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April 22, 2018

Sevenstar News ☆ Summer and Fall Dual Credit

A newsletter from earlier in the week.

Dual Credit Opportunities for Summer and Fall

Did you know that we offer 160 dual credit courses through seven regionally-accredited Christian colleges and universities?

This program is a fantastic way for students to gain affordable credits, earn scholarships, and explore Christian colleges. Most dual credit courses are college freshman-level with no prerequisites, and our admissions department will guide students through the application process.

Please visit our dual credit page for a full list of courses, requirements, and enrollment information.

Application Deadlines Summer  Term  Fall Semester
Boyce College July 9 (Term 1)
Sept. 10 (Term 2)
Bryan College No Deadline  No Deadline
Davis College May 14 July 31 (Term A)
Sept. 25 (Term B)
God’s Bible School July 30
The King’s College July 16
LeTourneau University May 4 July 12
Taylor University No Deadline No Deadline

Save the Date: 2019 Online Learning Summit

Our next Online Learning Summit is conveniently scheduled before the Global Christian School Leadership Summit in San Antonio, Texas.

This professional development event for Christian school leaders will showcase a variety of ways that online courses are being used in secondary education. It will also include a tour ofCornerstone Christian School’s new campus, which features world-class facilities that are being completed this summer.

An invitation to attend is planned in May, which will include details about the agenda and an early reservation opportunity.

Upcoming Conferences at Christian Schools

Please contact us if you would like to discuss online education with a Sevenstar expert at an upcoming event.

Welcome to our New Partner Schools

Thank you Lord for Blessing Sevenstar with the opportunity to serve these new partner schools with online Christian education!

News from Around the Web

Why Christian High Schools Are Filling with Atheist Students
The number of Chinese international students in the USA has more than tripled from 67,723 in 2007 to 350,755 in 2017, and more than half of these students attended a Christian school.

21-Day Prayer Challenge for Christian Teachers
The challenge is simple: pray for your students, your school, and yourself as a teacher. When we rely on Him, He gives us His strength and wisdom to make each day count. The challenge starts Sunday, April 29.

Schools See the Benefits of Combining AP classes with Vocational Training
Staples like woodshop and auto repair are giving way to a new breed of elective courses aimed at careers in film production, forensic scienceand engineering.


An online version is available here.

April 21, 2018

USDLA Newsletter 2018 (04-18-2018)

A newsletter from earlier in the week. Newsletter
Dr. Farhad Saba
Founder, Editor
USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee Newsletter
Dr. John G. Flores, USDLA
CEO / Executive Director
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Student Access to Digital Learning Resources Outside of the Classroom Student Access to Digital Learning Resources Outside of the Classroom draws upon nationally representative data sources, existing research, and relevant state and local intervention efforts to examine the five research areas designated in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and to provide a comprehensive picture […]

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Engagement Matters: Student Perceptions on the Importance of Engagement Strategies in the Online Learning

Student engagement increases student satisfaction, enhances student motivation to learn, reduces the sense of isolation, and improves student performance in online courses. This survey-based research study examines student perception on various engagement strategies used in online courses based on Moores interaction framework. One hundred and fifty five students completed a 38-item survey on learner-to-learner, learner-to-instructor, […]

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An Online Engagement Framework for Higher Education

Student engagement is understood to be an important benchmark and indicator of the quality of the student experience for higher education; yet the term engagement continues to be elusive to define and it is interpreted in different ways in the literature. This paper firstly presents a short review of the literature regarding online engagement in […]

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Creating Successful Professional Development Activities for Online Faculty: A Reorganized Framework

In the online environment, faculty engagement in the form of professional development takes on a new significance. Online programs hold strategic importance and growth opportunities for institutions, and therefore universities need faculty members who are engaged and effectively teaching in the online environment (Allen & Seaman, 2013, 2016; Dennis, 2013). Faculty professional development provides a […]

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Exploring four decades of research in Computers & Education

