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University of South Alabama Online Learning  Laboratory

University of South Alabama Online Learning Laboratory

This resource was created for online faculty at the University of Alabama, but it would be of interest to any faculty or staff person interested in online teaching and learning. Easy to navigate and written in a highly readable manner I recommend this Web resource to the MERLOT Community. This site has an RSS feed and an array of tutorials, videos, PDF, and other materials all focused on online. Lots of good stuff at this site. "The mission of the Online Learning Laboratory is to: Assist university faculty with web-based distributed learning activities. Organize or conduct workshops and other faculty learning opportunities. Develop and maintain an active website with related resources. Provide lab facilities for faculty course development. Provide limited support by instructional design... Show More

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Barbara M. Hall, PhD
8 years ago

There is a lot of valuable information in USA's Online Learning Laboratory (OLL). This is definitely a site to be enjoyed in pieces.

 

One of the great things about the site is that the layout makes it easy to use. The layout is clean with clear buttons and links. There is even a QR scanner to access the site from a mobile device.

 

I did not review all of the site, so I picked the topics that were of most interest to me. I love the eLeader series, which allows a visitor to quickly target and easily find strategies on using different technologies. The pictures of the faculty sharing these strategies reduced the transactional distance that can be problematic in learning.

 

I would like to see some updated content on some of the pages. For example, the Redesign Academy has the schedule from Summer 2010. While these advertised sessions seem to be internal to USA, it would look better to remove or update the date.

 

Another example is Producing Podcasts. There could be content added, a link to the How To Guides, or at least an email for contacting someone within the OLL. The How-To Guides are an excellent feature and a very practical way to help faculty gain comfort in producing their own multimedia pieces.

 

I liked the idea of the Research Rundown as a quick source of scholarly support for reluctant faculty or anyone! The latest research cited under Multimedia is from 2006, and under Distance Learning from 2009, so there are opportunities to update the evidence for reluctant instructors. Or, perhaps there aren't any more of those at USA!

 

There is so much to appreciate at the site that I will be sure to return to it, and probably use some of its materials, in my instructional design courses.

Deborah W. Proctor, Ph.D.
Deborah W. Proctor, Ph.D. (Administrator)
9 years ago
I lingered at this web resource a long time. It is bookmarked and I will return. Well worth a visit and spending some time viewing the good resources for teaching and learning online.

Technical Remarks:

Could navigate fairly well, all the links I perused opened for me. Some really good sites are accessed through this online laboratory.
Time spent reviewing site: About an hour, but I plan to return to this site as I find resources to integrate into an online course for faculty in our system
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