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March 26, 2017

2017 USDLA Conference – Virtual Option – Keynotes – Networking w/ USDLA

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USDLA 2017 National Conference
April 30 through May 3, 2017
Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites, Indianapolis, IN
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2017 National Conference is the premier event for professionals in the distance learning industry. This year’s conference (April 30 through May 3, 2017) promises to deliver an action-packed agenda that will bring together distance learning practitioners from across the country to Indianapolis, Indiana.
Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
As a leader in the distance learning industry, we welcome and invite your participation as either an Exhibitor or Sponsor for this year’s event.  Attendees include professionals from K-12, higher and continuing education, and corporate, government and military training, as well as from the telehealth and distance learning consultant organizations.
By Exhibiting or Sponsoring at USDLA 2017 you have the opportunity to get your name in front of attendees and interact in many of our activities throughout the Conference.   Our Exhibitor Showcase is limited, so please contact us today!
Silver Sponsor ($5,000)
  • General Session Sponsor (Address Conference Attendees during General Session and introduce Keynote Speaker)
  • Showcase Table Space (8′ Table Space)
  • 3 Attendee Passes
  • Concurrent Session Opportunity
  • Conference Bag Literature
  • Website and Program Listing
Bronze Level ($2,000)
  • Breakfast Sponsor
  • Showcase Table Space (8′ Table Space)
  • 2 Attendee Passes
  • Conference Bag Literature
  • Website and Program Listing
Exhibitor Only ($1,500)
  • Showcase Table Space (8′ Table Space)
  • Website and Program Listing
Friends of the Conference Level ($500)
  • Conference bag literature
  • Website and Program Literature
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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You Are Invited To Submit For Presentation At OLC Accelerate 2017

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You are Invited to Submit for Presentation at OLC Accelerate 2017
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Each year, after attending OLC Accelerate, we return to our respective institutions renewed, energized, and full of new and innovative processes which help to grow quality online teaching and learning initiatives. Here is your opportunity to share your ideas, best practices, research, and innovations in online learning while engaging with your peers from all over the world!

We are excited to extend the invitation from the Online Learning Consortium to submit a proposal for OLC Accelerate 2017: Accelerating Online Learning Worldwide.  The conference will be held November 15-17, 2017 at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The OLC Accelerate 2017 Program Committee seeks proposals that reflect and showcase our vibrant community of practice — promoting theory, research, methodology and/or applied effective practices in online, blended, and web-enhanced teaching and learning. Both research and evidence-based proposals are encouraged for submission. Learn moreand get started today!
Do not miss this fabulous chance to share, learn and collaborate with an excellent group of colleagues. Remember, the submission deadline is May 22, 2017 at 11:59pm ET. As a previous OLC conference presenter, we encourage you to submit a proposal today.
Hope to see you in Orlando!

Renee M. Cicchino
Program Co-Chair
Seton Hall University


Shanta Goswami-Varma
Program Co-Chair
University of Houston-Clear Lake

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March 25, 2017

SITE 2017 Keynote Talks Now Available!

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Keynote Talks Now Available!
View the live recordings of keynotes speakers exclusively on LearnTechLib.
Recordings are open access, no subscription required.

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March 22, 2017

CanadaMoot News: Update: February 21-24, Toronto!!!!

One for my Canadian readers…

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Update: February 21-24, Toronto!!!!
by Frances Long – Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 9:16 AM
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**  Canada Moodle Moot! February 21 – 24, 2018 **

York University and the Canadian Moodle community, are proud to announce Canada MoodleMoot 2018!  We look forward to seeing you either in-person or online in Toronto, Ontario.

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (Pre-conference: hands on Moodle)
  • Thursday, February 22 – Saturday, 24, 2018 (conference)

Our Canada Moot 2018 Program Committee has been busy behind the scenes organizing lots of information which will soon be up on our site:

Martin Dougiamas, who is the founder and CEO of Moodle Pty will be joining  us in Toronto for our Canada Moot:

If you have a suggestion for additional keynote speakers at our Moot, please let us know. We want to hear from you!  Just send a quick email to me: frances long:

We’ll keep you updated about Canada Moot 2018 as we go along.  Between then and now mark these dates: Canada Moodle Moot! February 21 – 24, 2018 York University, Toronto, Ontario


**  MoodleMoot canadien du 21 au 24 février 2018!**

L’Université York et la communauté Moodle canadienne sont heureuses de vous annoncer la tenue du MoodleMoot 2018 à Toronto en février 2018. Nous espérons vous y voir en grand nombre, que ce soit en présence ou en ligne.

