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July 24, 2014

Don’t Miss These Two ‘Best Practices In Online Course Design’ Webinars!

Also from Tuesday’s inbox…

SoftChalk and Quality Matters are happy to bring you two opportunities to enhance your eLearning knowledge with two upcoming Best Practices in Online Course Design webinars

Course Technology Elements to Ensure Quality in Online Courses
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 3:00 PM EDT

Technology can make or break an online course. The right technology can inspire and assist different types of learners. By focusing on a few key elements of course technology, educators can learn how they can help ensure their course is up to par. These elements include key standards of the Quality Matters rubric surrounding course tools, navigation, access and currency of technology used in a course.

Join us for the fourth installation of our Best Practices in Online Course Design webinar series to get a better understanding of these elements as well learn about several useful web tools you can use to enhance learning and engagement. For more useful teaching tools and tips on technology visit or follow @professorjosh.

Practice Makes Perfect – Incorporating Assessment and Measurement Tools in your Online Course
Monday, August 4, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

Whether you’re teaching in a college or K-12 learning environment, a well-designed online course should be built around measurable learning objectives. The key is to design and align graded assessment tools that are consistent with what you want the student to learn. Attendees will discover how to improve their lessons, by incorporating practice quizzes and interactive learning games and how an LMS that supports LTI or SCORM can score the questions and games.

Join us for the fifth installation of our Best Practices in Online Course Design webinar series to learn how you can incorporate practice quizzes and interactive learning games in your own courses to improve student engagement and learning outcomes.

To learn more about the series and keep up to date with all of our upcoming webinars visit our Best Practices in Online Course Design page.

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Course Technology Elements to Ensure Quality in Online Courses Wednesday, July 23 3:00 PM EDT Register Now
Incorporating Assessment and Measurement Tools in your Online Course Monday, August 4 1:00 PM EDT Register Now

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We look forward to seeing you there!

The SoftChalk Team

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Online Learning Consortium View – Special Conference Edition

From Tuesday’s inbox…


Empowering Educators Everywhere



11th Annual Blended Learning Conference and Workshop

July 8-9, 2014, Denver, CO


 Message from Charles Graham,  Conference Chair

“I want to thank everyone who was involved in making another great Blended Learning Conference and Workshop happen.  This year we had record participation with 570 onsite participants and 665 virtual participants.  We had excellent Keynote and Plenary sessions as well as engaging workshops and information sessions.  Additionally, this year we debuted the Technology Test Kitchen, where participants were able to get hands on experience with technologies that can be used to enhance the blended learning classroom.  Thanks to everyone for a great conference!” 

- Charles Graham, Brigham Young University

This year’s Blended Learning Conference and Workshop brought together 570 onsite and 665+ virtual attendees representing 47 states including D.C. Thank you to all our attendees, sponsors and exhibitors for joining us onsite and virtually in Denver.

Couldn’t Make it to Denver?
No problem – you can still gain access to over 40 recorded presentations to view at your convenience for one full year. Get your virtual package here.


 View Keynote & Plenary Session

KEYNOTE – “The Million-More Mission: Using Insight and Action Analytics to Help Students Learn Well and Finish Strong


Mark David Milliron of Civitas Learning dives into Insight Analytics and shares insight and action analytics strategies that help students succeed and strong students take their learning to the next level.

PLENARY SESSION – “Dancing towards the Future: Designing New Moves for New Times




 Onsite Interviews
Get the Inside Scoop on the Event Watch recorded interviews from key presenters, sponsors and Online Learning Consortium executives in these on-site interviews.

 Thank You to Sonic Foundry

Hear from Sonic Foundry – National Technology Sponsor

All streaming, recording and interviews were provided by Sonic Foundry. Their services allow us to provide onsite and virtual attendees with access to over 40 presentations.


Learn more about academic video, from real data on student use to the increased adoption of flipped classrooms. 


   Upcoming Conferences

20th Annual International Conference on Online Learning 

October 29-31, 2014 · Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort – Lake Buena Vista, FL

Register today. Early bird pricing until August 29, 2014.


HBCU Leadership Summit for Online Learning

 October 29, 2014 · Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort – Lake Buena Vista, FL 


Join this one day event with the theme, “Breaking Barriers to Expand the Legacy into Online Learning.” The summit  provides an opportunity for the HBCU community to create a space to discover ways to empower and strengthen online education efforts.

Register by August 29, 2014 for early bird pricing.


  Thank You Sponsors & Exhibitors
A huge thank you to our 30+ exhibitors and sponsors, whose support is critical to the success of these events.  Your continued support is the lifeblood of OLC conferences, and we look forward to working with you again. 

Check out Online Learning Consortium’s three annual events.


