Virtual School Meanderings

April 27, 2011

KEYNOTE: Michael B. Goldstein, Member , Dow Lohnes, PLLC – TITLE: The New Reality: Federal Enforcement of State Regulation of Distance Learning

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Dear USDLA Members,

USDLA 2011

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Virtual Conference Option Available Now:


Michael B. Goldstein


Dow Lohnes, PLLC


“The New Reality: Federal Enforcement of

State Regulation of Distance Learning”


Monday, May 2, 2011


12:30pm – 1:45pm

Did you see Micheal’s recent article regarding this

LightHOT topic?

States, Tear Down Your Walls

February 18, 2011
By Michael B. Goldstein
Source: Inside Higher Ed
Sir John Daniel, who has led the British government’s efforts to encourage online learning and open educational resources, once made what is perhaps the most incisive comment about the condition of higher education regulation in the United States. A few months after announcing the end of an effort to create a U.S. Open University modeled on the pioneering Open University he headed in the U.K., Sir John made the following statement to governors of the 50 states: “When I brought the OU to America I thought I would be dealing with one country,” he said. “I was mistaken.”  Read the entire article: 


GoldsteinMr. Goldstein is a member of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Dow Lohnes, PLLC, where he is co-leader of the firm’s higher education industry practice, which represents hundreds of schools, colleges and universities and related organizations with regard to issues involving the uses of technology in delivering postsecondary education, accreditation and licensure of cross-border learning, for- and non-profit financing of postsecondary institutions, public offerings and private equity financing of institutions, joint ventures among for- and non-profit educational entities, and acquiring and protecting access to federally-financed student financial aid resources, including the management of audits, compliance reviews and adverse actions.

Prior to joining Dow Lohnes in 1978 to organize the higher education practice, Mr. Goldstein was Associate Vice Chancellor for Urban and Governmental Affairs and Associate Professor of Urban Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and before that served as Assistant City Administrator and Director of University Relations in the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York.

Mr. Goldstein has written and lectured widely on these and other higher education-related topics, and has taken a very active role in the postsecondary industry. He is a member of the UNESCO-CHEA Task Force on Degree Mills and he serves as a member of the Strategic Planning, Publications and Annual Meeting Committees of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). He has served as chair of the NACUA Committee on Legal Education, co-chair of the Education Grants Committee of the Federal Bar Association and chair of the Education Law Committee of the American Bar Association. He is a trustee of the Fielding Graduate University, a director of the Washington Center for Internships and Acdemic Seminars, a former trustee of Mount Vernon College and a former director of the American Association for Higher Education.

Mr. Goldstein holds a law degree from New York University, a B.A. in Government from Cornell University, and was a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Urban and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.


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Pre-Conference Workshops

Sunday, May 1, 2011

2:00 – 5:00PM

(1) Emerging Technologies for Distance Learning

Presented by: Reggie Smith III, Booz Allen Hamilton and Chair, USDLA Board of Directors

This workshop will 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 learning experience.

(2) 123 VC!! Jazzing Up Your Curriculum with Videoconferencing

Presented by: Elaine Shuck (Polycom) and Ken Conn (Data Projections)

This workshop is based on the weeklong 123 VC!! Jazzing Up Your Curriculum With Videoconferencing workshop, Join leaders in videoconferencing to learn structures and templates for student projects and collaborations. Guest speakers will share additional engaging uses of videoconferencing. We will spend our time together immersing ourselves in interactive videoconferencing by experiencing various formats and learning about resources.

(3) Responsibility, Reform and Results: U.S. Department of Education

Presented By: Dennis Bega, U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education session will provide an overview of Department priorities, status of legislative initiatives, and 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.


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