October 30, 2020 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Engaging and Building Groups Online
Presented by: Michael Eales, BA(Hons.), MA, PGCEA, Dip.Hum.Psych
In this interactive session we will explore how best to engage and build your groups. We will look through the lens of Four Energies, Intellectual,
Physical/practical, Emotional and Spirit. My interest in this angle was
prompted when I saw the great leadership writer, Peter Drucker, say:
“Your first and foremost job as a leader is to manage your own energy, and help manage the energy of those around you.” The key is to be able to notice their presence and absence in yourself and others. And then practice being able to bring the energy that is missing but most needed. In many groups, it will be the Emotional or Spirit Energy that is missing, particularly where intellectual horsepower is so valued. The emphasis in the session is on self-awareness, exploration and choice.
Michael Eales, is a leading provider of Leadership Development and Facilitator Training in the UK and an inspiring coach. He has over thirty-five years experience in developing education professionals.
October 23, 2020 Archived Recording Passcode: s^1&MHg2
Crossword Puzzles, Rap Songs, and Cartoons – Oh, My!
Presented by Errol Sull, USDLA Board Member
How to engage students and keep them engaged is easily the #1 concern of any educator. For once the students are engaged they not only learn but want to learn, and motivate themselves to continue learning. There are many strategies that are employed by educators to accomplish this; several are successful, some not. It can be “trial-end-error” to find what keeps a class engaged. One approach that can be extremely successful is the use of creativity, including crossword puzzles, rap songs, cartoons, and more. This non-traditional approach definitely gets students engaged – and certainly helps keep them engaged!
October 16, 2020 1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET Archived Recording Passcode: %d1HCb3E
Funding Facts Friday – CARES Act Update Part Two
Presenters: Kjierstin Layton, Vyopta and Kristin DeProspero, Solutionz, Inc
This is the first of three webinars about the Cares Act (3rd Friday of September, October, November). Our presenters will provide a view of this years CARES ACT funding and a look into what may be on the horizon for distance learning and telemedicine. We’ll explore specific programs and review current trends in grants focused on connected education, healthcare, and justice
SPECIAL EDITION Webinar October 14, 2020 Archived Recording Passcode: U@j69MGK
Accessible Tools for Teaching Neurodiverse Populations Online
Presented by: Kate Friedman, Educational Consultant – Power Point Slides
Description: In the rush to move our nation’s K-12 children into online remote learning, little attention has been given to neurodiverse students and their needs. In this webinar you will gain access to my toolbox, which includes ways to rethink classroom goals in an online setting, frameworks for co-constructing community with students, and my list of always-free software and apps that ensure economic accessibility and are built with Universal Design for Learning.
Bio: Kade Friedman has been teaching inclusion for over 15 years. They started as a kindergarten special education teacher in the NYC public schools and are now an adjunct professor at NYU focusing on teacher training for neurodiverse populations. Kade consults with educational organizations to create cultures of inclusion for both in-person and online learning environments. Kade’s pronouns are they/them.
Friday October 9, 2020 Archived Recording
Annual Legislative Policy Forum – “Broadband Inequity”
Friday October 2, 2020 1:00 PM- 2:00 Archived Recording Passcode: ?jWB6?hq
Remote Learning – Turning Obstacles into Opportunities
Presented by: Cathy Skora
Over 13 years as a teacher in Charter Schools; certificate in Responsive Classroom; skilled and experienced in lesson planning including differentiated teaching and learning; solid classroom management skills and extensive experience in training and development in educational, personal development, and corporate settings. The Presentation will explore how parents and teachers may assist students in succeeding with online learning.
In this presentation we will:
-share obstacles-problem solve to transform obstacles to opportunities
Our process will include:-brief overview of creative problem solving process-use evidence- based teaching and learning methods
- student-centered learning
- active learning
- inquiry-based learning
Overview of responsive classroom techniques as a classroom management strategy for remote learning.
Each of the above categories will be utilized as opportunities to make remote learning a more user friendly experience for teachers and parents.
Friday, September 25, 2020 Archieved Recording Passcode: Z%+aN7Tj
“Swimming in Online Teaching: Using Open Educational Resources, Practices, and Pedagogies To Keep You From Drowning During COVID”
Presented by: Gerry Hanley, Ph.D.Executive Director, SkillsCommons and MERLOT
MERLOT and SkillsCommons have a wealth of free and open resources to help you move teaching and learning online without overwhelming you. The presentation will demonstrate how to use and find the free teaching resources. faculty teaching ePortfolios freely sharing their teaching practices with technology, and open pedagogy strategies to engage students in their learning by collaboratively contributing to the teaching of your course.
September 18, 2020 Archived Recording Password- 0idUK1#3
Presenters: Kjierstin Layton, Vyopta and Kristin DeProspero, Solutionz, Inc
This is the first of three webinars about the Cares Act(3rd Friday of September, October, November)
Our presenters will provide a view of this years CARES ACT funding and a look into what may be on the horizon for distance learning and telemedicine. We’ll explore specific programs and review current trends in grants focused on connected education, healthcare, and justice
September 11, 2020
4D Vision: Strategies For Achieving Student Success in Online Learning Environments – Archieved Recording Passcode: 5!xH+M0f
Presenter: Joshua Byrd is a Program Chair & Professor, for the School of Criminal Justice at AIU Atlanta. Mr. Byrd has published articles in legal publications, social science publications and most recently published in a criminal justice encyclopedia. He is also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran with more than 15 years of combined experience as a criminal justice professional.
