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February 27, 2015

CORE’s Three Day Conference ULearn15 – Early Bird Pricing

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The ULearn15 conference registrations are now open! Follow us@ULearnNZ #ulearn15
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ULearn15 registrations are now open!

Tatou katoa, Talofa, Malo e lelei, Bula vi naka, Kia orana, Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou.

Dear Michael,

If you haven’t been to a ULearn conference before, or it’s been a few years, we’re providing fantastic hands-on learning opportunities, inspirational speakers, small group workshops, people to help you get online and ‘go digital’, and much more.

A CORE Education flagship conference, we know that each school, kura or centre, will be on their own learning journey and require different strategies and solutions. ULearn is a high quality conference where our sole aim of inspiring educators’ to push the boundaries of possibility, and to provide a collaborative and connected environment with opportunity to learn new skills and meet like-minded educators face-to-face.

The gala dinner is the perfect time to have some fun with new found friends and kick up your heels too!

About ULearn

ULearn15 is a three day conference, preceded by a preconference – ULearn Permission to Play. Both in Auckland during the school holidays. You can attend either one, or both to save $50!

The preconference is practical and hands-on, exploring the amazing ways to cultivate maker spaces and maker skills, by using technologies in innovative ways in the classroom. The three day conference format follows five strands, providing a variety of keynotes, spotlight speakers and breakout workshops.

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce a great line up of keynote speakers for ULearn15:

  • Grant Lichtman
  • Ann Lieberman
  • Pat Snedden

In addition we profile twelve experienced spotlight presenters, plus workshops that you can select and book. By registering and paying, you’ll be able to book your breakout sessions when the full programme is available online.

Conference Strands

This year’s strands focus on re-imagining all aspects of inclusive, culturally responsive education, learners’ needs and competencies that will take them into the future, learning design to foster collaboration and innovation, beliefs and theories that inform our teaching practice, ways to empower students as leaders, ways to grow whole school adaptive capability.

Of course it would not be ULearn without taking a look at the latest technologies that support the pedagogy, learning processes and spaces.

For the duration of the conference you are able to follow one strand, or explore different combinations, via seminars and workshops.

The ULearn15 conference strands:

  • Re-imagining learners and learning – Learner centred design, UDL, personalisation, collaboration, digital literacies, creativity, maker spaces, student-led learning, project-based learning, inquiry, whānau/community/society relationships, health and well-being.
  • Re-imagining teaching practice – The purpose of schooling, modern learning practice, teacher roles, connected educators, social networks, social media, community and virtual spaces, visioning and strategy for ubiquitous, rewindable and flipped learning.
  • Re-imagining leaders and leadership – Management, teaching as inquiry, communities of practice, knowledge building, professional learning groups, culture, strengths-based leadership and adaptive leadership.
  • Māori medium – ULearn15 will include for the first time a Māori strand that caters for teachers working in immersion or partial immersion programmes. The majority of the workshops and presentations will be offered in te reo Māori. Kia mataara kei ngā kaiako Māori, i tēnei tau ka whakaritehia tētehi wāhanga Māori kei te hōtaka ULearn, e hāngai ana ki ngā kaiako e noho rumaki ana.
  • Research – Research meets the classroom with the one day research strand (Thursday 8 October).

Preconference

Permission to Play is a one day preconference where you can imagine, invent, design and engineer.

Immerse yourself in action-learning experiences with the one day hands-on conference that will allow you to roll up your sleeves and discover how to create conditions for a maker culture in your learning spaces. Learn about robotics, Minecraft, 3D printing, design thinking, computer science, coding, website development, intelligent fabrics, stereoscopic virtual reality and more!

Dates, venue, prices and register

ULearn15 
Wednesday 7 – Friday 9 October 2015
$745* (early bird offer)
Gala dinner tickets can be purchased separately and cost $92*.
Venue: SKYCITY Convention Centre, Auckland
ULearn Permission to Play 
Tuesday 6 October 2015
$250*
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel (registration and meals) & SKYCITY Convention Centre, Auckland
Research Strand
Half price ($115) PhD students
Thursday 8 October 2015
$230*
Venue: SKYCITY Convention Centre, Auckland

Save $50 by attending both ULearn15 and ULearn Permission to Play ($945).

