National Distance Learning Week: Nov. 8-12

NDLW_Logo2010Joining colleges and universities from coast to coast, along with more than 3.5 million students worldwide, Boston University’s Office of Distance Education will celebrate education’s new frontier as part of National Distance Learning Week from Nov. 8th-12th — and we invite you to participate in the excitement.

Highlighted by giveaways, an on-campus open house, and opportunities for the online community to exhibit its Terrier Pride, the Office of Distance Education has planned an interactive slate packed with ways for current and prospective students to involve themselves while schools nationwide spotlight the electrifying possibilities of education’s present and future.

National Distance Learning Week recognizes the impact distance learning has in 21st century education across many market segments including education, healthcare, government, and corporate,” said Marci Powers, President of the United States Distance Learning Association. “It affords distance learning practitioners the opportunity to celebrate and explore an essential part of today’s changing society.”

As sponsors of the celebration, the USDLA will present a series of webinars throughout the week as a means of showcasing the various types of distance-learning providers, while BU’s celebration will include a sequence of daily offerings.

bag_backBeginning Monday, students are invited to share their Terrier Pride by emailing the Office of Distance Education with a photo displaying school spirit. Show us where you study, where you work — or simply don some BU garb and send us the snapshot by Wednesday, Nov. 10th. We’ll compile the submissions into an album that will be posted on Friday, and as a measure of thanks we’ll send you a reusable tote bag (pictured to the left) so you can let people know that you’re a Terrier whether you are carrying books or bringing in the groceries.

Throughout National Distance Learning Week we’ll be providing virtual updates – via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our own website – but Wednesday night we’ll celebrate face-to-face. Over wine and refreshments, the Office of Distance Education will open its doors to those who would like to meet the BU Online team, see its latest innovations in distance learning, socialize with faculty and staff, or simply help celebrate the Office’s Sloan-C award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education.

Co-sponsored by the Provost’s Faculty Advisory Board on Distance Education, the reception will last from 4-6:30 p.m. — but, really, the fun will last all week. Please join us, and millions nationwide, in the celebration.

It’s a great time to connect with our online learning community, and we’d love for you to be a part of it!


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