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April 1, 2020

USDLA Webinar Series, April 3rd @ 1 pm (ET)

Note this webinar tomorrow.

USDLA Webinar Series
Weekly conversations with our USDLA board members and colleagues
FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020
 Time: 1:00pm – 2:00 pm (ET)
Leveraging Instructional Media For Distance/Online Learning/Training Across A Variety of Markets:
Implications for Blended Learning & Virtual Worlds
 Sponsored by: Harmonize
This webinar is designed to provide market knowledge regarding how to use distance / online learning / instructional media to support learning and training during this COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. We will focus on the importance of synchronous / asynchronous learning given the time/place constraints and the flexibility needed to accommodate your students and instructors. Online learning is quickly being embraced throughout education and training communities and USDLA is here to help you with best practices, tips, and advice on how to thrive utilizing these resources and tools.
Presenters:
Dr. Jolly T. Holden, USDLA Chair Emeritus
Dr. Keysha Gamor, USDLA Advisor / Former Board Member
Dr. Reggie Smith III, CEO, USDLA
Dr. Trina Coleman, USDLA Advisory Board (CEO of Coleman Comprehensive Solutions)
Mr. Michael Mathews, USDLA Board Member (VP Technology and Innovation, Oral Roberts University)
Mr. Marcus Popetz, Co-founder and CEO of 42 Lines
Thank you for supporting USDLA.
Janet Major, USDLA President
________________________________________________________________________________
About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The USDLA, a 501(c) 3 non-profit association formed in 1987, reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion. 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, home schooling, higher education, and continuing education, as well as business, corporate, military, government, and telehealth markets.Visit: USDLA.org
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USDLA | 10 G Street, NESuite 600Washington, DC 20002

March 28, 2020

USDLA Webinar Series (March 27-Telehealth & March 31-Distance Learning Today w/ Logitech, Google & USDLA)

The first one of these have passed, but there are more webinars coming up from the USDLA.

USDLA Webinar Series
Weekly conversations with our USDLA board members and colleagues
Fridays through May 29, 2020 1 PM – 2 PM ET
Friday March 27, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
Telehealth Technology Tips & Resources
Janet Major, President USDLA
Telehealth really is Reality TV. We have developed some great best practice protocols for using videoconferencing and web applications for healthcare.  Please join us to share and learn some best practices and tips for improving your communication skills.
Sponsored by The Arizona Telemedicine Program and
The Southwest Telehealth Resource Center
DLR Fridays Archive and other distance learning resources available at https://usdla.org/distance-learning-resources/
Special Guest Webinar
March 31 – 12:00 pm ET (9:00 am PT)
Distance Learning Today – Boosting Engagement and Enabling Equity
Dr. Reggie Smith III, CEO and Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors of United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), Jennie Magiera, Global Head of Education Impact at Google, and Maddie Mortimore, Head of Education Innovation for Logitech
As global events keep students from attending school in person, educators need to quickly extend learning programs into home and virtual environments. Join this forum of experts to learn how to facilitate sustainable distance learning initiatives.
Leaders from Logitech, Google and the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) will review the most pressing challenges educators face today, and offer tips for implementing effective distance learning programs.
We’ll explore:
  1. Bridging the gap between school and home learning environments
  2. Best practices for virtual classrooms that boost engagement and confidence
  3. Resources and technological considerations
Sponsored by Google, Logitech and USDLA
Janet Major, USDLA President
________________________________________________________________________________
About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The USDLA, a 501(c) 3 non-profit association formed in 1987, reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion. 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, home schooling, higher education, and continuing education, as well as business, corporate, military, government, and telehealth markets.Visit: USDLA.org
USDLA | www.usdla.org
USDLA | 10 G Street, NESuite 600Washington, DC 20002

USDLA Newsletter 2020 (03-23-2020)

A newsletter from earlier in the week.

Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. Farhad Saba
Founder, Editor
USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee
Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. Reggie Smith III
CEO / Executive Director
Associate Editor
OFFICIAL USDLA SPECIAL EDITION

United States Distance Learning Association National Conference 2020

September 21-24, 2020
Hilton Airport
Nashville, TN

Interview of of Dr. Badrul H. Khan, member of the USDLA advisory Board with Dr. Reggie Smith III, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of USDLA

Interview of of Dr. Badrul H. Khan, member of the USDLA advisory Board with Dr. Reggie Smith III, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of USDLA



 

Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning: Planning for the Future of Higher Education, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning takes a fresh look at one of the pioneering educational theories that accommodates the impact of information and communications technologies in learning. The theory of transactional distance (TTD) provides a distinct analytical and planning foundation for educators to conduct an overarching inquiry into transitioning from mass instructional and management systems in higher education to dynamic and transformational futures that focus on each individual learner.

