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AU eLearning Centre

The Algoma University (AU) eLearning Centre is delighted to welcome our 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

tyler.pollard@algomau.ca

What is eLearning?

eLearning is a comprehensive term that includes a number of instructional environments and approaches. eLearning includes all forms of electronically-supported media, information, and communication technologies used to support teaching and learning. It can occur in or out of the classroom and can be self-paced, synchronous, or asynchronous.

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).

Courses are traditional courses that have some technology-mediated components that complement the required class meetings. For example, faculty may require students to use specific software to complete a lab 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 a LMS is another example of a web-enhanced course. It is important to note, however, that web-enhanced courses do not reduce the amount of class meeting times in a given semester. As faculty introduce new technology into the face-to-face class, integration can happen in small increments and can be improved upon from semester to semester.

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. 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 percent of the total course delivery.

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. 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 percent of the total course delivery.

Student Support

eLearning is a fast-growing trend in higher education and an increasingly popular option for student learning. Online and blended (hybrid) learning courses, offer convenience and flexibility for students with busy lives. Within required deadlines, students can work at times and/or locations that are convenient for their schedule.

The AU eLearning Centre helps students discover what courses are being offered in each of the above elearning formats, what taking these courses entails and how to best succeed when enrolled.

Faculty Support

The AU eLearning Centre is committed to assisting instructors/faculty in the design, development, and use of technology in new or redesigning existing courses as well as the production of fully online (distance) programs.

Support provided will focus on best practices for creating and organizing course content, implementing communication tools, capturing lectures for eLearning, ensuring AODA compliance, copyright guidelines as well as quality assurance.

The eLearning Centre provides:

  • Consultation (for face-to-face instruction, fully online, hybrid courses, technology integration, etc.)
  • Support and guidance of use of technology and online course development and implementation
  • Assistance with use of technology in online courses (before, during, and/or after the course has launched)

The eLearning Specialist will work with you individually and 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.

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 (link for upcoming workshops)
Lynda.com

Algoma University is pleased to announce that all current students, staff and faculty members have free, unlimited access to high-quality, skills-focused online learning through Lynda.com, from now until September 21, 2020.

Learn from industry experts: Stream Lynda.com courses taught by passionate instructors with real-world experience.

Learn at your own pace: Choose from more than 5,000 on-demand courses from Lynda.com, and watch on your own schedule.

Learn anytime, from anywhere: Download courses to your mobile device to view instruction on the go while you’re offline. Start a course on a desktop device and finish it on your smartphone. Bookmark courses on your phone and watch them on your computer. Get the Lynda.com app today.

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Getting Started
  • Visit Lynda.com, click sign in
  • Click on sign in with your organization portal
  • Enter algomau.ca and click continue
  • Sign in with your Algoma University account: username@algomau.ca and password. For example: John Doe’s login would be doe@algomau.ca

What does it cost?  Nothing. Access to Lynda.com is free to all current postsecondary students in Ontario as part of the Government of Ontario’s Career Kick-Start Strategy. eCampusOntario has negotiated access for all current faculty and staff at publicly funded colleges and universities in Ontario.

Features
  • Pre-made (or institution created) playlists
  • Or create playlists of your own
  • Personalized recommendations to explore the most in-demand skills based on their experience
  • Helpful resources like quizzes, exercise files and coding practice windows to reinforce learning
  • Receive a certificate of completion that you can share electronically or post on your LinkedIn profile
Support

Contact AU’s ITS Helpdesk for support

  • Questions regarding your eligibility for access
  • Assistance with initial registration – you require an active AlgomaU account to have access
  • Contact IT Helpdesk:

When to contact Lynda.com customer support

  • Technical questions or trouble after you successfully login
  • Site Navigation
  • Help locating courses
  • Help with Certificates of Completion
  • Help creating playlists
  • Course requests

How to contact Lynda.com customer support