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February 25, 2017

New 2017 Distance Learning Awards: Revised – Expanded – Enhanced

Yet another item from Wednesday’s inbox…

 
USDLA

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Call for Nominations – December 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017
 

The United States Distance Learning Association, the nation’s premier distance learning association since 1987 presents its NEWLY REVISED International Distance Learning Awards Program, the premier awards for the distance learning industry.
These prestigious awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals, and recognize seven categories of excellence:
  1. 21st Century Distance Learning Award (Revised)
  2. Outstanding Leadership Award (Revised)
  3. Innovation Award (Renamed/Revised)
  4. Excellence in Teaching/Training Award (Revised)
  5. Global Impact Award (New)
  6. Student Achievement Award (New)
  7. Quality Research Paper Award (New)

The USDLA International Distance Learning Awards are created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary achievements through the use of online, videoconferencing, and satellite/video deliverytechnologies globally.
The USDLA International Distance Learning Awards are presented to five major sectors of distance learning, education and training to include the Pre-K – 12, Higher Education, Corporate, Government and Telehealth markets.
The USDLA International Awards will be presented at the USDLA International Awards Ceremony, scheduled for Monday, May 1, 2017 during the USDLA National Conference being held in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Award Details
Category I – 21st Century Distance Learning Award
This award is given to an agency, institution, or company that has shown outstanding leadership in the field of distance learning. The award recognizes pioneering organizations in the field that have changed distance learning, challenged existing practice, or developed new and effective solutions.
Category II – Outstanding Leadership Award
Individual leaders must be recognized for a level of performance that excels in their organization, reaching out through mentoring, sharing, and collaboration. These leaders are also active in the field of distance learning through professional affiliation and external collaboration.
Category III – Innovation Award
The award is given to an organization, an individual, a project, an initiative, a disruptive technology, or a unique pedagogy. The award nomination exhibits innovative approaches to the delivery of distance learning. One award is given each year in each USDLA constituency: K12, Higher education, Corporate training, Telehealth, and Military/Government.
Category IV – Excellence in Teaching/Training Award
The Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching/Training awards are given to outstanding individuals whose teaching demonstrates extraordinary achievements. The teaching or training must demonstrate effective learning facilitated through technology with measurable outcomes. One award is offered each year for each USDLA constituency: K12, Higher education, Corporate training, Telehealth, and Military/Government.
Category V – Global Impact Award
This award is given to honor outstanding projects featuring global impact, reach, and understanding of diverse cultures, originating either in the U.S. or internationally.
Category VI – Student Achievement Award
This award is given to a student who has exhibited leadership and creativity in using distance learning technologies.
Category VII – Quality Research Paper Award
This award is given to the author(s) of a high quality research paper that advances the field of distance learning. MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION GUIDELINES (Pdf)
Award Entry Fees:
For Profit Fee: $200.00
Non Profit Fee: $100.00
Pre-K-12 Fee: $50.00
Award Questions:
USDLA Awards Committee:
Dr. Rhonda Blackburn, USDLA Board Member
Ms. Pam Birtolo, USDLA Board Member
Ms. Jenny Jopling, USDLA Chair Emeritus
Dr. Janine Lim, USDLA Board Member
Dr. Reggie Smith, USDLA Chair Emeritus and Awards Chair
Mrs. Julie Young, USDLA Chair Emeritus
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is there a space limitation for submissions in terms of number of pages or word count?
NO real page limits…just make sure to hit/answer the criteria and provide evidence, etc.

Is there a specific format in which the nominator’s content should be arranged? For example, is it up to the submitter to organize the material in the best way that reflects the judging attributes?

Submit a nomination overview. Write a narrative that summarizes the project, program, person, etc. Include a paragraph for each rubric criteria explaining how this nomination meets that criteria and referencing each evidence document that supports the criteria.
You can upload unlimited evidence files. The file name for each evidence document should represent which criteria the evidence accompanies.
All files must be uploaded into the reviewer site. No website submissions are accepted.
Any evidence not already in an electronic format may be scanned and submitted as a PDF.

 

When will award winners be notified?

By March 31, 2017, USDLA will notify winners and non-winners by phone and/ or e-mail with follow-up letters.

How secure will my material be?

All entries and related courses, material and content are kept confidential for judging purposes only.

 

Can I submit an award on behalf of my client?

Yes, you can submit a nomination on behalf of your client. Please note that for US government entries, you may have to consult your legal team regarding legal gift restrictions.

 

Is there a limit to the number of submissions an organization can submit?

NO

Can I load screen shots of my website, module?

Yes, you can load them in the award system as an example or insert them in your narrative to demonstrate or showcase certain features you want the judges to view.

 

What is the absolute latest time I can submit my award?