We also offer a 10% discount off the full price for 10 or more people from the same school/centre registered on the same form.

When registering, you can add the Gala Dinner and Research Strand to your registration at the same time, just tick the relevant boxes on the registration form. Numbers are strictly limited for ULearn, the gala dinner and ULearn Permission to Play. Please make sure you book early to avoid missing out!

* Costs include GST and are per person. Register and pay before 3 July 2015 to receive the early bird offer.

Gala dinner – ‘On the High Seas’

Always well received and enjoyable, the gala dinner is a fun night, capping off a fantastic few days at conference.

The theme is ‘On the High Seas’, and yes you can dress up in costume if you like! Tickets are limited, so get yours quick! Purchase your ticket separately for $92*. Simply tick the box on your registration form when you register online.

Win your conference fee back!

Register and pay for ULearn15 before 31 March 2015 and not only will you pay the early bird price, but you’ll also go in the draw to win the cost of your conference fee back!

Question?

Programme and venue enquiries: Becky Hare becky.hare@core-ed.org
Sponsorship and exhibitor enquiries: Meredith Noonan exhibit@core-ed.org
Registration enquiries: ulearn15@core-ed.org

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February 20, 2015

Here’s What’s New This Month In QM K-12

And another item from QM…

This month’s QM K-12 Newsletter features great information on how to submit an Annual Conference Proposal, webinar offerings, newly-recognized courses, and much more.
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K-12 Online and Blended Learning Newsletter

February 2015

In this issue:

  • Submit Your Proposal for the 7th Annual QM Conference
  • Keep Pace with Changes in Online Education and Hear About One District’s Response in the Keeping Pace and QM Success Stories Webinars
  • Educate with Rigor: QM Recognizes High-Quality Courses
  • Explore the Intersection of Education and Technology with QM at SITE
  • Hello, New Subscribers!

Education and Engagement at the 7th Annual QM Conference

Keeping Pace and QM Success Stories Webinars

QM Annual Conference logoTime to head West Deep into the Heart of Quality, QMers! Share and engage with the QM community with your 7th Annual QM Conference on Quality Assurance in Online Learning proposals byWednesday, April 8 This year’s conference is being held at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas!

Craft your proposal based on one of theseformats in seven concentrations.

If you submit your proposals by Friday, March 6, you’ll receive early decision notification AND a discount of $100 on the regular presenter rate. You will receive an e-mail with information about returning to your proposal to make changes once you’ve submitted it.

We’re pleased to provide resources you need to develop and submit a strong proposal.

Share your experience, ideas and excitement with your colleagues at the 7th Annual QM Conference. Submit your proposal before Friday, March 6 for early decision notification and a $100 discount!

We encourage you to share the work you’re doing more broadly by submitting a proposal to the iNACOL conference. The call for proposals closes Thursday, March 26 so get busy!

Get important information on trends and topics inEvergreen logodigital learning research across school districts like yours as John Watson, founder, Evergreen Education Group, and Christine Voelker, Director, K-12 Program, Quality Matters, present “Keeping Pace”, a FREE webinar, on Wednesday, February 25 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

Register Now

Immediately following the “Keeping Pace” webinar, join Robert Cougar Burke, Brian Kennedy, Sheryle Kuhnley, Cristina Padilla and Jyl Warner, Albuquerque Public Schools for “Quality Matters at the Core: A Roadmap for Collaborative Online Course Development” – a FREE QM Success Stories webinar – onWednesday, February 25 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET. Separate registration is required.

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Looking for more? Check out QM’s professional development offerings, including the next K-12 Applying the QM Secondary Rubric (March 3) and Online Course Design (March 2) workshops!
QM Recognizes High-Quality Courses
Edmentum helps educators blend their individual approaches with award-winning online learning programs that seek to address individual learner needs. Its focus on high-quality online courses has led to several courses being recognized for meeting QM’s rigorous quality standards following their official reviews.

