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May 23, 2020

Last Week In Series: Keep Connecting Weekly News 5.22.20

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Weekly News 5.22.20

Final Week in Keep Connecting Webinar Series

TxDLA closes out its Keep Connecting webinars next Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am – 12:30pm, sponsored by i2i Technologies. The webinars are led by distance learning experts providing a toolbox of immediate needs to our members and the distance learning community during this time of transition. Live webinars are free and open to anyone.

Please visit our website to see the recordings for the past two weeks and to view other available (free) resources. Become a TxDLA member for $35/year to get unlimited access to all webinar recordings.

Up Next Week:
Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Tuesday, 5.26.20, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CSTPanel of TxDLA Board Members close out the “Keep Connecting” series with their takeaways on this unprecedented time.

Panelists:

  • Lisa Brown, Director, Bush School OEE, Texas A&M University
  • Jenell Paul, Learning Resource Network Director, Texas Health & Human Services Commission
  • Gerardo Pedraza, Instructional Designer III, Engineering Studio for Advanced Instruction and Learning, Texas A&M University
  • Mark Workman, Dean of Distance Learning, Blinn College

 

Moving Beyond the Crisis: The Way Forward
Thursday, 5.28.20, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

It has been 11 weeks and 22 sessions. What have we learned and what is the best way forward in such uncertain times? Join Roxanne and Ken from the i2i Technologies team for a conversation that moves us beyond the crisis.  We will take stock of what we know as we continue to tentatively plan; taking one step at a time and adjusting along the way.

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Thursday, 5.28.20, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CST 

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Beginning June 2! TxDLA Summer Webinar Series

TxDLA kicks off a new, FREE weekly summer webinar series, “Lounge & Learn” beginning the first week in June and continuing through August. These interactive webinars will meet regularly on Thursdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, with an additional webinar on Tuesday, June 2 to kickoff the series. Some of the upcoming webinar topics include:

  • Use Distance Learning to Mitigate Learning Gaps and Plan for Success, June 2
  • Supporting College Students Stopping or Dropping Out  (InsideTrack), June 4
  • Supporting Student Success through Universal Design for Learning: Impacting Equity and Inclusion in Texas (Blackboard), June 18
  • The SARA Landscape: What’s Next?, July 23
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Don’t Miss Out! Sign up for Digital Accessibility Certification through TxDLA

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June 7 – July 19, 2020 (all online). 
TxDLA offers a 31-hour Digital Accessibility Certification Program three to four times a year which positions online course instructors, instructional designers, program administrators, ADA coordinators and researchers to be on the leading edge of this important issue by providing them with an understanding of the current state of accessibility for people with disabilities; the latest legal enforcement actions including resolution agreements, court cases, and consent decrees, while equipping them with an understanding of Universal Design for Learning and practical skills in making digital content accessible.
Learn More About the Certification

Webinar Recordings Available to TxDLA Members

TxDLA members, visit the Member Service Center to view the Keep Connecting Webinar Recordings including the following:

  • How TxDLA is Preparing to Keep Connecting in Times of Crisis, 3.17.20
  • Blending or Transforming Physical Events & Activities to a Virtual Environment, 3.19.20
  • Targeting Work From Home, 3.24.20
  • K-12 Fully Online, 3.26.20
  • Telehealth to Improve Our Access to Healthcare NOW!, 3.31.20
  • Barco’s Active Learning and Virtual Classroom Offering: weConnect 4.2.20
  • Fun is Fundamental! 4.7.20
  • Building Your Online Courses for the Future 4.9.20
  • We’re Still Connected…Now What? (4.14.20)
  • Student Engagement: The Canvas Way (4.16.20)
  • Online Activities for Developing Hope and Hospitality in the Online Community (4.21.20)
  • Getting Started with Gradescope for Remote Assessments (4.23.20)
  • Online ER: Transition Triage (4.28.20)
  • Succeeding in the Maelstrom of Change: Unique Challenges in Higher Education (4.30.20)
  • Improving Online Student Success with Videos & Analytics (5.5.20)
  • Online Proctoring To Support Moving Exams Online (5.7.20)
  • Something Old, Something New: Flipping F2F Classes with Response Clickers (5.12.20)
  • Proctoring & Readiness Tools to Add to Your Academic Continuity Plan to Cover COVID-19 Crisis & Beyond (5.14.20)
  • Supporting Our Students Through COVID-19 (5.19.20)
  • Introducing an All-New Softchalk! Create Interactive, Responsive, Accessible Online Lessons (5.21.20)
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May 17, 2020

