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February 18, 2017

2017 Opening Keynote Speaker: Elliott Masie, Chair, The Learning Consortium

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USDLA 2017 National Conference
April 30 through May 3, 2017
Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites, Indianapolis, IN
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2017 National Conference is the premier event for professionals in the distance learning industry. This year’s conference (April 30 through May 3, 2017) promises to deliver an action-packed agenda that will bring together distance learning practitioners from across the country to Indianapolis, Indiana.
Opening Keynote Speaker
Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning Consortium
The Many “E”s of e Learning!
The Conversation about e-Learning is Shifting!  We are taking the “E” in e-Learning and expanding from Electronic Learning to the wider set of personal and organizational dimensions.  Elliott Masie will provide a unique perspective about the following Learning Shifts:
  • “E” for Everywhere Learning – Bringing Learning to the Learner – rather than the Learner to the Learning Room.
  • “E” for Engaging Learning – Moving from Presentation to Challenging, Competitive and Cooperative Engagement of Learners.
  • “E” for Evidence and Research on Learning – Big Data, Metrics and Accountability for Learning Approaches
  • “E” for Everyone as Learners – Personalization, Machine Learning and Learners as Co-Designers
  • “E” for Experiences – Mixed Reality, Labs vs. Classrooms and Expertise from Open Sources
  • “E” for Effective Curation – The Learner and the Organization Must Curate from the Panorama of Learning Choices
Elliott will share evolving and disruptive dimensions of our opportunities in the changing world of Learning!
Registration for USDLA 2017 is now open!
  • Early Bird Registration (December 13, 2016-February 17, 2017)
  • USDLA Member Rate – $525.00
  • Non Member Rate – $575.00
  • Join Today Rate – $625 ($525 Member Rate + $100 Special Member Rate)
Regular Registration (on and after February 18, 2017)
  • USDLA Member Rate – $625.00
  • Non Member Rate – $675.00
  • Join Today Rate – $725 ($625 Member Rate + $100 Special Member Rate)
Special K-12 Registration Rate ($200 for limited access pass)
USDLA is pleased to announce a special rate for K-12 educators at the USDLA 2017 Conference.  K-12 educators are invited to participate in the whole conference at the registration rates above OR join us for one Pre-Conference Workshop on Sunday, April 30, 2017 and a one day pass on Monday, May 1, 2017 for a reduced cost of $200.  If interested please contact Patricia Marcelonis at pmarcelonis@usdla.orgor 617-399.1770 today.
Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
As a leader in the distance learning industry, we welcome and invite your participation as either an Exhibitor or Sponsor for this year’s event.  Attendees include professionals from K-12, higher and continuing education, and corporate, government and military training, as well as from the telehealth and distance learning consultant organizations.
By Exhibiting or Sponsoring at USDLA 2017 you have the opportunity to get your name in front of attendees and interact in many of our activities throughout the Conference.   Our Exhibitor Showcase is limited, so please contact us today!
Silver Sponsor ($5,000)
  • General Session Sponsor (Address Conference Attendees during General Session and introduce Keynote Speaker)
  • Showcase Table Space (8′ Table Space)
  • 3 Attendee Passes
  • Concurrent Session Opportunity
  • Conference Bag Literature
  • Website and Program Listing
Bronze Level ($2,000)
  • Breakfast Sponsor
  • Showcase Table Space (8′ Table Space)
  • 2 Attendee Passes
  • Conference Bag Literature
  • Website and Program Listing
Exhibitor Only ($1,500)
  • Showcase Table Space (8′ Table Space)
  • Website and Program Listing
Friends of the Conference Level ($500)
  • Conference bag literature
  • Website and Program Literature
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.

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iNACOL Symposium 2017 Decision to Move from North Carolina

This is kind of interesting, as iNACOL faced this same issue back in 2010 and didn’t absolutely nothing about it (see Attending The Virtual School Symposium In Arizona???, Issues Of Diversity Preconference To Include AZ State Superintendent & More Anti-Ethnic News From Arizona And VSS 2010 Considerations).  I guess it is better late than never for this organization to become “highly principled”…

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Dear Colleagues,

As a highly principled organization at iNACOL, we are in a position in which we must take a stand and we have no option but to move our conference from North Carolina.

As a result of anti-LBGTQ legislation in North Carolina (HB2, informally known as the bathroom bill), iNACOL has made the decision to move the iNACOL Symposium 2017 from Charlotte, North Carolina to Orlando, Florida on October 23-25, 2017.

