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AU eLearning Centre

The Algoma University eLearning Centre is delighted to welcome students, faculty, staff, and administrators to our support services which are designed to act as the hub for eLearning activity at Algoma University.

Tyler Pollard

eLearning Specialist

705-949-2301, ext. 4366

Office: NW 300


What is eLearning?

e-learning can refer to the situation where the interaction between the students and the teacher is supported by web-based technology. Basically, the students receive the training and are taught through an online medium, even though the teacher may be in the same building with them. It is simply students’ and teacher’s choice for instruction. eLearning can be self-paced, synchronous, or asynchronous.

What is Online Learning?

A form of distance education where the primary delivery mechanism is via the Internet. These could be delivered synchronously or asynchronously. All instruction is conducted at a distance.”

In online learning, the key element is the use of the internet and is described as the learning experience that is realized with the use of some technology. Online learning can encompass both e-learning and blended learning (definition is shown below), as it generally refers to the idea of using online tools for learning.

What is the difference between Online Learning and Distance Learning?

The key difference between online learning and distance learning is geography. Students can be together with an instructor and use online learning, but distance learning implies that students and instructor are separated.

Formats for eLearning Delivery

The AU eLearning Centre provides assistance in each of the following three formats (or methods) for eLearning delivery, each supporting the University’s goal to strengthen and expand technology-enhanced learning practices and in particular online learning, as reinforced in Objectives 2.1 and 2.3 of the 2016-2021 Strategic Plan (PDF).

Traditional courses which incorporate some technology-mediated (online) components to complement the required class meetings. For example, faculty may require students to use specific software to complete labs or take exams using the school’s learning management system (LMS). The ability to extend an engaging discussion in the physical classroom to a discussion board in an LMS is another example of a web-enhanced course. It is important to note, however, that web-enhanced courses do not reduce the number of class meeting times in a given semester. As faculty introduces new technology into the face-to-face class, integration can happen in small increments and/or may be improved upon from semester to semester.

“A blended/hybrid course is: designed to combine both online and face-to-face teaching in any combination.”

Courses reduce the amount of time faculty and students meet in person in a given semester and rely heavily on web-technology to mediate learning. For example, a student might attend classes in a real-world classroom setting and then be required to complete online multimedia coursework. Face-to-face contact may happen in meetings at the beginning of the semester, the end, or consistently throughout the semester. The online component is typically 50-80% of the total course delivery.

“Distance education courses are those where no classes are held on campus – all instruction is conducted at a distance.”

Courses with no in-person learning requirements with some scheduled (time-of-day-dependent) online requirements which are fully accessible from where the student lives (including any examinations). Examination requirements can be completed at a local test center, monitored online, or under the supervision of an approved proctor. Algoma U leverages a combination of online meeting, web conferencing and video conferencing applications to support distance learning opportunities.

Student Support

The AU eLearning Centre provides assistance in each of the following three formats (or methods), each supporting the University’s goal to strengthen, and expand technology-enhanced learning practices, and in particular online learning, as reinforced in Objectives 2.1 and 2.3 of the 2016-2021 Strategic Plan.

Faculty Support

The AU eLearning Centre is committed to assisting instructors/faculty in the design, development, and use of technology in the redesign of existing courses, as well as new course offerings.

Support provided will focus on best practices for how to create and organize course content, how to effectively capture lecture content (audio/video) to share online, how to use online communicative/collaborative tools, how to ensure AODA compliance as well as how to adhere to copyright and quality assurance (Quality Matters Rubric) standards.

The AU eLearning Centre provides:

1. Consultation for technology-enabled (face to face instruction), hybrid/blending courses, and distance learning opportunities.

2. Support and guidance related to the use of technology in the classroom as well as online course design, development, and implementation.

3. Assistance with the use of technology in online courses (before, during, and/or after the course has been launched).

The eLearning Specialist will work with you individually or in faculty cohorts to explore innovative avenues of course and program design and delivery and how to add engaging and media-rich content using a variety of innovative educational technology tools.

How to set up a meeting with the eLearning Centre (SH208)?

Please use the booking calendar to schedule a consultation and/or meeting with the eLearning Centre

How to book the Recording Studio (SH205)?

Please use the booking calendar to make a reservation for the Recording Studio (this space is to be used strictly for capturing and/or editing video/audio content).

What is the eLearning Taskforce?

The role of the AU eLearning Taskforce is to provide recommendations and advice to academic
and administrative decision-makers to support the strategic development of AU’s eLearning
activity, including:

  •  establishing a clear strategy to support the development of AU’s eLearning capacity
  • updating AU’s Online Learning Policy and other associated policies
  • the identification of best practices, quality assurance, copyright, AODA compliance etc.
  • identifying and/or developing training opportunities for technology-enabled learning for
    faculty and staff
Upcoming Workshops/Events

March 25th, 2019

The ETF welcomes David Porter, CEO of Ecampus Ontario, to help kick off a 3-year initiative for
eLearning at AU (EW205, 12:00 – 1:30pm)

Other events, on this day, include:

  • Showcase of Computer Science Bridge Program (EW205, 1:30-2:00pm)
  • Grand Opening of eLearning Centre (SH205, 2:00 – 2:30pm)
Who do I contact for additional information?

To learn more about the eLearning Centre at Algoma U, or any of the upcoming workshops/events, please send an email to tyler.pollard@algomau.ca or simply drop by SH204!


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