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August 16, 2018

USDLA Newsletter 2018 (08-14-2018)

A newsletter from a couple of days ago.

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Dr. Farhad Saba
Founder, Editor
USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee
Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. Reggie Smith III
CEO / Executive Director
Associate Editor
OFFICIAL USDLA SPECIAL EDITION
FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
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In February 2018, the Education Week Research Center fielded an online survey to a representative sample of more than 500 school leaders, including principals, assistant principals, and deans. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent. The topic of the survey was technology. Specifically, the questionnaire focused on screen-time, personalized learning, social media, […]

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
The Evolution of Designing E-Service-Learning Projects: A Look at the Development of Instructional DesignersThis design case will discuss how design strategies evolved through the development and implementation of two e-service-learning project cohorts. The article provides a detailed account for how Designers for Learning launched its first e-service-learning instructional design project to address adult basic education needs. Information and design feedback gathered at the end of project informed design […]

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The Evidence Based Curriculum Design Framework: Leveraging Diverse Perspectives in the Design ProcessThe ubiquity of touchscreen, mobile tablet technology has resulted in a plethora of apps for learning yet few leverage the learning sciences as a design driver. This paper describes our approach to integrating the learning sciences with best practices in app design: a design framework that involves researchers and developers in a co-development process to […]

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Higher education students experiences of digital learning and (dis)empowermentThis paper focuses on learning practices in higher education in relation to a digital participatory culture. Using key principles of critical education, the research set out to explore higher education students sense of agency online or lack of it as part of their formal learning practices. The research found that although students were proficient […]

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Student Presence and Faculty Availability in Fully Online Courses: Is Alignment Requisite?Distance students consider online faculty availability and immediacy to be very important. Understanding student course usage is imperative to be able to align with their needs. The results of daily course usage by fully online nursing students enrolled in three separate clinical courses on an LPN-to-BSN track illustrate a clear pattern of extraordinarily consistent usage […]

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Reading Signals from the Future: EDUCAUSE in 2038In 1992, I was in a meeting at Apple Computer and was asked if I wanted to see the next “killer technology” the company would soon release. My Apple colleague left the conference room and came back to unveil the Apple Newton, a handheld device (sort of) that Apple was calling a “Personal Digital Assistant” […]

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A Bird’s-Eye View of Online Program QualityLaura Dicht has since last November served as manager of online program quality in New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. Before that, she spent two years as an instructional designer for the school. In the nine months in her new role, she’s gathered some newfound insights into the online teaching experience, shaped new processes […]

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Defining Regular and Substantive Interaction in the Online EraThe Trump administration is considering an overhaul of a 26-year-old federal rule that is seen variably as a barrier to innovation and an important guardrail against substandard instruction. Inside Higher Ed

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Why the FCC’s E-rate Makes Funding High-Speed Internet a Slow CrawlIt’s one of the cruelest ironies in education: today’s schools must build and maintain robust high-speed, fiber-optic internet connections. But the process involved in finding funds for these upgrades can feel like a laggy dial-up modem, slow to a crawl when its not cutting out completely. EdSurge

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August 9, 2018

Call For Proposals: International Forum for Women in E-learning – IFWE

Note this call for proposals coming up next.

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Call for Proposals
The United States Distance Learning Association’s
International Forum for Women in E-Learning (IFWE)
San Antonio, Texas
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 – Friday, November 30, 2018
 
Call for Proposals
Due Date: August 19, 2018

USDLA is pleased to present the Call for Proposals for the eighth International Forum for Women in E-Learning conference to be held November 28 – November 30, 2018 at the Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, Texas. To reserve a room please visit our website and be sure to use code USDLA/IFWE

The 2018 conference theme developed by your very creative IFWE 2018 Program Committee is:

