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October 18, 2017

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

From Monday’s inbox…

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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October 17, 2017

ECOO Virtual Ed Camp

Notice of another Canadian conference.

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ECOO is hosting a Virtual Ed Camp on morning of Saturday October 21st.  The format will be as follows:

8:30 – 9:00  Welcome & networking

9:00 – 9:30  Panel discussion hosted by Stephen Hurley

Note:  this discussion will be broadcast on VoicEd Radio

9:30 – 10:30  Breakout session 1

10:30 – 11:30  Breakout session 2

11:30 – 12:30  Breakout session 3

12:30 Wrap up.


Note:  Some of the sessions will be recorded and/or live broadcast on VoicEd Radio.


Please register for participation and provide your input to the discussion topics at Registrants will receive additional information regarding the day closer to the 21st.

[L_OSBC_Announce] Spring Conference Notification

Notice of a Canadian conference.


2018 Digital Learning Symposium
Frontiers of Innovation: Curriculum Change in Online Environments

April 18 – 20, 2018 —Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport<>
Richmond, British Columbia


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Rod Allen
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•     Early registration – Groups/Members only $325!

Register at:
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October 16, 2017

[AECT] 2017 International Convention – IT’S ON!

Also from Friday’s inbox…

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24 Days to Go! Canada’s 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit — ‘Designing Next Generation Schools for Today’s Student’ — Monday, November 6, Toronto — Space is filling fast! Last Chance for $50 Off!

Another up-coming Canadian conference.

Dear Thought Leader,

As a valued member of the MindShare Learning Community, I wanted to share that it’s not too late to register for our 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership SummitMonday, November 6, MaRSDD, Toronto. Designing Next Generation Schools Future for Today’s Student, is our theme for this year’s summit.

I believe it’s never been a more exciting time to be in education. We are smack in the middle of a digital revolution. Hence, it’s critical for stakeholders to engage with education and technology leaders to make sense of how to best design and implement successful strategies for your institution to support student success. We proudly have an amazing lineup of world-class presenters as well as our highly popular Cross Canada Checkup panel.

Here are just 5 ways for your to engage in our Summit!

1.Explore the Makerspace Showcase! As you enter the conference area you will enter an innovative classroom environment, featuring 3D printing, augmented reality, robotics, and other cool hands on learning technologies.

. Vote for your favorite Tech Teacher (K12/Post-Secondary), or EdTech industry partner!

3. Enter the Dragon’s Den Style EdTech Startup Pitch Session!

4.Participate in the afternoon round table sessions that will be sure to challenge your innovative thinking on schools of the future

5.Stick around for our post-summit VIP networking reception and Ignite Talks!

Because of your continuing support we are offering one last chance to receive $50 discount (use coupon code:mslpc50). Inquire about special group pricing ($149) for five or more people.

Thanks to our valued sponsors and partners who make this conference extra special with their support!

Please don’t hesitate to drop me a note if you have any further questions, or require special arrangements! Or, feel free to call me at 416-569-2106. Hope to see you at the Summit!


P.S. Bonus addition to the EdTech Summit program. Ignite the Night Talks feature Brian Aspinall, Jennifer Casa-Todd and friends.


Master of Ceremonies
Dr. Karen Grose

Vice President, Digital Learning TVO

Karen Grose leads the organization in the development of innovative, evidence-informed content, product and services to improve outcomes and well-being for all ages of learners across the province of Ontario. Karen brings over 27 years of educational experience in the world of teaching and learning to TVO

Keynote Speakers
Lord Jim Knight
Former Minister of Education, UK Government
Jim Knight is Chief Education Adviser at Tes Global. In his previous role at the company he was the Managing Director of Online Learning, where he built an online teacher development platform. He is a member of the House of Lords and a visiting Professor at the London Knowledge Lab of the Institute of Education. As a minister his portfolios included rural affairs, schools, digital and employment.
Randall Fielding
Founder & Editorial Director, DesignShare/ Partner, Fielding Nair International
Randall champions FNI’s mission to transform learning by serving as a thought leader, learning collaborator, and design mentor. His experience extends from early childhood education to the university level and across 47 countries. The common thread throughout his work is the priority of learners, their relationships and needs in school facility design. Learning, not buildings, come first in FNI’s architecture.
Sidneyeve Matrix
Associate Professor,
Queen’s University
Sidneyeve Matrix is an Associate Professor and Queen’s National Scholar. Dr. Matrix teaches Creative EntrepreneurshipInnovation in Practice, and Design Thinking at the graduate, undergraduate, and professional levels for Smith School of Business, Dan School of Drama and Music, and Western University Continuing Education. Dr. Matrix also serves on the Executive for the Dunin Desphande Queen’s Innovation Centre.


Applications are now being accepted for the ‘Dragons’ Den Startup Challenge’ & Nominations for the ‘Canadian EdTech Awards’

EdTech Startup Challenge – Dragons’ Den Style

Rules & Guidelines here

This year we are accepting FIVE startup’s to compete – Each EdTech startup company entered in this contest will be given five minutes to pitch their companies platform/approach/achievements during the 8th EdTech Leadership Summit to a panel of judges, made up of esteemed industry leaders and past winners, in a bid to win top prize.

For more information on entry guidelines and eligibility please go to this link for more information. Please send all applications to

This year’s prize for the Top Startup company is FREE booth space at the startup pavilion at FETC 2017!

2nd Annual Canadian EdTech Awards

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Canadian Edtech Awards – Celebrating Excellence in Canadian Innovation & Education.

Voting will take place in the following four categories:

  1. K12 Educator of the Year
  2. K12 Administrator of the Year
  3. Post Secondary Professor of the Year
  4. EdTech Partner of the Year

Click here to submit you vote!

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