University of South Alabama Online Learning Laboratory
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Barbara M. Hall, PhD (Faculty)
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. (Administrator)