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October 20, 2017

USDLA Newsletter 2017 (10-18-2017)

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Dr. Farhad Saba
Founder, Editor
USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee
Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. John G. Flores, USDLA
CEO / Executive Director
Associate Editor
OFFICIAL USDLA SPECIAL EDITION
FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
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Informing Progress: Insights on Personalized Learning Implementation and Effects The basic concept of personalized learning (PL) instruction that is focused on meeting students’ individual learning needs while incorporating their interests and preferences has been a longstanding practice in U.S. K12 education. Options for personalization have increased as personal computing devices have become increasingly […]

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
Net Neutrality and its Implications to Online Learning

In this article, we studied net neutrality as a complex sociocultural phenomenon that can affect the works of distance education scholars and online learners. We decided to take part in this research because many distance education scholars and learners take net neutrality for granted. We engaged in a qualitative investigation of US public documents and […]

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Using Design-Based Research to Develop Meaningful Online Discussions in Undergraduate Field Experience Courses

From a design perspective, the intentionality of students to engage in surface or deep learning is often experienced through prescribed activities and learning tasks. Educators understand that meaningful learning can be furthered through the structural and organizational design of the online environment that motivates the student towards task completion. However, learning engagement is unique for […]

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Types of Participant Behavior in a Massive Open Online Course

In recent years there has been a proliferation of massive open online courses (MOOCs), which provide unprecedented opportunities for lifelong learning. Registrants approach these courses with a variety of motivations for participation. Characterizing the different types of participation in MOOCs is fundamental in order to be able to better evaluate the phenomenon and to support […]

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An examination of factors that impact the retention of online students at a for-profit university

Online learning has continued to grow in recent years. However, retaining students in online courses and programs has posed a challenge. Whether the university is public, private, offers both face-to-face and online programs, or is 100% online, retaining students in online programs can be an issue. This study reflects the widespread desire at a large […]

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Udacity Official Declares MOOCs Dead (Though the Company Still Offers Them)

Udacity helped popularize the idea of offering college-level courses online to anyone for free, a format known as MOOCs (for Massive Open Online Courses). But this week a Udacity official called MOOCs dead, leading to questions about what that means for one of the companies offerings (which still include free MOOCs). EduSurge

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Education without Brick and Mortar: Stanford Online High School

There was once a perception that online high schools can’t replace the real things namely, a quality face-to-face classroom experience. In 2017, this perception is finally shifting, and Stanford Online High School (Stanford OHS) is one of the online secondary schools driving this change. Thanks to its now established track-record and the currency it naturally has […]

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MIT Launches Digital Plus Courses for Professional Learnin

MIT Professional Learning is launching a new program designed to offer organizations courses for their employees that feature project-based challenges designed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty. Campus Technology

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Exploring the Use of E-Textbooks in Higher Education: A Multiyear Study

=A four-year university-wide study of students’ e-textbook practices found that e-textbook use has increased, particularly among younger students. =The major barriers including a student preference for print and unfamiliarity with e-textbooks show signs of being alleviated. =Other factors related to mobile device access and pedagogically effective e-textbooks show little change over the study […]

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October 19, 2017

USDLA National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is November 6- 10, 2017: Webinar Registration Now Open!

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USDLA
National Distance Learning Week
November 6-10, 2017
 
What will you do for NDLW 2017?
Purpose:
The purpose of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning, including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Military, while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field.
 
Goal:
For schools, colleges, and corporations to conduct local events during NDLW to celebrate and promote the field of online learning.
 
When:
November 6-10, 2017
 
Who:
Professionals engaged in the day-to-day practice of distance learning (schools, colleges, corporations, military) and individuals and organizations providing products and services being distributed via online, video conferencing and satellite technologies.
Please check our schedule often as more webinars will be added! 
Also, if you have an event that you would like us to share, please send to admin@usdla.org and we will add to our master calendar posted on the NDLW website!
For more information on NDLW 
contact USDLA at 617.399.1770 or admin@usdla.org today!
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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. http://www.usdla.org 

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October 18, 2017

USDLA 2018 Conference: Call For Proposals Now Open – Due 11/13/17

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USDLA
USDLA 2018
Call for Proposals Now Open!
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Submission Deadline:  Monday, November 13, 2017
 
