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Distributed Learning

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled a list of the questions we get asked the most often.

Online Course Approval 

Distributed learning courses use technology to facilitate learning, whether on- or off-campus, in real-time or at student discretion. Course may be 100% Online (e.g., DWEB - Web 100% Asynchronous), Blended (e.g., BWEB – Over 50% Web Delivery), or offered through Web Conferencing or Streaming Video.

The Office of Academic Programs coordinates the development and revision of degree programs and courses. If you are interested in creating a new online course or converting an existing face-to-face course to online format, please refer to the Academic Proposals Program System (APPS), a secure, web-based submission and approval system that facilitates the review process for adding or changing any University of South Carolina academic course or program. You should also refer to the Faculty Senate’s Instructional Development Committee (INDEV) Syllabus Checklist for distance education delivery before submitting a new course or course change request. It is also recommended that you work with an instructional designer to ensure the course meets quality assurance standards and best practices and that all course materials are accessible for students with disabilities.

Complete the Special Topics Course (STC) Approval form and obtained the required signatures. If distributed learning delivery is being requested for the first time, the course must first be submitted as a course change proposal via APPS for approval in addition to the STC approval. If prior distributed learning delivery approval has been granted, a review and signature by the Office of Distributed Learning is required.

Online course evaluations are handled by academic departments just as with traditional, face-to-face courses.


Online Course Scheduling

The Office of Distributed Learning no longer schedules courses. Faculty and staff wishing to request course additions, changes, and cancellations for distributed learning courses will need to use the form provided on the Office of the Registrar’s website. Additional resources are also provided in the scheduling toolbox and any questions about scheduling distributed learning courses should be sent to regsch@mailbox.sc.edu.

 

Online Course Design

You may want to consult an instructional designer to ensure the course meets quality assurance standards and best practices and that all course materials are accessible for students with disabilities. Our staff can also assist with course production needs (recording lectures, editing audio and video files, creating transcriptions, providing closed captioning, and hosting content). If you would like to know more about how the Office can assist you in preparing and delivering online courses, call us at 803-777-7210 or email dlquest@mailbox.sc.edu to schedule a consultation.

The Instructional Design team compiled components from several courses to create a Model Course to give you an idea of how to create a distributed learning course.

You may self-enroll in this model course by logging into Blackboard with your username and password and following the steps below:

  • Click Courses to the right of My USC at the top of the page
  • In the Course Search box on the left, enter the following text: Distributed Learning Sample Course
  • Click Go
  • Click the down arrow next to the course ID (DIS-LEARN- SAMPLE)
  • Click Enroll
  • Click Submit

The Provost's Office instituted a Distributed Learning Quality Review process (DLQR) in 2013 as part of its commitment to ensuring high-quality distributed learning courses at the university. To successfully complete the review, each course must meet basic standards for design quality and ADA accessibility, which are spelled out in a review checklist approved by the instructional designer. The checklist is based on the Quality Matters™ Rubric, a nationally recognized quality benchmark. It is recommended that every Distributed Learning course complete the DLQR process.


Test Proctoring

We provide three flexible test proctoring options for paper and computer test formats.

  • ProctorU (Online Proctoring Service)
  • Testing Center at our Office on the USC Columbia Campus (located at 1716 College Street)
  • Approved Testing sites (USC System Campus or Off-Campus Site)

For additional Information, see our test proctoring page.

Contact Shannon Carson at scarson@mailbox.sc.edu or 803-777-7210 to receive detailed information to access test proctoring services including ProctorU’s services.

 

Course Production Studios

Contact the Office of Distributed Learning at (803-777-7210 / dlquest@mailbox.sc.edu) to reserve a course production studio.

Contact the Office of Distributed Learning at (803-777-7210 / dlquest@mailbox.sc.edu) to discuss the recording options that may be best for you.


Technical Questions

Contact DoIT for Blackboard support (803-777-1800 / bbsupport@sc.edu). You may also find DoIT’s quick help guide useful. 

You should contact the DoIT Service Desk for an Adobe Connect username and password. If you plan to use Abode Connect for online teaching, the instructional technology support staff at DoIT can help you tailor Connect for your specific lesson plans.

 


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