  • French 1 & 2
  • Spanish 1, 2 & 3
  • German 1 & 2
  • Advanced U.S. History
  • Advanced Chemistry
  • Advanced Biology

Are your courses QM-Certified? QM can help you develop high-quality online and blended courses through a subscription, course reviews, professional development and engagingconferences.

Explore Education and Technology with QM at SITE
QM K-12 Program Director Christine Voelker will co-present “Research: Using Data to Ensure Quality in K-12 Online Education” at theSociety for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference
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Thursday, March 5 from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. PT/4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. ET. The panel includes leading experts exploring the research related to ensuring quality in K-12 online education.

As we look to improve access to high-quality courses and build cultures of quality assurance in our education communities, we encourage research focused on QM and its usefulness in creating and using well-designed courses to promote increased learner engagement. The QM Research Toolkit is a great resource for educators interested in conducting high-level research on QM and its use.

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Membership in the QM community offers access to and interaction with your colleagues who are also invested in creating high-quality learning environments focused on quality assurance. We’re excited to welcome these newest members of the QM community.

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SAVE MONEY on Mid-Atlantic Conference Registration Before March 2

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Your Care About Education. Join Your Fellow Educators at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. 
 
Register and enjoy reduced rates before March 2  

Educators interested in the development of high-quality courses, engagement with their colleagues, the latest research and trends in online and blended education and improving learner engagement should join the QM community at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. The conference, hosted by Drexel Online, is March 23-24 atDrexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You can:

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This conference is for people who, like you, have invested time and resources in the research and development of high-quality courses and the establishment of cultures of quality, environments in which quality is a key element of every aspect of educating learners.

Register at reduced rates before March 2 and bring your valuable ideas and intellectual resources to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference.

 

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CanadaMoot News: Update: Oct.20 – 23, 2015 MONTREAL!!!

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CanadaMoot October 21 – 23 2015
Pre-conference: October 20, 2015
http://moodlmoot.ca
Hyatt Regency Montreal
** Please circulate **

1. One of our new sponsors PACKT Publishing – while not attending as an exhibitor is making up for this by giving away free Moodle books, videos and huge discounts at the Canada Moot October 20 – 23 in Montreal. I know which ones I want!

You might be interested in their ‘FREE LEARNING’ campaign over the next two weeks. They have Moodle 2.0 Elearning Course Development available as a FREE download to everyone on 22nd February:https://www.packtpub.com/packt/offers/free-learning

Joan Coy who is on our Program Committee which is planning the Moot wrote the small book titled ‘Moodle Quiz Module How-To

2.  We are looking for Moodlers to offer training sessions at our Pre-conference October 20.  In particular: Social Media and Noodle, Mobile Moodle and Moodle 2.8 (we have tentatively scheduled an all day assessment workshop to delve into assignments, quizzes, gradebook etc) Yes – Martin Dougiamas Lead developer of Moodle will be with us also!

Here is our Call for Presenters  or write to us: canadamoot@gmail.com

3.  We are working with Moodle Headquarters to offer our first Developers Hack Fest – if this is of interest to you, contact CanadaMoot@gmail.com

4.  Reminder: Call for Presenters closes April 15, 2015

5.  Early Registration closes April 30, 2015 with discounts for presenters, and groups: http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1632&EID=19173

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CanadaMoot du 21 au 23 octobre2015
Pré-conférence le 20 octobre 2015
http://moodlemoot.ca
Hyatt Regency Montréal
** Merci de relayer cette information **
1. Un nouveau commanditaire, PACKT Publishing: https://www.packtpub.com/,  plutôt que de participer au salon des exposants distribuera gratuitement des livres, des vidéos et autres rabais considérable durant la conférence en octobre à Montréal. J’ai déjà fait mes choix !

