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December 7, 2016

OLC Today Newsletter: December 2016

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December 2016 | Volume 15 | Issue 12


2017 Professional Development
Join us at OLC Innovate!

OLC Innovate 2017 | April 5-7
New Orleans, LA

Look ahead to 2017 and add OLC Innovate to your calendar – and your budget! Together we will challenge our teaching and learning paradigms, reimagine the learning experience, and ideate on how disruptions in education today will shape the innovative classroom of tomorrow. Early bird registration ends February 8thRegister today!

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OLC Collaborate – San Francisco
February 16, 2017

OLC Innovate – New Orleans
April 5-7, 2017


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Call for Proposals: Graduate Student Emerging Ideas Session

April 5-7, 2017 | New Orleans, LA

The Online Learning Journal (OLJ), in partnership with the OLC, seeks proposals that reflect and showcase our vibrant community of practice — promoting theory, research and methodology in online, blended, and web-enhanced teaching and learning. Deadline to submit is January 2, 2017.

Webinar: Developing a Unified Content Strategy in the Time of Adaptive, Digital and OER
December 14 | 12:00pm EST

Join Jill Buban, OLC Senior Director of Research and Innovation, as she moderates a panel of experts who will discuss will discuss content strategy considerations. Panelists include Nick White, Capella University; Sarah Riddlebarger, Ed Map; and Dr. Andrew Shean, Bridgepoint Education.

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Online LearningJournal: Holiday Reading 

The holiday season is the perfect time to catch up on your Online Learning reading. In our 20th year of publication,  this year’s issues were our largest to date and covered a variety of topics pertinent to our field.

Perhaps you’ll be spending the holiday break planning for the year ahead. If submitting an article to Online Learning is included on your list, we have author tips as well as our Ready to Submit? Webinarthat features the Online Learningeditorial board.

New Podcasts Available

Stay on top of online teaching and learning trends, technologies, best practices and more with OLC Podcasts.

Several Research in Actionpodcasts have been added since last month, including OLC’s Jill Buban, as well as the latest TOPcast, where Tom and Kelvin, supplemented by members of a recent conference panel, consider how podcasting can be a vehicle for receiving and creating professional development opportunities.


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New Research

The latest research from the OLC Research Center for Digital Learning and Leadership focuses on Digital Academic Revolution Mentorship Competency.

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Webinar: The OLC Community: Connecting Leaders for Success
December 7 | 1:00pm EST

Are you an online faculty or learning professional looking to expand your experience as well as network with colleagues who share your passion for innovation and advancing technology in education?

Are you interested in learning more about OLC or possibly becoming a member? 

Come and learn more about the OLC Community from current members.


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Introducing the Instructional Designer Certificate Program

OLC’s Institute for Professional Development, through our partnership with Open SUNY, is pleased to announce our new Instructional Designer Certificate Program, which will be launched in January 2017!

This series of four online courses is designed to support the development of competency, expertise, and skills in new and experienced instructional designers as well as eLearning professionals who work directly with faculty in the course design and development process.

Join our informational webinaron December 14 at 2:00pm EST to learn more about this new program!

Quality Scorecard Suite Additions

In November, OLC introduced their newest scorecards, the Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice (QCTIP), Digital Courseware Instructional Practice (DCIP), and Course Design Review (OSCQR). Check out the OLC Suite of Quality Scorecards to support all your digital learning quality initiatives.

We are also pleased to announce that we recently rolled out our new interactive scorecard platform for the Quality Scorecard for Blended Learning Programs along with the Quality Scorecard Handbook: Criteria for Excellence in Blended Learning Programs. You can use these newest tools to help your program seek an OLC endorsement for quality in blended learning. Call today for more information.



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Congrats to the Digital Learning Innovation Award Winners!

We are excited by the results of the first Digital Learning Innovation Award and are eager to begin the work of sharing success stories to support other institutions ready to implement similarly successful digital courseware initiatives.

Whereas we anticipated relatively familiar institutions to fill the 2016 roster, winning projects attest to a broad story of adoption across institution types and in a variety of disciplines. Read more about each of the institutions and their work on the DLIAward website.

New Workshops, Advanced Level Workshops & Additional Self-paced Offerings in 2017!

Our 2017 Institute schedule is up on the website! Take a look and start creating a professional development plan for yourself today.

In the coming year, The OLC Institute for Professional Development will be launching a series of advanced topic workshops as well as more self-paced offerings. Stay tuned for additional information about our new offerings in early 2017!