You should submit all award submission midnight (ET) on February 24, 2017.

 

What is the cost and is it per award?

The costs are as shown below:
For Profit Fee: $200.00
Non Profit Fee: $100.00
Pre-K-12 Fee: $50.00
Yes, the fees are per each entry.
Can I mail additional material or copies of my submission(s) to USDLA for consideration?
NO submission(s) will be accepted via mail. All entries and related material must be submitted online via the awards website.
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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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USDLA, 76 Canal Street, Suite 301, Boston, MA 02114

February 22, 2017

2017 Updated Keynote Speakers: Dr. Susan C. Aldridge, Senior Vice President, Online Learning and President, Drexel University Online w/ Marci M. Powell, CEO/President, Marci Powell and Associates

From yesterday’s inbox…

 
USDLA
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USDLA 2017 National Conference
April 30 through May 3, 2017
Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites, Indianapolis, IN
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2017 National Conference is the premier event for professionals in the distance learning industry. This year’s conference (April 30 through May 3, 2017) promises to deliver an action-packed agenda that will bring together distance learning practitioners from across the country to Indianapolis, Indiana.
Keynote Speakers
 
Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning Consortium
The Many “E”s of e Learning!
The Conversation about e-Learning is Shifting!  We are taking the “E” in e-Learning and expanding from Electronic Learning to the wider set of personal and organizational dimensions.  Elliott Masie will provide a unique perspective about the following Learning Shifts:
  • “E” for Everywhere Learning – Bringing Learning to the Learner – rather than the Learner to the Learning Room.
  • “E” for Engaging Learning – Moving from Presentation to Challenging, Competitive and Cooperative Engagement of Learners.
  • “E” for Evidence and Research on Learning – Big Data, Metrics and Accountability for Learning Approaches
  • “E” for Everyone as Learners – Personalization, Machine Learning and Learners as Co-Designers
  • “E” for Experiences – Mixed Reality, Labs vs. Classrooms and Expertise from Open Sources
  • “E” for Effective Curation – The Learner and the Organization Must Curate from the Panorama of Learning Choices
Elliott will share evolving and disruptive dimensions of our opportunities in the changing world of Learning!
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Dr. Susan C. Aldridge, Senior Vice President, Online Learning and President, Drexel University Online 
w/
Marci M. Powell, CEO/President, Marci Powell and Associates
Racing to Virtual Success

As we celebrate 30 years of driving excellence, we grasp the speed at which the landscape of distance education in the digital age is being reshaped. Time for a pit stop, refuel, and a bit of inspiration.
Join Susan and Marci at “Victory Lane” as we look at a few forward-thinking institutions who are re-inventing education using an array of innovative practices and engaging technologies to gain significant momentum in the race toward virtual success.
Registration for USDLA 2017 is now open!
REGISTRATION
  • USDLA Member Rate – $525.00
  • Non Member Rate – $575.00
  • Join Today Rate – $625 ($525 Member Rate + $100 Special Member Rate)
Regular Registration (on and after February 18, 2017)
  • USDLA Member Rate – $625.00
  • Non Member Rate – $675.00
  • Join Today Rate – $725 ($625 Member Rate + $100 Special Member Rate)
Special K-12 Registration Rate ($200 for limited access pass)
USDLA is pleased to announce a special rate for K-12 educators at the USDLA 2017 Conference.  K-12 educators are invited to participate in the whole conference at the registration rates above OR join us for one Pre-Conference Workshop on Sunday, April 30, 2017 and a one day pass on Monday, May 1, 2017 for a reduced cost of $200.  If interested please contact Patricia Marcelonis at pmarcelonis@usdla.org or 617-399.1770 today.
Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
As a leader in the distance learning industry, we welcome and invite your participation as either an Exhibitor or Sponsor for this year’s event.  Attendees include professionals from K-12, higher and continuing education, and corporate, government and military training, as well as from the telehealth and distance learning consultant organizations.
By Exhibiting or Sponsoring at USDLA 2017 you have the opportunity to get your name in front of attendees and interact in many of our activities throughout the Conference.   Our Exhibitor Showcase is limited, so please contact us today!
SPONSOR/EXHIBITOR LEVELS
Silver Sponsor ($5,000)
  • General Session Sponsor (Address Conference Attendees during General Session and introduce Keynote Speaker)
  • Showcase Table Space (8′ Table Space)
  • 3 Attendee Passes
  • Concurrent Session Opportunity
  • Conference Bag Literature
  • Website and Program Listing
Bronze Level ($2,000)
  • Breakfast Sponsor
  • Showcase Table Space (8′ Table Space)
  • 2 Attendee Passes
  • Conference Bag Literature
  • Website and Program Listing
Exhibitor Only ($1,500)
  • Showcase Table Space (8′ Table Space)
  • Website and Program Listing
Friends of the Conference Level ($500)
  • Conference bag literature
  • Website and Program Literature
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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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USDLA, 76 Canal Street, Suite 301, Boston, MA 02114