Leur campagne ‘FREE LEARNING’ pourrait vous intéresser. Elle se déroule au cours des deux prochaines semaines. Leur ouvrage Moodle 2.0 Elearning Course Development sera gratuitement offert pour téléchargement le 22 février:https://www.packtpub.com/packt/offers/free-learning

Joan Coy, membre de notre comité de programme,  est l’auteure d’un guide sur la création de tests dans Moodle.

https://www.packtpub.com/hardware-and-creative/instant-moodle-quiz-module-how-instant

2.  Nous recherchons des utilisateurs de Moodle (des Moodlers) pour donner des formations lors de la journée de pré-conférence le 20 octobre, notamment sur les médias sociaux et Moodle, Moodle mobile et Moodle 2.8 (nous avons déjà planifié un atelier d’une journée sur l’évaluation, qui abordera les devoirs, les tests, le carnet de notes, etc.) Eh oui ! Martin Dougiamas, fondateur et développeur en chef de Moodle sera des nôtres !

Vous voulez soumettre une présentation ? Remplissez le formulaire en ligne à http://moodlemoot.ca/mod/dataform/view.php?id=2854 ou écrivez-vous: canadamoot@gmail.com

3.  Nous travaillons présentement avec Moodle pour offrir un premier Hack Fest pour développeurs. Si cette activité vous intéresse, contactez CanadaMoot@gmail.com

4.  Rappel: l’appel de présentation se termine le 15 avril 2015 http://moodlemoot.ca/mod/dataform/view.php?id=2854

5.  La rabais pour inscription hâtive est disponible jusqu’au 30 avril 2015 (rabais aussi disponibles pour présentateurs et groupes) http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1632&EID=19359

February 19, 2015

2015 USDLA Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Prospectus

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2015 USDLA SPONSORSHIP & EXHIBIT INFORMATION

2015 USDLA National Conference

St. Louis Union Station Hotel

St. Louis, MO

April 26-29, 2015

 

Registration for USDLA 2015 Now Open!

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Discounted Room Rate Link:

 

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Exhibit or Sponsor at the USDLA 2015 National Conference

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2015 National Conference is the premier event for professionals in the distance learning industry. This conference is an opportunity for sponsors and exhibitors to share ideas, distance learning programs and products and network with key industry leaders.

Attendees include professionals from K-12, higher and continuing education, and corporate, government and military training, as well as from telehealth and distance learning consultant organizations.

For the 2015 conference, USDLA will again offer an exhibit hall with focus events that will bring attendees directly to you. Our Sponsorship levels start at the Silver Sponsor level ($5,000) and offer booth space and a myriad of Association benefits. Our Exhibitors are given booth space only for $1,500. If you are interested in displaying your products and services, sharing experiences and successes, or introducing your business to more than 350 attendees in the distance learning field, the 2015 National Conference is where you want to be.

**Limited Sponsorship Opportunities – Reserve Today!**

 

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SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION

Silver Sponsorship – $5,000 

* Quarter page color advertisement in the Conference program

* Listing as Sponsor in USDLA publications and on the USDLA web page

* 1 Complimentary Conference Attendee pass

* Company/School approved literature/promotional items in conference bags

* One year subscription to USDLA Journal “Distance Learning…A Magazine For Leaders”

* Complimentary 1/4 page ad in 2 USDLA publications

* Sponsor exhibit space
Gold Sponsorship – $10,000 

* Quarter page color advertisement in the Conference program

* Listing as Sponsor in USDLA publications and on the USDLA web page

* 2 Complimentary Conference Attendee passes

* Exclusive sponsorship opportunity at Conference breakfast or luncheon

* 2 Complimentary One Year USDLA Individual Memberships

* Company/School approved literature/promotional

* One year subscription to USDLA Journal “Distance Learning…A Magazine For Leaders”

* Complimentary 1/4 page ad in 2 USDLA publications

* Exclusive opportunity to write article in 1 USDLA publication or newsletter

* Sponsor exhibit space
Platinum Sponsorship – $20,000

* Half page color advertisement in the Conference program

* Listing as Sponsor in USDLA publications and on the USDLA web page

* 4 Complimentary Conference Attendee passes

* 4 Complimentary One Year USDLA Individual Memberships

* Exclusive Sponsorship Opportunity at Conference opening reception, breakfast or luncheon

