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July 25, 2014

5 Minute Videos On Implementing Blended Learning

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Check Out the Videos Below to Learn How to Get Your Blended Learning Program Started!

Blended learning is one of the biggest trends in education today. Leveraging advanced technologies and online learning programs, blended learning can provide students with more personalized instruction, as well as an expanded set of course options.

To enable educators to develop their own blended learning programs, we’ve develop a series of PitStops that – in just 5 minutes – deliver practical advice and tools on how to create a blended learning strategy, implement a program that is aligned to district goals and assess the program’s success. Our first two PitStops are on creating your strategy and how to identify and align the necessary resources to get your program off to a good start.
Implementing Blended Learning -Creating Your Strategy Aligning Blended Learning Programs with District Goals
 Implementing Blended Learning - Creating Your Strategy
Aligning Blended Learning Programs with District Goals
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This video is a brief introduction to blended learning, discusses how to create a strategy for a blended learning program and offers a checklist educators can follow to help guide creation of their strategy.
This video will provide tips and tricks for aligning a blended learning program with overall school and district goals and identifying the resources needed to jump-start your program.
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[EDEN-News] Eighth EDEN Research Workshop (EDENRW8), Oxford 2014 – Submission Deadline: 1 September

From Wednesday’s inbox…

E-learning at work and the workplace

Submission Deadline: 1st of September

EDEN and The Open University, UK are pleased to invite all interested researchers, scholars, PhD students and professionals to the 8th EDEN Research Workshop (EDENRW8) to be held in Oxford on 27-28 October 2014 (‘zero day’ 26 October).

Programme Structure

The focus of the event is on quality research discussed in unusual workshop setting with informal and intimate surroundings. The session formats promote collaboration opportunities, including: parallel ‘research-speed-dating’ papers, workshops and a poster session.


The impressive group of keynote speakers and the prestigious event itself requires an excellent rapporteur. We are glad to introduce the conference general moderator, Tony Bates, President and CEO at Tony Bates Associates Ltd. in Canada.


Presentation of accepted papers will be organised in an innovative format that takes the shape of ‘research-speed-dating’. Presenters will be allocated 6 minutes to present their work and then the audience selects who they would like to hear more from in smaller focussed discussion groups for the remainder of the session.

Oxford Debate

Within the theme strand with a focus on ‘open’, there will be a session held as an “Oxford styled debate” on the uptake and impact of OER, with the participation of ICDE UNESCO chairs.

Call for Contributions

Submissions that relate to the Workshop Scope and one or more of the Workshop Themes are welcome in paper, workshop and poster formats.

The selected best papers will be invited to be published in a joint special issue of the European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning (EURODL) and Open Learning.

Submissions will be double peer reviewed by the Conference Committee. Accepted contributions will be published in the online Conference Proceedings with ISBN and their summary in the printed Book of Abstracts.

Find out more: Call for Contributions | Submission Guidelines | Invitation on Slideshare | Online submission form

Follow conference updates via the EDEN Website and on Twitter.


EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat
Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858


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July 24, 2014

Congrats To Our DLR Tour Winner!

Another item from Tuesday’s inbox…

We’re giving back to our supporters.
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This year at ISTE we gave away a free DLR Tour stop to Daniel Kamelhar from Magen David Yeshiuah High School in Brooklyn, NY. Congrats Daniel! We can’t wait to bring the bus to your school!If you’ve never been inside the Digital Learning Revolution tour bus… It’s awesome. Experience a complete mobile solution for schools inside this 38-foot classroom-on-wheels.
Click here to take a look.
Click here to help us book more stops along the way!

Thank You!

Thanks to all our iSchool Advocates and our iSi Certified Teachers from ASD1!

Take a look at the Flipboard they created to see how much fun they had at our recent conference in Anderson, SC.

Featured Guest Blog

Why Art Education Needs an Upgrade
by New Milford High student Sarah Almeda.

Click here to read Sarah’s Blog… Not just art teachers.
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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!

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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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