Keep Connecting Weekly News 5.15.20

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Weekly News 5.15.20

Two More Weeks of Free Tuesday/Thursday Webinars

Learn something new over your lunchbreak during TxDLA’s Keep Connecting webinars every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am – 12:30pm, sponsored by i2i Technologies. The webinars are led by distance learning experts providing a toolbox of immediate needs to our members and the distance learning community during this time of transition.

Please visit our website to see the full line-up and sign up, and to stay updated with future webinars and other available (free) resources. Live webinars are free and open to anyone. The recordings of past webinars are also included on this page for two weeks.  Become a TxDLA member for $35/year to get unlimited access to all resources.

Up Next Week:
Supporting Our Students Through COVID-19
Tuesday, 5.19.20, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CSTAmanda Rohrbach, Emotional Behavioral Support Specialist, Wylie Independent School District

These past couple of months have been very different for the majority of students in both K12 and Higher Ed. It has been stressful, confusing, emotional, and unprecedented. How can school staff/teachers and parents help support our students while in school and now that we are headed into summer. Join Amanda Rohrbach in this conversation to learn what you can do to support our students!

 

Introducing an All New SoftChalk! Create interactive, responsive, accessible online lessons!
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Thursday, 5.21.20, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CSTMary Beth Huneke, Online Education Advisor, SoftChalk

Create interactive, responsive, accessible online lessons that integrate directly with your LMS. If you haven’t seen SoftChalk lately, you haven’t seen SoftChalk! See our all new look and feel to the content you create, including new interactives.

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Coming in June! TxDLA Summer Webinar Series

TxDLA kicks off a new, FREE weekly summer webinar series, “Lounge & Learn” beginning the first week in June and continuing through August. These interactive webinars will meet regularly on Thursdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, with an additional webinar on Tuesday, June 2 to kickoff the series. Some of the upcoming webinar topics include:

  • Kickoff the Summer Webinar, June 2
  • Supporting College Students Stopping or Dropping Out  (InsideTrack), June 4
  • Supporting Student Success through Universal Design for Learning: Impacting Equity and Inclusion in Texas (Blackboard), June 18
  • The SARA Landscape: What’s Next?, July 23
More Details Here Coming Soon

Don’t Miss Out! Sign up for Digital Accessibility Certification through TxDLA

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June 7 – July 19, 2020 (all online). 
TxDLA offers a 31-hour Digital Accessibility Certification Program three to four times a year which positions online course instructors, instructional designers, program administrators, ADA coordinators and researchers to be on the leading edge of this important issue by providing them with an understanding of the current state of accessibility for people with disabilities; the latest legal enforcement actions including resolution agreements, court cases, and consent decrees, while equipping them with an understanding of Universal Design for Learning and practical skills in making digital content accessible.
Learn More About the Certification

Two Memberships for the Price of One! USDLA and TxDLA

Did you know that as a TxDLA member, you are automatically a member of the United States Distance Learning (USDLA) as well? Benefits include an e-newsletter, quarterly printed Distance Learning magazine, discounts on USDLA products, services and events, and national legislative representation relevant to distance learning.

If you have not renewed your 2020 TxDLA membership, please consider renewing today for only $35 to continue receiving this timely digest, USDLA membership, unlimited webinar recordings, and to enjoy all of the benefits of TxDLA and USDLA!

