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November 8, 2018

USDLA Newsletter 2018 (11-05-2018)

A newsletter from earlier in the week.

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Dr. Farhad Saba
Founder, Editor
USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee
Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. Reggie Smith III
CEO / Executive Director
Associate Editor
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Conflicted Views of Technology: A Survey of Faculty Attitudes The proportion of college instructors who are teaching online and blended courses is growing. So is their support for using technology to deliver instruction. But their belief in the quality and effectiveness of online courses and digital technology isn’t keeping pace. Those are among the findings […]

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
Effective Tagging Practices for Online Learning Environments: An Exploratory Study of Tag Approach and Accuracy

This exploratory study examines student tagging activity within a five-week social bookmarking unit. Students in six sections of a course were tasked with locating, tagging, and then highlighting and discussing course-related materials using Diigo, a social bookmarking tool. Three different tagging approaches were tested: dictionary only, freestyle only, and dictionary + freestyle. Analysis focused on […]

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Doing the courses without stopping my life: Time in a professional Master’s program

This study investigates how time intersects with student learning in Canada’s first, and only, Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) in an online teaching and learning stream. Thirty-two students responded to a survey that asked about their experiences, perceptions, and challenges after their first year of the program. Descriptive statistics and NVIVO 10 were […]

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A Framework for Implementing OER-Based Lesson Design Activities for Pre-Service Teachers

The demand for qualified teachers with sufficient pedagogical knowledge and skills is high. However, existing teacher education programs do not provide adequate experiences through which to develop pre-service teachers professional foundations. This study recognized Open Educational Resources (OER) as a means by which to address the issue of enhancing teacher education. The purpose of this […]

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Open Universities: the next phase

The purpose of this paper is to report on research on the views of Presidents and Vice Chancellors of Open Universities of current threats and opportunities for their institutions as the author marks the 50th anniversary of the first Open University in the UK established in 1969. The paper offers a historical account of the […]

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IU Libraries receives $1.2 million grant to develop ability to search digitized audiovisual files

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Current access to text-based data and knowledge is unprecedented in human history. Now, enabled by a $1.2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Indiana University Libraries is setting its sights on the next research frontier: hundreds of millions of hours of audiovisual content. Indiana University

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Athabasca University first Canadian post-secondary institution to officially collaborate with Amazon Web Services

Athabasca, Alberta Athabasca University (AU) announced today that it is the first Canadian post- secondary institution to enter into a formal collaboration agreement with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS). Not only will this collaboration modernize AU’s IT infrastructure, the two organizations will also be designing, implementing and managing cloud education programs, artificial intelligence and […]

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Cengage Partners with MobLab to Integrate Gaming into MindTap Economics Courses

BOSTON and PASADENA, CA, October 25, 2018 – Cengage, an education and technology company, is partnering with MobLab, a provider of online games and experiments for Business and Economics, to incorporate application-based games into MindTap for Economics learning experiences. More than one million students take Principles of Economics each year, and MindTap is the leading […]

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D2L Extends Its Education Customer Base Across EMEA: D2L is reaching more students in the UK, Europe, Middle East and South Africa

D2L, the global learning technology leader, announced further growth in the EMEA region, with new education customers deploying its Brightspace learning platform. This year, educational institutions across the EMEA region have chosen D2L’s Brightspace platform to make the student learning experience more flexible, personalised and engaging. Created for the mobile learner, Brightspace offers rich multimedia […]

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November 7, 2018

USDLA Reminders

Note this item from this morning’s inbox.

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USDLA Upcoming Events and Reminders!
 

Please join us for NDLW 2018!!
November 5-9, 2018
USDLA will be hosting 10 virtual sessions throughout the week highlighting the best practices within the digital/distance learning community.
Sessions will begin at 11AM EST and 2PM EST each day and focus
on a different topic.
Registration is FREE so don’t pass up this chance to meet with some of the experts within the community.
Check out the NDLW

