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August 9, 2022

How can we shape equitable outcomes for all ākonga?

An item for my Kiwi readers.

Kia ora Michael,
What does a thriving Aotearoa mean to you? How can we shape equitable outcomes for learners, regardless of who they are or where they come from?

Through a range of collaborative and engaging sessions, uLearn22 seeks to answer these questions. Join like-minded individuals and help shape future kōrero at this year’s online education conference.

Ki tua o Paerangi | Navigating Equity and Beyond.

uLearn22’s theme is about voyaging together towards an equitable and thriving future. It’s time to create change. Ki te hoe, grab your paddle and join the uLearn22 waka.

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Did you know there are four supporting themes this year? 

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Win free registration to uLearn 22! 

Who doesn’t love a giveaway! Two free registrations are up for grabs – simply comment on any CORE Facebook posts (from now until 14 August) and you’re in the draw. We’d love to hear from you! Ts&Cs apply.

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Get inspired! Explore uLearn21 podcasts.
Last year, keynote Dr Rangi Matamua inspired many with his informative session. Janelle Riki-Waaka and Gemma Stewart break it down, featuring soundbites from Rangi.
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Join Rahera Ormsby and Janelle Riki-Waaka in this kōrero, featuring soundbites from uLearn21’s keynote Jase Te Patu and activators Dr Lucy Hone and Dr Denise Quinlan.
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Earlybird pricing is available. Register before 3 September to get discounts of up to $40 per registration. Learn how you can save $$

Looking forward to seeing you online at uLearn22.

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New Release: What Works Clearinghouse Procedures and Standards Handbook, Version 5.0

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While I’ve expressed my concerns about the nature of the “gold standard” required for inclusion in the WWC (see here and here), it is always important to pass this information along.

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New Release: What Works Clearinghouse Procedures and Standards Handbook, Version 5.0

WWC2022008The What Works Clearinghouse is excited to announce the release What Works Clearinghouse Procedures and Standards Handbook, Version 5.0. The newest version of the Handbook added a new chapter that provides a succinct summary of the WWC and is intended for a broad audience of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers.  It also has improved organization to align the flow of content with the study review process. Learn more about the updated Handbook at a webinar on August 25 at 2pm ET.

Major changes to the procedures and standards include:

  • The WWC no longer allows for topic-specific customization of the standards and all WWC study reviews will be conducted using the Study Review Protocol.
  • The WWC aligned its effectiveness ratings with U.S. Department of Education evidence definitions for individual studies and synthesis products.
  • The WWC now determines effectiveness ratings at the outcome domain level because a synthesis of multiple findings in the same domain will tend to provide a better representation of the underlying construct than any single measurement.
  • Effectiveness ratings for individual study reviews will be based on outcome measures that are independent of intervention developers and study authors.
  • The WWC will attempt to ensure that a majority of the meta-analytic weight is based on findings rated Meets WWC Standards Without Reservations when a cross-study synthesis includes findings rated Meets WWC Standards Without Reservations and Meets WWC Standards With Reservations and the sample size is sufficiently large.
  • High attrition randomized controlled trials and high attrition regression discontinuity design studies no longer need to demonstrate baseline equivalence to be rated Meets WWC Standards With Reservations when attrition bias is assessed using the optimistic boundary.
  • Teams conducting WWC reviews are responsible for determining whether to use an optimistic or a cautious attrition boundary for a specific review and for documenting their reasoning based on the principles described in the Handbooks.
  • The WWC has removed procedures for WWC-applied difference-in-difference adjustments.
  • The WWC no longer considers bundled—or combined—interventions a confounding factor in reviews of individual studies because a bundled intervention can produce a valid impact estimate for the “package” of interventions.
  • The WWC now classifies cluster randomized control trials as having either a low or high risk of bias due to compositional change from joiners.
  • Single-case design (SCD) studies that use multiple baseline/multiple probe, treatment reversal, and changing criterion designs need to have at least six data points in the initial baseline phases for their findings to be eligible for the rating Meets WWC Standards Without Reservations. There is also an exception for minimum data point requirements.
  • The WWC modified the interobserver agreement requirements for SCDs to apply to all data in the study.
  • The WWC added a new “limit risk of bias” step to the review process for multiple baseline/multiple probe, treatment reversal, and changing criterion SCDs that are eligible for the rating Meets WWC Standards Without Reservations.
  • The WWC provided updated guidance on how to rate SCDs with features from multiple design types and SCDs with more cases and/or phases than the minimum required to meet WWC standards.
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TxDLA News 8.8.22

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Tech Tools to Engage: A (Re)Vision of Using Technology in an Online Class: Bite-Sized Learning Free Lunchtime Webinar Next Wednesday

TxDLA continue the “TxDLA Bite-Sized Learning” seriesinteractive lunchtime webinars on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Recordings will be available for two weeks for free on our website and indefinitely for TxDLA members.

