Virtual School Meanderings

April 21, 2010

PROGRAM DETAILS: USDLA 2010 Virtual Conference Classroom (May 3 – 5, 2010)

From my inbox (and note I didn’t cut this one with the <more> tag, as I normally do, so folks could see all of the online sessions).

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USDLA National Conference


USDLA 2010 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE CLASSROOM!

MAY 3 – 5, 2010


Can’t join us in St. Louis?

This year, USDLA is excited to announce that it will offer a portion of its 2010 National Conference virtually!

By registering as a Virtual Classroom attendee, you will have complete live access to our Opening and Closing Keynote speakers, a pre-conference workshop, 11 select virtual sessions, and our International Distance Learning Awards Ceremony.

All sessions will be available live using Elluminate Live!

Please note that as a registered USDLA Virtual Classroom attendee, you will also have access to the archived live sessions for later viewing! The fee to attend the USDLA virtual classroom is $150 for USDLA Members and $200 for non-USDLA Members. Register today!

Registration Link: http://www.usdla.org/virtual_classroom_reg.php

2010 USDLA National Conference: http://www.usdla.org/2010_national_conference/home.html

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YOUR USDLA 2010 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE CLASSROOM WILL

INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

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Virtual Pre-Conference Workshop

Monday, May 3, 2010

9:00-Noon

Legislative Update and National Initiatives: U.S. Department of Education

Presented by: Dennis Bega, US Department of Education

The US Department of Education session will provide an overview of Department priorities, status of legislative initiatives, reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  In addition, this session will offer a thorough discussion of Department interests and goals regarding the use of Education technology, distance learning strategies, remote learning and other technologies used to enhance both the quality and performance of teaching and learning strategies.

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WELCOME
John G. Flores, Chief Executive Officer, USDLA
Reggie Smith III, President, USDLA
Julie Young, Chair, USDLA Board of Directors

OPENING KEYNOTE
Jack M. Wilson, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

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Virtual Session 1

Monday, May 3, 2010

3:15-4:15 PM

Virtual Classroom: Grand Suites 1 & 2/Track: IPD

Get into the Game! Palo Alto College Takes an Innovative Approach to Combine Gaming and Instruction.

Presented by: Robert Garza and Anna Bustamante

Come find out how Alamo Colleges – Palo Alto College developed one of the first college-level online courses nationwide merging physical conditioning with Nintendo’s Wii Fit program.  The online course was designed to familiarize the student, through active participation, with basic concepts to promote health-related fitness and skill-related fitness components.

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Virtual Session 2

Monday, May 3, 2010

4:30-5:30 PM

Virtual Classroom: Grand Suites 1 & 2/Track: STI

Exploration of Reusable Learning Objects in Distance Education Course Design

Presented by: Andrea Gregg and Lynne Johnson

Penn State World Campus has investigated content repositories and begun the initial implementation of the Equella repository. We will share what we did, what we learned, and our planned next steps. Our goal is to have a fully functional content repository that meets faculty needs and benefits student learning.

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Virtual Session 3

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

8:00 – 9:00 AM

Virtual Classroom: Grand Suites 1 & 2/Track: IPD

Using Video and Interactive Activities to Boost Student Engagement

Presented by:Valerie Cavazos

This year Dallas TeleLearning is introducing a new feature to its Digital Resource Repository: interactive activities. In addition to the Repository’s existing 2000 video clips, we have filled our searchable database with even more content to engage students and enhance online, hybrid and face-to-face courses. These interactive Flash activities, taken from a number of Dallas TeleLearning’s comprehensive courses, extend student involvement and provide self-assessment tools with immediate feedback. For the session, video clips and activities will be presented in a digital repository environment, with demonstrations of how media can be managed and easily incorporated into any course management system.


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Virtual Session 4

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

9:15 – 10:15 AM

Virtual Classroom: Grand Suites 1 & 2/Track: DS

It’s Your Content, But Who Owns It?

Presented by: Mark Partridge

Content ownership and plagiarism is a critical issue for the distance learning industry, especially in the Internet age. In this interactive session, intellectual property specialist and author Mark Partridge will help you understand your rights in your content and the risks you face from misusing content by others.

