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January 15, 2020

NDLW 2019 Webinar Recordings

Note these recordings from the National Distance Learning Week webinars back in November.

Dear Attendee,
Thank you for signing up and participating in USDLA’s National Distance Learning Week, held this past November of 2019. We hope the information was of value to you. We have provided for your review, and those who missed any sessions, a link to the recorded webinars. Please visit Archived Events.
Mark your calendar for our 2020 events noted below:
2020 USDLA National Conference – Registration is now OPEN!
May 18 – 21, 2020
Nashville, TN
2020 National Distance Learning Week (NDLW)
November 9 – 13, 2020
2020 International Forum for Women in eLearning (IFWE)
December 2-4, 2020
New Orleans, LA
USDLA is running a membership special for 50% off through January 31, 2020. For more information please visit 50% off USDLA Membership
Thank you for your support of USDLA.
Janet Major, USDLA President
About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
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November 20, 2019

European Distance Learning Week 2019 – Resources Available

No real K-12-specific webinars among these recordings, but several of the topics do include some K-12 focus.

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European Distance Learning Week
11-15 November 2019

Resources Available

With the success of the last 3 years’ European Distance Learning Weeks in the background, EDEN organised the high profile online event again in November 2019.

This year 6 webinars with over 1600 registered participants were held. The participants came from 65 different countries including 37 countries from outside Europe from Canada to Peru, from South Africa to Nepal, encompassing all continents (Europe, Asia, Africa, America, Australia) and demonstrating a strong geographical coverage and a substantial outreach.

Altogether 37 facilitators contributed to the successful implementation of the ambitious programme. EDEN thanks the valuable contribution of the facilitators and trusts that the initiative contributed to the European dialogue about the state and the future distance education.

We thank USDLA for one more year of collaboration as well as our special partner ODLAA.

All participants and facilitators receive EDEN open badges for their contribution.

The presenters’ slides can be viewed on EDEN’s SlideShare page, while the recordings can be accessed through the links below, as well as on EDEN’s Youtube channel:

Why is digital learning relevant for curriculum transformation in Higher Education?

Monday, 11 November 2019, 11:00 CET

Format: Panel discussion
Moderator: Airina Volungeviciene, Vytautas Magnus University, EDEN Senior Fellow
Speakers: Mark Brown, Michael Gaebel, Elena Caldirola, Sandra Kucina Softic, Andras Szucs, Margarita Tereseviciene, Yasmin Djabarian, Martin Rademacher, Giuseppe Pirlo

Please click here for a more detailed description of the event

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Distance Education: Challenges on the European and the Global Level

Monday, 11 November 2019, 15:00 CET

Format: Panel discussion
Moderator: Sandra Kucina Softic, University of Zagreb University Computing Centre, EDEN President
Speakers: Airina Volungeviciene, Dean Hoke, Jennifer Roberts, Svetlana Knyazeva, Jonatan Castaño

Please click here for a more detailed description of the event

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What might the future hold for distance education universities?

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 18:00 CET

Format: Presentations with discussion
Moderator: Timothy Read, UNED, EDEN Executive Committee Member
Speakers: Antonio Teixeira, Tony Bates, Jose Mota, Alan Tait, Liz Marr

Please click here for a more detailed description of the event

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Future perspective in open routes: the quality and assessment dimension

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 13:00 CET

Format: Presentations with discussion
Moderator: Antonella Poce, University Rome Tre, EDEN NAP SC Chair
Speakers: Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Ebba Ossiannilsson, Don Olcott Jr., Francesca Amenduni

Please click here for a more detailed description of the event

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Higher Education

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 17:00 CET

Format: Panel discussion
Moderator: Josep M. Duart, OUC, EDEN Vice President &  Diana Andone, Politehnica University of Timisoara, EDEN Vice President
Speakers: Tony Bates, Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Cristobal Cobo, Alexandra Cristea

Please click here for a more detailed description of the event

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The journey to social justice and openness in online and distance learning (ODL)

Friday, 15 November 2019, 13:00 CET

Format: Presentations with panel discussion
Moderator: Lisa Marie Blaschke, Programme Director, Center of Lifelong Learning (C3L), Oldenburg, Senior Fellow and Chair of the Board of EDEN Council of Fellows
Speakers: Sarah Lambert, Maha Bali, Narend Baijnath

Please click here for a more detailed description of the event

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November 17, 2019

Your NDLW Recording Link + More Multimedia Resources

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Uncover Answers to Your
Multimedia Questions

Thank you for your interest in our 2019 National Distance Learning Week webinar on multimedia use in online courses! The recording of the webinar — “Busting Multimedia Myths: An Evidence-Based Approach to Quality Instructional Media” — is now available for you to view. It may also be viewed on Facebook.

