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October 11, 2017

OLC Today Newsletter: October 10, 2017

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October 10, 2017 | Volume 16 | Issue 16

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OLC Launches Research Center for Digital Learning and Leadership

The Research Center will further knowledge of the field, create collaborative networks among like-minded professionals, and provide original, evidence-based, and theoretical–based research. Research assets are organized in key content areas, including: Teaching & Learning, Instructional Design/Learning Design, Leadership, Digital Learning and more.

Seeking Online Learning Emerging Scholars

OLC is seeking four emerging scholars in the field of online learning for two year internship-like positions in the OLC Research Center for Digital Learning and Leadership. To be considered for a scholar role, please email your C.V. and a brief statement of interest. The application deadline is October 27th.

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Shop with a Smile and OLC

OLC recently joined AmazonSmile to help provide development opportunities for professionals employed by institutions whose mission (in part) is to support students from underserved populations. So, now when you shop, you can help members of the OLC community. Simply click here and you will be taken to the AmazonSmile website where you will see that Online Learning Consortium has been automatically selected as your charitable organization of choice. 

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CFP Deadline Extended Through Wednesday, November 1st
OLC Innovate | April 18-20, 2018

Our Program Chairs gathered recently to prepare this video highlighting the need for epic, groundbreaking and transformative submissions for the 2018 OLC Innovate conference. Time is almost up, so submit your presentationsoon!


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Bring Your Entire Institution to Orlando – Virtually!
OLC Accelerate | November 15-17

Our virtual attendee option provides the opportunity for individuals and institutions to attend select sessions of the conference via live stream services.Learn more and register today!

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Accessibility in the Virtual/Augmented Reality Space

Oct 18, 2017 | 12:00pm ET

As a follow-up to our summer webinar series, Exploring the Immersive Learning Landscape, OLC invites you to continue the conversation about virtual and augmented reality with this webinar devoted to the topic of accessibility. Register now.


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Online Essentials: Getting Started Workshop
October 16-22, 2017

In this workshop, you’ll explore the basics of online teaching and learning and will learn the critical differences between online and face-to-face courses, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design and evaluation.

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Converting Your Course Workshop
October 30-November 5, 2017

Converting face-to-face classroom materials for use in an online course can be challenging. Decisions such as what formats to use and when to use synchronous or asynchronous strategies are an important part of course design.  This workshop will help you develop strategies for migrating content from the face-to-face to the online environment.

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Presented by New England Board of Higher Education and the Commission on Higher Education and Employability

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Join the New England Leadership Summit:
Employability: A National Imperative

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Higher ed and business leaders will gather for a Leadership Summit presented by the New England Board of Higher Education and the Commission on Higher Education and Employability December 4 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Learn about the latest on automation, essential and digital skills, strategies to address the employability gap, and what is needed to prepare a truly world-class workforce for today and tomorrow. Register today!



NEW! Bringing Theory to Practice through the Neuro, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
October 30-November 5, 2017

This workshop is designed for individuals who work in education (instructors, administrators), professional development, or instructional design and are seeking to expand their knowledge about the mind, learning, memory, attention, motivation, and neurodiversity.

NEW! Strategies for Effective Mobile Learning in the Online and Blended Classroom
November 6-12, 2017

This workshop will help you answer questions around what devices and apps to use and give you a proven, time-saving approach to the big three (Practices, Applications, and Devices, or P.A.D.) that will save you time, money, and increase your effectiveness.

NEW! Essentials of the OLC Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice (QCTIP) Scorecard
December 4-10, 2017

This workshop will introduce the QCTIP Scorecard, provide some of the foundational research used in the development and cover the fundamentals of the quality rubric.

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Instructional Design Mastery Series
Starts January 17, 2018

Full Institute Schedule


How To Expand US Online Programs To China At Global Quality Summit November 15 in Orlando

Digital Learning Leaders Chart New Career Paths

New OLC Research Center Explores Digital Teaching and Learning

OLC Launches Research Center for Digital Learning and Leadership

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OLC Accelerate 2017 | Orlando, FL
November 15-17, 2017

OLC Innovate 2018 | Nashville, TN – CFP open until 11/1!
April 18-20, 2018

OLC Collaborate – Regional Events in 2018
See 2018 locations and sign up for updates!

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October 10, 2017

[AECT] News & Notes – October 9, 2017

Another newsletter from yesterday.

October 9, 2017

NEWS&NOTESThe purpose of each weekly issue is to provide information and to engage members in the diverse opportunities and activities of your association.

ALERT! The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville is looking forward to welcoming AECT for its annual convention. They have added additional rooms to our block, so be sure to use the hotel registration link to book your accommodations if you’ve not done so. Looking forward to seeing you in Jacksonville in a few weeks!

PLEASE REVIEW AND COMMENT. The AECT Strategic Planning Committee and the AECT Board of Directors invite your review and comment on the Draft Strategic Plan to guide our organization for 2018-2023. Please click here to offer feedback.The comment period opened September 22 and concludes October 12 in preparation for further Board discussion at the October 18 Board meeting.

BREAKFAST WITH CHAMPIONS. Come join us for this exciting event on Thursdaymorning in JAX. Tickets are still available for purchase [$5]. This AECT-sponsored continental breakfast convention tradition allows members to engage in conversations on research topics and interests with the top scholars and AECT leaders. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity. The following are a few of this year’s 31 champions: Tom Reeves, Curt Bonk, Ali Carr-Chellman, James Klein, and AECT presidential candidates Michael Grant and Shahron Williams van Rooij.

