National Distance Learning Week Day 4 – Online by Design

*This is part of a five-day series celebrating National Distance Learning Week Nov. 9-13. eVersity is doing a daily tribute featuring “Five Ways Distance Learning Changes Lives.”

In today’s climate, the term “online learning” is getting tossed around without much meaning or context quite frequently. But what most people don’t understand is the major difference between “moving online” and being “built for online.”

“So many schools are now embracing online learning that had strongly opposed it in the past,” said Michael Moore, Ph.D., eVersity chief academic/operating officer. “We’ve been online from the beginning. We were online before it was cool.”

That’s why eVersity’s fourth installation of its five-day recognition of National Distance Learning Week 2020 celebrates being online by design and how it changes lives. The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) dedicates one week each year to provide an opportunity to celebrate growth and accomplishments in distance learning and for faculty and students to showcase excellence in teaching, technology and research. National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is an opportunity to share innovations being used to help provide quality and robust online education.

What’s happening while the country is trying to ride out the pandemic is that most institutions are using remote learning as a bridge to get to the other side so they can return to the business they were in, which is delivering in-classroom courses.

Moore said eVersity’s programs have been specifically developed to deliver a fully immersive online experience, something that takes time and expertise to deliver.

eVersity classes are far more robust and far richer because they were designed to be online courses,” Moore said. “Our courses have won national awards because of the way the material is presented, with built-in interaction with other students and with faculty that creates a sense of community. Our faculty complete a training course before we ever put them in an online classroom, because teaching online is different than teaching face–to–face. If a student needs learning assistance, we have that available and our academic advising is designed to interact  with students in an online environment.”