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January 19, 2020

Coming Up | New edWebinars For Educators

Note these up-coming webinars.

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Marc Johnson
The Broadband Imperative: Driving Connectivity, Access, and Student Success
Tuesday, Jan. 21 @ 2 pm ET
Presented by Marc Johnson, Executive Director, East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative (ECMECC)
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Setting the Stage for Early Literacy
Tuesday, Jan. 21 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Amy Mascott, Scholastic Author and Owner of teachmama.com; and Allison McDonald, Scholastic Author and Owner of notimeforflashcards.com
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Technology in Rural Schools: Addressing the Challenges of Digital Equity
Tuesday, Jan. 21 @ 5 pm ET
Presented by Jennifer Austin, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Lac du Flambeau Public School (WI); Michael Flood, Vice President of Strategy, Kajeet; and Tammy Neil, Computer Science Teacher, Suwannee Middle School (FL)
Amy Gulley
What is Structured Literacy and Why Does It Matter? Breaking Down the Buzz
Wednesday, Jan. 22 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Amy Gulley, IMSE Level 4 Master Instructor, C.A.L.T, and IDA Certified Dyslexia Specialist
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What Makes Effective Coaching Programs:
Lessons Learned from the Dynamic Learning Project
Wednesday, Jan. 22 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Mahsa Bakhshaei, Ph.D., Lead Research Scientist, Digital Promise; Angela Hardy, Research Analyst, Digital Promise; and Teresa Engler, Dynamic Learning Project K-12 District Technology and Instructional Coach, McGuffey School District
Michelle Luhtala
Evidence-Based Advocacy:
Using Data to Demonstrate the Impact of Library Programs on Student Learning
Wednesday, Jan. 22 @ 5 pm ET
Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT
Chris Karter
Educational and Home-Based Technology for Individuals with Autism
Thursday, Jan. 23 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Christian Karter, Educational Technology Specialist, Monarch Center for Autism
Sandy Addis
Trauma-Skilled Literacy: What’s the Connection?
Thursday, Jan. 23 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Dr. Sandy Addis, Director, National Dropout Prevention Center
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January 15, 2020

NDLW 2019 Webinar Recordings

Note these recordings from the National Distance Learning Week webinars back in November.

Dear Attendee,
Thank you for signing up and participating in USDLA’s National Distance Learning Week, held this past November of 2019. We hope the information was of value to you. We have provided for your review, and those who missed any sessions, a link to the recorded webinars. Please visit Archived Events.
Mark your calendar for our 2020 events noted below:
2020 USDLA National Conference – Registration is now OPEN!
May 18 – 21, 2020
Nashville, TN
2020 National Distance Learning Week (NDLW)
November 9 – 13, 2020
Global
2020 International Forum for Women in eLearning (IFWE)
December 2-4, 2020
New Orleans, LA
USDLA is running a membership special for 50% off through January 31, 2020. For more information please visit 50% off USDLA Membership
Thank you for your support of 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.
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Washington, D.C. 20002
Tel: 202.248.5023
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Free Webinar For QM Members January 23: “The Three Little Pigs: Building A Course That Stands”

Note this webinar from Quality Matters, which appears to be offered by a K-12 online learning program.

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QM Success Stories

The Three Little Pigs: Building a Course That Stands

Thursday, January 23 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern

Virtual Arkansas
What does the story of the Three Little Pigs have to do with your QM implementation and quality assurance efforts? Join our January webinar to find out!

During this webinar, you’ll hear about the mistakes and successes of the Little Piggie builders from Virtual Arkansas, a state virtual program that supports the online learning needs of public schools across the state. By the end of the webinar,  you’ll learn how to withstand the changing huffs and puffs of the wolf and build courses that can withstand the test of time.