IFWE are Visible…

To complement the theme, the committee has selected four topic areas that represent the tracks for which we are soliciting submissions for presentations. These topic areas and their corresponding descriptions are as described.
IFWE are visible… lead!
The leadership track welcomes submissions that respond to: effective leadership models and best practices both within an organization and between external stakeholder groups; the role of leadership in developing conditions for social equity; project management; communication strategies for developing and leading cross-cultural teams (remote); leading disruptive change and designing and developing processes toward the adoption of innovations.
IFWE are visible… mentor!
Submissions for the mentor track should focus on mentoring as a social learning process within formal and/or informal contexts. Topics for submission may include but are not limited to (a) mentoring that supports human development and achievement in social, academic, and professional environments; (b) mentoring as it pertains to career and/or vocational development; (c) mentoring –a social process for supporting cross-cultural teams; (d) mentoring experiences and/or evidence-based practices for developing and/or supporting human connections across organizational groups; (e) mentoring strategies and/or activities used in technology-rich environments; and (f) mentoring interventions that focus on providing underserved groups with opportunities to benefit from private/public programs on educational, economic, social, and health-related levels -in organizations and/or within the scope of societal systems. Submissions that provide evidence-based practices are strongly encouraged.
IFWE are visible… innovate!
Submissions for the innovative track should present transformational ideas, processes, and/or measures of innovativeness that have the potential to advance professional practices within the e-learning community. Submissions that present the effects of the innovation on people, and program-initiatives are encouraged. Examples of presentation topics include a) approaches for diffusing an innovation, b) processes for facilitating the adoption of innovations, c)  measures of innovativeness, d) innovative teaching and learning models, e) promoting a culture of innovation within an organization, and f) overcoming resistance to innovations within an organization.
IFWE are visible… thrive!
The thrive track focuses on multiple topics areas that include: work/life balance, holistic health, self-care, and self-regulation techniques that can be applied across multiple contexts to help others feel fulfilled both professionally and personally. This track aims to help others experience personal wellness and thus thrive in living one’s best life. Submission to the thrive track may include but are not limited to: practices that support stress-relief, self-regulating techniques, harnessing emotional intelligence, fitness activities, approaches to developing consistent fitness routines, meditation practices, real-food education, and sleep habits. Hands-on and interactive participatory-format sessions are encouraged for this track.
Conference participants typically represent a wide array of constituencies and e-learning modalities and thus presentation submissions are encouraged across broad perspectives of the e-learning community. Of interest is that we encourage presentations that address topics that are specifically meaningful to women, such as, women’s health, work/life balance, finding your voice at the table, and current events topics that involve issues of equity (economic, social, political) that may affect women on both personal and professional levels.
Primary constituencies include higher education, K-12 education, military, workforce, telehealth and corporate training. However, we welcome all stakeholders with interests in sharing their insights and professional practices to propel the e-learning community forward. Prior to submitting proposals, please review topic-area descriptions. When submitting proposals, please indicate the specific target area for submission by selecting the appropriate drop-down menu item that provides a listing of the four  tracks for presentation purposes; and also indicate the format style (informative sessions, pre-conference workshops, poster sessions) for presentation submissions. Note: Informative submissions that demonstrate overlapping topic areas may be considered for developing panel presentations.
Sessions: We are planning three types of sessions this year:
1) Informative sessions – These sessions provide an opportunity for one-hour presentations in your field of expertise. Your session should include adequate time for questions at the end of your presentation. (Teams of co-presenters are welcome and encouraged)
2) Pre-conference workshops- These are 2 to 3-hour workshops where presenters lead participants in new directions and allow them to practice new skills. Unfortunately, we do not have a facility for computer-based hands-on workshops. (Teams of co-presenters are welcome and encouraged)
3) Poster sessions – Poster sessions are presented during the IFWE Opening Reception. Poster presenters will be provided a table where they can set up an actual standing 3-panel poster (provided by the presenter) that describes their project or program. The presenter can also have handouts and other materials on the table. During the poster session, IFWE participants will have a chance to visit with all of the presenters.
We recommend that proposals be specific about the value provided to attendees. Please do not plan to make a sales presentation. Proposals should be focused on innovative issues and working solutions.
Abstracts/Session Summaries should include an overview of the session and its relevance to the Theme/Track, as well as to the e-learning community. They should provide: the structure of the session (informative session, pre-conference workshop, poster session) and, if applicable, details about demonstration activities and/or interactive components. Learning objectives and brief details about who might benefit from the session presentation should also be provided.
When in doubt the conference committee we will help you find the proper track!
Important Requirement: All presenters must register for the full conference.
Proposals are due on August 19, 2018
Format for presentation proposals for IFWE 2018:
10 word title
50 word abstract
100-200 words content
Review criteria:
IFWE participants will expect well-delivered presentations containing quality information that is of practical value to their day-to-day personal and professional lives. Each proposal will be reviewed by the IFWE Program Committee. Reviewers will look for clear descriptions. Considerable weight is given to proposals that specify session learning objectives and clearly describe why the content will be relevant and valuable to attendees.
Status of Proposals and Notification:
You will be contacted no later than September 1, 2018 about the status of your proposal. If your proposal is accepted, the lead presenter will receive an email containing information relevant to your presentation. Lead presenters are responsible for forwarding all information to their co-presenters.
Equipment:
The conference will provide a standard set-up (LCD data/video projector and screen). You will need to provide your own laptop computer (and appropriate dongles as needed) and speakers if your presentation requires sound. House sound will not be provided in the session rooms.
Preparing your proposal:
Please be specific and clear when you provide the required information requested on the electronic proposal submission system. When you are ready to submit your proposal, submit it electronically by going to our online submission tool
An email confirming the receipt of your proposal will be sent to you. When you are in the process of entering your proposal you can, at any time, click on Save and Exit. A confirmation email will be sent with information on how to log back in and continue your entry.
For questions about proposals in general, please contact Rhonda Blackburn at rblackburn91@gmail.com. If you have any technical problems with your submission, please contact Rhonda.
Good luck with your proposal!
We look forward to seeing you at IFWE 2018!
Gray
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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August 2, 2018

