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October 31, 2014

FETC 2015 Conference Brochure Now Available!

From Wednesday’s inbox…

FETC 2015: Jan 20-23, Orlando, FL

Register Now for the 2015 Conference

FETC 2014 Conference Brochure is Now Available!

Are you looking for new ideas? New methods? New approaches to get the most for your school—and student achievement—out of emerging technologies? Get answers to your questions from education and technology leaders with hard-earned experience and expertise at FETC 2015.

FETC 2015 is the content-rich internationally acclaimed conference that brings education leaders and technology experts together to exchange techniques and strategies for teaching and learning success.

FETC 2015 Conference Brochure

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Review this guide for workshop and featured speakers, conference agenda—plus registration and travel information—and get your approval process started today!

Check out our complete list of cost-effective Conference Packages! Save $100 with Super Early Bird rates when you register before 11/14/14!

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Does QM Impact Learner Outcomes? Help Prove It!

Also from QM in Tuesday’s inbox…

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An earlier mailing included incorrect links and contact information. We’ve updated the links and contact information below. We apologize for the inconvenience.
 
Prove It! Show Your Learners ARE Impacted by Quality Matters
Participate in a national study to measure QM’s impact on satisfaction and perceptions of quality at the course and program levels

Do you wonder about the impact quality design has on your learners’ perception of their courses?

QM is working with Noel-Levitz to develop a QM-normed national reference group to compare learner priorities and perceptions in QM and non-QM programs.

Quality Matters and Noel-Levitz are co-hosting a FREE webinar November 18 at 3 p.m. ET on the study.
  • Participation is easy
  • You’ll get data for decision-making on your campus
  • You’ll get sample language for IRB approval
  • The survey is inexpensive
  • Participate whether you’re a QM veteran or just coming aboard

Participation in this valuable study can benefit your organization and the larger QM community.

Start the study when you’re ready.

Register for the November 18 webinar, which begins at 3 p.m. ET. The webinar will be recorded.

Questions? Contact Barbra Burch at bburch@qualitymatters.org.

Detailed Information
 

This project will use the Noel-Levitz Priorities Survey for Online Learners (PSOL). This instrument has been administered by more than 225 institutions and completed by more than 312,000 online learners since it first became available.

QM’s project with Noel-Levitz provides the opportunity for QM subscribers to access their learners’ priorities and perceptions of satisfaction and understand how these might differ in units or programs that use QM and those that don’t.

Institutions will receive analyses and reports specific to their own students and QM will receive the aggregate, anonymized national dataset for additional analysis. (All individual school results will be kept confidential in the national dataset).

Subscribers will be able to contribute to the national research agenda about online learning and QM’s impact on online learners, as well as receive data that provides specific direction on the strengths and challenges of their online learning programs.

Costs for the Noel-Levitz survey are being discounted for QM subscribers.

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Call for Proposals for QM’s Mid Atlantic Regional Conference

Also from Tuesday’s inbox…

Grant Your Courses Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of High Quality at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

Submit your presentation proposal and help guide the future of learning and improve course quality.

Your conference presentation can offer educators and administrators in your region valuable insight into how you’ve been implementing QM, the successes and challenges you’ve encountered and how you’ve integrated QM into your institution’s processes.

We’re accepting proposals for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, “With Liberty and Quality for All”, now through December 10. The Conference is March 23-24 at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Your presentation can help guide the future of education. Besides having the chance to influence the QM Community, the benefits of presenting at the conference include:

  • Receive lowest available pricing
  • Gain visibility for your work, ideas and/or methods that incorporate QM Standards
  • Gain credibility for grant-funding

Submit your proposal before the December 10 deadline.

How do you submit your proposal? It’s simple:

  1. Choose your track. Options include Designing to Meet QM Standards, Case Experiences, Models of QM Implementation, QM-focused Research and Building Competencies for Online Education.
  2. Choose a presentation format
  3. Assemble your proposal information: title, learning objectives, brief description, and full description.
  4. Submit your proposal

Contact Beth Knapp, QM’s Events and Conferences Manager, at bknapp@qualitymatters.org with questions. We look forward to your submission!

The Pulse Newsletter: October Edition

From Tuesday’s inbox…

Florida Virtual School
The Pulse. A newsletter for FLVS Parents and Students
The Pulse Newsletter: October Edition
Dear Michael, 

Can you name at least 5 events FLVS has going on this week? Want to hear from a professional author and ask questions?

 

Then check out this issue of The Pulse, a newsletter just for you, our FLVS parents and students!