Additionally, you will learn how to:

  • Collect information on course quality relating to design, curriculum and teaching
  • Relate your own experiences to the shared experiences of the presenters
  • Modify your own organization’s needs based on the presenters’ learned experiences

Presented by:

Kirsten Wilson is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Virtual Arkansas She has 19 years of experience at brick and mortar schools — spanning grades K–12 — and has been immersed in blended learning for a little over a year. As the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, she works with an amazing team that writes 94% of their own content and provides rigorous, relevant online courses to over 250 public schools across Arkansas.
Candice McPherson
Candice McPherson is the Director of Design and Development at Virtual Arkansas. Her role includes project management, quality control and implementation support for course content. She has served on a variety of teams and committees devoted to improving online learning experiences including the QM K–12 Rubric Fifth Edition Review Team and the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance Curriculum, PD and Designer workgroups. She holds a master’s degree in instructional technology with an emphasis in distance education from the University of Central Arkansas.
Paula McDougald
Paula McDougald is a Course Design Specialist at Virtual Arkansas. She has a master’s degree in instructional technology with an emphasis in media design and development. In her current role, she supports the management of course design and development projects by assisting teachers with the creation, implementation and revision of online courses. Additionally, Paula has 13 years of teaching experience at the high school level, most of which have been online. Paula also serves as a QM-Certified Reviewer and QM Course Representative.
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FREE for all QM Members, the archived sessions of QM Success Stories — available in the Reference Library — can be viewed after logging into MyQM. Click on the webinar title for the recording link.

Have a QM Success Story to share? Email QM’s Professional Development Registrar. You can also share your story by presenting or participating at a QM Conference.

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January 14, 2020

CIDER Session January 22, 2020

Note this up-coming webinar from the Canadian Institute for Distance Education Research.

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Dear CIDER Member,

We invite you to our first session for the 2020 CIDER Sessions series on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. This free, online session will feature Michael Barbour and Randy LaBonte examining proposed e-learning changes in Ontario.

Title: Sense of irony or perfect timing: Examining the research supporting proposed e-learning changes in Ontario

Only weeks before the 2019 annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA) was held in Toronto, Ontario, the provincial government announced a major reform of education for that province entitled Education that Works for You—Modernizing Classrooms. From an e-learning perspective the proposal called for a centralization of e-learning, a graduation requirement of four e-learning courses, and increasing the class size limit for e-learning courses to 35 students. The AERA call for submissions for the 2020 meeting issued a challenge for scholars to ‘connect with organizational leaders to examine collaboratively continuing educational problems… [and] programmatically engaging with educational organizations.’ This presentation focuses on a recently published article in the International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education by Michael Barbour and Randy LaBonte, who accepted that challenge and described a collaboration between scholars and a pan-Canadian organization to examine the research behind each of the proposed e-learning changes in Ontario.

When: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:
https://athabascau.adobeconnect.com/cider

Registration is not required; all are welcome. CIDER Sessions are recorded and archived for later viewing through the CIDER website. For more information on CIDER and our Sessions, please visit us at:
http://cider.athabascau.ca

Pre-configuration:
Please note that it is important to set up your system prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an application download or update to your Flash Player; allow time for this by joining the session a few minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.

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Open Call: If you have recent research for our CIDER audience and would like to present in this season’s series, please contact Dan Wilton at dwilton@athabascau.ca with a brief description of your research topic and approximate date when it will be available for presentation.

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CIDER sessions are brought to you by the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) and the Centre for Distance Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education. The Sessions and their recordings are open and available to all, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Our mailing address is:

Athabasca University

Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research
1200, 10011 – 109 Street

Edmonton, AB T5J 3S8

Canada

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Full Disclosure: I am one of the presenters in this webinar.

January 13, 2020

CIDER Session – Sense Of Irony Or Perfect Timing: Examining The Research Supporting Proposed e-Learning Changes In Ontario

Note this up-coming webinar.

Sense of irony or perfect timing: Examining the research supporting proposed e-learning changes in Ontario

January 22, 2020
11:00am (MT)

Michael K. Barbour, Touro University California
Randy LaBonte, Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn)

Only weeks before the 2019 annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA) was held in Toronto, Ontario, the provincial government announced a major reform of education for that province entitled Education that Works for You—Modernizing Classrooms. From an e-learning perspective the proposal called for a centralization of e-learning, a graduation requirement of four e-learning courses, and increasing the class size limit for e-learning courses to 35 students. The AERA call for submissions for the 2020 meeting issued a challenge for scholars to ‘connect with organizational leaders to examine collaboratively continuing educational problems… [and] programmatically engaging with educational organizations.’ This presentation focuses on a recently published article in the International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education by Michael Barbour and Randy LaBonte, who accepted that challenge and described a collaboration between scholars and a pan-Canadian organization to examine the research behind each of the proposed e-learning changes in Ontario.

Full disclosure I am one of the presenters.

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