Distance Learning Campus Conversation


To wrap-up this event, we're providing a link to the video archive of Dr. Dziuban's presentations, his Powerpoints, and the articles he provided that are connected to the research he discussed. See below for the links.

Of particular interest in the first presentation was UCF™'s experimentation with course evaluations for several course modalities and findings that showed three items in the course evaluations that, if rated "excellent," consistently resulted in overall "excellent" course evaluation ratings regardless of course modality, student level, or discipline. Dr. Dziuban also analyzed student "ambivalence." The second presentation offered examples of faculty-led, course-based research. The articles were produced from the research and authored by the faculty involved.

Guest Speaker

Charles Dziuban photo

Charles Dziuban is Director of the Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness at the University of Central Florida (UCF) where he has been a faculty member since 1970 teaching research design and statistics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Since 1996, he has directed the impact evaluation of UCF's distributed learning initiative examining student and faculty outcomes as well as gauging the impact of online, blended and lecture capture courses on the university. He has published in numerous journals, and his methods for determining psychometric adequacy have been featured in both the SPSS and the SAS packages.  He has received funding from several government and industrial agencies and awards for teaching excellence and contributions to online learning research.

Dr. Dziuban has co-authored, co-edited, or contributed to numerous books and chapters on blended and online learning including Handbook of Blended Learning Environments, Educating the Net Generation, and Blended Learning: Research Perspectives. He has given invited talks at over 80 universities throughout the world.


8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Presentation


The Student Voice in Course Evaluations: Implications of Twenty Years of Research on Student Perception of Instructional Effectiveness Across Course Modalities (Face-to-Face, Online, and Blended)
An on-campus presentation sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Office of Online & Distance Education

The Student Voice in Course Evaluation PowerPoint >

A course is a course is a course >

Student Ambivalence >

Dr. Dziuban will describe twenty years of research on protocols used for student perception of instruction at the University of Central Florida emanating from faculty concerns about their course evaluation in rapidly changing educational environments. He will show the process for developing a set a robust decision rules about how instructors receive excellent course ratings and how those rules hold up against all university demographics. In addition, he will present the results of a newly completed study on the impact of course modality (face-to-face, online, and blended) on how students rate their educational experience.

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Luncheon
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m Keynote Address (NOTE: Live web-streaming will begin at noon)


Instructional Innovation "ROI" Assessing the Impact of Instructional and Course Changes
An on-campus & live web-streamed presentation sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Office of Online & Distance Education and the University of Nebraska Online Worldwide

Instructional Innovation ROI PowerPoint >

Constructive Engagement >

Dimensional Analysis >

Paradigm Structure >

Social Media class >

Many instructors considering or incorporating a new teaching strategy, technology tool, or a specific course revision want to know if it's worth their time and how they can assess its impact. Dr. Dziuban will discuss the strategy in place at University of Central Florida that supports a large number of faculty-led research projects designed to improve instructional and learning effectiveness (whether in an online, face-to-face, or blended course format). These initiatives derive their momentum from individual disciplines and faculty members wishing to answer questions about whether or not an innovation has any appreciable impact. He will present ideas for class-based scholarship through a variety of examples, online and otherwise, and will look at their collective institutional impact. Similar, though distributed, initiatives at UNL as well as individual instructor efforts will also be highlighted.


If you have questions, please contact Beverly Russell at brussell1@unl.edu or 472-4358 or Marie Barber at mbarber2@unl.edu or 472-4354.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln wordmark logoFor over 100 years, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been at the forefront of distance education initiatives. UNL is dedicated to our mission of developing and delivering quality education worldwide to a diverse student base for lifelong learning. Programs delivered online are developed by UNL faculty and a team of instructional design professionals who understand the needs of students learning online. Many of the University's most popular on-campus programs and courses are transformed into high-quality distance learning experiences for students on campus and around the world.

Online Worldwide University of Nebraska wordmark logoThis university-wide distance education initiative supports the mission of the University of Nebraska within the changing landscape of higher education, helps leverage institutional resources, and works to enhance the ongoing online efforts of the four campuses. During the course of the coming year, each campus will host a professional development and networking opportunity for NU faculty, administrators, and staff to engage in conversation about online and distance education. Events will be held live on each campus and will be made available online for those who cannot attend in person.

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