 

Here are a few highlights:
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7pm
Stomp out Bullying Webinar

October is bullying prevention and awareness month.  Please join the FLVS School Counseling and HOPE teams as we say no to bullying and cyber-bullying. Come and learn more about bullying, how to prevent it, and what to do if it happens to you or someone you know.  Login at: www.tinyurl.com/FLVSCounselors.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7pm
Teen Dating Violence: Information & Prevention

Teen relationships can be hard! How do you know you are in a healthy relationship? What are some of the warning signs that your relationship may be an unhealthy one? Join the FLVS School Counselors and the HOPE Team as we observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month and discuss what dating violence is, warning signs, and ways to have healthy and positive teen relationships.  Login at: www.tinyurl.com/FLVSCounselors.
*This session may discuss sensitive topics that are not suitable for every student.

 

Thursday, Oct. 30, 11am

Special Guest Author: Elizabeth Atkinson
Join the Student Activities team and tune in to our special guest speaker Elizabeth Atkinson, author of I, Emma Freke. Ms. Atkinson will discuss her book and answer any questions you may have. CLICK HERE to login to the FLVS Events Room.

November Sneak Peak! Thursday, Nov. 6, 6pm
Financial Aid Webinar

FLVS presents special guest, Lori Auxier-Hash, Outreach Director with Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance as she shares about changes in the Bright Futures scholarships, Pell grants, FAFSA and other sources of funding for college.  Login at: http://tinyurl.com/FLVS-FT-School-Counselors.
We hope to see you at an upcoming event soon!

 

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Press Release | edWeb.net To Host A Webinar With Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Clint Romesha

An event leading up to Veteran’s Day/Remembrance Day…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEedWeb.net to host a webinar with Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Clint Romesha

PRINCETON, NJ, October 28, 2014 – edWeb.net and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation (CMOHF) will present a special live webinar, “Heroism in the War on Terror: An Interview with Clint Romesha, Medal of Honor Recipient,” on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

Teachers are invited to bring their students and their questions as they listen to Medal of Honor Recipient, Clinton L. Romesha, Staff Sergeant Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the October 3, 2009 battle at Outpost Keating in the Nuristan Province of Afghanistan. Five years later, in this interview with Medal of Honor Foundation President Ron Rand, Romesha will reflect on that day and the direction his life has taken since.

Now a working civilian, husband, father, and one of the youngest of the 79 living Medal of Honor recipients, Romesha dedicates some of his precious free time to sharing his story with teachers and students. During this webinar, he will take questions from the audience and share his thoughts on his experiences.

To join this important event, teachers can register here. Teachers are encouraged to submit a question from their students for Mr. Romesha.

Lisa Schmucki, the founder and CEO of edWeb.net, commented, “This is a very special honor to host an online community where recipients of the Medal of Honor can speak directly to teachers and students about their experiences and the values of bravery, commitment, and self-sacrifice.”

edWeb.net and the CMOHF have created an online professional learning community that is free and will host webinars and online discussions on the important concepts of courage, commitment, sacrifice, patriotism, integrity and citizenship. The webinars will provide an opportunity for Medal of Honor Recipients to discuss the importance of character and speak directly with teachers and students on their experiences. The webinars will be facilitated by an educator from the Medal of Honor Foundation and will include demonstrations on how to use the curriculum in the classroom.

If you are an educator, join the free learning community, Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice: The Medal of Honor Character Development Program, to stay informed about upcoming webinars, join in on discussions with peers and experts, and gain access to valuable resources.

For more information, contact: 

Jenifer Morack, Program Development, edWeb.net
609-439-8103 | jenifer@edweb.net

Cathy Metcalf, Vice President, Education, Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
714-609-4996 | cmetcalf@cmohfoundation.org

About the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, a non-profit 501©(3), was founded by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society which consists exclusively of the living recipients of the Medal. The mission of the Foundation is to reach out to the citizens of America and its youth to promote an awareness of what the Medal of Honor represents and how ordinary Americans through courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism can challenge fate and change the course of history. The Foundation has undertaken a broad range of initiatives at increasing awareness of the Medal of Honor and what it represents. Learn more at www.cmohfoundation.org.

About edWeb.net

edWeb.net is a professional social and learning network for the education community that makes it easy to connect and collaborate with colleagues, share information and best practices, and create professional learning communities. edWeb hosts free professional learning communities on key topics in education and won the 2012 Edublog Award for Best Free and Open Professional Development for Educators. edWeb reaches 3.5 million educators in the U.S. through our membership and our partnership with MCH Strategic Data. Learn more at www.edweb.net. Follow @edwebnet on Twitter.
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