USDLA Newsletter 2018 (08-02-2018)

A newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. Farhad Saba
Founder, Editor
USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee
Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. Reggie Smith III
CEO / Executive Director
Associate Editor
OFFICIAL USDLA SPECIAL EDITION
FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
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New Approaches to Judging Quality in Higher Education: Profiles of Emerging Methods Apart from Traditional Accreditation The purpose of this report is to profile a selection of emerging approaches to judg- ing quality in higher education that represent a range of stakeholder interests andperspectives. This report includes three sections: Part 1. Quality Assurance at a […]

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An Investigation into Web-based Presentations of Institutional Online Learning OrientationsOnline learning orientation may be particularly important in a virtual setting where students are unfamiliar with the learning platform, unsure if their available computer hardware and software will meet requirements, and hesitant that they have the learning orientation to progress. Given that virtual students are at risk for receiving less advisement than their on-ground counterparts, […]

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What Motivates Students in the Online Communication Classroom? An Exploration of Self-Determination TheoryThe purpose of this study was to examine instructional strategies used to motivate students to engage in online communication courses. Eighteen undergraduate students, seven graduate students, and ten faculty members were interviewed individually or in small focus groups. Results indicate the significance of instructional strategies that promote autonomy, perceived competence, and relatedness in motivating students. […]

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Bot-teachers in hybrid massive open online courses (MOOCs): A post-humanist experienceNetworked technologies have created many learning opportunities and led to new learning models such as massive open online courses (MOOCs). However, MOOCs are an evolving learning model that are even today changing according to learners needs. First generation cMOOCs and second generation xMOOCs are now being followed by third generation hybrid MOOCs. In these evolution […]

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Social presence and motivation in online environments: Second Life versus the Enocta Learning Management System/Adobe ConnectThis study aims to compare the social presence and motivation of students taking a database II course using either the virtual world Second Life (SL) or the Enocta learning management system (LMS)/Adobe Connect. The study group consisted of 60 undergraduate sophomore students enrolled in a fully online computer programming program. Students were divided into two […]

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The unfulfilled promise of online higher educationDecades after the first stirrings of online learning were felt in higher education, the revolution its advocates had foretold has yet to occur. University World News

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UPenn Launches Online Master’s Degree in Computer Science with CourseraThe University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is launching an online masters degree. The program will be delivered in partnership with Coursera. While the program won’t be free, the MCIT Online degree will cost only $26,300, which is a fraction of the cost of completing a masters degree in computer science on the […]

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Canvas Announces Badges Powered By Badgr For All Canvas UsersSALT LAKE CITY, July 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Canvas by Instructure, the open learning management system (LMS) that makes teaching and learning easier, will now offer Open Badges through Badgr as a native feature in Canvas. Badgr is an achievement recognition and tracking system built by Concentric Sky that is used to issue, organize and share […]

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Temple University Joins Leading Higher Education Institutes to Empower Digital Literacy Skills With Adobe Creative CloudSAN JOSE, Calif. July 19, 2018 Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) and Temple University have reached an agreement for campus-wide access to Adobe Creative Cloud (Adobe CC). The licensing agreement allows every Temple University student, faculty member and employee with a registered university email address to log in and use Adobe CC. This includes access to […]

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July 27, 2018

USDLA Survey – Help To Shape The Future Of Our Association

Also from yesterday’s inbox…

Dear USDLA Associates,
As President of the association it is my top priority to understand how to best serve our distance and digital learning communities.
I’m reaching out to all of our members (present and former), past conference attendees, sponsors and supporters to get your views on several topics that will help us move this great association forward.
We have made several changes over the past 90 days; we’ve moved our main office from Boston to Washington, DC, revamped our certification program and received a Google non-profit grant.
This is all in addition to nominating a new President-Elect and electing a new Executive Director. The future of the association has never been brighter and the opportunities are endless.
I am requesting that you participate in a brief survey reflecting on your current perspective of and relationship with the USDLA to help set the direction for the future of the association.
Your participation in the survey is voluntary and your response will be kept completely confidential and discussed in detail during our upcoming Board of Directors retreat.
Access the survey here
Your opinion is critical as we continue to grow and build the future of the United States Distance Learning Association.
Thank you in advance for your time and cooperation.
If you would like to become a member or get more involved with the association by serving on a committee please contact our Membership Chair Randy McDonald at rmcdonald@usdla.org.
Warm regards,
Pat Cassella, USDLA President
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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July 20, 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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