February 18, 2017

2017 Opening Keynote Speaker: Elliott Masie, Chair, The Learning Consortium

Also from yesterday’s inbox…

 
USDLA

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USDLA 2017 National Conference
April 30 through May 3, 2017
Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites, Indianapolis, IN
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2017 National Conference is the premier event for professionals in the distance learning industry. This year’s conference (April 30 through May 3, 2017) promises to deliver an action-packed agenda that will bring together distance learning practitioners from across the country to Indianapolis, Indiana.
Opening Keynote Speaker
Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning Consortium
The Many “E”s of e Learning!
The Conversation about e-Learning is Shifting!  We are taking the “E” in e-Learning and expanding from Electronic Learning to the wider set of personal and organizational dimensions.  Elliott Masie will provide a unique perspective about the following Learning Shifts:
  • “E” for Everywhere Learning – Bringing Learning to the Learner – rather than the Learner to the Learning Room.
  • “E” for Engaging Learning – Moving from Presentation to Challenging, Competitive and Cooperative Engagement of Learners.
  • “E” for Evidence and Research on Learning – Big Data, Metrics and Accountability for Learning Approaches
  • “E” for Everyone as Learners – Personalization, Machine Learning and Learners as Co-Designers
  • “E” for Experiences – Mixed Reality, Labs vs. Classrooms and Expertise from Open Sources
  • “E” for Effective Curation – The Learner and the Organization Must Curate from the Panorama of Learning Choices
Elliott will share evolving and disruptive dimensions of our opportunities in the changing world of Learning!
Registration for USDLA 2017 is now open!
REGISTRATION
  • Early Bird Registration (December 13, 2016-February 17, 2017)
  • USDLA Member Rate – $525.00
  • Non Member Rate – $575.00
  • Join Today Rate – $625 ($525 Member Rate + $100 Special Member Rate)
Regular Registration (on and after February 18, 2017)
  • USDLA Member Rate – $625.00
  • Non Member Rate – $675.00
  • Join Today Rate – $725 ($625 Member Rate + $100 Special Member Rate)
Special K-12 Registration Rate ($200 for limited access pass)
USDLA is pleased to announce a special rate for K-12 educators at the USDLA 2017 Conference.  K-12 educators are invited to participate in the whole conference at the registration rates above OR join us for one Pre-Conference Workshop on Sunday, April 30, 2017 and a one day pass on Monday, May 1, 2017 for a reduced cost of $200.  If interested please contact Patricia Marcelonis at pmarcelonis@usdla.orgor 617-399.1770 today.
Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
As a leader in the distance learning industry, we welcome and invite your participation as either an Exhibitor or Sponsor for this year’s event.  Attendees include professionals from K-12, higher and continuing education, and corporate, government and military training, as well as from the telehealth and distance learning consultant organizations.
By Exhibiting or Sponsoring at USDLA 2017 you have the opportunity to get your name in front of attendees and interact in many of our activities throughout the Conference.   Our Exhibitor Showcase is limited, so please contact us today!
SPONSOR/EXHIBITOR LEVELS
Silver Sponsor ($5,000)
  • General Session Sponsor (Address Conference Attendees during General Session and introduce Keynote Speaker)
  • Showcase Table Space (8′ Table Space)
  • 3 Attendee Passes
  • Concurrent Session Opportunity
  • Conference Bag Literature
  • Website and Program Listing
Bronze Level ($2,000)
  • Breakfast Sponsor
  • Showcase Table Space (8′ Table Space)
  • 2 Attendee Passes
  • Conference Bag Literature
  • Website and Program Listing
Exhibitor Only ($1,500)
  • Showcase Table Space (8′ Table Space)
  • Website and Program Listing
Friends of the Conference Level ($500)
  • Conference bag literature
  • Website and Program Literature
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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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USDLA, 76 Canal Street, Suite 301, Boston, MA 02114