DDL T-SHIRTS FOR SALE. DDL is excited to announce that we have t-shirts for sale with the new logo! With three styles and five colors available and domestic/international shipping, you can proudly represent the division and AECT where ever you go. All proceeds from sales will support DDL programming and awards, such as our co-sponsorship of the #AECTleads competition in Jacksonville. Visit to order today!

ARE YOU A LEADER? Are you a leader in AECT or in one of its divisions?  As a leader in an AECT division, your expertise is a valuable asset. The AECT Leadership Development Committee has prepared a special event for AECT and division leaders to engage in thoughtful conversation to learn what leadership looks like in our respective divisions. Join us Wednesday, November 8 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Conference Center A (3rd Level) for a lively discussion. Although this is a continuation of our work during Summer Leadership 2017, every AECT leader is welcomed. This interactive session will provide opportunities to meet other leaders and learn from them. We hope you can make time to attend this event. Please send any questions and your RSVP to M. Aaron Bond by October 31st (BOO!).

AECT JOB CENTER. At the 2017 AECT Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, we’ll continue to provide the Job Center to help you connect with other job seekers and potential job positions. The center will be set up with information about job openings, resources for improving your CV/Resume and cover letters, as well as a room where potential employers may conduct interviews. We will need a few volunteers to keep things moving. If interested, please complete the Job Center Volunteer Form to sign up for shifts. For more information please contact Jerry Hubbard.

RTD WEBINAR. The Research & Theory Division is excited about the next webinar, The Study of Learning Engagement: A Focused Mind in a Media Multitasking world.Mark your calendars for October 19th at 1-2 PM Eastern Time! Dr. Lin Lin, Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas will discuss media multitasking and its implications for learning. You’ll find the registration link here.

NEW DEFINITION! Educational technology is the study and ethical application of theory, research, and best practices to advance knowledge as well as mediate and improve learning and performance through the strategic design, management and implementation of learning and instructional processes and resources.

Bookmark the AECT website and make it your go-to place for information about your professional association. Check in often. There’s always something new!

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October 9, 2017

ICYMI: New Website, Professional Development Opportunities, And Resources You Can Use Today

The second notice from REL Northwest to end the day.

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Webinar to offer strategies for increasing underrepresented college students’ success

Join us at noon PDT on Wednesday, October 4, for a free webinar spotlighting programs that have helped underrepresented college students earn a degree. Learn how the Dell Scholars Program’s virtual support model and Portland Community College’s Future Connect in-person coaching services have contributed to rising completion rates for many low-income and first-generation college students. Engage with program experts and learn practical strategies you can use with high school and postsecondary students.

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REL Northwest launches new website

Want to learn how we plan to deepen collaboration and evidence use in education across the Northwest over the next five years? Then check out the new REL Northwest website! Peruse our latest blog posts; review the priorities that drive the work of our 12 research-practice partnerships; and discover tools, resources, and professional learning opportunities that help education practitioners and policymakers put research into action. Help us spread the word—tell your colleagues about the new REL Northwest website!

Planning for high-quality evaluation of professional development

REL Northeast & Islands is offering a three-part webinar designed to help district leaders plan and execute high-quality program evaluations of educator professional development. The first session on October 11 will cover the basics of planning a good program evaluation. The second and third sessions will be held November 16 and January 25.

Speak Out, Listen Up! Tools for Using Student Perspectives and Local Data for School Improvement

Listening closely when students share their education experiences can help educators understand and address school-related issues—and rethink policies and practices. REL West has developed a toolkit that provides educators with purposeful and systematic ways to elicit students’ ideas and use their input for school improvement efforts.

Ask-A-REL question of the month: What does the research say about the impact of delaying middle school start times?

The REL Northwest Ask-A-REL librarian recently searched the research literature on this topic and compiled a list of recent, publicly available references and resources.

Do you have a research question? Contact Jennifer Klump for free, customized responses.

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Refreshed Education Northwest Website Makes It Easier to Find What You Need

A couple of REL announcements from last week to finish today.

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“What does Education Northwest do?”

It’s a question we get often, but it’s not always easy to answer.

In some circles, we’re known for our research on supporting English learners. Others know us for convening groups that seek to improve college and career readiness. Often, teachers know us for our 6+1 Trait Writing program.

Add to that several more areas of work, and you can see how difficult an Education Northwest elevator speech can be.

With the aim of making it easier to introduce ourselves and explain what we do, we recently launched our refreshed website.

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“We are always looking for better ways to communicate our values and beliefs,” says Education Northwest Communications Director Olga Vargas. “We also want to make it easy for different groups to learn how we can partner with them to help all students reach their full potential.”

Using colors, photographs and other visual elements, the refreshed website walks visitors through our areas of work: college and career, English learners, equity, family and community, reading and writing, rural education, school improvement and youth development.

Each page includes information about Education Northwest’s services, as well as links to free guides, briefs and blog posts. The website also features a Pinterest-style page of resources for supporting English learners.

“We are really excited about this and will continue to expand it,” Vargas says.

Learn more about everything Education Northwest does on our newly refreshed website.

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