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October 22, 2014


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What will you do for NDLW 2014?



The purpose of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning, including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Military, while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field.



For schools, colleges, and corporations to conduct local events during NDLW to celebrate and promote the field of online learning.



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Professionals engaged in the day-to-day practice of distance learning (schools, colleges, corporations, military) and individuals and organizations providing products and services being distributed via online, video conferencing and satellite technologies.







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The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry.

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Log On Tomorrow For Free FETC Online Conference!

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FETCV Virtual Fall 2014: October 23, 2014

Only One Day Left—Register Now!

Dear Michael Barbour,

The FREE online FETC Virtual Conference opens tomorrow at 10:30 am ET! Review the schedule below—then CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE!

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UPDATED Schedule

10:00 am – 10:15 am Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
10:15 am – 11:15 am
Opening Keynote
Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the ClassroomSylvia Martinez, co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom (Followed by a live Q&A)
11:15 am – 11:25 am Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
11:25 am – 11:55 am Technology Classroom—Copyright & Best Practices in Publishing
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11:55 am – 12:05 pm Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
12:05 pm – 1:05 pm
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Transforming Teaching and Learning with Augmented RealityBrad Waid and Drew Minock, The 2 Guys,
(Followed by a live Q&A)
1:05 pm – 1:15 pm Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
1:15 pm – 1:45 pm Technology Classroom—Empower Kids to Create, Learn and Collaborate
Sponsored by Drawp for School
1:45 pm – 1:55 pm Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
1:55 pm – 2:55 pm
Featured Session
Transforming Learning With Digital ToolsShannon McClintock Miller, Teacher Librarian Consultant, Blogger, Director of School and Library Services for In This Together Media, and Executive Director of School and Library Relationships for BiblioNasium (Followed by a live Q&A)
2:55 pm – 3:05 pm Dedicated Exhibit Hall Times
3:05 pm – 3:35 pm Technology Classroom—Effective Technologies for the Digital Classroom
Sponsored by Microsoft Corporation
3:35 pm – 3:45 pm Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

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Creating and Implementing a Sustainable K-12 Software Coding ProgramKyle Christian Steele, Co-Founder, SourceCode B46 (Followed by a live Q&A)
4:45 pm – 4:55 pm Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
4:55 pm – 5:25 pm
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Recognizing STEM Success Nationally with the FETC STEM Excellence Awards ProgramMark Smith, Chairman, FETC STEM Excellence Awards
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5:25 pm – 5:35 pm Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
5:35 pm – 6:35 pm
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From Angry Birds to Minecraft: What Games Teach Us About LearningDouglas Kiang, EdTech Teacher, Punahou School, Honolulu, HI
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Article Notice – Autonomy and Responsibility: Online Learning as a Solution for At-Risk High School Students

This came across my electronic desk yesterday…  Please note that it is a “research brief,” and not a full research article (see below for the journal description of a research brief).

Autonomy and Responsibility: Online Learning as a Solution for At-Risk High School Students

Somer Lewis, Aimee L. Whiteside, and Amy Garrett Dikkers

VOL. 29, No. 1 – International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education


In this three-year, mixed methods case study, the benefits and challenges of online learning for at-risk high school students were examined. A key finding was that at-risk students identify the benefits and challenges of online learning to be the same. While students appreciate the opportunity to work ahead and study at their own pace, they see it as a challenge to be responsible for their own learning and manage their time. The authors of this paper argue that, with proper support structures in place, students who are at-risk for dropping out can overcome challenges and find success in an online learning environment.


Dans cette étude de cas à méthodes mixtes, échelonnée sur une période de trois ans, les avantages et les défis de l’apprentissage en ligne pour des élèves à risque au secondaire ont été examinés. Une des principales conclusions était que les élèves à risque identifient que les avantages et les défis de l’apprentissage en ligne sont les mêmes. Alors que les étudiants apprécient l’opportunité de travailler à l’avance et d’étudier à leur propre rythme, ils le voient comme un défi d’être responsables de leur propre apprentissage et de gérer leur temps. Les auteurs de ce document affirment qu’avec des structures de soutien appropriées en place, les élèves qui sont à risque de décrochage peuvent surmonter les défis et trouver le succès dans un environnement d’apprentissage en ligne.


Please note:

Research Brief

Research briefs are short articles in this new section that report on pilot studies, studies based on a single site, and studies with small samples that would limit generalization. Research briefs serve to stimulate further research or alert researchers to work in progress.

October 21, 2014

Last Chance to Earn Your Recognition of Mastery

Yet another item from yesterday’s inbox…

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Don’t miss out on the last three OLC Mastery Series topics of 2014! The Mastery Series Program emphasizes theory and application of research on key topics and culminates in a Recognition of Mastery in a topic. Each series consists of three workshops that help you explore relevant research and use that research to help you design an effective teaching and learning environment.
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