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Accessibility Partner Spotlight: ReadSpeaker

TxDLA values Accessibility Partner ReadSpeaker who has supported TxDLA as a partner over the past several years.
ReadSpeaker is a global voice specialist providing natural-sounding text-to-speech solutions for K-12 and higher education institutions. Their suite of learning tools voice-enabled digital content and are designed to accommodate various learning styles while providing assistance for those with reading, learning, and language challenges. All ReadSpeaker products are certified Learning Management System integrations and are an accepted component of Universal Design for Learning. With more than 20 years of experience, ReadSpeaker is dedicated to providing pioneering, easy-to-use products that enhance the learning experience for educators, administrators, and students alike.
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TxDLA Partner Solutions

TxDLA thanks it Partners for submitting specific resources and special offers to our members as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the Partner Solutions section of the Keep Connecting website for regular updates.
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Have a Question or Suggestion?

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May 10, 2020

Keep Connecting Weekly News 5.8.20

Posting more frequently today to get caught up on the backlog of items that I want to post.

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Weekly News 5.8.20

TxDLA Continues Free Twice-Weekly Webinars:

Enjoy chatting with colleagues and learning something new during TxDLA’s Keep Connecting webinars every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am – 12:30pm, sponsored by i2i Technologies. The webinars are led by distance learning experts providing a toolbox of immediate needs to our members and the distance learning community during this time of transition.

Please visit our website to see the full line-up and sign up, and to stay updated with future webinars and other available (free) resources. Live webinars are free and open to anyone. The recordings of past webinars are also included on this page for two weeks.  Become a TxDLA member for $35/year to get unlimited access to all resources.

Up Next Week:
Something Old, Something New: Flipping F2F Classes with Response Clickers
Tuesday, 5.12.20, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CSTDr. Kentya Ford and Mr. John Starne,of Prairie View A&M University will talk about strategies to effectively utilize Clicker Response Systems to flip a class, include gamification, increase student learning outcomes and motivation,  dynamically deliver formative assessment and modify content delivery in real time based on student material mastery.

 

Proctoring & Readiness Tools to Add to Your Academic Continuity Plan to Cover COVID-19 Crisis & Beyond
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Thursday, 5.14.20, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CSTThe COVID-19 crisis has forced schools to create short term contingency plans to move f2f classes online. Effectively handling new challenges of proctoring, student readiness, and faculty readiness have become top priority. Long-term, the crisis will force schools to rethink and update their Academic Continuity plans for the future. Highlights of the webinar include:

  • Address challenges that first-time, online learners may face and how schools can identify those at-risk while effectively supporting them.
  • Share resources/ideas to help f2f faculty transition to online.
  • Demonstrate how our automated proctoring platform can meet immediate and long-term proctoring needs.
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Two Memberships for the Price of One! USDLA and TxDLA

Did you know that as a TxDLA member, you are automatically a member of the United States Distance Learning (USDLA) as well? Benefits include an e-newsletter, quarterly printed Distance Learning magazine, discounts on USDLA products, services and events, and national legislative representation relevant to distance learning.

If you have not renewed your 2020 TxDLA membership, please consider renewing today for only $35 to continue receiving this timely digest, USDLA membership, unlimited webinar recordings, and to enjoy all of the benefits of TxDLA and USDLA!

Join or Rejoin Today!

Sign Up Today for Digital Accessibility Certification through TxDLA!

TxDLA Digital Accessibility Certification Logo
June 7 – July 19, 2020 (all online). 
TxDLA offers a 31-hour Digital Accessibility Certification Program three to four times a year which positions online course instructors, instructional designers, program administrators, ADA coordinators and researchers to be on the leading edge of this important issue by providing them with an understanding of the current state of accessibility for people with disabilities; the latest legal enforcement actions including resolution agreements, court cases, and consent decrees, while equipping them with an understanding of Universal Design for Learning and practical skills in making digital content accessible.
Learn More About the Certification

Silver Partner Spotlight: TechSmith



TxDLA values Silver Partner TechSmith and SW Region Account Executive Steven Pace, who has supported TxDLA as a partner over the past several years.

