DLP Features

Students Study International Perspectives on Distance Education in Canada

Connie Baird and Belva Collins

Belva Collins and Constance Baird led a group of students enrolled in the Distance Education Graduate Certificate on a trip to Vancouver, Canada in July to study international perspectives on distance education. While there, the group attended the International Perspectives on Technology-Enhanced Learning (IPTEL) Conference co-sponsored by the University of British Columbia Faculty of Education, the University of British Columbia Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, and the University of Kentucky. Highlights of the conference included keynote addresses by Jeff Miller (Senior Manager, Flexible Learning Initiative with the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, University of British Columbia), Erica Frank (President and Executive Director of NextGenU.org), and Tony Bates (President and CEO of Tony Bates Associates, LTD, and author of Managing Technology in Higher Education).

International Perspectives in Distance Education

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Summer 2013 • UK Sponsored Education Abroad Program

Travel Dates: July 8 - July 14

Course Dates: June 6 - August 1

Participants will attend a conference on the campus of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver entitled “International Perspectives on Technology - Enhanced Learning” and engage in pre-conference lectures supported by online readings, discussions, and assignments.


  • Read and discuss the professional literature that relates to international distance education issues.
  • Design and complete a project related to the content of the course (e.g. paper, video, lesson plans, curriculum)
  • Attend guest lectures and interact with distance educators and students from Canadian universities.
  • Explore the culture and history of British Columbia through visits to the UBC Museum of Anthropology and Botanical Gardens, and Granville Island.

Universal Design for Learning Seminar

Join us Friday, February 15 for a seminar entitled Universal Design for Learning: Tools That Promote Excellence in Higher Education and Community Learning. Molly Boyle from the University of Massachusetts will lead an engaging presentation on how to incorporate UDL practices for teaching in a variety of settings. Distance Learning Programs is a proud sponsor of this event.

Click here for information on how to register.


Priority Registration

Priority registration for the Winter 2012 – 2013 intersession and Spring 2013 semester begins on October 29th. Students currently enrolled and planning to attend  the Winter or Spring terms should register for courses during their assigned three-day window.

To find your priority registration window or view your secondary and add/drop windows, please click here.

Winter and Spring Schedules

The Winter 2012-2013 and Spring 2013 distance learning course schedules have been posted on our site. Students interested in the various distance learning course offerings can now explore their options.

Winter 2012-2013 Schedule & Spring 2013 Schedule

As always, if you have any questions regarding distance learning courses please do not hesitate to contact our office.

2012 Quality Matters Conference

Poster SessionBy Galen Stone

This past October, over 450 instructional designers, distance learning faculty, and educational technologists converged in Tucson, Arizona for the 4th annual Quality Matters conference. After arriving in Tucson, fellow DLP Instructional Designer Kelley Cruse and I met up with Matthew Cockrell, Instructional Technologist for the UK College of Communications and Information Studies. After checking in to our rooms, we headed to the welcome reception to greet familiar faces and meet new people. In addition to the highly informative sessions, the Quality Matters Conference is an excellent place to network with other instructional designers and distance education professionals.

The first official day of the conference began with the keynote address by Russ Poulin, WCET Deputy Director of Research and Analysis. Mr. Poulin discussed many of the federal regulations playing a role in online education including state authorization, student complaint procedures,and accessibility. One of the main takeaways of this presentation was the fact that rules for higher education should not be based on the mode of educational delivery.


Live Anywhere And Learn

Alumni Magazine Cover

Kentucky Alumni Magazine featured two University of Kentucky online Masters degrees in its Fall 2012 issue: the Library and Information Sciences and Rehabilitation Counseling Programs. Click here for the article.

(Courtesy of Kentucky Alumni Magazine) 

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