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October 14, 2019

National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) – Free Webinars – Register Now!

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USDLA
National Distance Learning Week
November 4 – 8, 2019
 
What will you do for NDLW 2019?
 
 
Purpose:
The purpose of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning, including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Military, while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field.
 
Goal:
For schools, colleges, and corporations to conduct local events during NDLW to celebrate and promote the field of online learning.
 
When:
November 4 – 8, 2019
 
Who:
Professionals engaged in the day-to-day practice of distance learning (schools, colleges, corporations, military) and individuals and organizations providing products and services being distributed via online, video conferencing and satellite technologies.
WEBINAR SCHEDULE (FREE)
Monday, November 4th, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Reggie Smith, PhD Executive Director USDLA
Manager, Conference Services, Children’s National Medical Center
“The History of Distance Learning and USDLA”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET 
Bill Ryan, PhD Ryan Consulting
“Microlearning in the World of Distance Learning”
Tuesday, November 5th, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sandra Kucina Softic, President of Eden
Josep Maria Duart Montoliu, Vice President of Eden
“Overview of the European Distance E-Learning Network and Key Issues Effecting European Online & Distance Learning”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Janet Major, BS Associate Director for Education & Facilities
Arizona Telemedicine Program, Southwest Telehealth Resource Center
“Distance Learning Resources for Telehealth”
Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Charmaine Torruella, Chair of AVIXA Diversity Council
Global AV Service Partner
“How to Build Diversity in the Distance Learning Workforce”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Andrea Pokrzywinski, Distance Delivery Instructor
” Delivering K-12 Science Curriculum via Distance Learning in Alaska”
Thursday, November 7th, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Special Quality Matters Partner Track)
Steven Crawford, District Director for Maricopa Center for Learning & Innovation
Maricopa Colleges, Phoenix, AZ
“Busting Multimedia Myths: An Evidence Based Approach to Quality Instructional Media”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Rolando Garza, Chair of USDLA State Chapters
Distance Learning & Instructional Technology, Texas A&M University, Kingsville
“USDLA State Chapters and How to Build One for Your State”
Friday, November 8th, 2019
1100 am – 12:00 pm ET
Kristin Deprospero, Vertical Marketing Director, Solutionz, Inc
“An Update on Grant Resources”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Naza Djafarova, Director of Digital Education Strategies and Leonora Zefi, Manager of eLearning initiatives and Course Development
“Open Access Resources for Virtual Gaming Simulation in Education”
For more information on NDLW or to Sponsor NDLW…
contact USDLA at 202.248.5023 today!
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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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October 10, 2019

OLC Live Pre-Conference Town Hall: Meet The Track Chairs And Best In Track Winners

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OLC Live: A Chat with the Track Chairs and Best in Track Winners

Join the next OLC Live Pre-Conference Town Hall chat on Zoom, highlighting different aspects of the conference and tips and tricks for successfully getting the most out of your OLC Accelerate experience.

Our next gathering features OLC Accelerate 2019 Track Chairs and Best in Track Winners. Join us Thursday, October 24. RSVP now.

November 19-22, 2019
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin | Orlando, FL

Pre-Conference Town Hall:
A Chat with the Track Chairs and Best in Track Winners
Thursday, October 24 | 3:00pm-4:30pm ET


Community College Conversations

“Community colleges have been at the forefront of the expansion and improvement of online education,” states Kate Jordahl, Director of Academic Affairs and Consortia for the CVC-OEI Consortium in a recent blog post. “There are unique issues for community college students, but when we do our job at the community college, those students go on to thrive at the university level and succeed in the workforce.”

Learn more about the forty-five minute Education Session entitled “Community College Conversations: An Unconference Session On Access, Equity, And Quality At The Community Colleges” which is intended to start a conversation that will hopefully continue beyond the conference.


What’s that Smell? Student Engagement

“We know that increased student engagement improves students’ learning experiences; however, it’s not always clear how to select and integrate the best tools and technologies to accomplish this,” shares Ed Queen of Johns Hopkins University and OLC Accelerate 2019 Tools & Technologies Track Co-Chair. Queen and Best in Track winner, Jeremy Kemp share what to expect in this conference track in a recent blog post.

Watch for new posts in the blog series which will focus on each of the presentation tracks and Best in Track winners.


#WeAreOLC: How OLC Impacted Beth Rubin’s Professional Journey

“I found the most amazing, brilliant and engaged colleagues at OLC, open to new collaborators and eager to advance the field,” shares Beth Rubin of Campbell University and a Volunteer Mentor for OLC Accelerate 2019. “OLC brings together a very special community, and has a special place in my heart.” Read more about her story.

Share your #WeAreOLC story through pictures, videos, blog or social posts! Learn more.


Beth Rubin, Campbell University – Data Analysis Advisor & Volunteer Mentor for OLC Accelerate 2019
OLC Collaborate Regional Events

Save the date: OLC Collaborate at Oregon State University

OLC and partner institution Oregon State University invite you to engage in Vision 2030: Re-imagining the Future of Online Education. Join us as we explore our shared responsibility as educators to meet our diverse and changing student populations where they are, and to improve student success and affordability in online and digital learning. The Oregon Collaborate will host thought leaders who will provoke and inspire participants.