Here is the difficult situation we find ourselves in:
iNACOL seeks to organize the iNACOL Symposium in different locations each year. We chose Charlotte, North Carolina for the iNACOL Symposium 2017 three years ago (2014), before the idea of a law such as HB2 was even being discussed, let alone enacted. Since the HB2 law took effect in 2016, we remained hopeful that it would be repealed. We have contacted the North Carolina Senate and House leadership, but it appears the repeal of HB2 is unlikely to happen in the immediate future and certainly not in the timeframe we need to move our event to another location. The legislature went into special session in December 2016 with the purpose of fixing this and repealing HB2 and failed to do so.

iNACOL itself is driven by the values of learning, respect, equal access, educational equity and excellence. North Carolina’s passage of HB2 and its discriminatory nature have substantially changed the circumstances under which we signed the contract in 2014. Therefore, we have decided that we must take a stand at considerable costs to our organization.

As you can imagine, finding an alternative venue in such a short team is no small feat. We realize that it may be inconvenient for those of you who put the earlier October date on your calendar. But we hope our supporters, the entire community, and leaders in the field will join us in standing up and supporting our work. We ask you to join us in considering the principles driving our decision.

We are on a journey focused on doing what is best for students and driving innovations toward equity. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando and working together to transform education toward learner-centered, personalized models for all of America’s kids.


Susan Patrick
President and CEO

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February 17, 2017

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Subject: 2017 Symposium / DL Conference: Meet the Speakers!
2017 Symposium: April 5 – 7, 2017 – Vancouver, British Columbia
Michael Furdyk – Featured KeynoteHow young people can change the world by getting online<>

*   Michael has appeared on Oprah, presented at TED, and was named one of Teen People’s “Twenty Teens that will Change the World”
*   Keynoted over 100 events sharing his passion for youth engagement & educational reform
*   Student Panel moderated by Michael follows his keynote

TakingITGlobal – Video overview

How it all began –

Symposium Main Program details here<> // Pre-conference details here<>
Register here<> – Late fee applies after Feb.28!
Friday Keynote: Suzanne Hoffman – BC Ministry of Education
Closing Keynote: Remi Kalir CU Denver & Remi(x) Learning<>

*   Technology, equity and learning
*   Design thinking for blended boundaries

Featured Speakers

*   Dr. Sean Lessard – redefining Indigenous learner engagement
*   Zoe Branigan-Pipe – Makerspaces & Learning Spaces
*   Fine Arts eCademy (Navigate) – blending classroom boundaries
*   François Guité – technological & social forces shaping schools

April 5 (Mini Symposium) – Wednesday 1:00 to 5:00 pm – Only $15 daily parking!
View the program schedule here
April 6/7 Symposium – Thursday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; Friday 8:00 am to 2:30 pm
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February 16, 2017

Distance Teaching & Learning Conference July 25-27

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Online and distance educators:
Distance Teaching & Learning Conference
Mark your calendar for July 25‑27, 2017
Registration opens March 27
Join more than 800 of your online and distance education colleagues on the shores of Lake Monona in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin. Here are just a few reasons to attend this year:

•  Learn from the best: International experts and other thought leaders will expand your thinking about distance education, showing new possibilities for online teaching and learning.

•  Network with hundreds of online learning pros: Engage with colleagues and industry leaders in a variety of settings.

•  Tailor the experience to your needs: Learn in the ways that suit you best, from interactive workshops to a research symposium to interest‑group meetups.

•  Get more, pay less: With one of the most competitive prices in the industry, this conference will help you make the most of your budget. Register by April 30 and save with our early‑early‑bird discount.

Early‑early‑bird fee ($520) available through April 30
Learn more >
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Questions? Contact Kimary Peterson • kimary.peterson@wisc.edu608‑265‑4159
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[EDEN-News] EDEN Annual Conference, Jönköping 2017 – Registration Open

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EDEN 2017 Annual Conference: #EDEN17
Late submissions welcome
Registration is now open!

Jönköping, Sweden 13-16 June 2017



The conference is hosted by the Jönköping University in co-operation with Destination Jönköpingand SADE, the Swedish Association for Open and Distance Learning.

Registration is open

The EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration for the Annual Conference. The registration fee includes access to all conference facilities, the electronic Conference Proceedings, the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments during the conference days. The fee does not include accommodation and the conference dinner (optional, indicative price 80 EUR).

registerAuthors of contributions accepted for presentation can benefit from a reduced fee. For each paper, only one reduced author’s fee will be offered. For more information on fees and discounts, visit the Conference Registrationpage.

