e-Learning Defined @ Otis
Blended Learning is a form of e-learning that “blends” face-to-face teaching with online delivery. The Teaching/Learning Center assists faculty members in incorporating new technologies into courses wherever appropriate.
Technology Enhanced Courses
In general, Otis faculty have embraced OSpace. LAS has the highest usage with 73% of the faculty actively posting in the CMS. All LAS faculty require students to post reflections in the Learning e-Portfolios. Many studio faculty are also requiring students to post. There are many instances where the use of appropriate technology in courses is beneficial to both faculty and students. In addition to OSpace and email, technologies used may include blogs, the DID, wikis, learning objects, video projects, Tumblr, etc. This use of technology is overwhelmingly appreciated by students, 96% of whom have reported on surveys for several years that they like the use of appropriate technology in their courses.
Complete Online Learning Courses
For the past four years a few online courses have been offered in the LAS Department during the summer. Assessments show that the quality of learning and student satisfaction is very good. These courses are great for students who need to return home for the summer, but still complete their degree.