Speaking to the Needs of Various Learners

Published May 2, 2016

When Dr. Melissa Broeckelman-Post joined the Mason community in fall of 2013, she and colleague Lance Schmeidler immediately set to work rebuilding the Basic Course curriculum. Leveraging Schmeidler’s decade of institutional knowledge with Broeckelman-Post’s background in the field, the duo


Immersed in a New Language – FREN 210

Published April 4, 2016

With only two months to prepare FREN 210: Intermediate French for online delivery, a process that usually takes at least six months, Prof. Saima Ashraf-Hassan knew that approaching the course design from the perspective of a student would help ensure an


A Savory Mason Core with a Colorful Syllabus – NUTR 295

Published March 1, 2016

This semester, Dr. Margaret Slavin wanted to try something new in her online section of NUTR 295: Introduction to Nutrition. Following a three-day Online Learning Consortium (OLC) workshop, Dr. Slavin was intrigued by the idea of using an interactive syllabus


Creating Critical Friendships – EDUC 614

Published December 6, 2015

Housed in Mason’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) curriculum focuses on helping K-12 professionals to achieve a deeper understanding of student learning, improve students’ classroom performance, and meet individual student


December Lunch & Learn: Managing Faculty Workloads

Published November 20, 2015

Join us for the final event in our fall faculty development Lunch & Learn series, Managing the Workload in a Student-Centered Course! Dr. Laura Poms and Prof. Luanne Norden will each share examples of student-centered teaching methods in their courses


Congratulations, 2015 DE Award Winners!

Published November 9, 2015

Part of the annual Human Resources Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony, the Distance Education (DE) Award is given to a faculty and support staff member whose efforts support quality online course offerings at Mason. Funded by Mason Online, the award is


November Lunch & Learn: Designed for Integrity

Published November 1, 2015

Please join us for the next event in our fall faculty development Lunch & Learn series, Designing Your Course with Academic Integrity in Mind! During this interactive session, we will explore pro-active strategies to promote academic integrity, such as clearly


DE Office Continues to Grow

Published October 25, 2015

As online education initiatives and hybrid learning opportunities continue to gain momentum across Mason’s campuses, the Office of Distance Education (DE) is pleased to welcome three new members to the team! In speaking of the new Assistant Director position, Director


Spring Registration Begins November 3rd

Published October 18, 2015

Registration for Spring 2016 is right around the corner! For students who work, intern, commute to campus, or have other scheduling conflicts, it can be difficult to fit in all the courses you need. This semester, consider taking a combination


October Lunch & Learn: Engaging Through Group Work

Published October 12, 2015

Please join us for the next event in our fall faculty development Lunch & Learn series, Student Collaboration That Drives Engagement! During this interactive session, hear from two faculty members, Dr. Stephanie Dodman and Prof. Boris Willis, on how they