A content analysis of abstracts and titles of 3674 full papers in Computers & Educationpublished between 1976 and 2016 was conducted in order to a) identify and analyze their thematic and conceptual flow, b) how these reflected the evolving technologies and theories and c) how the research topics and concepts semantically related to each other. […]

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Presidents Insecure on Digital Learning

Many campus leaders feel underprepared for the innovation era — but there’s room for them to grow into it. Inside Higher Ed

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States Take a Look at Online Learning Prices

Debate over the actual cost and value of online education continues to polarize participants. Meanwhile, state legislatures are looking for ways to cut costs for students. Inside Higher Ed

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U.S. Education Market Will Reach USD 2,040 billion by 2026: Zion Market Research

New York, NY, April 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zion Market Research has published a new report titled U.S. Education Market by Type (Cloud and On-Premise); by Content (Audio-Based Content, Video-Based Content, and Text Content); by Smart Learning Mode (Collaborative Learning, Virtual Instructor Led Training, Simulation Based Learning, Adaptive Learning, Social Learning, Blended Learning, and […]

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Tech Giants Announce New Funding for 1-to-1 Devices, Computer Science Education

Verizon Innovative Learning, the education initiative of the telecommunications company’s foundation, pledged more than $200 million Monday to furnish technology, teacher training, and internet connectivity in K-12 schools, which would double its investment over the next five years. Education Week

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April 20, 2018

Why Collective Action Is The Wrong Approach For Developing Personalized Learning Teachers

As I say each week…  From the neo-liberal, educational privatizers masquerading as an academic body – so the term research here is used VERY loosely (as none of this actually represents methodologically sound, reliable, valid, or empirical research in any real way).

Check out this week’s highlights from the Christensen Institute. 
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Online Learning News – April 18, 2018 / Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne – 18 avril 2018

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Explore the Trends & Developments in Digital Learning Policy

As the adoption of online learning accelerates, so does the need for digital learning policies. Academic administrators, funders, and government policy makers need to develop appropriate policies to address issues such as access, quality, security, resource use and funding.

Let’s Engage in a Much-Needed Worldwide Discussion on the Need for and Best Use of Digital Learning Policy highlights existing policies, options, challenges and examples of implementation that offer a foundation for discussion, debate and development of policies reflecting the unique needs of online learning.

                                                                        Read the full story here 

A Collaboration Between Northern College in Haileybury, Canada and Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada Creates an Online Degree Program in Mining Engineering Technology

Northern College and Queen’s University have been educating people for the mining industry for more than 100 years. Together they designed a Bachelor of Mining Engineering Technology (BTech) Degree program enabling students to continue their education in a decidedly modern way.

Read about the collaboration here


Blended Learning Quick Fact Check! 

Discover the ten key facts about blended learning in an easy to digest format. Each fact is supplemented with links to worldwide resources extending and deepening the core ideas.

Find out how blended learning helps facilitate student engagement and interaction.

Explore Ten Key Facts About Blended Learning here


On the Cusp of Change in Approaches to Teaching and Learning: Perspectives of Presidents of Ontario’s Colleges

Contact North | Contact Nord’s special series of 11 Insight Reports on the latest topics and trends in online and distance learning from leading experts around the world is now available on

Former Sir Sanford Fleming College
President Brian Desbiens explores the accomplishments, plans, and aspirations of 14 presidents of Ontario’s colleges, providing insight into how online learning has already and continues to change Ontario institutions, the role of presidents in facilitating this change, and their goals and visions for the next few years.

Read the full report here


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2018 Searchable Directory of 1,700 Upcoming Education and Technology Conferences from Around the World

You can now search the 38th edition of the Educational Technology and Related Education Conferences by Contact North I Contact Nord Research Associate, Clayton R. Wright, using sort filters such as conference title, date, country, organizer, and venue as well as a keyword search.

The sort and search options are unique features offered by Contact North I Contact Nord to enhance your experience as you look through the more than 1,700 conferences from around the world listed in this directory.

