National Distance Learning Week 2013

National Distance Learning Week 2013 Logo - Behind the Curtain of Online Learning

Watch the Prezi above and then take a Quiz about Online Learning for a chance to win a $25 gift card! Entries are no longer being accepted, but you can still view the Prezi and take the Quiz for fun!

Thanks to all who entered the 2013 NDLW contests! The winners are listed below:

  • Faculty Scavenger Hunt: Kimberly C., Martin C., Rebecca R., and Sheryl S.
  • Prezi & Quiz about Online Learning: Roberta M., Amanda M., Amy W., and Chastity L.
  • Winner of the Student Photo Contest: Felix C.
  • "Share your favorite online course and instructor" contest: Chevelle M. Holly B., Brett K., Donna G., and Jessica C.
  • Winner of the Student video contest: Andrea W.

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). NDLW is sponsored by the United States Distance Learning Association. These activities engage our current students, faculty and staff members, and those members of the community that are interested in learning more about Online Learning.

The 2013 NDLW ran from November 11-15, 2013. The theme was “Behind the Curtain of Online Learning”. 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.




  • Photo Contest entries were accepted until Friday, November 15, 2013. A winner for the $50 Amazon has been selected. View a collage of the photos
  • Share your favorite online course and instructor! 5 current students were picked at random to receive a $25 Visa Gift card. View a video summary of their responses.
  • We asked our current online students what do they like most about online learning at Wilmington University and to record their response by using a web cam or smart phone. One winner was chosen randomly for a grand prize of a Google Tablet. Watch a video of their responses below:

We encouraged faculty to complete an Online Scavenger Hunt. This Scavenger Hunt will remind you of all the information that is available on the Blackboard Training and Support Course. At the end of the Scavenger Hunt Presentation, go to the Blackboard Training and Support Course to answer the Scavenger Hunt questions. Once you are in the Course, click the NDLW (National Distance Learning Week) button on the course menu. All faculty participating were given a chance to win one of four $25 gift cards randomly selected.

  • Online Learning accounted for 33% of the total seats.
  • 3,533 students took 100% of their coursework online
  • 8,624 students took at least one course online.
  • The Online Learning Team and Academic Affairs developed 92 new online courses for a total of 607 available courses.
  • There are currently 60+ programs including minors and certificates.
  • 75 courses were redeveloped this year.
  • An online course at Wilmington University was selected in December 2012 as an “exemplary” course by a committee of peer reviewers from Blackboard. The course, Integrated Methods for Teaching Elementary Reading and Writing (MEE 7633), was designed and was taught by Sandy Bennett. View a video tour of the course.

How Online Courses Are Developed at Wilmington University

  1. The Development Cycle for Online Courses - 12 week collaborative process between program chairs, instructional designers, and course developers.
  2. Online Designer for each College:
    • Stephen Buchanan, Instructional Design Manager
    • Ellen Louden, Instructional Designer for the College of Arts and Sciences
    • Megan Rawlings, Instructional Designer for the College of Business 
    • Meghan Erickson, Instructional Designer for the College of Education
    • Sandra Bennett, Instructional Designer for the College of Health Professions
    • Kelly Winchell, Instructional Designer for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • Kathleen Terranova, Instructional Designer for the College of Technology
  3. Iterative Course Development - The ADDIE Model Analysis, Design, Develop, Implement, Evaluate
  4. Course Review - The College Chair and the Designer meet to review the course. The CRDV course then becomes a template for online sections.
  5. Result - Over 600 Online Courses. Learn more about the process.