Online Teaching and Learning

In conjunction with the Office of Online Learning, The Center supports faculty in the planning, design and development of online courses.  Professional development events designed to enhance the quality of online instruction at Southeastern are ongoing.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at Center@southeastern.edu. 

Connectivity Information

T-Mobile: Unlimited data is being provided to current customers who have plans with data for the next 60 days. It will also provide additional data to mobile hotspot users is being provided to current customers who have plans with data for the next 60 days.  They will also provide additional data to mobile hotspot users.

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Comcast:  They are providing Free Xfinity WiFi Hotspots for everyone, including non-subscribers, for 60 days; free unlimited data for current customers; and, for those unable to pay their bill, Comcast is not disconnecting service or charging late fees.  The company is also providing 60 days of free basic internet service to new customers. 

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AT&T:  Like Comcast, AT&T is also providing free access to its public WiFi hotspots. The company also said its consumer home internet wireless customers and fixed wireless internet customers would receive unlimited data.   

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Charter Communications: This company is providing free Spectrum broadband and WiFi internet for the next 60 days to households with K-12 students or college students who don't already have a subscription. Like Comcast and AT&T, it's also offering free Wi-Fi hotspots.

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Sprint:  Providing unlimited data for 60 days to customers with metered data plans (effective 3/18); Giving 20 GB of free mobile hotspot to customers with hotspot-capable devices (effective 3/18); and, offering complimentary rates from the U.S. to CDC-defined Level 3 countries to customers with international long-distance plans (effective 3/17). 

Preventing Online Cheating

Online exams that are not proctored may invite some students to use their textbooks, computers and/or smart phones to look up answers.  Knowing that this is a reality in the online environment, there are some basic things you can put in place to help minimize the impact of these practices.

  • Time your exam.  Schedule the exam for a set time, and don't leave it open for an extended period.
  • Offer shorter, more frequent quizzes to encourage students to keep up on their classwork.  This reduces the incentive to cheat because the value of each quiz is lower than one comprehensive test.
  • Randomize the order of test questions to deter students from sharing answers during testing times.
  • Display one question at a time.  This prevents groups of students from researching multiple answers at one time.
  • Avoid 100% multiple choice exams and include questions that require students to interpret, analyze or explain.  This will discourage the practice of “Googling” answers. Essay questions also work well.
  • Embrace the timed, open “book” concept.  A robust exam that encourages students to use their resources could be an option.  
  • Construct a pool of questions for a test more than the number needed for the test.  Then have Moodle randomly draw from the pool. That way, each student gets his or her own unique test with only some questions in common.
  • Moodle has a setting called Navigation Method.  “Free” navigation is the default. But if you change the value from Free to Sequential, Moodle will not allow a student to backtrack in a test.
  • Rather than a traditional test, students’ learning could be assessed through projects or group work.

 Distance Education Policy

The Distance Education Policy provides faculty and administrators with a guide for developing and implementing distance education.  It also communicates quality standards for the delivery and assessment of distance education at Southeastern.