How do we reimagine education through digital learning? Join us for a thoughtful day of discussions with colleagues and experts. Learn more.

Oregon State University – Corvallis, OR
February 7, 2020

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Innovators In Online Learning Webinar: Ditch Your Textbook…

An up-coming webinar from SoftChalk.

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Join us for our upcoming Innovators in Online Learning Webinar:

Ditch Your Textbook: Using SoftChalk to Incorporate OERs into your Course

With textbook prices constantly climbing, the need for affordable alternatives has become a high priority for both educators and learners. But how can you reduce or remove the need for a course textbook while still ensuring the learners have access to the materials they need?

In this webinar, Brian Yates and Meredith Hibit of Red Rocks Community College share their experience of transitioning their course content by using OERs (Open Educational Resources) to replace textbooks within the Spanish Department.

For background information and more about the presenters, check out their blog post!

Friday, October 25
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We look forward to seeing you there!

The SoftChalk Team

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October 9, 2019

REL Webinar: Teacher Perceptions And Use Of Technology In Teaching

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REL Webinar: Teacher Perceptions and Use of Technology in Teaching

Join REL Midwest for a webinar on October 16 to learn about the importance of teacher professional development on educational technology and hear researcher and practitioner perspectives on using technology to prepare students for the 21st century.

Researchers from REL Midwest will present an overview of the recent REL Midwest study Technology use in instruction and teacher perceptions of school support for technology use in Iowa high schools. The study found that although teachers use classroom technology frequently, they do not consistently use it in ways that are believed to support the development of 21st century skills. Teachers may need additional support and encouragement on how to incorporate technology.

Participants also will hear from practitioners on how they can use the study results to inform practices in their districts. This will include details on how rural school and district leaders can work to provide teachers with professional learning opportunities that are sustained, ongoing, and job-embedded.

This webinar is designed for state-level education administrators, regional education service agency staff, district superintendents, district-level research staff, principals, instructional coaches, and teachers.

If you cannot attend the live event, register at the link below to be notified when the webinar archive is available online.

A Closer Look: Teacher Perceptions and Use of Technology in Teaching
October 16, 2019
4:00–4:50 p.m. Central Time
Register here

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October 5, 2019

National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) – Free Webinars – Register Now!

Note these up-coming webinars.

USDLA
National Distance Learning Week
November 4 – 8, 2019
 
What will you do for NDLW 2019?
 
 
 
Purpose:
The purpose of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning, including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Military, while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field.
 
Goal:
For schools, colleges, and corporations to conduct local events during NDLW to celebrate and promote the field of online learning.
 
When:
November 4 – 8, 2019
 
Who:
Professionals engaged in the day-to-day practice of distance learning (schools, colleges, corporations, military) and individuals and organizations providing products and services being distributed via online, video conferencing and satellite technologies.
WEBINAR SCHEDULE (FREE)
Monday, November 4th, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Reggie Smith, PhD Executive Director USDLA
Manager, Conference Services, Children’s National Medical Center
“The History of Distance Learning and USDLA”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET 
Bill Ryan, PhD Ryan Consulting
“Microlearning in the World of Distance Learning”
Tuesday, November 5th, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sandra Kucina Softic, President of Eden
Josep Maria Duart Montoliu, Vice President of Eden
“Overview of the European Distance E-Learning Network and Key Issues Effecting European Online & Distance Learning”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Janet Major, BS Associate Director for Education & Facilities
Arizona Telemedicine Program, Southwest Telehealth Resource Center
“Distance Learning Resources for Telehealth”
Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Charmaine Torruella, Chair of AVIXA Diversity Council
Global AV Service Partner
“How to Build Diversity in the Distance Learning Workforce”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Richard Plant, Vice-President of Bridgestone
“Training the Workforce in a World of Technology”
Thursday, November 7th, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Special Quality Matters Partner Track)
Steven Crawford, District Director for Maricopa Center for Learning & Innovation
Maricopa Colleges, Phoenix, AZ
“Busting Multimedia Myths: An Evidence Based Approach to Quality Instructional Media”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Rolando Garza, Chair of USDLA State Chapters
Distance Learning & Instructional Technology, Texas A&M University, Kingsville
“USDLA State Chapters and How to Build One for Your State”
Friday, November 8th, 2019
1100 am – 12:00 pm ET
Kristin Deprospero, Vertical Marketing Director, Solutionz, Inc
“An Update on Grant Resources”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Naza Djafarova, Director of Digital Education Strategies and Leonora Zefi, Manager of eLearning initiatives and Course Development
“Open Access Resources for Virtual Gaming Simulation in Education”
For more information on NDLW or to Sponsor NDLW…
contact USDLA at 202.248.5023 today!
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 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

Follow us on Twitter  View our profile on LinkedIn  Find us on Facebook
Send to a Colleague
United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), 76 Canal Street, Suite 301, Boston, MA 02114
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