In addition to USDLA hosted webinars during NDLW, many other organizations are also celebrating!
Please see below for a calendar of events. To place and event on our calendar, please send details to Kim Airasian at email@example.com!
NDLW 2015 Calendar Of Global Events
Check out Open SUNY’s Center for Online Teaching Excellence (COTE) week long webinar series here!
Monday, November 9, 2015
Colorado Mesa University Faculty Webinar: Badges
Presented by:Tracy DeBellevue, Distance Education
Faculty Webinar: Badges
10:00am (MT) – Register Here
Beyond Standard 8: Universal Design and QM (Webinar)
Presented by: Betsy Stringam, Associate Professor of Hotels and Resorts, New Mexico State University
2:00PM (ET) – Register Here
While QM Standard 8 addresses accessibility for vision and hearing differences, other QM Standards address a wider
range of diverse learning and instructional accessibility needs. This session will help faculty understand how different QM Standards support diverse students and show how QM helps to achieve good universal design. While the
session will present information on QM and universal design for all students, the session will focus in particular on the needs of students with Autism Spectrum disorder and on how QM, effectively applied, helps meet their needs.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
The Emergence of IoT (The Internet of Things) Devices in Higher Education: The Impact, The Possibilities, The Challenges and the Dangers
Presented by: Robbie Melton (Tennessee Board of Regents)
9:00-11:00am ET – Register Here
We are honored to welcome Dr. Robbie Melton to Drexel University as our keynote speaker for National Distance Learning Week.
Gartner defines IoT as “the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment.” Think smart tools, gadgets, and wearable items such as VR (virtual reality glasses), jewelry, and even toys. What do we do with an increasing number of IP-enabled students who show up in IP-enabled vehicles (or via high speed networks), wearing IP-enabled garments, bearing multiple IP-enabled devices, with the expectation that our campuses have the resources required to meet their expectations, as well as how to incorporate these devices as effective teaching and learning tools?
This presentation will showcase some of the latest innovations of smart devices including smart shoes, watches, computers, etc.
How We Overcame the Challenges of Implementing Standard 8
Presented by: Erin Blauvelt, Excelsior College
2:00pm ET – Register Here
Locating and understanding accessibility standards can be difficult; implementing them in your course development
process can seem impossible. We will look at the details of designing courses that meet QM Standard 8. Our customized standards manual will be shared; it includes technical instructions, screenshots, examples, and decision trees. Also shared will be a detailed, job-tailored training plan, including handouts, checklists, and quick-reference guides to teach staff members about accessibility, our standards list, and division of responsibilities.
Celebrating Stories of Success: Why We Practice Distance Learning
Presented by: Colorado Distance Learning Association
5:30pm ET – Register Here
In celebration of National Distance Learning Week, ColoDLA is hosting a webinar (more like an online get together) to celebrate the characteristics that make distance learning a flexible, convenient and effective learning environment. Go online, get inspired, and participate in an online meeting to highlight the benefits of being a distance learning practitioner. We may even ask you to share your story!
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Using Blogging in Teaching
Presented by: Sam Sommers, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Tufts University
12:00pm ET – Register Here
For many of us, a primary objective in teaching is to facilitate students’ active consideration of how the studies, phenomena, and theories they read about apply to their daily lives. This presentation explores how blogging can further this goal. Specifically, I incorporate blogging into my psychology courses in two ways: a class blog where I post related content and students can respond, and a personal blog in which students analyze events from their own lives through a psychological lens. Advantages, challenges, and assessment will be discussed, as will applicability for both in-person and online courses.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Texas Blackboard Users Group Annual Conference
Incorporating Accessibility Standards in Course Design and Materials
Presented by: Teresa Prange & Sage Freeman, Chemeketa Community College
2:00pm ET – Register Here
Do you need to update your video and multimedia course presentations to meet accessibility standards? In this session you will see an actual course with examples of alternative formats to meet diverse learners and discover tools you may use to help meet the accessibility standard.
Adapting Online Programs to Changing Market Opportunities: A case study from University of Southern California
Director of Distance Learning
Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
University of Southern California – – Rebecca Weintraub
Clinical Professor; Director, Master of Communication Management Program
Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
University of Southern California — Facilitator: Brett Frazier, SVP of Business Development, Pearson
2:00PM ET – Register Here
Join academic leaders from the University of Southern California to discuss the challenges that come with launching and maintaining online degree programs and solutions to address those challenges. Topics covered will include marketing, enrollment, curriculum design, student services and more.
