Virtual School Meanderings

March 16, 2018

4 Innovative Staffing Takeaways From Personalized Learning Schools

As I say each week…  From the neo-liberal, educational privatizers masquerading as an academic body – so the term research here is used VERY loosely (as none of this actually represents methodologically sound, reliable, valid, or empirical research in any real way).

Check out this week’s highlights from the Christensen Institute. 
Christensen Institute · 585 Broadway St. · Redwood City, CA 94063 · USA

Can’t Join Us In Indianapolis For USDLA 2018? Join Us Virtually!

Also from yesterday’s inbox…

Can’t Join Us In Indianapolis?  
Join Us Virtually!
Register for our Virtual Conference being held 
April 30 – May 2, 2018!

Registration for the USDLA 2018 Virtual Conference will give you live access to our Opening & Closing Keynote Speakers, Luncheon Panel presentation, 17 concurrent sessions, and our prestigious Awards Banquet.  
Recordings of each session will also be provided after the conclusion of the event.  
Registration is now open!
USDLA Member Rate – $200
USDLA Non-Member Rate – $250

Thank You to USDLA 2018 Virtual Conference Sponsor

About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
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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Taylor Will Be There. Will You?

From yesterday’s inbox…

Attend the QM Mountain Regional Conference

Don’t Miss Next Month’s QM Conference!

The QM Community is heading to Denver Colorado to share best practices and actionable tips to help shape the future of online education. Will you be joining them? Taylor will be!

This is a historic time to be involved in online education and the QM conference offers a unique opportunity to be part of the conversations and community that will help shape our collective future. This work is about relationships, and as a conference attendee and presenter, I’m excited to share, listen, learn and laugh with friends and colleagues new and old.” — Taylor Kendal, Metropolitan State University of Denver

There are many opportunities to connect and share with peers throughout the conference, including pre-conference workshops:

  • Copyright Compliance for Online Courses — Learn how educational institutions can significantly reduce their copyright vulnerability when it comes to online content.
  • Connecting Learning Objectives and Assessments (Standards 2&3) — Review your course and module level objectives as well as your assessments to ensure that your course is in alignment.

Plus, choose from over two dozen available sessionsincluding Taylor’s presentation on Reframing the Perception of QM Design Limitations where you will discover what Ernest Hemingway and Dr. Seuss have in common with QM!

Don’t wait to register — registration fees increase on March 16 at midnightRegister for the QM Mountain Regional Conference today!

sculpture on pedestal outside of Metropolitan State University
April 12 – 13, 2018
Location: Metropolitan State University Denver

Reserve your discounted room at SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown then enter your hotel confirmation number to save $100 on registration.

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Distance Education, Volume 39, Issue 1, January 2018 Is Now Available Online On Taylor & Francis Online

No K-12 specific items in this table of contents alert.

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Distance Education, Volume 39, Issue 1, January 2018 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

Expanding Horizons in Open and Distance Learning

This new issue contains the following articles:

EditorialExpanding Horizons in Open and Distance Learning
Jennifer Roberts, Mutuota Kigotho & Adrian Stagg
Pages: 1-3 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2018.1439367

Original ArticlesTransgenic learning for STEAM subjects and virtual containers for OER
Daniel Burgos & Alberto Corbí
Pages: 4-18 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2018.1429894

On the relationship between society and higher education: what path should we take?
Laura Márquez-Ramos & Estefanía Mourelle
Pages: 19-36 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2018.1436401

Future and changing roles of staff in distance education: a study to identify training and professional development needs
Jennifer Roberts
Pages: 37-53 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2017.1419818

Innovating in the real world: exploring institutional effects on tertiary teacher innovations in New Zealand
Belinda Lawrence
Pages: 54-68 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2017.1413932

Lifelong learning to empowerment: beyond formal education
Alexis Carr, K. Balasubramanian, Rosemary Atieno & James Onyango
Pages: 69-86 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2017.1419819

Designing capacity building of educators in open educational resources integration leads to transformational change
Shironica P. Karunanayaka & Som Naidu
Pages: 87-109 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2017.1413933

Bridging the digital divide with off-line e-learning
Mathew Hillier
Pages: 110-121 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2017.1418627

A second chance to dream: initiating ODeL in secondary school re-entry programs for young adult secondary school dropouts the case of Mumias District, Western Kenya
Richard Musita, Betty O. Ogange & Dorine Lugendo
Pages: 122-133 | DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2018.1429896

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K-12 Online Learning SIG – SITE 2018

Information about the up-coming SITE conference.

Hi Michael,

As you plan for your SITE conference, don’t forget to factor in the K-12 Online Learning SIG. There will be a SIG meeting Tuesday lunchtime, and we plan to get as many of us together as possible for dinner on Wednesday night. We’ll leave from the lobby at 6.30 – let me know if you are interested so we can get an idea of numbers.

In other matters, we will be electing a new SIG co-chair at our SIG meeting, as Jered steps down after his two-year term.  The new co-chair will serve for two years and be expected to attend the SITE conference for the next two years. You will also work with your co-chair (me next year, my replacement in 2019) to make decisions about conference proposals, and to promote the SIG between conferences. If elected, you should expect to attend a new co-chairs session held during the conference.

If you are interested, please send Jered ( or myself ( a paragraph about yourself, your experience with SITE, your current position, and your reason for wanting to be a co-chair.

I look forward to seeing you all soon!


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