Preliminary conference structure

The Conference programme includes plenaries, parallel sessions with paper presentations, workshops, trainings, moderated poster and demo sessions and the synergy strand. The event starts on Tuesdayafternoon on 13 June, with registration, followed by the Welcome Reception and ends with a Farewell Coffee on 16 June.

The preliminary structure can be viewed here. Please note that programme changes may apply.

Get to know some of our keynotes

Frans Mäyrä

mayraFrans Mäyra is a professor of Interactive Media, Digital Culture and Game Studies and Vice Dean at the Faculty of Communication Sciences at University of Tampere. He is a “techno-humanist researcher with an avid interest in digital culture in its many forms, currently heading a games research group in the new media department of a major university, aiming to change the world to better by making us better aware of our multidimensional, immaterial as well as material existence.”

Learn more about him here.

Manjula Srinivassrinivas

Manjula Srinivas is a Professor and Head of the Department of Mass Media at the Kishinchand Chelaram College, better known as K. C. College, in Mumbai, India. She is a self-starter with over 15 years of teaching experience across varied colleges and roles, including, teaching, administration, content & syllabi development.

Learn more about her here.

Hanqin Qiu

qiuHanqin Qiu is a professor international tourism at the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She received her BA from Nankai University in Mainland China, her MA from University of Waterloo in Canada, and her PhD from University of Strathclyde in UK. Her research interests are tourism studies, consumer behaviour, and China hotel and tourism development and policy issues. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality & Tourism since 2016.

Learn more about her here.

Pre-conference workshops

Digital Transformation And Diversity In A Swedish Context

This pre-conference workshop will be on 13 June, at 12:00-16:00 CET, hosted by SADE, the Swedish Association for Open and Distance Learning, and will be free of charge.

EDEN SIG on TEL and quality enhancement

This pre-conference workshop will also be launched on 13 June, at 16:30-17:00 CET. It will introduce and present EDEN’s SIG on TEL and Quality Enhancement: state of the art in research and practices, current challenges and challenges ahead. The SIG will present the aims of the group and will invite EDEN NAP members to join the group through discussions in NAP area and other EDEN channels.

It will be followed by a series of EDEN SIG on TEL and quality enhancement wokshops/learning cafes, which will take place during the EDEN 2017 Annual Conference.

Young Scholars’ Support

We are pleased to announce that EDEN’s support scheme to young scholars will be offered again at the 2017 Annual Conference, with the sponsorship of SADE, the Swedish Association for Distance Education. Two young researchers’ attendance at the Conference will be supported with €600 each.

Late submissions still welcome!


There has been an impressive response to the Call, showing high level compliance with the theme and concept. The relevance and diversity of submissions is reassuring for a conference rich in content and in networking opportunities.

Due to numerous extension requests received, the online submission will remain open until further notice. Submissions that relate to the Conference Scope and one or more of the Conference Themesare still welcome in paper, poster, workshop, training, demonstration and synergy formats.

recognistionContributors, please remember…

that your papers, posters and training submissions will not only be subjected to the conference evaluators’ thorough assessment, but could also win one of EDEN’s prestigious awards. We are keen to promote and inspire professionals by recognising excellence and will continue the tradition of distinguishing Best Papers and Best Practice Initiatives. The conference participants can also make their voices heard – they will be able to vote on their favourite posters on display – the poster earning the highest number of votes will receive the conference’s Poster Prize. Everybody who has an accepted submission for presentation will receive a Speaker badge and all conference participants will be awarded a Participant badge.

Special offer: Discounted travel with Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines

lufthansaThe Lufthansa Group airlines offer a comprehensive global route network and exclusive prices and conditions to our participants, visitors, exhibitors, and invited guests. Read moreon how to use the special offer.

After the conference: DreamHack Summer 2017


DreamHack, the world’s largest LAN party and festival around computer gaming with scene performances and several types of competition (e-sport, cosplay and more) will be held at the exhibition center in Jönköping all weekend after the EDEN Annual Conference, starting on the Friday. Watch the introduction to the event on YouTube. This is an excellent opportunity for EDEN conference participants to make their stay in Jönköping not just professionally useful but also enjoyable.

Sponsorship opportunity

EDEN is offering sponsorship packages linked to the event. For further details about sponsorship, please consult the Sponsorship Brochure and the Conference Secretariat.

Exhibition stands will also be available for booking.


Schedule and Deadlines

Late submissions welcome

Registration open

Notification of Authors: 31 March 2017

Conference Dates: 13-16 June 2017

For any conference related questions contact the Conference Secretariat


The EDEN 2017 Annual Conference is the initiative of EDEN supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.


EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat
Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858

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