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September 20, 2014

2014 Presidents’ Policy Forum, Washington, D.C. (Thursday, October 23, 2014)

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2014 Presidents’ Policy Forum
“The Quest for Quality Assurance in Distance Learning”
Thursday, October 23, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hosted by the United States Distance Learning Association & The Presidents’ Forum
United States Chamber of Commerce, Hall of Flags
1615 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20062



Join national experts who are influencing policies in the academic and distance education arena to examine and discuss the evolving promise and policy issues associated with distance learning. Connect and interact with colleagues, providers and technology academicians and business professionals who are grappling with defining the next steps to safeguard the institutional and academic integrity of online learning providers while re-doubling efforts to reach visioning means to reach under-served and under-skilled learners.




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Laurie Keenan
Sharon Zullo
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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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Speaker Lineup Announced for Free Virtual Conference!

From Thursday’s inbox…

FETCV Virtual Fall 2014: October 23, 2014

Hear great speakers and great sessions—for free online!

Dear Michael Barbour,

Our Programming Team has lined up a terrific roster of presenters for the FREE online FETC Virtual Conference on October 23, 2014! Register for a full day of informative—and fun—sessions presented by education technology experts, demonstrations of the latest technology, and real-time networking with educators just like you. There are no travel expenses. No lines. No substitutes to schedule. No funding approval needed!

FETC Virtual Conference Presenters


Sylvia Martinez, co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom

OPENING KEYNOTE—Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom


Douglas Kiang, EdTech Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator, Punahou School, Honolulu, HI


From Angry Birds to Minecraft: What Games Teach Us About Learning

Miller Shannon 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


Transforming Learning With Digital Tools

Minock Drew Minock, The 2 Guys,


Transforming Teaching and Learning with Augmented Reality

Waid Brad Waid, The 2 Guys,


Transforming Teaching and Learning with Augmented Reality

More about our conference presenters!

Register now for this one-day high-tech educational event! Invite your entire department, staff and faculty to take advantage of this professional development opportunity—all at no charge!


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Attention all SoftChalk User Conference Attendees and Potential Attendees!

From Wednesday’s inbox…

Early Bird Registration Now Open for SoftChalk User Conference - now - July 31, 2014

Ahoy Chalkies—The SoftChalk User Conference is drawing near!

If you haven’t already taken a peek, the program for the first ever SoftChalk User Conference is now available on the conference website. Here you will see an outline of all of the events and presentations on October 1-2.

Keep an eye out for a more detailed program to be posted on the website in the form of an eBook, created with SoftChalk eBook Builder of course, within the next week or so.

The SoftChalk Team looks forward to learning and sharing with you all!

Visit our First Ever SoftChalk User Conference website for more information about the conference and to view the Program.

There is still time to register!

Register for the SoftChalk User Conference Today!

Important Dates:

  • August 1 – September 30 – Regular Registration
  • September 1 – Hotel Booking Deadline (Hotel block is sold out)
  • October 1-2 – SoftChalk User Conference

Please email with any questions.

Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #SCUserC! See you in October!

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September 19, 2014

Eighth Annual NEPC Fellows Research Panels: What Do We Know, and What Should We Know, About Virtual Schools?

Today I am participating in the Eighth Annual NEPC Fellows Research Panels on the topic of “What Do We Know, and What Should We Know, About Virtual Schools?” with Luis Huerta, of Teachers College, Columbia University.  Below are my slides from the session.

SITE 2015 (Las Vegas) Call for Participation Due: Oct 23

From Wednesday’s inbox…  A reminder that SITE does have a Virtual Schooling SIG…


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   Call for Participation
Due: October 23, 2014
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March 2-6, 2015
Las Vegas, Nevada

SITE 2015 is the 26th annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. Join with 1,300+ colleagues from over 60 countries in Las Vegas!

This society represents individual teacher educators and affiliated organizations of teacher educators in all disciplines, who are interested in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the use of information technology in teacher education and faculty/staff development. SITE is a society of AACE.

NEW: SITE offers a peer refereed publication opportunity in the

SITE Research Highlights Book.

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have been secured for SITE participants. To receive this special rate, hotel reservations must be
made by: January 29, 2015
(5PM EST US) and you must identify yourself as an attendee of SITE 2015.
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