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DELT launches online video portal – onAir

By Heidi Wicks

Memorial’s distance and online learning teaching support unit now has its own YouTube-style portal housed on the Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT) website.

The onAir video portal currently has three channels: Discover DELT, Student Focus, and Teaching and Technology.

“We hope onAir will become a powerful communication tool that will help connect distance learners to our community,” said Ann Marie Vaughan, director of DELT. “It’s also an exciting tool that will better engage the public about what’s happening here, whether they are students, faculty, staff, partners, government, industry or anyone else in the external community.”

Discover DELT gives insight into the work done within the unit, from online education to video production to teaching support. Student Focus highlights and profiles the faces of distance education students at Memorial, who are most often willing to study despite having full-time jobs and full-time families, and despite living in geographically challenging areas of the province and world.

Teaching and Technology showcases some of the projects DELT has produced in partnership with various schools and faculties within the university, as well as with some external community and heritage-focused partners.

Three featured videos will change monthly, to highlight features of each channel.
“We look forward to adding channels and increasing content to this portal, and we will soon include an events channel for things like launch events, convocation, Harris Centre lectures and more,” added Ms. Vaughan. “We will also continue to increase content on the current channels, so for example on the Teaching and Technology channel we will have everything from videotaped seminars to faculty profiles and profiles of courses and the technologies or methods they use for teaching and learning. The possibilities are vast,” she said.

Feedback and suggestions for the onAir video portal are welcome. If you have ideas for featured videos, contact Heidi Wicks at wicksh@mun.ca to submit your two cent’s worth.

OnAir can be viewed on the web at www.distance.mun.ca/portal.

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