* Company/School approved literature/promotional items in conference bags

* One year subscription to USDLA Journal “Distance Learning…A Magazine For Leaders”

* Complimentary 1/2 page ad in 4 USDLA publications

* Sponsor exhibit space

* Opportunity to lead Concurrent Session

* USDLA supplied signage in the Conference Center

* Exclusive opportunity to write article in 2 USDLA publications or newsletters

* Complimentary Attendee List (permission required)
21st Century Sponsorship – $25,000 

* Full page color advertisement in the Conference program

* Listing as Sponsor in USDLA publications and on the USDLA web page

* Logo on the USDLA web page

* 6 Complimentary Conference Attendee pass

* 6 Complimentary One Year USDLA Individual Memberships

* Exclusive Sponsorship Opportunity at Conference Awards Reception/Banquet

* Company/School approved literature/promotional items in conference bags

* One year subscription to USDLA Journal “Distance Learning…A Magazine For Leaders”

* Complimentary full page ad in 4 USDLA publications

* Sponsor exhibit space

* Opportunity to lead Concurrent Session and Poster Session

* Opportunity to introduce School/Company at beginning of various Concurrent Sessions

* Company School/supplied banner(s) displayed in prominent location at the Conference

* Focus Group at USDLA with Educational Decision Makers and Board of Director members

* Exclusive opportunity to write article in 3 USDLA publications or newsletters

* USDLA supplied signage at Conference Center

* Complimentary Attendee List (permission required)

Friends of the 2014 USDLA National Conference

$300 Donation
  • Listing and Link on the USDLA Conference website
  • Mention in press release
$400 Donation
  • Listing and Link on the USDLA Conference website
  • Mention in press release
  • Literature in Conference Bag
  • Recognition in the Printed Program
$500 Donation
  • Listing and Link on the USDLA Conference website
  • Mention in press release
  • Literature in the Conference Bag
  • Recognition in the Printed Program
  • Recognition on Conference Signage
 
USDLA Exhibits Manager:

Kimberly F. Airasian

Phone: 617-­399-­1770

Email: kairasian@usdla.org

 

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EXHIBITOR PROSPECTUS

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Space is limited so request your booth today!

Discounted Room Rate Link:
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Exhibit Location: Midway Pegram
Exhibit Dates: April 27April 28, 2015

Move in: Monday before 7:30 am

Exhibit Hours:
Monday, April 27, 20157:30 am – 5:30 pm
Exhibitors must be present at their booth for the following activities:
7:30 – 8:30 am – Continental breakfast – food placed near hall to promote traffic2:30 – 3:00 pm – Afternoon break – food placed near hall to promote traffic
4:00-5:30 – Exhibit Hall Open Only (will hold raffle – attendees must be present to win)

Tuesday, April 28, 20158:00 am – 5:00 pm
Exhibitors must be present at their booth for the following activities:
8:00 -9:00 am – Continental breakfast – food placed near all to promote traffic
3:00-5:00 pm – Exhibit Hall Open Only (will hold raffle – attendees must be present to win)

Move out: Tuesday, April 28, 2015  from 5-7pm

Booth size: 8X10 Booth Package includes: signage, table and 2 chairs
Fee: $1,500 per 8’X10′ booth
NOTE: The exhibit space is carpeting. You do not need to purchase carpet unless you require a specific color to match your display/booth.

Exhibitor’s will receive a pre-conference and post-conference attendee list as well as a listing on the USDLA website as part of the National Conference Exhibitor Directory. In the final program, exhibitors will be listed in two directories – an alphabetical and a listing by company/organization.
Floor Plan – note shaded booths are sold – space layout is subject to change.

Any questions or to discuss exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities
please contact:

USDLA Exhibits Manager:

Kimberly F. Airasian

Phone: 617-­399-­1770

Email: kairasian@usdla.org

Registration for USDLA 2015 Now Open!
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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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