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Distributed Learning

Taking either a fully online or blended approach, Distributed Learning combines technology, teaching practices and resources to facilitate access to educational content "anytime, anywhere."

Distributed learning uses technology to facilitate learning, whether on- or off-campus, in real-time, or at student discretion. It enhances access to a first-rate university education for traditional and non-traditional students alike. Students can overcome barriers to educational opportunities presented by distance, classroom space limitations, and time constraints.

If you are interested in exploring distributed learning, participate in one of our Distributed Learning Workshops or Events. If you are ready to take the plunge, our Instructional Designers can help you design a course that combines pedagogy, technology, and resources to facilitate access to educational content and to help students learn. Wherever students are and whenever they learn, they can be reached by distributed learning courses.

How CTE Can Help You

The Distributed Learning team at the Center for Teaching Excellence provides all who teach at the USC with comprehensive resources and effective pedagogical practices to design, develop, and implement high-quality distributed learning courses. 

Support is available for:

  • Web-based, blended, flipped, and traditional learning environments.
  • Delivery of content and learning activities in Blackboard
  • Design and development of online courses
  • Continuous quality improvement of course instruction and learning outcomes.

We provide support and training in the following instructional design and teaching best practices to help you:

  • Develop measurable learning objectives that drive the content and instruction.
  • Plan strategies to clearly communicate learning objectives, class expectations, and course navigation.
  • Present content that engages students by providing opportunities for reading, collecting, reflecting, displaying, developing, and experiencing the field of study.
  • Provide consistent and accessible online materials.
  • Build a learning community by providing opportunities for students to interact with each other.
  • Foster learning and engagement with active facilitation strategies.
  • Incorporate multiple methods to check student learning.
  • Guide learning through ongoing, regular feedback and amplified assistance.
  • Measure student performance with grading rubrics.
  • Incorporate course improvement strategies.

The main focus of working with an Instructional Designer is to establish a collaborative dialogue that addresses your teaching needs, which may include developing new instruction, solving teaching challenges, or general course improvement. Get started by Scheduling an Instructional Design Consultation.

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