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Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • 1. What is courseware?

    Dallas Learning Solutions (DLS) courses are college-level, instructionally sound distance learning courses comprised of videos, interactive activities, self-assessments, textbook, faculty resource guide, testbanks – a complete courseware package. The Dallas County Community College District produced its first telecourse, American Government, in 1972 and enrolled 399 students in that first offering. DLS is one of the leading producers of distance learning video courseware. DLS courses are accessible globally and are widely used by the U.S. Armed Forces.

  • 2. What are distance learning courses?

    Distance learning is an instructional option that eliminates barriers to education –– across the nation and around the world. Learners from diverse backgrounds and geographic locations can be exposed to the best in instructional materials, instructors, and creative methodologies. Its convenience, cost-effectiveness, flexibility, and responsiveness allow learners in any environment to access information that can be applied directly to social, educational, or work dynamics.

  • 3. What is online courseware?

    Online courseware offers educational content that students can access in the classroom, at home or on the go. These online courses can be accessed on the traditional computer or on mobile devices. Online courses offer colleges convenience, cost-effectiveness, flexibility, and responsiveness, allowing learners in any environment to access information that can be applied directly to social, educational, or work dynamics.

  • 4. What can I find within the faculty resource guide?

    The faculty resource guide has a wealth of information readily available for instructional use. You will find a template that you can use to build your syllabus, suggestions for discussion board questions, activities, testbank and more.

  • 5. How are DLS courses produced?

    The academic integrity of our product is ensured through a multi-stage process and extensive cooperation among the project director, media producer, subject matter expert, an instructional design team, with input from local and national faculty advisory committees.

  • 6. What is the DLS Process?

    The multi-stage process begins with:

    1. Project delineation: A needs analysis and identification of funding sources and personnel. Establishment of the basic design, conceptual base, and video/media framework. First draft of the project budget and the project production timeline.
    2. Pre-Production Stage: Coordination of the national and local committees in refining goals and approving course scope, goals, and design. Content development, in which preliminary course goals and the course outline are established. Meetings of the national and local committees to refine goals, approve course scope, goals, and design, identify the textbook, and develop a prototype lesson script. Finalization of project budget and production timeline. Identification of on-camera experts and filming locations. Establishment of pre-travel plans.
    3. The Production Stage: Requires on-location videotaping, sound track creation, and development of other media and music for the series.
    4. Post-Production Stage: Preparation of videotape for editing, in-house edit of interview segments, and final assembly of programs. Completion of other media and faculty resource guides. Each element is reviewed by the subject matter expert, the producer, the project director, and the director of production at the LeCroy Center.
  • 7. How does distance learning technology open doors to education, training, and information?

    In searching for solutions to many pressing educational needs such as access, equity, excellence, and funding, educators worldwide have expanded their course offerings with distance learning programs. Distance learning is an instructional option that eliminates barriers to education - across the nation and around the world. Learners from diverse backgrounds and geographic locations can be exposed to the best in instructional materials, instructors, and creative methodologies.

     

    Distance learning delivers knowledge to those who need it. Its convenience, cost-effectiveness, flexibility, and responsiveness allow learners in any environment to access information that can be applied directly to social, educational, or work dynamics. Distance learning is an excellent tool for sharing knowledge. And with knowledge, learners worldwide can move forward.

  • 8. How can I obtain more information about distance learning?

    Contact us toll free 1-866-347-8576 or 1-866-DISTLRN
    Email: dls@dcccd.edu

  • 9. How is Dallas Learning Solutions associated with Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD)?

    Dallas Learning Solutions (DLS) is a division of the R. Jan LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications, an educational resource facility for the Dallas County Community College District. What this means for you is that we share the same mission and objectives as you, our partners (higher education institutions). DLS preserves the objectives of institutions of higher education by offering engaging and high quality course content, forming dynamic partnerships in support of student success while empowering faculty and institution leaders.

  • 10. How can I justify the expense of purchasing your courseware and/or your consulting services?

    Our team can address your concerns and can work with you on how to take an approach for funding. We will work with you to identify your challenges and how our content and services are viable solutions to institutional objectives.

  • 11. How does your courseware work with a Learning Management System (LMS)?

    Our courseware package can be easily integrated into any Learning Management System using embed codes with a single sign-on. For Blackboard users, in addition to the embed codes option, you can also integrate our content by Bb zip file. Check with us - we are also working on zip files for other largely used LMS.