February 14, 2017

2017 Opening Keynote Speaker: Elliott Masie, Chair, The Learning Consortium

A final item from yesterday’s inbox…

USDLA

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USDLA 2017 National Conference
April 30 through May 3, 2017
Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites, Indianapolis, IN
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2017 National Conference is the premier event for professionals in the distance learning industry. This year’s conference (April 30 through May 3, 2017) promises to deliver an action-packed agenda that will bring together distance learning practitioners from across the country to Indianapolis, Indiana.
Opening Keynote Speaker
Elliott Masie
Chair, The Learning Consortium
The Many “E”s of e Learning!
The Conversation about e-Learning is Shifting!  We are taking the “E” in e-Learning and expanding from Electronic Learning to the wider set of personal and organizational dimensions.  Elliott Masie will provide a unique perspective about the following Learning Shifts:
  • “E” for Everywhere Learning – Bringing Learning to the Learner – rather than the Learner to the Learning Room.
  • “E” for Engaging Learning – Moving from Presentation to Challenging, Competitive and Cooperative Engagement of Learners.
  • “E” for Evidence and Research on Learning – Big Data, Metrics and Accountability for Learning Approaches
  • “E” for Everyone as Learners – Personalization, Machine Learning and Learners as Co-Designers
  • “E” for Experiences – Mixed Reality, Labs vs. Classrooms and Expertise from Open Sources
  • “E” for Effective Curation – The Learner and the Organization Must Curate from the Panorama of Learning Choices
Elliott will share evolving and disruptive dimensions of our opportunities in the changing world of Learning!
Registration for USDLA 2017 is now open!
REGISTRATION
  • Early Bird Registration (December 13, 2016-February 17, 2017)
  • USDLA Member Rate – $525.00
  • Non Member Rate – $575.00
  • Join Today Rate – $625 ($525 Member Rate + $100 Special Member Rate)
Regular Registration (on and after February 18, 2017)
  • USDLA Member Rate – $625.00
  • Non Member Rate – $675.00
  • Join Today Rate – $725 ($625 Member Rate + $100 Special Member Rate)
Special K-12 Registration Rate ($200 for limited access pass)
USDLA is pleased to announce a special rate for K-12 educators at the USDLA 2017 Conference.  K-12 educators are invited to participate in the whole conference at the registration rates above OR join us for one Pre-Conference Workshop on Sunday, April 30, 2017 and a one day pass on Monday, May 1, 2017 for a reduced cost of $200.  If interested please contact Patricia Marcelonis at pmarcelonis@usdla.orgor 617-399.1770 today.
Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
As a leader in the distance learning industry, we welcome and invite your participation as either an Exhibitor or Sponsor for this year’s event.  Attendees include professionals from K-12, higher and continuing education, and corporate, government and military training, as well as from the telehealth and distance learning consultant organizations.
By Exhibiting or Sponsoring at USDLA 2017 you have the opportunity to get your name in front of attendees and interact in many of our activities throughout the Conference.   Our Exhibitor Showcase is limited, so please contact us today!
SPONSOR/EXHIBITOR LEVELS
Silver Sponsor ($5,000)
  • General Session Sponsor (Address Conference Attendees during General Session and introduce Keynote Speaker)
  • Showcase Table Space (8′ Table Space)
  • 3 Attendee Passes
  • Concurrent Session Opportunity
  • Conference Bag Literature
  • Website and Program Listing
Bronze Level ($2,000)
  • Breakfast Sponsor
  • Showcase Table Space (8′ Table Space)
  • 2 Attendee Passes
  • Conference Bag Literature
  • Website and Program Listing
Exhibitor Only ($1,500)
  • Showcase Table Space (8′ Table Space)
  • Website and Program Listing
Friends of the Conference Level ($500)
  • Conference bag literature
  • Website and Program Literature
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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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USDLA, 76 Canal Street, Suite 301, Boston, MA 02114

February 12, 2017

Explore the Neuroscience of Learning

A final item from Friday’s inbox for today…

Drexel University Online
Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning & Online Instruction

EXPLORE THE SCIENCE OF TEACHING ONLINE

DREXEL UNIVERSITY’S ONLINE POST-BACHELOR’S CERTIFICATE IN NEUROSCIENCE, LEARNING & ONLINE INSTRUCTION

Drexel University introduces the new online Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning and Online Instruction. Apply the latest research in neuroscience and effective learning to improve the quality of online/hybrid course design and instruction for adult students.

You Will Learn

  • How the adult brain organizes, retains and applies information and experience
  • Why health, emotion and social interaction are important to learning
  • What it takes to design and teach &#8220brain-targeted” online/hybrid courses
  • How to meet online course quality standards and regulations

Program Features

Brain
Focuses specifically on the neuroscience of adult learning in the online/hybrid environment
Classroom
Enables students to seamlessly translate classroom knowledge into real-world practice, as they learn
Online Learning
Provides a unique opportunity to experience quality online education first-hand – a critical step in understanding what it means to be an adult online student
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About Drexel University

Founded in 1891, Drexel University is a top-ranked, urban research university, located in the heart of Philadelphia. Known as a pioneer in distance education for working adults, this transformative institution launched its first fully online program nearly two decades ago. And today Drexel offers more than 140 high-quality online degree and certificate programs, designed to provide practical knowledge for professional success.

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