
    Entry details: Click here to register! The application fee will also be waived for new applicants at this session.
    Activity description: The College of Online and Experiential Learning (COEL) connects the resources of online and experiential learning and assessment to provide additional opportunities for students to earn academic credits. Earn credits through prior learning, work experiences, and other forms of learning that are aligned with your degree program. This webinar was help on on November 10 at 2:00p.m. EST for an online information session!

    Learn about:
    • Online Learning
    • Credit for Prior Learning Pathways, including: Standardized Challenge Exams, Certifications and Trainings, Portfolio Assessment
    • Co-op Opportunities

  3. CareerLink Scavenger Hunt

    National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) may be over, but the celebrations continue! Students who complete the CareerLink Scavenger Hunt will be entered to win one of four $25 gift cards!  You must submit your entry by 11:59pm on Sunday, November 29, 2015.  Winners will be selected on Monday, November 30, 2015. 

    How to Participate:

    1. Login to CareerLink.
    2. Find 2 Co-op jobs that fit your degree and interest.
    3. Using your best writing skills, explain in a short paragraph for each why those Co-op jobs are right for you. Send your response in an email to

  4. Where do you WilmU contest:
    Prize: Students that enter will be entered to win an iPad Mini!
    Deadline: Submit your entry by November 13, 2015 at 11:59pm.
    Entry details: Complete this entry form.
    Activity description: Where do you study and do your school work? Do you connect on your phone or online while watching your favorite show? Do you do your schoolwork on your lunch break? We want to know! Send us a video of you doing your schoolwork and write where you WilmU.
  5. Assignment Contest
    Prize: Students that enter will be entered to $50 Visa Gift Card. The winner of the $50 Visa Gift card will be chosen on Friday, November 13, 2015.
    Entry details: Let us know what about the assignment challenged you and why you feel that you learned a lot. Email your response to
    Activity description:  Share the details of one assignment where you feel you learned the most.  This may not have been the easiest assignment or even the one where you had the most fun.   NDLW is a week to focus on our online students so please share.  We know how much you all enjoy hearing from each other! 

Faculty Activities

Happy National Distance Learning Week Faculty!  This year we are offering several fun activities and informative presentations!  Please join us either online or in person at the Wilson Graduate Center for some spectacular prizes, great information, and loads of fun.

  1. The Blackboard Trivia Hour
    On Tuesday, November 10 we hosted the first “Blackboard Trivia Hour”, where we illuminated the benefits of Blackboard by answering trivia questions!  Participants that answered questions correctly were eligible for winning fantastic prizes including visa gift cards!  In a show of skill and knowledge, Elizabeth Slater won our Blackboard Trivia Hour and took home her own gift card.  Thank you once again to those who joined us this year and we hope to see you again during next year’s National Distance Learning Week!

  2. What’s in Your Tech Toolbox?
    Enjoy this informative, self-paced presentation titled “What’s in Your Tech Toolbox?” on useful and incredible technologies in education.  You can view the Prezi presentation for yourself here:

    We’re pleased to announce that we also had some prizes that were won by some lucky Faculty members.  In a random drawing after finishing the Prezi for “What’s in your Tech Toolbox” Daniel Salfas won a gift card. 
  3. My Course Has Content, Now What?

    Are you looking to spice up your online courses or better prepare for Spring semester?

    If so, please watch r a Webinar from the Online Learning Department  in celebration of National Distance Learning Week on “My Course has Content, Now What?” with one of our own Instructional Designers Dana Gullo.  This webinar is took place on November 12, 2015 from Noon – 1:00pm EST.

    In this webinar you will learn:

    • How to prepare your online course
    • How to manage your online course throughout the semester
    • How to establish a community within your online course
    • How to manage the online content for a Hybrid course
    • And much more!

    Archived Video:

  4. Learn with Lynda
    Finally, we would love for you to learn more about a tool that we have available for all Faculty known as is a website devoted to teaching practically anything, from Java to Microsoft Office.  Please enjoy this video to learn how to effectively use  If you ever want to use please contact us at and we will get you the credentials to use the service for free! We're excited to have you join us and once again if you have any questions, reach out to our team at
  5. Faculty Spotlight
    This year’s National Distance Learning Week has chosen to spotlight one of Wilmington University’s honored faculty, Dr. Lem Burnham.

    Dr. Burnham holds a Ph.D. from Temple University; Master of Science degree from Bemidji State (Minnesota) University; and Bachelor of Arts degree at U.S. International University (California Western College - School of Human Behavior).

    His extensive experience ranges from the Assistant Chair of Behavioral Science & Psychology, a member of the Wilmington University Faculty Senate, Senior Vice President of Development and Communications for Volunteers of America, to a Certified Professional Coach and years of experience with the National Football League. Please read the full biography of Dr. Lem Burnham to celebrate his accomplishments and dedication to the University.
    faculty spotlight lem burnham

    At Wilmington University, new courses are developed to offer students fresh perspectives and unique subjects. Expanded through the college of arts and sciences, the course “The Black Woman,” is just one example of this pioneering philosophy which sets Wilmington University apart from other institutions.

    This year’s NDLW is spotlighting Brittany Lewis, who also happens to be 2014’s Miss Delaware. Professor Lewis studied African American history at Temple University and taught public school before being awarded the title of Miss Delaware last year and joining the faculty of Wilmington University.

    To hear an interview with Brittany Lewis and learn more about Wilmington University, please click this link.
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Staff Activities and Community Members

We hope to provide activities and information that will give you a better understanding of what online learning is and what are some of the processes behind setting up and taking an online course.
Join us for an interactive way to experience distance learning by attending our webinar on Tuesday, November 10th at 12 PM. You will also have a chance to win a $25 gift card by attending.  Click on the following link to enter the webinar:

You must enter the webinar under your full name to be eligible to win prizes.

Also, you can get updates about other NDLW activities on Facebook by ‘Liking’ our Page at
Thank you,
The Online Learning and Educational Technology Team