Based on the TTD, this pragmatic approach offers instructors, administrators, students, and other stakeholders a comprehensive planning method to assess the current state of their instructional, learning, and management practices and to develop alternative models to prescribe future improvements in their institution. This complex, self-organized, and adaptive method includes current and emergent properties of:

  • hardware, software, and telecommunications systems that allow faculty, students, and administrators to communicate;
  • instructional and curriculum systems that provide teaching and learning environments for faculty and students; and
  • management, societal, and global systems that influence how institutions are supported, funded, and managed.

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Federal Guidance to Accreditors Will Impact InstitutionsOn March 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) Office of Postsecondary Education issued a document titled Information for Accrediting Agencies Regarding Temporary Flexibilities Provided to Coronavirus Impacted Institutions or Accrediting Agencies. The guidance document, which suspends some federal regulations due to COVID-19 disruption to campuses and travel, is intended to provide both institutions […]

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March 26, 2020

USDLA Webinar Series (March 27-Telehealth & March 31-Distance Learning Today w/ Logitech, Google & USDLA)

Note the webinar tomorrow.

USDLA Webinar Series
Weekly conversations with our USDLA board members and colleagues
Fridays through May 29, 2020 1 PM – 2 PM ET
Friday March 27, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
Telehealth Technology Tips & Resources
Janet Major, President USDLA
Telehealth really is Reality TV. We have developed some great best practice protocols for using videoconferencing and web applications for healthcare.  Please join us to share and learn some best practices and tips for improving your communication skills.
Sponsored by The Arizona Telemedicine Program and
The Southwest Telehealth Resource Center
DLR Fridays Archive and other distance learning resources available at https://usdla.org/distance-learning-resources/
Special Guest Webinar
March 31 – 12:00 pm ET (9:00 am PT)
Distance Learning Today – Boosting Engagement and Enabling Equity
Dr. Reggie Smith III, CEO and Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors of United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), Jennie Magiera, Global Head of Education Impact at Google, and Maddie Mortimore, Head of Education Innovation for Logitech
As global events keep students from attending school in person, educators need to quickly extend learning programs into home and virtual environments. Join this forum of experts to learn how to facilitate sustainable distance learning initiatives.
Leaders from Logitech, Google and the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) will review the most pressing challenges educators face today, and offer tips for implementing effective distance learning programs.
We’ll explore:
  1. Bridging the gap between school and home learning environments
  2. Best practices for virtual classrooms that boost engagement and confidence
  3. Resources and technological considerations
Sponsored by Google, Logitech and USDLA
Janet Major, USDLA President
________________________________________________________________________________
About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The USDLA, a 501(c) 3 non-profit association formed in 1987, reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion. 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, home schooling, higher education, and continuing education, as well as business, corporate, military, government, and telehealth markets.Visit: USDLA.org
USDLA | www.usdla.org
USDLA | 10 G Street, NESuite 600Washington, DC 20002

March 22, 2020

Update (03/19/2020) For Immediate Release: USDLA, COVID-19, Webinar Series and Resources

An item from the US Distance Learning Association a couple of days ago.

USDLA
From the desk of the USDLA CEO
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Dear USDLA Colleagues:
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues globally. The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) continues to evaluate all options to best support its membership, state and global partners, and the education and training communities at large.
The USDLA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page was created with intentions to keep you informed of the status of USDLA operations and events in association with COVID-19.  We would also like to invite you to join us for our USDLA Weekly Webinar Series, beginning on Friday, March 20, 2020. We will be sharing resources as well as providing an update on our 2020 National Conference.
Webinar Series
With more than a century of combined expertise, professional experience, and market knowledge, USDLA is in the process of designing, developing, and delivering a series of weekly webinars that supports distance education instructional practices for online teaching, training, and learning. Webinars will cover the delivery of educational and training programs and appropriate use of instructional technology (and media).
On Friday, March 20, 2020, USDLA will launch the first in a series of webinars that will feature new topics and resources every Friday. Please join us:
FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020
Time: 1-2:00 pm (ET)
Topic: FREE USDLA COVID-19 SPECIAL: Leveraging Distance/Online Learning/Training Across A Variety of Markets (K12, Higher Ed, Government, Military, Home School, Telehealth & More) & USDLA 2020 Conference Update
Hosted by:
  • Dr. Reggie Smith III, CEO, USDLA
  • Mrs. Janet Major, President, USDLA
  • Mr. Pat Cassella, Chair, Board of Directors, USDLA
  

To access webinar information for this Friday, the webinar Series, and Resources, please (Click Here).  See you soon!

Sincerely,
Reggie Smith III
Reggie Smith III, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director
United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA – www.usdla.org)
rsmith@usdla.org 

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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 Washington, D.C. 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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