Communications and information technologies enhance teaching and learning and improve the quality of formal and informal educational efforts. Academic, research and extension faculty in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources are supported by the Distance Learning Unit as they integrate new and evolving technologies into their course design whether in the traditional classroom or in unique environments available to learners any time, any place.
Distance Learning Services
A team of distance learning professionals within the Distance Learning Unit provide support at all levels of project development, including project management, instructional design, technology resources, marketing, evaluation, assessment and administrative services.
Distance teaching and learning integrates multiple technologies in the design and implementation processes. The Distance Learning Unit collaborates with faculty and staff to ensure the effective use of these distance learning technologies to enable active learning. Through learner needs analysis, the Unit works with faculty in the selection and application of appropriate synchronous and asynchronous technologies.
For more information on Teaching and Learning Technologies, see the AGNR Wiki.
Instructional design provides a framework for systematically planning, developing, and implementing education based on measurable learner objectives. This process is essential in distance teaching and learning, where the instructor and students typically have little face-to-face contact. Distance Learning requires techniques of course design which embrace learner-centered activities and multiple levels of interaction and collaboration.
Grant Proposal Assistance
The Distance Learning Unit will assist faculty by increasing awareness of external funding sources to support the innovative use of distance teaching and learning. The unit also collaborates with multi-disciplinary faculty teams in proposal preparation.
For more information on distance learning, contact Bradley Paleg