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Coming Your Way in January 2017… The Blended Learning Mastery Series: Research into Practice

Our Blended Learning Mastery Series: Research into Practice was updated and redesigned in 2016! The new version of this program aims to promote a deeper understanding of blended learning research and practice among teaching faculty members, instructional designers, and institutional executives through a discussion and critique of recent literature on blended learning. This program also incorporates the use of the OLC Blended Learning Scorecard.

Seeking Expert Instructional Designers and Technologists

The O*NET Data Collection Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, is seeking the input of expert Instructional Designers and Technologists. As the nation’s most comprehensive source of occupational data, O*NET is a free resource for millions of job seekers, employers, veterans, educators, and students. ( Participating in this work will help ensure that the characteristics, attributes and complexities of your profession are described accurately in the O*NET Database for the American public for career exploration and job analysis. 

We encourage you to consider helping to keep information about your profession accurate and current for the benefit of our colleagues and the nation. Thank you very much for your support of OLC and the DOL’s O*NET program. Submit your information today.


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December 6, 2016

[AECT] News & Notes – December 5, 2016

Another regular newsletter from yesterday’s inbox…

December 5, 2016

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

CHALLENGE #1. The White House and the U.S. Department of Education have launched the EdSim Challenge with $680,000 in cash prizes and sponsor prizes from IBM, Microsoft, Oculus, and Samsung. The Challenge calls for concepts for educational simulations, using the latest virtual and augmented reality technology, that will help students prepare for the high-demand jobs of the future. Check out this opportunity.

CHALLENGE #2. Georgia Tech and IDEO have partnered to sponsor a Future of Higher Ed Challenge, which will give faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to submit their ideas on how both Georgia Tech and the global higher ed community can innovate and meet the challenges of tomorrow. For details, click on the challenge website.

JACKSONVILLE IN 2017. Be a vital participant in the AECT International Convention next year in Jacksonville, Florida, by proposing a session. The theme is “Leading Learning for Change.” Start planning now and look for the call for session proposals on the AECT website.

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. Division elections go live in January. Would you like to have a leadership role? The AECT Divisions are key to the association’s success. Contact your Division president and find out how you can become one of AECT’s future leaders. Check the Divisions section of the AECT website for more information.

HANDBOOK DEADLINE EXTENDED. The deadline to respond to the Call for Proposals for the 5th edition of Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology has been extended to January 15, 2017. For details click on the website link.

CORRECTED DATES – TEACHER EDUCATION FOCUS. The 2017 International Teacher Education Conference (ITEC) will be held August 16-18, not September 6-8, as previously stated, at the Harvard University Faculty Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s not too early to begin thinking about your participation in this AECT-co-sponsored event. For information go to the ITEC website.

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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December 4, 2016

NZC Online Newsletter

One for my Kiwi readers as they begin their week…

2 December 2016
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Kia ora and welcome to the November/December newsletter for NZC Online. It’s designed to keep you up to date with new ideas, resources, stories, and research to help you give effect to the national curriculum in ways that best address your school context. This is the final email newsletter for 2016 – we look forward to connecting with you again in the new year.
What’s new?
From the blog: Learner agency
Students have a sense of agency when they feel in control of things that happen around them; when they feel that they can influence events. This is important for learners to develop. Our latest blog post unpacks learner agency and how we can support students to be active participants in their learning.

Curriculum story: Authentic learning in our community
Oturu School is a rural full primary school in Northland. Oturu school encourages hands-on opportunities for its pupils – focusing learning through connecting to the community, authentic learning, place-based curriculum, and Community Problem Solving (CmPS).

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“As students journey from early childhood through secondary school and, in many cases, on to tertiary training or tertiary education in one of its various forms, they should find that each stage of the journey prepares them for and connects well with the next. Schools can design their curriculum so that students find the transitions positive and have a clear sense of continuity and direction.”

The New Zealand Curriculum, pg 43

As another year draws to a close, it’s timely to focus on the adjustments and transitions that students are making along their school journey. NZC Online resources you may like to revisit to support you in this include:

  • Transitions This blog will guide you in ensuring positive transitions for your students and their families.
  • Students at the centre
    This video shows positive transitions being created by getting to know students and building on their prior learning, their strengths, and interests.
  • Transitions between school settings
    This NZC Update is designed to help schools ensure positive transitions, with continuity and clear direction, for learners in years 7–10.
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