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Virtual Session 5

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

10:30 – 11:45 AM

Virtual Classroom: Grand Suites 1 & 2/Track: IPD

Free Engaging Programs for Online Collaboration and Learning Activities

Presented by:Lee Keller and Marion Weil

Keep inside your budget while engaging your participants with free Web 2.0 products for multimedia projects, collaboration, digital meetings and more. Learn how to peak the interest of students with easy-to-use programs that enhance learning. Free. Engaging. Easy-to-use. These are important assets for today’s online courses.

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Virtual Session 6

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

1:30 – 2:30 PM

Virtual Classroom: Grand Suites 1 & 2/Track: IPD

Conspiracy Code: It’s Like a Game. Only better!

Presented by: Lisa Fraine

Florida Virtual School is pioneering online education with the development of a series of complete digital game-based courses to teach American History, Intensive Reading, and more.  Join us as we demonstrate how the FLVS instructional design was integrated with design concepts and educational content in Conspiracy Code, the first series of full-credit game based courses.  The audience will have the chance to explore how these revolutionary courses are able to instruct students through teacher-graded game-themed assignments that motivate and engage.

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Virtual Session 7

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

2:45 – 3:45 PM

Virtual Classroom: Grand Suites 1 & 2/Track: IPD

Managing Faculty at a Distance

Presented by: Stella Porto

Managing online faculty at a distance requires a solid virtual support system, which promotes scholarly discussions, use of best pedagogical practices, creative and authentic sharing, as well as standardized policies and procedures. This presentation discusses the challenges and lessons learned from such experiences at a program level.

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Virtual Session 8

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Virtual Classroom: Grand Suites 1 & 2/Track: IPD

Social Networking in the Work Place

Presented by: Elaine Shuck

In this session we will examine how social and professional networks are increasing in value, effectiveness and demand with individuals, organizations and schools.  We will show how Social networking communities will keep you abreast of current events, trends and opportunities in ways traditional communication cannot. We will highlight how social networking can be applied inside an organization.

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2010 AWARDS BANQUET

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Virtual Session 9

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

8:00 – 9:00 AM

Virtual Classroom: Grand Suites 1 & 2/Track: IPDTL

57 Seconds to a Faculty Favorite

Presented by: Todd Conaway

Like students, instructors want training quickly and available 24/7.  We have created documentation over the years that now resides on our faculty training page, but none of it has had the success or impact on our instructors online skill development like the weekly 57 Second Blackboard Tips.  As our faculty training at Yavapai College has expanded into blogs, video recordings, iTunes, and our portal, we continue to add relevant and useful information that addresses our instructor’s needs. This presentation gives instructional designers, faculty training personnel, deans, and teachers ideas for developing media rich content that is immediately useful for online and face-to-face instruction.  This session will explore the creation process of the content and the marketing of the products we have created.

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Virtual Session 10

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

9:15 – 10:15 AM

Virtual Classroom: Grand Suites 1 & 2/Track: IPDTL

Engaging Your Students Through Narration

Presented by:Rhonda Blackburn

What better way of learning something then to take on that role and complete the task? If you believe this, then narrative course design is for you! In this session you will learn to develop a narrative course through collaborative discussions and demonstrations. Come join in on the journey!


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Virtual Session 11

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

10:30 – 11:30 AM

Virtual Classroom: Grand Suites 1 & 2/Track: IPDTL

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Connects Students to NASA through Videoconferencing.

Presented by:Damon Talley

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Digital Learning Network (DLN) connects K-16 students, educators, and families to NASA Scientists, Engineers, and Education Specialists through videoconferencing and webcasts. One of the most popular Events on the DLN is an award winning interactive virtual field trip to America’s Spaceport.

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CLOSING KEYNOTE
Michael Goldstein, Dow Lohnes, PLLC

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Please note that as a registered USDLA Virtual Classroom attendee, you will also have access to the archived live sessions for later viewing! The fee to attend the USDLA virtual classroom is $150 for USDLA Members and $200 for non-USDLA Members. Register today!

Registration Link: http://www.usdla.org/virtual_classroom_reg.php


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