Contact Patrick at 406.861.5560 or e-mail for details on sponsorship/exhibitor opportunities.


Missed the Conference? Virtual Packages Available


Over 40 sessions were recorded and are available for on-demand viewing for one full year.  


Register for Virtual Package 


View Photos

View photo’s of this year’s symposium.

Keynote Address – Mark MillironAwards LuncheonExhibit Hall

Technology Test Kitchen

Social Media Fun

#blend14, had 1,774 total mentions across Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Flickr and Vine during the conference.
See the list of social media contest winners and list of OLC Ninjas.

Award Winners

Congratulations to all our award winners!

Best in Track Award Winners

Effective Practice Winners

Save the Date 2015
Plan to join us next year!
July 7-8, 2015
Denver, CO

This conference is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.


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British Journal of Educational Technology: Content Alert (New Articles)

From Tuesday’s inbox…

Cover image for Vol. 45 Issue 4

British Journal of Educational Technology

© British Educational Research Association

Early View (Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue)

These Early View articles are now available on Wiley Online Library


Expertise reversal for different forms of instructional designs in dynamic visual representations
Aïmen Khacharem, Bachir Zoudji and Slava Kalyuga
Article first published online: 21 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12167

Original Articles

Digital simulation-based training: A meta-analysis
Andreas Gegenfurtner, Carla Quesada-Pallarès and Maximilian Knogler
Article first published online: 17 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12188
Intensive scaffolding in an intelligent tutoring system for the learning of algebraic word problem solving
José Antonio González-Calero, David Arnau, Luis Puig and Miguel Arevalillo-Herráez
Article first published online: 17 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12183
Assessing reflective thinking in solving design problems: The development of a questionnaire
Yi-Chun Hong and Ikseon Choi
Article first published online: 17 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12181
Designing computer-supported collaborative learning at work for rural IT workers: Learning ensembles and geographic isolation
Sean P. Goggins
Article first published online: 17 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12185
The implications of a connectivist learning blog model and the changing role of teaching and learning
Elaine Garcia, Ibrahim Elbeltagi, Mel Brown and Kerry Dungay
Article first published online: 17 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12184

EDTECH537 – Poll Entry: When Did You First Hear About John Hattie?

Today begins Week 7 of my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom course, and I wanted to post a sample video entry (i.e., any entry that contains video) this morning.

In keeping with my John Hattie theme for the week (although the audio entry wasn’t focused on his work), I wanted to ask a question of my readers.  I first mentioned John Hattie on this blog in April 2010, but only mentioned him six times (and only had two entries specifically about him, he was just referenced in the other one).  Whereas I have mentioned him six times in the past two years, five of those were entries specifically about his work.  So I was curious…

July 23, 2014

Plugged In | 07.23.14 | (powered by iNACOL)

A final word from the neo-liberals for today…

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Christensen Institute
More often than not, when I ask school systems and principals about their approach to instructional technology, I hear one of two things. A victorious “We’re a 1-to-1 school!” Or a sheepish, “We’re not a 1-to-1 environment. We’re just not there yet.” A 1-to-1 laptop or…
Deseret News | Salt Lake City, UT
The interior angles of a triangle always add up to 180 degrees. That’s true for triangles of any shape and size, a mathematical concept that in years past might have been demonstrated by the repetition of having students plot out a series of three-sided forms…
Imagine a school system that operates in an environment where technology is abundant, teachers seamlessly use digital resources, and students communicate and collaborate with other students from around the world. Imagine that this learning environment has…
I didn’t know what to expect when I traveled to Malaysia for the very first time. I knew my mission: connect zero client technology – desktop solutions composed of a screen, a keyboard and a mouse that function entirely by remotely connecting to a central server…
WTWO | Terre Haute, IN
The days of banning cell phones from classrooms are going by the wayside. Instead, one area school district is embracing hand-held technology. When some students return to school this fall they’ll have to bring their own devices. Bloomfield Junior Senior High…
eSchool News
Technology skills for students and educators are essential for college and workforce success, particularly in an increasingly global economy. But how does technology integration match up with education leaders’ goals? Bring your own device (BYOD)…
I wish I could say that’s because of my teaching panache as a visual journalism professor at UMass Amherst. But the reason is more universal. By creating a blended learning classroom – and incorporating external Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)…
The Hechinger Report
When Bill Gates was still a teenager, he would sneak out of his family’s house before dawn and ride his bike to a building on the campus of the University of Washington. He had discovered that the university’s huge supercomputers were idle between the hours of…
Inside Higher Ed
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is supposed to prepare K-12 students for higher education – but college and university faculty members and administrators remain largely removed from planning and rolling out these new assessments and standards…
2014 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium


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