Member Giveback Week 2021
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USDLA National Conference 2021 is now USDLA Member Giveback Week
Friends of USDLA,
Since our last gathering in Nashville during the week of July 12th 2019, much has changed in our world. The global pandemic has thrust distance learning to the forefront of our lives with schools on lockdown and our children communicating with instructors through a variety of video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Google, Teams and plenty others. While they are focused on learning, many of us are using these same platforms to carry on with our everyday lives, from working with colleagues and communicating with partners, to keeping in touch with relatives thousands of miles away. Our USDLA National Conference has long been an event where we mingle, discuss technology and learn from an audience broader than our own. Nothing can replace those live in-person interactions and conference feedback has always focused on those personal relationships made with one another.
Last year when the world threw us the mother of all curveballs, we pulled together and hosted an online USDLA Virtual Conference. This was a very successful event with fantastic USDLA volunteers, presenters, keynote speakers and attendees from around the world. However, it certainly had many of us wanting those personal interactions that our conference is well known for. With video conferencing seemingly dominating our lives these days, many of us are experiencing “virtual fatigue” in our daily lives, and rather than develop yet another week of paid virtual conference programing, the conference/events committee has decided to forgo our traditional paid conference this year and host a USDLA Members Giveback Week with a program focus on the up and coming Public Policy Forum.
The events planned for the week of October 4th will be live sessions, free of charge, for all current USDLA members.
Public Policy Forum – Friday October 8th, 2021 12:30PM EST
Topic: USDLA 2021 Public Policy Forum
Start Time: Oct 8, 2021 11:54 AM
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The Public Policy Forum (Sponsored by NC-Sara and Verizon) is a live event on Friday October 8th for ALL (USDLA members and non-members).
While this is not our formal USDLA Conference, it will resemble the outline from last years’ virtual conference with a kickoff party the evening of Tuesday October 5th featuring some on-line musical entertainment and a kickoff address by the USDLA executive committee. On Wednesday and Thursday we will have some public-policy related material available to our members with Friday focusing on the public policy address by Dr. Lori Williams.
This will be a great week and all Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday sessions are free to all USDLA members with an active membership.
USDLA 2022 National Conference – 35th Anniversary Celebration
As for returning to normal, once our give-back week is complete, we will shift our attention to our 35th anniversary of USDLA, returning to a physical event in Nashville the week of May 16th, 2022 at the Nashville Hilton Airport location we enjoyed back in 2019.
I appreciate everyone’s support of the association and we are looking forward to connecting with you starting Tuesday October 5th2021. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR EVENT SCHEDULE TIMES AND ADDITIONAL DETAILS.
Tuesday 10/5 Opening Event Speaker – Microlearning in the Digital Age – Dr. Badrul H. Khan
Friday 10/8 Closing Keynote Speaker – Public Policy Forum – Dr. Lori Williams
Tuesday Afternoon, 10/5 Pre-Conference Session 1 – Apple Teacher and Tool Lab – A Look into Creating Content with Apple Tools, Presented by Dr. Robbie Melton
Tuesday Afternoon, 10/5 Pre-Conference Session 2 – Grant Writing Workshop – A look into DL Grants, Writing Tips, Submitting, and Managing a Grant Presented by Kristin DeProspero
Tuesday Evening, 10/5 – Join us for some live musical entertainment and to say hello to all your USDLA friends that you’ve missed for the past several months.
Award program celebration will be held during National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) on Friday November 12th
Our sessions will focus on public policy forum topics this year and run at various times on Wednesday and Thursday leading up to the Friday Public Policy Forum closing keynote. Click here to see the full schedule.
Wednesday, October 6th, 2021
11:00AM EST – Daily Welcome to MGW 2021
11:15AM to 12:15PM EST – Open Educational Practices: Sharing the “Know-How” of Exemplary Instruction – Gerry Hanley Ph.D. (email@example.com)
12:30PM to 1:30PM EST – Virus and Virtual Equity: A Review of Student Technology Support – Dr. Toni L. Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1:45PM to 2:45PM EST – Creating Humanized and Inclusive Learning Experiences – Brett Christie PhD (email@example.com)
3:00PM to 4:00PM EST – Impact of feedback on isolation in Distance Education – Dr. Shanta Varma (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thursday, October 7, 2021
11:00AM EST – Daily Welcome to MGW 2021
11:15AM to 12:15PM EST – Distance Education by the Numbers: Fall 2020, COVID-19, and What’s Next? – Dr. Rachel Christeson (email@example.com)
12:30PM to 1:30PM EST – No camera and other tips for working with access-challenged students – Eric Allen Holmes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1:45PM to 2:45PM EST – What You Say Matters: How to make your course inclusive to all – Natalie Boulton (email@example.com)
3:00PM to 4:00PM EST – Zero-Degree Programs to Promote Student Success – Dr. Veronica McEachin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Friday, October 8th, 2021
11:00AM EST – Daily Welcome to MGW 2021
11:15AM to 12:15PM EST – Community Building in Online STEM: Lessons Learned at a HBCU – Dr. Brandy Phipps (email@example.com)
12:30PM to 2:30PM EST – Keynote: Public Policy Form – Dr. Lori Williams
2:30PM to 3:00PM EST – Closing from USDLA Board of Directors
This Year’s’ Event Kickoff – Dr. Badrul H Kahn
Microlearning in the Digital Age join us to explore the design and implementation of bite-sized learning and training in technology-enabled environments. Grounded in research-based best practices and a robust, eight-dimensional framework, his recent book applies the latest developments in mobile learning, social media, and instructional/multimedia design to one of today’s most innovative and accessible content delivery systems. Come explore information technology, digital gaming, corporate, and other contexts, in this session to help prepare graduate students, researchers, and professionals of instructional design, e-learning, and distance education to develop engaging, cost-effective microlearning systems.
This Year’s’ Event Closing Speaker – Dr. Lori Williams
Lori Williams is president and CEO of NC-SARA and has over 25 years’ experience in education. Prior to this role, she served as vice president at the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Previous positions include provost, vice provost, vice president, executive director, and other academic administrative roles. Lori has spoken at national and international conferences about adult and online learning, and served as professor, thesis advisor, and mentor. Lori enjoys spending time with her two adult sons and their families, outdoors hiking with her husband and dog, as well as gardening, yoga, and movies. Lori holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Education Leadership from Union Institute & University, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Saint Michael’s College, and a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University.
Title: Public Policy Forum 2021
Abstract: Join us for a look into the policies shaping the world of education in the Federal Government.
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