Southeastern Channel telecourse wins national Telly Awards


Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Telly Awards 2018
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

TELECOURSE WINS NATIONAL AWARD- A Southeastern Louisiana University telecourse, “Earth and Space Science 102,” recently won two national Bronze Telly Awards for “Editing” and “Use of Graphics.” Pictured, from left, are Rick Settoon, Southeastern Channel general manager; Chemistry and Physics Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator Gerard Blanchard; Jamie Bass, Southeastern Channel telecourse producer and editor; Stephanie Welch, Southeastern earth science instructor; and Dan McCarthy, dean of the College of Science and Technology.

     HAMMOND – A Southeastern Louisiana University telecourse has been recognized with two national Telly Awards.
     Produced by the Southeastern Channel, the university course, “Earth and Space Science 102,” was honored at the 39th annual Telly Awards with Bronze Tellys for “Editing” and “Use of Graphics.”
     The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens, and this year received over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. This year’s winners included CBS, NBC, HBO, ESPN, PBS, National Geographic, and Nickelodeon.
     Southeastern Channel telecourse producer Jamie Bass produced, directed, shot, edited and created the graphics for the telecourse that was taught by Southeastern Earth Science Instructor Stephanie Welch. Telecourses are video courses that air on television and also serve as online courses for both on-campus students and those unable to attend classes on campus.
     Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon said the winning episode was the 11th lecture of the course ESSC102 and covered the formation of the solar system with Welch lecturing in front of captivating, moving images of planetary landscapes and the travel of heavenly bodies through space. The episode can be viewed at Bass accomplished the look by videotaping Welch lecturing in front of a blue screen in the Southeastern Channel studio and later compositing that footage with the solar, interstellar and extraterrestrial images for the background.
     “Jamie took my PowerPoints and brought them to life in a way that I think is far more entertaining for the students than a traditional lecture,” Welch said. “And if they are entertained, I think they will learn the material better.”
     Chemistry and Physics Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator Gerard Blanchard, who has also taught telecourses for his Physics 191 and 192 classes, suggested that Welch teach the class as a telecourse.
     “I am happy that this course won these awards, because it lets everyone know that the quality of production of telecourses at Southeastern is very high,” Blanchard said. “Good quality production makes it easier for students to receive the content.”
     The Southeastern Channel produces several new courses each year and has produced over 40 original telecourses for distance learning, including physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, history, marketing, management, education, psychology, sociology, communication, career planning, environmental business, English, and Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment (OSHE) courses.
     Settoon said the channel’s telecourses were originally produced and aired specifically for distance learning and non-traditional students, but they now include widespread application and use via internet for traditional students on Southeastern’s campus, as well as for traveling students and those deployed globally. More than 5,000 students enroll in telecourses at Southeastern each year.
     “The courses are also used by professors online and for dual enrollment classes in a number of high schools,” Settoon said. “The beauty is that each lecture of every course is accessible to any student enrolled in a course an infinite number of times at any time of the day and on any platform, from Charter Spectrum cable to all mobile devices, including iPhones.”
     The courses air for a general viewing audience on the Southeastern Channel on Spectrum 199 in Tangipahoa, Livingston, St. Tammany and St. Helena parishes and on the channel’s live streaming webcast at In addition, the courses are archived and viewable for enrolled students via Moodle, the university’s learning management system.
     The Southeastern Channel has now won nearly 400 national, international and regional awards, including 17 awards from the Emmys and 40 Telly Awards.

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