TechSmith, the makers of Camtasia and Snagit, offers TechSmith Relay, the educational video platform that maximizes student engagement in online and blended courses. Personalize teaching with powerful images and videos with TechSmith Relay. Bring a human element to teaching, even when not face to face. Make interactive content to enhance class teaching and reach the new generation of learners. Build a dynamic online presence by making personalized videos to explain your syllabus, introduce themes, record video lessons, and more.
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TxDLA Partner Solutions

TxDLA thanks it Partners for submitting specific resources and special offers to our members as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the Partner Solutions section of the Keep Connecting website for regular updates.
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Have a Question or Suggestion?

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May 3, 2020

Keep Connecting Weekly News 5.1.20

A newsletter from a US-based distance learning organization that has a consistent K-12 focus.

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Weekly News 5.1.20

A Message From Our President, Bret Wells

Keep Connecting Free Weekly Webinars:

Don’t miss the opportunity to connect and chat over lunchtime with our consistent group of participants as TxDLA continues its series of Keep Connecting webinars every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am – 12:30pm, sponsored by i2i Technologies. The webinars are led by distance learning experts providing a toolbox of immediate needs to our members and the distance learning community during this time of transition.

Please visit our website to see the full line-up and sign up, and to stay updated with future webinars and other available (free) resources. Live webinars are free and open to anyone. The recordings of past webinars are also included on this page for two weeks.  Become a TxDLA member for $35/year to get unlimited access to all resources.

Up Next Week:
Improving Online Student Success with Videos & Analytics
Tuesday, 5.5.20, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CSTDr. Stowe, Title II Activity Director at Kilgore College, will share how his team redesigned a course to improve online student access and success. One important feature of the course redesign was the video course tour given by the instructor. Additionally, each unit of the course has a video overview of key content areas. The redesign resulted in more of the students viewing these content videos and improved student outcomes.
Online Proctoring To Support Moving Exams Online
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Thursday, 5.7.20, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CSTIf your institution has been affected by the pandemic, or risks being affected by campus closures, you’ll no doubt be exploring all the possible contingency plans to deliver learning and assessment to your students. Moving your on-campus assessment online quickly, to minimize disruption, can be a key element to secure ongoing education. Mark Musacchio, Senior Director of Sales, will share how PSI is committed to making the transition from in class to online proctoring as easy as possible for both faculty and students. We understand institutions are working through their planning to implement academic continuity plans, that may drastically change the way students are learning and being assessed.

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Bronze Partner Spotlight: Honorlock

TxDLA values Bronze Partner Honorlock, who has supported TxDLA as a partner over the past two years. Yesterday, their team provided a timely webinar for the TxDLA “Keep Connecting” series on “Succeeding in the Maelstrom of Change: Unique Challenges in Higher Education” (download the slidedeck here or view our website for the recording).

Honorlock is revolutionizing the academic integrity of online courses and assessments. Their simple, affordable platform operates around you—no scheduling, headaches, or software downloads. Used by several of the largest universities in the US, Honorlock is continually innovating to hinder cheating and protect test content. All exams are proctored on-demand — whenever and wherever the student is ready. Remotely proctored exams shouldn’t be a pain. Honorlock makes it easy. www.honorlock.com

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Get Certified in Digital Accessibility

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June 7 – July 19, 2020 (all online). 
TxDLA offers a 31-hour Digital Accessibility Certification Program three to four times a year which positions online course instructors, instructional designers, program administrators, ADA coordinators and researchers to be on the leading edge of this important issue by providing them with an understanding of the current state of accessibility for people with disabilities; the latest legal enforcement actions including resolution agreements, court cases, and consent decrees, while equipping them with an understanding of Universal Design for Learning and practical skills in making digital content accessible.
Learn More About the Certification

TxDLA Partner Solutions

TxDLA thanks it Partners for submitting specific resources and special offers to our members as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the Partner Solutions section of the Keep Connecting website for regular updates.
See All Partner Solutions

Have a Question or Suggestion?