 full schedule

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Join the USDLA at Corporate Learning Week (CLW) in Orlando, Florida
November 27-30 at the B Resort and Spa
 CLW annually shares inspirational stories of Learning & Development leadership, innovation, growth and transformation. This year, the focus is on building capabilities to drive performance in a changing world of work. View the full agenda at http://bit.ly/CLW_USDLA to review all of the details and use code CLW_USDLA for 20% off your registration.
Be surrounded by Learning & Development, Talent, and HR professionals at Corporate Learning Week for 3 days of site tours, networking, and knowledge packed sessions from A-List speakers.
 Will you be joining? Use code CLW_USDLA for 20% off your registration and view the full agenda at http://bit.ly/CLW_USDLA.
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IFWE 2018: If We Are Visible! 
Please join us for some amazing pre-conference workshops 
Wednesday November 28, 2018. 
Topics we will feature include:
Guiding Content Experts in their Media Selection with Linda Davis, Davis eLearning Solutions, Inc. Help your subject-matter experts locate, identify and vet media elements for their eLearning projects. Differentiate between licensed, public domain and web-search media for use in your development. Learn best practices and how to apply “Fair Use” logic to support your selections.
Mentor 360 with Kristine Sudbeck, Nebraska Indian Community College and Roz Hussin, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Effective sustainable mentoring requires cognizant multi-directional and multi-participant investment, and benefits both individuals and organizations in multi-ways. In this hands-on workshop, you will be guided through reflective and collaborative exercises that will help you harness and maximize your existing mentoring skills, as well as explore and discover core metacognitive-mentoring skills.
Grants & Funding Strategies with Kirstin Deprospero, SOLUTIONZ, Inc. Attendees will leave with an understanding of funding agencies and organizations, a list of current funding sources, an understanding of the grant seeking process, information on grant writing best practices and tools to find expert grant writers, access to funding search engines, an understanding of projected funding sources for 2019 – and more!
Register today @ usdla.org/events/ifwe/
  

See the full schedule here!  Remember, IFWE only happens every other year, so don’t miss this one!  Please forward to your friends!
Questions about IFWE?  Contact Darcy Hardy at darcywhardy@gmail.com.
Register Now – see you in San Antonio! 
 
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2019 USDLA National Conference
Save the Date
Monday May 20, 2019 – Wednesday May 22, 2019
Hilton Nashville Airport
Nashville, TN
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SHORTLY!!
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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, DC. 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 

Please forward this USDLA information to anyone interested. Subscriptions are available by clicking on the link below or visiting USDLA.org at no cost. You’re receiving this email because of your relationship with USDLA. Please <confirmoptin><a style=”color: rgb(0,0,255);” shape=”rect”>confirm</a></confirmoptin> your continued interest in receiving email from us.

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November 6, 2018

Earn Your EdD Online From Drexel University

From the folks at the USDLA.

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Earn your EdD online from Drexel University

Drexel University’s online EdD in Educational Leadership and Management equips ambitious administrators and instructional experts with advanced management competencies for a broad range of learning environments. This elite program is designed for academic professionals who seek to make an impactful difference in the future of preK–12 education, universities, colleges and lifelong learning institutions.

Choose the EdD concentration that’s right for you:

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United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), 840 First Street, NE, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20002

November 1, 2018

NDLW, IFWE, Awards And More!!

From yesterday’s inbox, another USDLA item…

Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

SDLA Upcoming Events and Reminders!
 

Please join us for NDLW 2018!!
November 5-9, 2018
USDLA will be hosting 10 virtual sessions throughout the week highlighting the best practices within the digital/distance learning community.
Sessions will begin at 11AM EST and 2PM EST each day and focus
on a different topic.
Registration is FREE so don’t pass up this chance to meet with some of the experts within the community.
Check out the NDLW

 full schedule here!

_____________________________________________________________


 
IFWE 2018: If We Are Visible! 
Please join us for some amazing pre-conference workshops 
Wednesday November 28, 2018. 
Topics we will feature include:
Guiding Content Experts in their Media Selection with Linda Davis, Davis eLearning Solutions, Inc. Help your subject-matter experts locate, identify and vet media elements for their eLearning projects. Differentiate between licensed, public domain and web-search media for use in your development. Learn best practices and how to apply “Fair Use” logic to support your selections.
Mentor 360 with Kristine Sudbeck, Nebraska Indian Community College and Roz Hussin, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Effective sustainable mentoring requires cognizant multi-directional and multi-participant investment, and benefits both individuals and organizations in multi-ways. In this hands-on workshop, you will be guided through reflective and collaborative exercises that will help you harness and maximize your existing mentoring skills, as well as explore and discover core metacognitive-mentoring skills.
Grants & Funding Strategies with Kirstin Deprospero, SOLUTIONZ, Inc. Attendees will leave with an understanding of funding agencies and organizations, a list of current funding sources, an understanding of the grant seeking process, information on grant writing best practices and tools to find expert grant writers, access to funding search engines, an understanding of projected funding sources for 2019 – and more!
  

