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January 25, 2019

Last Call For Awards – USDLA 2019 National Conference

Another USDLA item for today.

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Last Call for 2019 USDLA Awards!
Subject: Call for Awards will be closing this Friday at Midnight.
Hello everyone,
Please be sure to complete any draft submissions and hold on to your confirmation email.
The USDLA International Distance Learning Awards are created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary achievements through the use of online, videoconferencing, and satellite/video delivery technologies globally.
This is a great way to recognize your institution and share your success with the Distance/Digital Learning community.
I wish you luck with your submission and hope to see you in Nashville this May.
Pat Cassella, USDLA President
The USDLA International Awards will be presented at the USDLA International Awards Ceremony, scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, 2019 during the USDLA National Conference being held in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
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 Washington, DC. 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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November 5, 2018

AECT D&D Outstanding Book Award

I received this late last week from a colleague in Australia.

I emailed you last year to let you know that I cited your work “Helping to make online learning less isolating” in my book Design of Technology-Enhanced Learning – Integrating Research and Practice. Well, this is just a follow-up to let you know that the book recently won the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Design and Development Outstanding Book Award.

In their awarding statement the five reviewers concluded:

This volume does the best job of pulling together knowledge in the field toward textured but practical guidance. Bower does not overstate what is known or veer into theoretical determinism. The content is excellently grounded in theory and provides excellent examples from practice. It is very well-structured and well-written. Impactful! Faulty could use this as a foundational text in a course for technology for teachers and even for college faculty.

So thanks once again for the excellent contribution that your high quality research made to this volume.

As a result of the award my publisher has decided to reinstate the 30% discount, which is available to you, your library and your students by going to and typing in the promo code EMERALD30 at checkout. As well, if you are one of the growing number of academics who are deciding that they would like to use the book as the required reading in their undergraduate or postgraduate courses, please let me know so I can provide you with access to the ancillary teaching resources.

So check out this volume that you can now order at a discount.

September 7, 2018

K-12 Online and Blended Learning Promising Scholar Award

Notice of this award came through my inbox yesterday.  Note the deadline is still a ways off yet.

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education

Dear Michael Barbour,

We hope that you submit a nomination for the K-12 Online and Blended Learning Promising Scholar Award (self nominations welcomed). This award is based on a rigorous review and is in recognition of an unpublished manuscript that demonstrates excellence in the area of K-12 online/blended education. The award recipient will be recognized at K-12 Online Learning SIG meeting during the SITE Conference and the manuscript will be published in the Journal of Online Learning Research (JOLR) pending review. All submissions should be sent to Jered Borup ( by December 1, 2018.

Eligibility, criteria, and submission directions are found in the following online flyer:

K-12 Online Learning Chairs
Keryn Pratt and Jacqueline Zweig

Jered Borup and Leanna Archambault, JOLR Co-Editors

August 24, 2018

iNACOL Symposium | REMINDER: Last Call For Nominations For iNACOL Innovator Awards, Due August 31

And from the neo-liberals…

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iNACOL Symposium 2018 - Driving the Transformation of Learning - October 21-24, 2018 - Nashville, Tennessee
Dear Colleagues,Each year, iNACOL honors and celebrates education pioneers for their work in personalized, competency-based education. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 iNACOL Innovator Awards, which will be announced at the iNACOL Symposium in Nashville, TN, which runs October 21-24, 2018.

Nominations are now open for the following iNACOL Innovator Awards:

  1. iNACOL Teacher of the Year
  2. Outstanding Individual Contribution to Personalized Learning

Additional information, including eligibility requirements and nomination forms, is available on the iNACOL Innovator Awards page of our website.

Please submit a notice of your intent to nominate by 8 p.m. ET on August 31, 2018. Final nomination packages are due by 8 p.m. ET on September 7, 2018. Please send all intents to nominate and any questions to

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We look forward to seeing you at the iNACOL Symposium.
About the iNACOL Symposium

On October 21-24, 2018, iNACOL’s annual Symposium will bring together 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of personalized, competency-based learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world, including leading practitioners and educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators from throughout the field.

Attendees will find invaluable networking opportunities; access to expertise, analysis, the latest trends and research; and thought-provoking interactive sessions for leaders shaping the future of education. The Symposium includes hundreds of engaging interactive sessions, with tags to guide attendees toward highly relevant professional learning opportunities. Learn more on the iNACOL Symposium website.

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The mission of iNACOL is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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August 15, 2018

Concours Trophées du Numérique 2018

Readers of this blog may be interested in submitting an application for one of these awards.

***** Concours Trophées du Numérique 2018 *****

Date limite: 1er septembre 2018. Les projets à vocation éducative peuvent être portés par tous types d’organisations.

Le concours Trophées du numérique, organisé par l’Université TÉLUQ, s’inscrit dans le thème du colloque CIRTA 2018 : « Présent et futur de l’enseignement et de l’apprentissage numérique ». Ce concours met en lumière des réalisations qui favorisent ou améliorent les apprentissages de gens de tous âges et de toutes situations. Les projets récompensés ont des objectifs pédagogiques et allient usage de technologies, outils et approches numériques.

Le concours est ouvert à tout projet alliant l’usage de technologies, d’outils ou d’approches numériques avec des objectifs pédagogiques. Le projet doit viser à permettre, à favoriser ou à améliorer des démarches d’apprentissage au bénéfice d’apprenants de tous âges et de toutes situations.

Les projets à vocation éducative peuvent être portés par tous types d’organisations, par exemple :
– Des établissements scolaires, des enseignants ou des équipes d’enseignants de tous les niveaux (préscolaire ou maternelle, élémentaire, secondaire, supérieur, formation d’adultes);
– Des associations ou organisations à vocation éducative;
– Des entreprises (pour des activités de formation vendues ou organisées pour leur personnel).
– Les projets soumis doivent être dans une phase de mise en œuvre de moins de 24 mois, de façon à permettre un retour d’expérience.

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