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Saturday, August 04, 2018

Online and Innovative Learning | Lander University

"This summer Lander University took a big step toward the future of learning by creating a new Center for Online and Innovative Learning, inform Clark Leach, Writer at Lander University.

The new center, under the direction of Associate Professor of English Dr. Lloyd Willis, will serve to promote all educational pursuits that fall outside conventional delivery, including e-learning, weekend programs, evening programs, and faculty training for online teaching.
“If people know nothing else about online learning, they know that online courses offer flexibility,” said Willis, a longtime proponent of online learning who will act as the center’s initial director. “And this center is going to benefit Lander in a number of ways.”...

Dr. Lloyd Willis
Photo: Laura Brown
For example, Willis pointed out that in conventional classroom learning, some students will remain silent all semester.

“But this isn’t possible in online courses,” he said. “Students must engage, participate and invest in the experience.”

Professors will be able to foster this engagement through the use of discussion boards and forums that require student participation.

“And with tools like video-recorded lectures and demonstrations, online students can watch them again and again,” Willis said.

Other advantages of the new center include:

• Week-to-week student flexibility in scheduling academic work;
• Student and faculty training for online teaching;
• Information to help students learn what is required in online courses;
• Alternatives when students need to overcome online learning challenges; and
• A guarantee that Lander is meeting the requirements of all state regulatory and accrediting agencies, such as the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
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Source: Lander University

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