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Must-Read Books on Online Learning features books and articles that may be of interest to all those involved in the expansion and improvement of online learning.

For Faculty & Instructors 

Higher Education by Design – Best Practices for Curricular Planning and Instruction 

For Instructional Designers 

Open Education: from OERs to MOOCs 

For Policy Makers and Administrators 

Learning Analytics in Higher Education – Current Innovations, Future Potential, and Practical Applications 

Explore All Must-Read selections 


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Ryerson University ChangSchoolTalks2018
Serious Games

May 3, 2018

Serious Games – ChangSchoolTalks 2018 is a professional development and networking event to be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. ChangSchoolTalks 2018 will bring together nine internationally renowned speakers to discuss game-based learning in the following three tracks: Higher Education, Healthcare and Corporate training. Learn how the design, development and application of serious games can meet your organization’s education and training needs.

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Lambton College
The 5th Annual Mobile Summit
May 16 & 17, 2018 at
Centennial College

Lambton College is hosting the 5th annual Mobile Summit in partnership with Centennial College. This summit is a learning and sharing platform for educators, administrators and support staff from college, university and the K-12 sectors to learn about the value of mobile learning, how to integrate it into the classroom and achieve maximum results with student engagement.

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The Art and Science of Presentation by Design Workshop

Improve Your Presentation Skills!

April 24, 2018, McMaster University, Hamilton

McMaster learning and presentation experts, Joe Kim, Barb Fenesi and media specialist Paulina Rzeczkowska, provide evidence-based strategies and insights for designing and delivering effective and engaging materials for presentations. Understanding how to enhance your message for focus, clarity, and engagement helps your audience retain information for the long-term. You can join in person or livestream through Zoom.

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Explorer les tendances et les développements en lien avec les politiques d’apprentissage en ligne

Sachant que la pratique de l’apprentissage en ligne s’accélère, le besoin d’actualiser les politiques pertinentes se fait grandissant. De telles politiques sont nécessaires afin de permettre aux gestionnaires, aux bailleurs de fonds ainsi qu’aux autorités responsables des politiques publiques de répondre aux exigences liées aux questions d’accès, de qualité, de sécurité, d’usage des ressources et des modes de financement.

L’ouvrage Let’s Engage in a Much-Needed Worldwide Discussion on the Need for and Best Use of Digital Learning Policy recense les politiques courantes et porte un regard sur les choix d’avenir qui s’offrent. Tout en présentant une analyse des défis actuels, le texte évoque aussi des pistes porteuses de mise en œuvre. L’ouvrage est donc un outil essentiel pouvant stimuler le débat et l’échange d’idées à la faveur de politiques qui répondent aux exigences particulières de l’apprentissage en ligne. 

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Une collaboration entre le Northern College (Haileybury, Canada) et la Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada) a permis la création d’un programme en ligne d’études en technologie du génie minier. 

Le Northern College et la Queen’s University forment des dîplomées et dîplomés depuis plus de 100 ans pour l’industrie minière. Ensemble, ils ont développé un programme de baccalauréat en technologie du génie minier (BTech) permettant aux étudiantes et étudiants de poursuivre leurs études en toute modernité. 

Cliquez pour en savoir plus sur cette collaboration 

Apprentissage mixte : vérification rapide des faits

Familiarisez-vous de façon conviviale avec les 10 faits essentiels à propos de l’apprentissage mixte. Chaque fait est accompagné de liens vers des ressources à l’échelle mondiale qui permettent d’enrichir et d’approfondir les idées de base.

Découvrez de quelle manière l’apprentissage mixte facilite l’adhésion et l’interaction chez les étudiantes et étudiants.

