Virtual School Meanderings

January 27, 2010

2010 USDLA AWARDS WILL CLOSE TODAY — Tennessee Chapter News: Linda Ash — Jobs and more…

I know the last entry only appeared less than an hour ago and I normally like to space these out, but this just appeared in my inbox and the deadline is today so I wanted to get it up as soon as possible.


Dear USDLA Members,

2010 Awards Call Button


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Awards Overview & Submission Link:

Your 2010 USDLA Award will be recognized the following ways:

1. During our 2010 USDLA Awards dinner program in St. Louis, MO during our USDLA Conference:
>>Photos from the 2009 Conf to include some from the awards program:

2. During our 2010 USLDA Awards webcast…and last year…our first we hit 4,000 people online viewing it.
>>2009 USDLA Awards Webcast:

3. Via a list of winners in a press release from USDLA to 20,000 plus people via our network and a broader press audience via PRWEB.
>>2009 USDLA Awards Release:

4. Via a list of winners in our “Distance Learning…for Educators, Trainers, and Leaders” magazine:
>>2008 USDLA Award Winner Issue:

5. Via a presentation during National Distance Learning Week each year.  Last year we had over 2,000 folks participate in a week of webinars:
>>NDLW –

6. Via our Social Networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter…nearly 2,000 and growing!

7. Finally, Via a template press release for you to use along with award winner logos for you to post on your website / use in marketing, etc.
>>Example: 2009 Winner “COSI Columbus Electronic Education Program”

USDLA National Conference

Choose One of Our 4 Pre-Conference Workshops!

1. Emerging Technologies for Distance Learning
Presented by: Reggie Smith III
This workshop with be supported by USDLA board members and will include sessions, presentations and demonstrations on current cutting edge and new undiscovered learning environments to include social networking, collaborative tools, open source tools, mobile / widget-based learning, gaming / virtual worlds and much more. In addition, discuss the future of distance learning with the USDLA leadership team and prior award winners whose expertise spans decades of distance learning experience. Register Today!
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2. Best Practices Rapid Fire Presentations & Speed Networking
Presented by: Marci Powell
Would you like the bottom line full-packed short version of some of the best practices in distance learning? Hear ten to fifteen of the best practitioners many of whom are USDLA awards winners in rapid fire two to three-minute presentation style highlight their achievements followed by the opportunity to network in a social setting with the presenters who peak your interest. Register Today!
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3. 123 VC! Jazzing up your curriculum with video conferencing
Presented by: Elaine Shuck and Ken Conn
Join leaders in K-12 videoconferencing to learn structures and templates for student projects and collaborations. This class is team taught with VC colleagues in British Columbia, California, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and Wales, UK. Guest speakers will share additional engaging uses of videoconferencing. Along the way, learn about and use other collaborative technologies such as blogs, wikis, Flickr, Google Docs, Google Sites, Skype, and Twitter. Register Today!
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4. Legislative Update and National Initiatives: U.S. Department of Education
Presented by: Dennis Bega, US Department of Education
The US Department of Education session will provide an overview of Department priorities, status of legislative initiatives, reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In addition, this session will offer a thorough discussion of Department interests and goals regarding the use of Education technology, distance learning strategies, remote learning and other technologies used to enhance both the quality and performance of teaching and learning strategies. Register Today!
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COMING SOON: USDLA 2010 Virtual Classroom!
Can’t join us in St. Louis?
This year, USDLA is excited to announce that it will offer a portion of its 2010 National Conference virtually!

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USDLA Job Board:

Instructions for Posting a Job Ad:
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E-Learning Manager

DaVita®, national dialysis provider & award-winning FORTUNE® 500 company, seeks an experienced Flash developer to join our Clinical Education team as an E-Learning Manager. Selected candidate will work from home (position can be based anywhere in the U.S.) developing all e-learning material/content in Flash and Captivate courses.
* QUALIFICATIONS 5+ years experience of graphic design experience in authoring tools such as Abode Flash, Captivate, Breeze, Authorware, Dreamweaver and Toolbook
* Ability to use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Fireworks
* Graphic design skills for Flash, Breeze and visual content
Apply online at:


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Learning Technologies Specialist

The Learning Technologies Specialist will be responsible for working directly with Huthwaite’s clients to insure seamless access to all of Huthwaite’s online content including e-learning, online assessment, and virtual classroom. The Learning Technologies Specialist will have overall administrative responsibility for Huthwaite’s learning management system (

), integrated reporting system (MARS), and virtual classroom. In addition, the Learning Technologies Specialist will be responsible for managing all post-implementation support functions and Huthwaite’s relationship with client IT departments.

Read the full job description at:
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Director, eContent Strategy

The Director, eContent Strategy is responsible for providing ESI’s ( executive team with strategic-level direction to identify, and help implement, alternative blended learning delivery formats to our worldwide client base. ESI is seeking an experienced professional who can design an overall blended learning and digital content strategy and architecture using existing, and to-be-added, components of ESI’s online programs such that they can be easily assembled to form an integrated client.

Read the full job description at:
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Instructional Technology Manager
John Hopkins University

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Oklahoma State University (OSU)

OSU Provost Search Website:
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Director of Ops & Support Services
Nobel Learning Communities, Inc.

High potential Director of Ops & Support Services. Located in Ojai, CA for Laurel Springs School, an accredited, online K-12 school. Responsible for management and coordination of both student and parent service functions, and ensuring effective and efficient delivery of all services to both internal and external customers w/ emphasis on QA & Controls. Full P&L responsibility, budget planning and implementation of technology infrastructure and enhancements; facilities management and security, and call center management. Oversee staff responsible for logistics, inventory and distribution. Key leadership opportunity requires a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred), 15+ year’s industry experience, 10+ supervisory and P&L experience.
Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:
Jeanne Marie Welsko, SVP of Human Resources
Nobel Learning Communities, Inc.
1615 West Chester Pike, Suite 200
West Chester, PA 19343
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State Chapter News

Ash to lead association
St. Agnes Distance Learning director state chief

* By Ginger Jordan, Special to My Life

Linda Ash, director of the Distance Learning Center at St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School, has been elected the first president of the Tennessee Distance Learning Association.
Linda Ash
Ash has been in the education field for 15 years. As director of the Distance Learning Center at St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School she is responsible for developing the distance learning program for students and teachers.

Prior to joining St. Agnes-St. Dominic, Ash served as a teacher, district administrator and regional director for Scholastic Education, and she was involved with online professional development. As the Memphis City Schools’ instructional technology coordinator, Ash worked in the distance learning/IVC arena and received the Ron Brown award from the White House for the district for the Reinventing Education Project through IBM. She has presented at many national and state conferences and has published two books through Corwin Press, “Design Teams for School Change: A Cyberproject Approach” and “Electronic Student Portfolios.”

Additionally, Ash was instrumental in establishing the Tennessee chapter of the Distance Learning Association. TNDLA is the state chapter of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). Both USDLA and TNDLA are dedicated to promoting distance education and providing information, resources and networking opportunities that enhance the distance learning experience for students, faculty, administrators, trainers and technicians.
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Visit and join the Tennessee Distance Learning Association Chapter:

Want to START a USDLA Chapter?
Contact Ken Conn
USDLA Senior Vice President For State Chapters
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8 Winter Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108


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The United States Distance Learning Association is a non-profit organization formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. 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 education 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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