The University of Southern California (USC) is one of the world’s leading private research universities. The Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at USC launched its online Master of Communication Management program in the fall of 2011. This immersive online communication degree is designed for students at various professional levels across many communication-related disciplines, including corporate and strategic communications, marketing and public relations.
This hour-long webinar will benefit both administrators and faculty who are responsible for growing online programs in the ever-evolving higher education market space.
The Collaboratory: A Showcase of Emerging Technologies & Innovation (Drexel University Online)
4:00-6:00pm – Register Here
The Collaboratory is the culminating event of an exciting week celebrating National Distance Learning Week!
Join the Online Learning Council for an afternoon of food, drink, and innovation at its second Collaboratory showcase on November 12th. The Collaboratory provides an interactive platform for faculty and staff to learn about and share applications of emerging technologies that are currently being used in online courses. Plus, enjoy the opportunities to test drive the technologies.
Examples of showcases can be anything from a learner-centered simulation or activity, to demonstrating the utilization of new software that has enhanced the learning experience for students.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Discover the Light of Africa for Black History Month
Presented by: Oaida International
10:00AM – Register Here
Africa is truly one of the most misunderstood of all the continents. Africa is four times the size of America. Its people speak over 2,000 languages, and the continent itself experiences all four seasons. It is one thing to hear facts about Africa. We could spend all day enumerating different facts about the continent and its history. However, we’ve found that the one way to truly get to know Africa is by interacting LIVE, face to face with its people through Video Conferencing. In this way, participants get to learn first-hand from their peers on the continent the similarities and differences between their cultures without leaving the country. When exposed to reality, all of the misconceptions once held are dissolved. That is our aim and that is what we achieve during our LIVE videoconference session with Ghana. There is much to be gained from a “LIVE” session with Ghana. We invite you to experience Africa for yourself through a “LIVE”, face-to-face encounter with one of Africa’s greatest resources, the people.
The participants will:
-explore the wonders of Africa
-compare their perceptions with the truth
-engage in discussion about everyday life in Ghana
-develop a greater appreciation for another culture
5 Things to Know Before Taking an Online Course
Presented by: Mary Garcia, Scout from University of California
10:00am (PST) – Register Here
As an online high school course provider, the majority of students taking classes with Scout from University of California have never taken an online course before. In this session, we will discuss common views new students have toward online education and offer tips for the successful completion of an online course. Parents and counselors of students interested in supplementing their high school course load by taking online courses are encouraged to view this 30 minute webinar.
Join The World’s First Live Virtual Field Trip in Spain!
Presented by: Georama, Inc.
10:30 am EST – Click here for access on day of presentation!
Celebrate National Distance Learning Week with the United States Distance Learning Association, Berkeley College and Georama for the world’s first LIVE virtual field trip on Friday November 13th! Georama’s expert tour guide, Monica, will lead the adventure through Barcelona, showcasing the architectural marvels of Guadi, one of Spain’s most celebrated and influential artists. During this one-hour tour, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in both Spanish and English about the artist, Spanish culture and the history of Barcelona. Learning about history, art, and culture from a distance has never been so authentic!
Feeding Many Birds With One Piece of Bread: Process and Impact of Providing Accessible Multimedia Course Materials
Presented by: Amy Strage, Elizabeth Tu, & Keith Sanders, San Jose State University
2:00pm ET – Register Here
To promote compliance with accessibility mandates, we developed a workflow to provide timely, accurate, and costeffective closed captioning for instructional materials. We share details about this process and data about significant benefits of the captioning for ALL students.
The Texas Distance Learning Association, in conjunction with the USDLA, is pleased to offer several program options for National Distance Learning Week, November 9-13. Each day during NDLW, TxDLA will offer videos, links and other content about distance learning on our website and social media sites. Like us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and check out our website at www.txdla.org for more information.
Governor Jay Nixon has signed a proclamation declaring this week as Missouri Distance Learning Week!
The week of November 9–13, 2015, has been proclaimed as Nebraska Distance Learning Week (NDLW), corresponding with the National Distance Learning Week that same week.
To celebrate Nebraska Distance Learning Week on November 9-13, NDLA is conducting a Twitter challenge. NDLA (@NebraskaDLA) will Tweet out resources, comments, or questions for you to like/favorite, retweet, or reply. On Friday, we will put everyone who participated in the #NebDLW Challenge into a drawing for a complimentary 2016 NDLA Conference registration (value $150) and two honorable mention prizes of $10 Amazon gift cards.