Wednesday, 8.10.22, 12:00 – 1:00 pm CD
Tech Tools to Engage: A (Re)Vision of Using Technology in an Online Class

The education landscape has drastically changed in the last two years. The COVID-19 pandemic created an education landscape of emergency online teaching, only to see that landscape shift as online, hybrid, and hyflex options became more commonplace in both PK-12 and higher education. Technology takes a more vital role in this changing education landscape requiring that educators take a more active role in choosing technology to enhance not only instruction but also belonging and community building in the classroom.

What has not changed in the last two years is the need for a framework to determine when and how to best integrate technology in the classroom. How do you choose technology that supports course outcomes, engages students, and does not overwhelm users? Join us as we discuss reasons to use technology and questions to ask yourself in choosing technology. We will offer a K-12 and higher education perspective as well as give you our top technology picks.


Dr. Brandie Shatto, Professor and Director, Educational Technology,  University of Maryland Global Campus: Dr. Shatto has more than 10 years of experience as a K-12 educator, instructional technologist, and administrator. She has also worked as an instructional designer in the non-profit and corporate sectors.

Erica Ellsworth, Collegiate Associate Professor, Educational Technology, University of Maryland Global Campus: Erica has experience teaching face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses in educational technology, technology literacy, writing, and humanities courses for both public and private universities and colleges since 2000.

Dr. Jeff Hall, Collegiate Professor, Educational Technology, University of Maryland Global Campus: Dr. Hall has a breadth of experience in K-12 and higher education, concentrated on supporting new student success and faculty development. Some of his previous roles include Academic Advisor, Instructional Designer, full-time faculty, Department Chair, Director of Faculty Training, and Associate Dean of General Education.

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2022 Fall Leadership Workshop Offers Free Ntrinsx Assessment, Leadership Skills and Teambuilding Activities, September 28-30 in Fort Worth

Come be a part of TxDLA’s ongoing commitment to building community and leadership by attending the Fall Leadership Workshop, September 28-30, 2022. We will reunite in person for this year’s workshop at the Embassy Suites in downtown Fort Worth.

Learn to Build Connections and Leadership 

You will:

  • Learn about Social Intelligence in the workplace from facilitator Roberta Pettis.
  • Learn how to interpret your own individual values and begin to relate to the temperament of those you engage with in your organizations.
  • Gain new respect for coworkers and a natural process that will instill respect, based on understanding, within the culture of your organization.
  • Receive an Ntrinsx assessment, that will introduce you to the Social Intelligence tools that are available to help you understand your individual values and the values of others, at no additional cost.

What’s included ($299 for members, $334 for nonmembers):

  • Leadership program from 4 pm on September 28 through 12:30 pm on September 30
  • Dinner on September 28 and 29 (both offsite)
  • Breakfast buffet AND full lunches at Embassy Suites on September 29 and 30
  • Teambuilding opportunities with other digital learning professionals in a casual, fun environment
  • Ntrinsx online assessment ($55 value)
  • For nonmembers, one year membership in TxDLA ($35 value)

Hotel reservation is a separate fee ($167 or prevailing government per diem ++ per night).

We invite you to experience the premier digital learning leadership workshop in the state.

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Mark Your Calendar for 2023 TxDLA Conference, “Story: True Tales of Bringing Digital Learning to Life”

The story of technology use in education is one that needs to be told. At the 2023 TxDLA Annual Conference, we will explore the many stories of digital learning in education. Students are using technology in every aspect of their lives now more than ever and educators are developing new and innovative methods to engage their students digitally. Through storytelling we will explore the new and varying ways to involve students using technology.

The TxDLA story is a compelling narrative of professionals using technology and innovation to move education forward. We take our classrooms to a new level for learners as they prepare and train for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Join us to explore the stories of new technology and enhancing education.

Call for Proposals and Registration in the Fall! Sponsorship and Exhibit opportunities are now open! 