Découvrez les 10 faits essentiels à propos de l’apprentissage mixte 

CNFR17042018c.jpg À l’aube de nouvelles approches pédagogiques et méthodes d’apprentissage – perspectives des présidents de collèges en Ontario

La série spéciale de 11 Rapports de perspectives produite par Contact North | Contact Nord sur les plus récents enjeux et tendances en matière d’apprentissage en ligne et à distance, préparés par d’éminents experts à travers le monde, est maintenant disponible sur

L’ancien président du Sir Fleming College, Brian Desbiens, porte un regard sur les réalisations, les projets et les aspirations de 14 présidents de collèges en Ontario en offrant un regard avisé de l’impact passé et présent de l’apprentissage en ligne sur les établissements en Ontario, du rôle des présidents en tant que facilitateurs de changements, puis de leur vision et de leurs orientations pour les prochaines années.

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L’édition 2018 d’un répertoire de recherche sur 1 700 conférences à l’échelle internationale internationales portant sur l’éducation et la technologie
Vous pouvez maintenant consulter la 38e édition du répertoire Educational Technology and Related Education Conferences produit par Clayton R. Wright, associé de recherche à Contact North I Contact Nord, au moyen de filtres de triage tel titre de conférence, date, pays, organisateur, lieu de réunion, et par mots-clés.

Les fonctions de tri et de recherche de ce répertoire sont des attributs uniques offerts par Contact North I Contact Nord afin d’améliorer l’expérience de recherche alors que vous consultez la base de données regroupant plus de 1 700 conférences à l’échelle mondiale.

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Les lectures essentielles sur l’apprentissage en ligne proposent tout un ensemble d’ouvrages et d’articles d’intérêt pour ceux et celles qui œuvrent au développement de l’apprentissage en ligne.À l’intention du personnel enseignant 

L’enseignement supérieur au numérique – les pratiques exemplaires pour l’élaboration de programmes d’enseignement et d’instruction 

À l’intention des concepteurs pédagogiques 

Éducation ouverte : depuis les ressources éducatives libres jusqu’aux cours en ligne ouverts à tous 

À l’intention des cadres et des responsables des politiques

L’analyse de l’apprentissage au niveau de l’enseignement supérieur : les innovations, le potentiel à venir et les applications pratiques 

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ChangSchoolTalks2018 – Ryerson University

Serious Games

3 mai 2018

Les Serious Games (jeux sérieux) des ChangSchoolTalks2018 sont à la fois un perfectionnement professionnel et un évènement de réseautage. Ces jeux sérieux se déroulent le jeudi 3 mai 2018 de 8 h 30 à 15 h au Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Les ChangSchoolTalks 2018 réuniront neuf orateurs de renommée internationale pour discuter de l’apprentissage basé sur des jeux dans trois lignes directrices suivantes : L’éducation supérieure, Les soins de santé et La formation en entreprise. Vous aurez aussi l’occasion d’apprendre comment la conception, l’élaboration et l’application de jeux sérieux peuvent répondre aux besoins de votre organisation en matière de formation et d’éducation.

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Lambton College
The 5th Annual Mobile Summit
(Le 5e sommet annuel de la mobilité)
Les 16 et 17 mai 2018
Centennial College

Le Lambton College accueille le 5e sommet annuel de la mobilité en collaboration avec le Centennial College. Ce sommet se veut une plateforme d’apprentissage et de partage pour les éducateurs, les gestionnaires et le personnel de soutien des collèges, des universités et des établissements de niveaux primaire et secondaire dans le but de faire connaître la valeur de l’apprentissage mobile, des moyens pour l’intégrer en salle de classe et d’en maximiser les résultats à l’aide d’une adhésion étudiante accrue.

Pour plus d’information et pour vous inscrire :  


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L’art et la science de la présentation par l’atelier de conception

Améliorez vos aptitudes de présentation!

Le 24 avril 2018 à la McMaster University, à Hamilton

Joe Kim et Barb Fenesi, experts en apprentissage et en présentation à l’Université McMaster, de même que la spécialiste des médias Paulina Rzeczkowska, présentent des idées et des stratégies fondées sur des données probantes en ce qui concerne la conception et la prestation de contenus pour des présentations efficaces et engageantes. Maîtriser l’art de rendre votre message plus percutant, plus clair et plus engageant contribue à la rétention d’information à long terme. 

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