How can TxDLA help you right now? Do you have a great idea, suggestion or resource you would like to share? Is there a specific question or suggestion that you would like to submit? Use the form below.
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TxDLA Membership

If you have not renewed your 2020 TxDLA membership, please consider renewing today for only $35 to continue receiving this timely digest, unlimited webinar recordings, and to enjoy all of the benefits of TxDLA!
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April 26, 2020

Keep Connecting Weekly News 4.24.20

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Weekly News 4.24.20

Keep Connecting Free Weekly Webinars:

We are having a fun time chatting with each other and hearing about various resources and new ideas at the TxDLA Keep Connecting webinars every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am – 12:30pm, sponsored by i2i Technologies. The webinars are led by distance learning experts providing a toolbox of immediate needs to our members and the distance learning community during this time of transition.

Please visit our website to see the full line-up and sign up, and to stay updated with future webinars and other available (free) resources. Live webinars are free and open to anyone. The recordings of past webinars are also included on this page for two weeks.  Become a TxDLA member for $35/year to get unlimited access to all resources.

Up Next Week:
Online ER: Transition Triage
Tuesday, 4.28.20, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CSTAlexandra Salas, Ph.D.

Team members from the Division of Innovation, Teaching and Digital Learning Excellence share the behind-the-scenes coordination to identify critical areas of need during the transition to remote learning and teaching. They will present the collaborative support provided to faculty and students during this time of crisis to flatten the learning curve, and lessons learned to get ahead for the future.

Succeeding in the Maelstrom of Change: Unique Challenges in Higher Education
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Thursday, 4.30.20, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CST
Jan Wilson, M. Ed., SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Principal at Wilson and Associates Consulting ServicesChange. It’s all around us in higher ed. The move to more learner-centric experiences, digital transformation and changing demographics in the learner population all make for a chaotic time in higher education. Agility. Businesses use this term to define how quickly they can adapt to a changing market. It is the underpinning of their ability to compete. Building a better graduate has never been more important to them, and it is the cornerstone of your ability to compete. Combine these two and what you get is an opportunity. The webinar will discuss how to effectively connect the dots between all these topics and better shepherd your institution or department.

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Featured Resource

Staying Engaged During Online Learning (Cary Collins)

It’s Time for Remote Teaching! (Ready or not!) (by TxDLA’s Mary Anderson)

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Platinum Partner Spotlight: PSI Services

    

TxDLA appreciates Bronze Partner PSI Services and their Senior Director of Sales, Mark Musacchio, who has supported TxDLA as a partner over the past few years. PSI Services LLC (PSI) is a global workforce solutions provider, with over 70 years of experience providing assessment solutions for any learning environment. PSI delivers identity authentication, multi-modal and online proctoring, and professional services for the world’s leading educational institutions. PSI offers a comprehensive solutions approach from exam development to delivery and results processing for higher education. Through our work with over 2,000 experts across 160 countries we deliver over 17 million tests and assessments per year globally. 450+ schools rely on PSI for the technology, expertise and services they need to provide a world class testing experience and support growth.

Learn About PSI Services

TxDLA Job Board

The following position is available:

Instructional Design Specialist: Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University

For current members, TxDLA can post your job openings on its website. Please complete the form below to submit a posting for the TxDLA Job Board.

Submit a Job Posting or View Openings

Want to Learn More About Making Digital Content Accessible?

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June 7 – July 19, 2020 (all online). 
TxDLA offers a 31-hour Digital Accessibility Certification Program three to four times a year which positions online course instructors, instructional designers, program administrators, ADA coordinators and researchers to be on the leading edge of this important issue by providing them with an understanding of the current state of accessibility for people with disabilities; the latest legal enforcement actions including resolution agreements, court cases, and consent decrees, while equipping them with an understanding of Universal Design for Learning and practical skills in making digital content accessible.
Learn More About the Certification

Have a Question or Suggestion?

How can TxDLA help you right now? Do you have a great idea, suggestion or resource you would like to share? Is there a specific question or suggestion that you would like to submit? Use the form below.
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TxDLA Membership

If you have not renewed your 2020 TxDLA membership, please consider renewing today for only $35 to continue receiving this timely digest, unlimited webinar recordings, and to enjoy all of the benefits of TxDLA!
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