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2022 Digital Accessibility Certification Fall Program Dates

TxDLA offers a Digital Accessibility Certification Program several times a year which positions online course instructors, instructional designers, program administrators, ADA coordinators and researchers to be on the leading edge of this important issue by providing them with an understanding of the current state of accessibility for people with disabilities; the latest legal enforcement actions including resolution agreements, court cases, and consent decrees, while equipping them with an understanding of Universal Design for Learning and practical skills in making digital content accessible. The final program in 2022 will run:

  • Fall: October 3 – November 14, 2022

New! TxDLA is now offering one scholarship for each Certificate program. Scholarships granted may cover full or partial registration fees for the event. This scholarship is primarily for individuals who have financial need and are unable to participate without the help of this scholarship, though other factors also apply in the selection process.

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TxDLA Releases Summer Issue of TxDLA Journal  

The latest edition of the TxDLA Journal is now online including a new banner and other updates reflecting the organizational name change. A memorial for past editor Marie Anne Mundy is included along with a study on the impact of the pandemic on higher education teaching and learning. As this year’s issue is still open, articles may be added through the end of the fall semester, and submissions are open to anyone from the Journal page.
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TechSmith is Excited to Partner with TxDLA!

Creators of Camtasia, Snagit and Knowmia, TechSmith helps colleges make video creation and sharing easy. Increase student engagement with in-video quizzes and conversations that humanize discussions. Support accessibility through speech-to-text captions, ADA guidelines checker, and audio descriptions. Join us at TxDLA to see why Frost & Sullivan named TechSmith the global lecture capture leader.

Haven’t Renewed Your TxDLA Membership? Look What’s New!

We are pleased to share the many resources TxDLA offers to anyone, regardless if you are a member or not, such as the free monthly Bite-Sized Learning Webinars and our Accessibility Community of Practice. But did you know that as a member, you can have access to OVER 100 (and counting) Webinar and 2020 Virtual Conference Session recordings from 2020-22? Also, our video library has been upgraded to easily allow for searches by tag and keyword!

Additional TxDLA membership benefits include:

  • searchable membership directory
  • awards submissions
  • leadership, volunteer and voting privileges
  • Regional groups encourage TxDLA members in your area of the state to connect with one another in meaningful ways to advance both personally and professionally. From networking receptions to complimentary idea swaps, regional groups allow you to build a community of peers, advance your career and volunteer within the distance learning industry. Visit the Regional groups page to find and view your group’s website and coordinator for upcoming events and information.

Also, mark your calendars for upcoming TxDLA Events:

TxDLA, Inc. is one of the most vibrant state-level organizations in the U.S. that promotes the development and application of digital learning solutions for education and training. Our membership includes more than 500 professionals from all areas including K-12, higher education, business, industry, government, military, nonprofits, museums, and medicine.

Renew or rejoin today!

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NC Virtual 2022 Virtual Open House

An item from a US-based K-12 online learning program.

NC Virtual invites you to its

Virtual Open House

Please join us for our Virtual Open House. Come learn about NC Virtual, meet with teachers and students, hear about support initiatives, and get all your questions answered about student learning with NC Virtual!

When: Tuesday, August 16, 6 PM – 7 PM or Thursday, August 18, 11 AM – 12 PM

We are offering two opportunities to attend the Virtual Open House. Please choose the date that works best for your schedule.

Where: The event will be hosted in an NC Virtual online classroom. Details will be sent following registration.

Presenters: NCVirtual staff, teachers, and students

Topics Include:

  • Who is NC Virtual?
  • Who are our teachers?
  • How do our students learn?
  • How does NC Virtual support students?
  • Who can enroll with NC Virtual?
  • Q & As

Audience: The NC Virtual Open House is open to the public. While our presentations are geared toward schools, parents, and students in public schools, private schools, and home schools, we have something for everyone. Educators will learn about the NC Virtual teaching and learning process. The general public will discover what online learning is.

Register for Tuesday, August 16 at 6 PM
Register for Thursday, August 18 at 11 AM
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Case Study of HyFlex Course Design: Benefits an… was uploaded by Julia Parra

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The second of two items from another one of my open scholarship networks.

Hi Michael,

Julia Parra just uploaded “Case Study of HyFlex Course Design: Benefits and Challenges for Graduate Students.”

Case Study of HyFlex Course Design: Benefits and Challenges for Graduate Students
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The purpose of this qualitative comparative multiple-case study was to explore students’ perspectives regarding implementation of HyFlex course design in a graduate level course. The main feature of HyFlex is related to hybrid and flexible student attendance: students choose how and when they achieve attendance. The…
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