See the full schedule here!  Remember, IFWE only happens every other year, so don’t miss this one!  Please forward to your friends!
Questions about IFWE?  Contact Darcy Hardy at darcywhardy@gmail.com.
 Register Now – see you in San Antonio! 
 
_____________________________________________________________
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2019 USDLA National Conference
Save the Date
Monday May 20, 2019 – Wednesday May 22, 2019
Hilton Nashville Airport
Nashville, TN
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SHORTLY!!
Orange
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, DC. 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 

Please forward this USDLA information to anyone interested. Subscriptions are available by clicking on the link below or visiting USDLA.org at no cost. You’re receiving this email because of your relationship with USDLA. Please <confirmoptin><a style=”color: rgb(0,0,255);” shape=”rect”>confirm</a></confirmoptin> your continued interest in receiving email from us.

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Send to a Colleague
United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), 840 First Street, NE,3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20002

USDLA Newsletter 2018 (10-29-2018)

A newsletter from a couple of days ago.

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
FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
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Empowering student voice and choice to deliver personalized education Executive summary Many educators and school districts know that K12 education has to consider the learning requirements, preferences and talents of individual students inorder to be effective in preparing them for success in their college, careers and life. Listening to students voices and giving them learning choices are […]

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
Student Perceptions of the Most Effective and Engaging Online Learning Activities in a Blended Graduate SeminarThe principal concern of this research was to learn more about effective designs of learning activities in blended courses. A questionnaire was administered in three sections of a not-for-credit intensive blended graduate seminar in university teaching. The online activities included readings, videos, discussion forum activities and other activities using a range of web-based technologies. Students […]

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Strengths-Based Analysis of Student Success in Online CoursesOnline courses today give a broad, diverse population access to higher education. Despite postsecondary institutions embracing this opportunity, scholarly literature reveals persistent concern over low retention rates in online courses. In response to this concern, an explanatory sequential, mixed methods study was conducted in three phases at a public research university to simultaneously explore personal, […]

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Pushing Toward a More Personalized MOOC: Exploring Instructor Selected Activities, Resources, and Technologies for MOOC Design and ImplementationThis study explores the activities, tools, and resources that instructors of massive open online courses (MOOCs) use to improve the personalization of their MOOCs. Following email interviews with 25 MOOC and open education leaders regarding MOOC personalization, a questionnaire was developed. This questionnaire was then completed by 152 MOOC instructors from around the world. While […]

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MOOC Makers: Professors Experiences With Developing and Delivering MOOCsMassive open online courses (MOOCs) have been described as purposeful educational resources for teaching, open educational initiatives, competency-based learning, and the like. They have also been described as an agent of higher educations deterioration. Although MOOCs are often discussed in terms of their current and future usefulness, or lack thereof, in higher education contexts, very […]

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D2L Announces Release of Magenta Brightspace EvolvingToday, D2L launches its Magenta Release the latest version of its Brightspace LMS, which lets students around the world get structured and meaningful feedback on any learning activity, helping to improve their learning outcomes. Desire2Learn

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edX launches 9 master’s degrees through major university partnersTo help meet a growing demand for skilled technology workers, edX, the online education platform backed by Harvard and MIT, announced this week it has expanded its graduate course offerings to include nine new programs. edscoop

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As Alternative Higher-Ed Pathways Take Off, We’re Still Forgetting Parent LearnersHigher education has, in some ways, woken up to the realities of demographic and technological change. Institutions can’t keep preparing the same students for the same jobs in the same way they always have. The savviest colleges and universities are adapting to better serve adult and lower-income students, and the ones that aren’t are losing […]

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University of Bath launches online masters programmesIn a new partnership with Wiley Education Services, the University of Bath will launch its first fully online masters degree programmes as part of an initiative to broaden its international reach. The first programmes, set to launch in 2019, will be the MSc Applied Economics (Banking & Finance), the MSc Computer Science, and the MSc Entrepreneurship Management and […]

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