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April 7, 2021

Increase Engagement and Lower Costs for Students with OER

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A webinar from the folks at SoftChalk that may be of interest to some.

Drive superior learning outcomes with OER

by lowering costs and increasing success for students

Join a cohort of like-minded educators to adapt and redesign existing resources to meet the unique needs of your students in a workshop facilitated by industry recognized OER experts.

Free Webinar Series: Four weekly sessions starting Wednesday, April 28 at 3 pm Eastern



Gerry Hanley
MERLOT, SkillsCommons, Cal State University


Sue Evans


Rick Lumadue
SkillsCommons, Cal State University

SoftChalk LLC, 22 S. Auburn Ave., Richmond, VA 23221, 877-638-2425

April 6, 2021

USDLA Public Policy Webinars, Oiada Global Village Inspiration Day with Dave Shull, CEO of Poly and much more…

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Even more up-coming webinar events…

Public Policy Webinar
Please join us for all three sessions, and the opportunity to learn and network with the leaders of distance learning
April 9, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm ET
DOE Update
What is the vision of our newly elected administration? Join us for a review of the following report from the Department of Education:
April 16, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm ET
Broadband Update
Which legislation will help close the gap in the digital divide? What organizations are leading the charge?
This panel will include representatives from the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission
April 23, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm ET
Technology Updates
What is the latest and greatest in technology for distance learning and where are the funding opportunities?
This session will feature board members of USDLA from several constituencies who are national experts to share their advice and resources to help foster growth both in broadband and the technology we connect to it.
Oiada Global Village Inspiration Day with Dave Shull, CEO of Poly
Apr 13, 2021 10:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
The objective of the Inspiration Day event is to provide students the opportunity to speak with Dave Shull to discuss how 21st century is being utilized during the Covid-19 pandemic. The conversation is meant to demonstrate the important role of technology in today’s environment and to boost the students’ confidence that they can make a difference in the world today and in the future.
About Oiada International Visit:
April 30, 2021
1:00-2:00 pm ET
Bringing the Pieces of Educational Opportunities Together
David Stein, Chair
Paul Hieronymus, Vice Chair
Lee Gambol, OhioDLA Member
Time to go to New Orleans!
Details coming soon!
Committee Volunteer Opportunities Available
Sponsorship opportunities available:
Pandemic Coda One Year Later
As we pass the one year mark of the pandemic for most people in North America and Europe, The IMCCA created this “time capsule” to remember how we lived, what and who we mourned, what we learned and what we hope. USDLA participated along with other industry leaders to reflect on the past year.
IMCCA Pandemic Coda - One Year Later
Thank you for supporting USDLA and our State Chapters.
Ms. Janet Major, Chairwoman
Dr. Arletha McSwain, President-Elect
Dr. Reggie Smith III, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
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 | 10 G Street, NESuite 600Washington, DC 20002

MACUL Partner ClassLink Invites you to Register for ClassLink 101 Webinar

Another webinar that may be of interest.

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Today’s education environment demands that schools are prepared for quick shifts between in-person, remote, and blended learning.

This can be challenging, but schools don’t have to face this daunting task alone. ClassLink was built for this. Join ClassLink for a 30-minute introduction to learn how they can solve problems around access and engagement in your district. Register here for the webinar.

If you can’t make this webinar, feel free to ask for a personalized tour by scheduling with our Michigan representative here.

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Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning | 520 S. Creyts RoadLansing, MI 48917

EDEN NAP webinar – 7 April 17.00 CEST

Another webinar – this one tomorrow – that may be of interest to folks.

Dear Colleague,

We kindly inform you that the next EDEN NAP webinar ‘What do I do as an educator with learning analytics?’ will take place on Wednesday, 7 April 2021, 17:00 CEST. Type of session: presentations with discussion. You will get the joining instructions in an e-mail after the registration.

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Registered webinar participants will be awarded by EDEN open badges.


Prof Bart Rienties
Professor of Learning Analytics and programme lead of the learning analytics and learning design research programme, Institute of Educational Technology, Open University, UK 

Anna GillespieAssociate Lecturer, Open University, UKy

Ed FosterHead of Student Engagement & Analytics, Nottingham Trent University (NTU), UK

Dr Dirk TempelaarAssociate Professor,
Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, Netherlands

Dr Robert BodilySenior Data Scientist and Researcher, Zappee LLC, US


In this interactive webinar for EDEN, we will share lived experiences of how four organisations in six countries are using learning analytics on a daily basis. Some of these organisations have implemented learning analytics at an institutional scale, while others have created more specific and bespoke applications and practices. At least two of these organisations provide rich learning analytics data directly to students, while all four also provide rich and aggregate data to educators. For example, at Nottingham Trent University students can easily access their own data about how engaged they are with their studies. At Maastricht University in one course students are given their own data about their learning dispositions and engagement data, which they use for learning statistics and afterwards use to reflect on their practice. In other institutions like the Open University over 3000 teachers are given weekly data about their students via interactive dashboards, and whether (or not) the predictive learning analytics system predicts whether a student will pass the next assignment. At Mountain Heights Academy, an online high school in the US, teachers are using an Action Dashboard (or data-driven to-do list) to spend more time reaching out to their students rather than clicking through disparate systems to find the data they need to intervene with struggling students. In this webinar we specifically will focus on the role of the educator, and how you could use learning analytics in your own classroom. Each of the five speakers will provide practical examples of their practice, and you will be able to work with real-examples of how to consider applying learning analytics.


The webinar will be followed by #EDENChat.

Please join us on Twitter using the hashtag #EDENChat!

#EDENChat is an online discussion event on Twitter initiated by Steering Committee of the EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP). It is mediated by members of the NAP community and runs for approximately 1 hour. Anyone can join in and contribute to the discussion which is presented in a Question and Answer format and focuses on current issues in distance, open and e-learning. All sessions start at 18:00 CET.

Previous #EDENChats are listed on the EDEN website according to topics.

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Wednesday, 7 April 2021,
17:00 CEST
EDEN 30th Anniversary – Three decades of serving modernisation in education
EDEN is supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.​
The European Distance and E-Learning Network is co-operating with EDEN Digital Learning Europe MTÜ (Estonia), in order to sustain the legacy of the EDEN Association brand after the United Kingdom having left the EU, to ensure continuity of services and activities for the benefit of the European academic and professional community in open, distance and online learning.
EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat
Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858
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Join REL Midwest on April 14 for our webinar “Evidence-Based Literacy Interventions to Support Young Learners During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic”

This webinar may be of interest to some readers.

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REL MIDWEST Regional Educational Laboratory at American Institutes for Research
Evidence-Based Literacy Interventions to Support Young Learners During and After The COVID-19 Pandemic
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  April 14, 2021
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You’re invited to an upcoming Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest webinar on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Central Time. This webinar will provide early childhood (preK–grade 3) educators with effective strategies to help students develop reading skills efficiently during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Nell K. Duke (University of Michigan) and Dr. Laura Justice (Ohio State University) will share evidence-based literacy practices that educators can incorporate into their Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III classroom literacy instruction. Dr. Laurie Lee from REL Southeast will provide an overview of REL Southeast’s teacher and parent resources for supporting children’s reading at home. Finally, practitioners Shelia Boozer and Debbie Thomas from Springfield Public Schools will present several strategies they will use to support early literacy instruction during the 2021/22 school year.
To register for the event, click on the link below. Please also share this link with others who you think would benefit from learning more about this topic.

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