During the webinar, Dr. Steven Crawford explored different multimedia modalities and the research that supports best practices for using multimedia in online courses. Several of you inquired about Dr. Crawford’s references. Here is the complete list of references for your review. There were many other questions as well. These resources will help you find some answers:

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Many of you had general questions such as how to make presentations engaging for all types of learners. Delve into this issue and discover how you can use instructional materials, learning activities and technology to effectively promote learner engagement in Using Instructional Materials & Technology to Promote Learner Engagement. The next two-week workshop begins December 5. Register today!
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Accessibility was another hot topic with several participants wondering about making multimedia materials accessible for all learners. A great place to get info on that is the Accessibility and Usability Resource Site. The site addresses many important accessibility issues, including video captions and audio descriptions. Register to access the site today!
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Questions about video length also popped up in the Q & A. Take a deeper dive into the research behind the issue with “Video Length in Online Courses: What the Research Says.” Then, visit our Research Library and search for research related to QM Standard 4. Over 280 results represent the latest findings on the use of instructional materials in online learning, including video.
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November 4, 2019

NDLW Webinar 2019 – Delivering K-12 Science Curriculum Via Distance Learning In Alaska

A reminder of this K-12 focused webinar coming up this week as a part of the National Distance Learning Week.

NDLW 2019 – Delivering K-12 Science Curriculum via Distance Learning in Alaska

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

Presenter: Andrea Pokrzywinski, Distance Delivery Instructor

My name is Andrea Pokrzywinski, but everyone calls me Andy. I am the Science Video Conference( VTC) Science teacher for the Lower Kuskokwim School District, in Bethel Alaska. This is my thirteenth year of teaching Science by distance learning. I stumbled into this job when my husband transferred to Bethel. It was a perfect fit for my background in educational technology and science education. I had just finished 7 years of working as an Educational Technology Director for a consortium of 18 rural school districts in Northern Wisconsin. I started my education career as a 7-12 grade science teacher for the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School in Minnesota. Previously, I worked as a fisheries technician and a water chemist. I love all things outdoors and dabble in the visual arts too.

You can see the whole USDLA line-up for National Distance Learning Week at  Also, be sure to check out the EDEN line-up at

November 3, 2019

Celebrate National Distance Learning Week With OLC

Unlike the other organizations, the Online Learning Consortium isn’t doing any special for National Distance Learning Week.  They’ve simply compiled a list of their existing resources and already planned events.

OLC has put together resources related to neuroscience in celebration of National Distance Learning Week 2019.
OLC has put together a list of articles, workshops, and OLC Accelerate 2019 conference sessions related to Neuroscience in celebration of National Distance Learning Week 2019, November 4-8.

Neuroscience as related to education overall, and distance learning, in particular, is a growing area of interest and research among both scholars and practitioners. We invite you to explore the resources below, and join in the conversation through any of the opportunities as well as through your own networks, using #OLCNDLW. Learn more.

OLC Digital Learning Resources
Neuroscience-related Blog Articles
Learn from experts in the field in the blog posts we’ve collected related to the topic of neuroscience in education. Learn more.
Neuromyths Whitepaper
This study includes not only answers to important research questions, but practice-oriented information that is useful for pedagogy, course design, and leadership, as well as for further research on this topic. Learn more.
Neuroscience-related Conference Sessions
We’ve gathered the OLC Accelerate 2019 conference sessions related to Neuroscience and listed them all in one place for your convenience. Can’t travel to Orlando? Virtual attendee options are available. Learn more.
OLC Workshops Focused on Neuroscience
From 7-day to 4-week long courses, explore the variety of OLC workshops focused on neuroscience and register to attend today! Learn more.
Upcoming Institute Programs

New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Designing Gamified Learning Environments
Fundamentals: Giving Effective Feedback
Strategic Planning for Web Accessibility
Exploring Digital Storytelling
Strategies to Implement Augmented & Virtual Reality in Education
Creating YouTube Videos for Teaching & Learning
Neuro, Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Part II: Applying Theory to Practice
Copyright & Fair Use, Part II: From Court Cases to Best Practices


Blended Learning
Instructional Design
Leadership in Online Learning
Online Nursing


Online Teaching Certificate
Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Instructional Designer Certificate


Adaptive Learning Fundamentals & Courseware Exploration (NEW)
Designing Game-Based Learning
New to Online, Essentials Part II: Converting Your Course
Strategies to Improve Retention
Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles to Online Courses to Increase Accessibility and Engagement
Introduction to Audio & Video Tools
Strategies to Foster Digital Fluency
Exploring Interactive Video Tools
Creating Effective Assessments
Fundamentals: Increasing Interaction & Engagement
New to Online,Essentials Part III: Course Design Basics
Fundamentals: Engaging Learners In Online Discussions
Creating an Interactive Syllabus


What’s New in 2020?
Review the 2020 Institute for Professional Development Schedule


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