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November 14, 2017

E-Learn 2017 Proceedings Available Online!

From the inbox over the weekend.

Keynote Talks & Conference Proceedings Published
E-Learn Proceedings are available exclusively via This series serves as a major source of information on the research, development, and application of Learning and Technology.
E-Learn Open Access Keynote Talks were Recorded live in Vancouver and are available on LearnTechLib! These talks feature cutting-edge commentary from leaders in the field.
LearnTechLib is the premiere online resource for aggregated, peer-reviewed research on the latest developments and applications in Learning and Technology.
This respected resource is more than an archive of content but rather a
hybrid library, research tool, educator resource, and index! | The Learning & Technology Library |
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November 12, 2017

CanadaMoot News: Update February 21 – 24, 2018 Toronto!!!

Also from Thursday’s inbox…

** Apologies for the cross posting**

1.  Joining us for 2018 Canada Moot?  Remember to book your hotel:

Novotel Toronto Vaughan
Mention Moodle Moot for special rate
Call toll-free 1-866- 630-2680

2. Our Sponsors and Exhibitors!
We’ll have more exhibitors this year than previous Moots and more are still coming on Board with us.  Check them out here:

3. Our Program:

Still accepting proposals and our program continues to build and shape.  Submit your proposal here after login: 

4.  Moodle Headquarter Support

Join members of the Moodle Users Association, discuss where Moodle development is going with Moodle administrators and find out plans for education and Moodle.  For the first time ever, we’ll have a contingency of Moodlers from Moodle Headquarters!

Check out our schedule to date: But remember – proposals are still coming in and program is still shifting.

Our thanks to York University for hosting us this year!

Questions? contact Frances Long: or phone 1. 604.685.5100

November 10, 2017

Innovative Technology At OLC Accelerate 2017

From Tuesday’s inbox…

LearningMate’s Technology at OLC Accelerate 2017

Our partner LearningMate will be at OLC Accelerate 2017, in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 15-17. Top-notch technology is important, and it’s even better when you are in control and retain ownership of your content and data.

LearningMate will be exhibiting two of their technology platforms, which focus on next-gen assessments and custom courseware authoring and management, respectively. With QuAD and FROST, you retain ownership of the development process of assessments and courseware, meaning you don’t have to rely on third-party systems to achieve your goals.

Even more, the content is yours to own, so data won’t be lost when you make other changes to your infrastructure, and LearningMate can help you aggregate and use that data in ways that truly impact education.

Check out the videos below to learn more.

Learn more about FROST and QuAD

QuAD for Digital Assessments

QuAD lets you create, manage, deliver and report on assessments your way. Build out test banks, manage metadata tags, and create assessments that align perfectly with your needs.


FROST enables seamless collaboration between the teams involved in the instructional design and course authoring process. Publish in a variety of ways, such as an epub file, any LMS, or to a “finished goods repository” which can be linked to from your LMS.

Who Will Be There?

Jason Fields

Director of Sales, Higher Education

As Director of Sales for Higher Education, Jason connects institutions with LearningMate resources, often arranging complex solutions that leverage LearningMate’s specialty services and customizable frameworks. Prior to joining LearningMate, Jason held multiple positions at Ed Map, lastly as National Director of Sales, where he focused on helping institutions develop affordable content strategies encompassing inclusive access programs, integrations, and use of OER and digital technologies.

Abhijeet Sethi
Vice President of Sales

With a passion for enabling technology in the classroom, Abhijeet has been part of new product and market ventures and held executive positions since joining LearningMate in 2003. Abhijeet has been instrumental in expanding their reach to curriculum companies, publishers, EdTech providers, assessment providers, higher education institutions and outsourced project management companies. Before LearningMate, Abhijeet led customer relationship management and implementation of Student Information Systems and eLearning solutions at Educomp.
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USDLA 2018 Conference: Call For Proposals Deadline Approaching – Due 11/13/17

Note this up-coming deadline.

USDLA 2018
Call for Proposals Now Open!
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
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!
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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November 9, 2017

Final Call for Papers Due: Jan 22

Note this second call for papers.

Washington, D.C., March 26-30, 2018
Final Call For Proposals
January 22, 2018
Can’t Make it to D.C?
Join us virtually!
SITE provides virtual sessions and virtual participation for authors and attendees who can’t be at the live conference.
Virtual presentation offers the same validity (review policy, publication, certification, etc.) as the face-to-face conference.
Virtual participants are also able to connect and interact with all conference attendees and view/download all papers and presentations!
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SITE 2018 is the 29th annual conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Join colleagues from over 60 countries in Washington, D.C.!
We’ll see you at SITE!
Special discounted hotel rates have been secured for SITE participants at the conference hotel, Westin Alexandria.
For this rate, hotel reservations must be made by: February 2, 2018.
While in D.C., join fellow SITE attendees on lunch SIG Meetings, Tours to the Goddard Center, Smithsonian Air & Space & Natural History Museums, Social Events & More!
Accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings & internationally distributed by
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