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is pleased to announce the 2018 Annual Conference Call for Proposals. Proposals are now being accepted based on the conference theme, “Going The Distance.”
We welcome proposals from all corporate, education (higher and K-12), telehealth, government, and military. In keeping with our theme and our Indianapolis location, the following tracks are intended to guide the general areas of presentations:
Setting The Pace – This is for current state of the field presentations (“look what we did”) focused on sharing success stories, new program development, program enhancements demonstrating historical shifts.
Taking The Lead – Near term future vision (CBE, Alt credentials, etc.).  These sessions will discuss the future direction distance education is heading, should head, success metrics that are currently in place or should be developed to show value.
Down The Road – Longer future vision (AR/VR environments, DIYU).  This track specifically focuses on extending learning spaces using modern technologies and techniques.  Promises of AR/VR/MR, 3-d printing, immersive learning and simulations.
Fast Lane – Operational presentations that can focus on the how-to’s, operational planning, faculty and institutional engagement, operational shifts.
Keeping On Track – Presentations on policies, regulations, etc.  This track will cover policy development, issues with developing robust policies, balancing needs for quality vs. faculty shared governance, federal policies (NC-SARA, ADA).
Proposal Options Available
 
Concurrent information sessions provide an opportunity for you to give an interactive presentation in one or more of the conference topic areas. Conference attendees expect sessions to provide practical advice and the sharing of experiences. The committee seeks high quality, thought-provoking and interactive sessions, not lecture format. Co-presenters are encouraged. Also, the USDLA Program Committee may select your proposal to be featured in a panel along with other like presenters. (60 minutes)
Poster sessions allow presenters to prepare a standing tabletop poster that describes a project, process, research or other activity. Presenting a poster session will give you an opportunity to meet and network with a majority of conference attendees and USDLA Award Winners as these posters are displayed during the Awards Dinner Reception. (60 minutes)
Pre-conference workshops are offered as a vehicle to get the conference started, set the stage for the conference theme, and discuss relevant issues in the field of distance learning (3-hour sessions on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 2-5pm (time subject to change.)
There will also be the potential to present your session in our virtual classroom setting, which means you will be viewed by face-to-face as well as remote attendees. You will be able to note your interest in doing this in the online proposal form and be advised if selected.
Preparing Your Proposal
 
The committee recommends that proposals be specific about what will make the presentation valuable to attendees. Any proposal that is perceived to be a “sales pitch” will not be considered. Your proposal should be focused on issues, innovative working solutions, and should address the conference theme. All presenters and co-presenters (regardless of session type) will be expected to register for the full conference.
All conference proposals should be submitted using the Online Proposal Form.
For your information, the automated proposal system will ask you for the following, so please gather this information prior to the time of submission:
1)     Contact Information: the name and full contact information for the lead presenter and any co-presenters
2)     Session Title: a succinct, but descriptive title of no more than ten words
3)     Format: concurrent, poster, or pre-conference workshop
4)     Abstract: 50-words (or less) – Please note: the session abstract will be used in the printed program. Make sure it accurately reflects your session, as it will be what draws people to your presentation.
5)     Content: a clear summary of learning objectives and session content in no less than 300 words, not to exceed 500 words
6)     Conference Tracks(s): session can cover more than one track
7)     Audience Focus by Constituency: K-12, higher education, corporate, government, military, and telehealth – USDLA serves multiple constituencies, from the local, state, national, and global perspectives. Please tell us who will benefit from your session (may be more than one group; strongly encouraged.)
8)     Internet: standard setup of projector and screen provided – If Internet access is needed, you must include that information in your proposal. We cannot accommodate a request made during the conference. If you need sound please bring your own speakers.
9)     Virtual Session/Live Feed: indicate desire to be considered or not considered as a virtual presenter for virtual conference attendees
Review Criteria
 
Conference participants will expect well-delivered presentations containing quality information that is of practical value to their day-to-day professional lives. Members of the USDLA 2018 Conference Program Committee will look for clear descriptions. Considerable weight will be given to proposals that specify session learning objectives and clearly describe why the content will be valuable to attendees.
Specifically, reviewers will look for the following:
  • Topic relevance to distance learning and the conference theme, Going The Distance
  • Quality of the presentation: substance, clarity and consistency between the title, abstract, and content within the proposal; proposal organization
  • Measurable outcomes of the presentation
  • Evidence of innovation and effective practice
  • Audience breadth, engagement, and likelihood of future application
Equipment
 
The conference will provide a standard set up (LCD data/video projector and screen). You will need to provide your own laptop computer. If you require Internet access for your session, please indicate so in your proposal. Please note that we are unable to provide audio resources (house sound or speakers) for concurrent and/or poster sessions.
Status of Proposal and Notification
The 2018 Program Committee will review proposals and you will be contacted about the status of yours by January 31, 2018. Presenters are eligible for the Early Bird registration rate even after the close of Early Bird registration.
We look forward to seeing you at USDLA 2018!
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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. http://www.usdla.org 

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October 12, 2017

USDLA Newsletter 2017 (10-09-2017)

A newsletter from earlier in the week.

Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. Farhad Saba
Founder, Editor
USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee
Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. John G. Flores, USDLA
CEO / Executive Director
Associate Editor
OFFICIAL USDLA SPECIAL EDITION
FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
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Rethinking College Every Tuesday night from August 22 through September 19, 2017, PBS NewsHour airs its annual special 5-part Rethinking College series. NewsHour Correspondent and Weekend Anchor Hari Sreenivasan traveled throughout the United States to profile five innovative programs designed to make college more affordable and provide non-traditional students the higher education they need to […]

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
Theories and Frameworks for Online Education: Seeking an Integrated Model

This article examines theoretical frameworks and models that focus on the pedagogical aspects of online education. After a review of learning theory as applied to online education, a proposal for an integrated Multimodal Model for Online Education is provided based on pedagogical purpose. The model attempts to integrate the work of several other major theorists […]

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Applying Project Management Strategies in a Large Curriculum Conversion Project in Higher Education

Higher education is undergoing great changes that require universities to adapt quickly, and making these changes can be difficult. One discipline that can aid in executing change is project management, which has developed a set of clear processes and strategies for completing initiatives quickly and effectively. Several authors have identified project management competencies as key […]

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Commentary: Responses to “An Interview with Joseph South” in Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education

1- Commentary: UCEA CASTLE Response to An Interview With Joseph South 2- Commentary: A Response to an Interview With Joseph South by the Teacher Education and Technology and Media Divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children 3- Commentary: Response of the Association of Science Teacher Educators to An Interview with Joseph South 4- Commentary: Social Studies Education […]

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Reflections on Preparing Educators to Evaluate the Efficacy of Educational Technology: An Interview With Joseph South

Joseph South, an educational researcher, technology consultant, and former director of the U.S. Office of Educational Technology participated in a research initiative on Educational Technology Efficacy Research organized by the Jefferson Education Accelerator, Digital Promise, and the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. The working group in which he participated, one of […]

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Online Education Information Website Ranks U of A Special Education Degree No. 3 in Nation

The University of Arkansas master’s degree in special education, which is delivered online, is ranked No. 3 on a listing of best online master’s degree programs in special education by a company called Early Childhood Education Degrees. The University of Arkansas

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AI, Merging of Digital and Physical Worlds Among Top 10 Tech Trends for 2018

Gartner has released its list of top 10 strategic technology trends for 2018 with a focus for the coming year on technologies related to artificial intelligence and machine learning and those that blend the physical and digital worlds. Campus Technology

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More Colleges Are Offering Microcredentials”And Developing Them The Way Businesses Make New Products

If 2012 was The Year of the MOOCs massive open online courses, usually offered for free”2017 could be The Year of the Microcredential. EduSurge

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Survey: Most Students Say Technology Boosts Academic Success

Three out of four college and university students think technology has had a positive impact on their academic success, according to a recent survey. Their preferred tech tools are laptops and smartphones, and they look to their institutions to provide the software applications and resources they need. And most are satisfied with the variety of […]

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October 6, 2017

Explore the Neuroscience of Teaching Online

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Drexel University Online
Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning & Online Instruction

EXPLORE THE NEUROSCIENCE OF TEACHING ONLINE

DREXEL UNIVERSITY’S ONLINE POST-BACHELOR’S CERTIFICATE IN NEUROSCIENCE, LEARNING & ONLINE INSTRUCTION

Discover Drexel University’s online Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning and Online Instruction. Apply the latest research in neuroscience and effective learning to improve the quality of online/hybrid course design and instruction for adult students.

You Will Learn

  • How the adult brain organizes, retains and applies information and experience
  • Why health, emotion and social interaction are important to learning
  • What it takes to design and teach &#8220brain-targeted” online/hybrid courses
  • How to meet online course quality standards and regulations

Program Features

Brain
Focuses specifically on the neuroscience of adult learning in the online/hybrid environment
Classroom
Enables students to seamlessly translate classroom knowledge into real-world practice, as they learn
Online Learning
Provides a unique opportunity to experience quality online education first-hand – a critical step in understanding what it means to be an adult online student
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Interested in learning more about the online Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning and Online Instruction program?
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Founded in 1891, Drexel University is a top-ranked, urban research university, located in the heart of Philadelphia. Known as a pioneer in distance education for working adults, this transformative institution launched its first fully online program nearly two decades ago. And today Drexel offers more than 140 high-quality online degree and certificate programs, designed to provide practical knowledge for professional success.

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