Virtual School Meanderings

February 16, 2018

How’s That #QMConnect Proposal Coming?

From Tuesday’s inbox…

Two women interacting at QM Connect

Your Submission Will Have an Impact

Don’t miss the opportunity to share your ideas and solutions to online learning challenges and help the QM Community open the Gateway to QualitySubmit your 2018 QM Connect Conference proposal today. It will make a difference. Just ask 2017 QM Connect attendee, Melissa Kaufman from Drexel University:

The conference was fantastic. There were tons of great sessions and
I have a notebook full of ideas I want to try out.

And you might end up saving too! Submit a proposal by March 9 and receive a $100 discount on the conference registration fee if your presentation is selected.

Follow these simple steps for an opportunity to showcase your ideas and work:

  1. Develop a proposal in one of these eight conference concentrations
  2. Choose a presentation format
  3. Submit your proposal

We look forward to your submission! Contact with questions.

Submit a Proposal
QM Connect Conference Gateway to Quality October 2, 2018 to November 2, 2018 in St. Louis Missouri
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Digital Pedagogy Lab – Summer 2018

Passing this along for another colleague.


I wanted to share a professional learning opportunity happening this summer.

For Digital Pedagogy Lab 2018, you can register for 1 day, 4 days, or 5 days. If you are attending the full 5 days, you will choose a 1-day course and a 4-day course.

I am facilitating the first day, it connects K-12 and Higher Ed Digital pedagogy, and will highlight some of the projects with Rocky View Schools and beyond.
The 4 day courses are amazing as well – I will be at Bonnie Stewart’s workshop.

Please consider sharing :) Thx!!!

Verena Roberts

Verena Roberts
Educational Consultant
BEd, MALT, MET, EdD (in progress)
Twitter: @verenanz


Spots Are Filling Up For The March 19 TxDLA Accessibility Certification Program

Passing this along for a colleague.

Register Now! Accessibility Certification Program
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Don’t Miss Out! TxDLA Accessibility Certification Program Begins March 19

Accessibility by individuals with disabilities to digital materials is one of the major technology issues of our time. The growth of online learning, and the increased use of digital materials in blended and flipped classrooms in K-12 and higher education has created more accessibility issues. The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice enforcement of accessibility issues has clarified the actions academic institutions should be taking to ensure that all students have full access to learning.

TxDLA offers a 31-hour Accessibility Certification Program a few times a year which positions participants on the leading edge of this important issue by providing them with an understanding of the legal issues, compliance findings, and Universal Design for Learning, while equipping them with practical skills in making digital content accessible. The next program is scheduled to begin March 19, with completion date of April 22, 2018.

Two Options are Available this Spring:
1. Online Only, $600
2. TxDLA Conference Registration Bundle, $975

Certification Program Includes:

  • 31 hours of online classwork, plus a 4-hour pre-conference workshop required (virtually for online participants, in-person for conference bundle participants)
  • Facilitated by a Certified Accessibility Specialist, with contributions from several TxDLA specialists in accessibility.
  • Capstone project with both peer and instructor review.
  • Participants assigned to a small group for one interactive assignment during the first 10 days. Discussions must be revisited for replies and interaction throughout the duration of the course. The remainder of the course is self-paced.

Topics Include:

  • Definition of disabilities
  • The current compliance issues identified by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and US Department of Justice; WCAG 2 level standards; compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Understanding of common issues and current legal developments in the Disability Rights Movement
  • NEW! Exploring administrative issues to establish policy, procure resources, respond to OCR complaint and resolution letters,  and establish corrective action plans
  • Hands-on experience with online tools, software, and assistive technology to understand the definition and application of reasonable accommodations
  • Application of Universal Design for Learning and inclusive environments
  • Creation of a Capstone project demonstrating knowledge of laws, current issues in online accessibility, practical knowledge of accommodations and assistive technology

Each Spring Certification section will be limited to the first 20 participants. 

“More and more academic institutions are realizing the need to address accessibility,” states Raymond Rose, TxDLA’s Public Policy Committee Chair and President of Rose & Smith Associates. Rose, an advocate for accessibility for blended and online learning, author and frequent presenter on the issue is one of several committee members and expert presenters for the Certification Program.

“As enforcement and lawsuits increase, institutions have become aware of the need to improve accessibility in online education,” Rose emphasizes. 

Disclaimer: Electronic Accessibility is an ever-changing craft, combining both art and science. The TxDLA Accessibility Certification indicates successful completion of a rigorous 5-week online accessibility training program as of the certification date. However, TxDLA does not guarantee the quality of any products produced by the certified individual, and cannot be responsible for any issues that may arise as a result of information that is received from this certification training.

Hurry! Seats fill up quickly!

Online Only Option: $600 Course Fee

Register for $600 Online Only Accessibility Certification
TxDLA Conference & Certification Bundled Package: $975 Course Fee
This packages includes all of the above, PLUS a full TxDLA Conference Registration (in-person), in-person registration for the Pre-conference Workshop on March 20 from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. Participants must attend at least 3 accessibility breakout sessions during the conference.

See the TxDLA Conference Website for more details about all that is offered at the Conference for those selecting the $975 Conference Registration Bundle Option. Over 60 breakout sessions, keynote speakers, exhibits, meals and networking activities are included. Travel/hotel is NOT included.

Register for $975 Accessibility Certification Bundle
For those who cannot commit the time or funds for the full Accessibility Certification, please consider attending our 2018 Annual Conference, March 20-23 in Dallas. Full and one day registration packages, as well as a preconference workshop on accessibility (separate fee) are available. There will be several sessions on accessibility throughout the conference.



March 20-23, 2018
Dallas, Texas
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[AECT] 2018 Kansas City: Call for Proposals Deadline 2/19/2018

Note this up-coming deadline.

  2018 Kansas City: Call for Proposals Deadline 2/19/2018
2018 AECT International Convention
Kansas City, MO
October 23 – 27, 2018

– Advance Your Career

– Help Influence Change

– Share Your Expertise

Is your work contributing to “Learning for All,” the theme for this year’s AECT Convention in Kansas City? Take this opportunity to share it with your peers. For nearly a century, many of our members have been influencing change in so many contexts. AECT members have been key leaders in thinking about learning technology. Our world is well into the Information Age, so now is the time to come together in Kansas City to explore fresh ideas and to celebrate the impact of our work.

You are invited to present at the 2018 AECT International Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Come share your expertise and knowledge with your peers from around the globe. The international convention brings together participants who can share knowledge regarding practical applications, cutting-edge research, hands-on workshops, and demonstrations of the newest technologies and teaching/learning techniques. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with your peers in beautiful Kansas City.

No other association gives you such extensive access to information from experts in the field to advance your professional career. AECT membership ensures that you will have all of the tools you need to excel in your field, to grow in your career, and to stay connected to a professional network of educators around the globe. We help you publish, present, and grow professionally.

Monty Jones Has A New Project

From one of my open scholarship networks.

This week’s research from your network
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has a new project
Development of the Maker Mindsets Instrument

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Wayne Journell · a researcher you follow
published an article
Preparing Teachers for English Learners: Integrating Academic Language and Community Service…

Feb 2018 · The Social Studies
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