  • Mercredi 21 février 2018: pré-conférence
  • Jeudi 22 février au samedi 24 février: conférence

Le comité de programme s’affaire à organiser l’événement. De l’information sera bientôt disponible sur notre site officiel:

Martin Dougiamas, fondateur et PDG de Moodle Pty, sera des nôtres à Toronto:

Si vous avez des suggestions de conférenciers ou conférencières invité(e)s, n’hésitez pas à nous le faire savoir en envoyant un courriel à Frances Long:

Nous vous donnerons des nouvelles au cours des prochains mois. D’ici là, mettez ces dates à votre agenda: MoodleMoot canadien du 21 au 24 février 2018 à l’Université York, Toronto, Ontario

March 20, 2017

Special 2017 Annual Meeting Message to AERA Participants and Members Worldwide

A notice from AERA over the weekend.

March 17, 2017

Dear AERA Annual Meeting Participants and Members,

Yesterday marked six weeks until the official start date of the 2017 AERA Annual Meeting. AERA’s President, Conference Co-Chairs, and Program Chairs for Divisions, SIGs, and Committees have now put their finishing touches on the program. Thanks to them and all of you, 2017 is a very strong program.

We encourage all participants to come early to San Antonio. The Opening Plenary starts at 6:30pm on April 27th followed by the AERA Fiesta! Our Fiesta celebrates and commemorates Fiesta San Antonio that is in full swing the last ten days of April and dates back to the late 19th century.

We sadly acknowledge that not all participants are able to come to the 2017 AERA Annual Meeting. U.S. Presidential Executive Orders have had a real as well as chilling effect on non-U.S. participants. Some number of attendees fear that they cannot obtain visas because of their countries of origin or their religious or ethnic identities. Some participants who can attend the meeting are signally their concerns about U.S. statements of policy regarding the safe passage of visitors and permanent residents.

After the first Executive Order, AERA issued a statement underscoring our concerns about policies that use suspect, discriminatory criteria to limit entry into the United States. We remain concerned about denying access to scholars and students who mutually benefit from collaboration and exchange.

We have already taken affirmative steps to support participants who cannot attend because of circumstances that could prevent their entry or sense of safety while in the United States. We are issuing refunds of registration fees and offering alternative methods of presentation to those in these circumstances. If you are in a similar situation, please let us know by sending an email to

We would like to remind all presenters that you can contribute to making the meeting accessible worldwide by uploading your final papers to the AERA Online Paper Repository by the deadline of March 31, 2017 and indicating that it can be accessible to all readers. AERA offers the repository as an open access service through the AERA website. AERA authenticates the uploading of all papers. Those individuals worldwide who cannot attend the AERA Annual Meeting can benefit from reading current work if all presenters make that work accessible through the repository.

AERA is taking further steps to make additional sessions at the AERA Annual Meeting more accessible. In recent years, we have invested in expanding the number of web streamed sessions featured, to a total of 15. We are pleased to announce that for this year, due to the current circumstances, AERA will double that number and absorb the cost of doing so. We hope those who planned to attend the AERA Annual Meeting but now find that they cannot do so will benefit from expanded opportunities to view Annual Meeting sessions via the internet.

This email is intended to let you know that AERA appreciates the strong interest and engagement of education researchers in the AERA Annual Meeting. For those who unfortunately cannot be with us this year, we hope that a liberal refund policy, alternative modes of presentation of papers, expanded numbers of papers in the AERA Online Paper Repository, and access to a greater number of featured sessions via web streaming will underscore that you are in our hearts and minds.

Do not hesitate to reach us via email at On behalf of the staff and the AERA leadership, we look forward to seeing almost of all of you in San Antonio next month.



Felice J. Levine, PhD
Executive Director

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