Sponsored by USDLA
August 28, 2020
The Journey from “Parent” to “Learning Coach” Archived Recording Password: J3j1!zpM
Presented by: Kenneth R. Nanni, Ph.D., USDLA Board Member, Parent of Two Online Learning Students
This webinar will explore the topic of how parents and guardians can make the transition from monitoring the progress of their children in a traditional educational delivery model to becoming an active, engaged “learning coach” in this new technology driven learning environment.
Topics will include: the difference between traditional onsite classroom learning and technology supported distance learning, different models of distance learning, the role of the “learning coach” and how it differs from the role parents play in the traditional delivery model. We will conclude with some quick tips for starting the journey.
Kenneth Nanni, Ph.D. is an experienced healthcare practitioner, association executive and E-Learning innovator. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Florida, his master’s work at Independence University and earned a doctorate degree from NovaSoutheastern University. He completed a Leadership in Online Learning certificate program from Penn State University and he is an adjunct faculty member at The George Washington University. Dr. Nanni is the Executive Director of the Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management and PatientSafety. His most important title however is“Learning Coach” for his two children who attend Connections Academy Online.sponsored by K12
August 21, 2020
Change: What it Now Means in the Learning Profession
Presenters: Frances Kassinger, Training Lead, Talent Management Solutions Lifestyle Coach, Treasury Executive Institute Enterprise Business Solutions Office of the Chief Information Officer U.S. Department of the Treasury and Janet Major
The Theory of Change (TOC) and other change process tenets suggest change is a conscious, procedural event. In this informal webinar discussion, Dr Kassinger offers an alternative perspective: that change often is unintended and shaped more by a learner’s natural (instead of contrived) environment. Beginning with a personal example of her own unexpected and profound professional change early in her career, Dr Kassinger reflects on how historic pandemic quarantines equally influenced other lasting educational practices. She finally offers evidence that similar educational changes appear to be emerging in the wake of the COVID 19 environment and how she and her training team are responding.
Enrollment Resources’ popular webinar, ‘How To Set Up Effective Remote Admissions Fast,’ is now available to stream on-demand. Listen today to learn how to organize a quality Remote Admissions Program for your school — and get it off the ground immediately and effectively.
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Or register for free today to stream this as well as the over 50 episodes of our Enrollment Management Round Table: https://enrollmentresources.com/remote-admissions-podcast-access/
July 31, 2020
To Tech or Not Tech: Exploring When to Use Technology in an Online Class – Archived Recording Password: 3n0J*!wf
As more classrooms, both K-12 and higher education, move to online-only or hybrid instruction in response to the Covid19 crisis, technology becomes a focus and a stressor for instructors and students. How do you choose technology that supports course outcomes, engages students, and does not overwhelm users? Join us as we discuss reasons to use technology and questions to ask yourself in choosing technology. We will offer a K-12 and higher education perspective as well as give you our top technology picks.
Dr. Brandie Shatto, Associate Professor and Director of the Educational Technology programs at University of Maryland Global Campus; Dr. Ryan Rucker is a College Professor of Educational Technology at The University of Maryland Global Campus, and Erica Ellsworth is a Collegiate Associate Professor Educational Technology at The University of Maryland Global Campus.
July 10, 2020
Online Teaching Q&A with Author, “Ask Errol”!
sponsored by USDLA
Another edition of “Ask Errol” is here! From the nationally recognized distance learning educator and writer, Errol Craig Sull, comes insight, suggestions, and plain old help based on his many years of teaching online and writing the “Ask Errol” column for the peer-reviewed journal Distance Learning (and the official publication of USDLA). Our focus: bring your questions as they pertain to hiccups, problems, and conundrums you encounter in making the switch from ground teaching to online, specifically in secondary education! Errol is Lead Faculty, English, American InterContintenal University, and also Chairman of USDLA’s Professional Development Committee.
June 12, 2020
K12 Fully Online – ARCHIVED RECORDING Password: 0t^dVvf2
Sponsored by USDLA
Presenters: Chris Bigenho, PhD, Director of Virtual Learning Academy, Lewisville ISD and Larry Kahn, Chief Technology Officer Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth
Schools are in uncharted waters and not by choice. We will use this time to chat about tips and considerations as teachers and administrators and schools do the best they can to continue the education of their students remotely. What is the best way forward at this time and how can we do this while keeping the whole child in mind? What can we do to support those teachers and schools that have lagged behind in their distributed learning skills and what can we do about those students who do not have access at home? These and other questions will be the focus of our time together as we attempt to chart our way forward.
May 15, 2020
Presented by: Kristin DePropsero, Soluntionz, Inc
Hosted by: Pat Cassella, VP of Sales at Discover Video and USDLA Chairman of the Board
Identify grant sources for funding broadband, technology, literacy, telemedicine, professional development or program development. Learn tips for preparing grant applications. Network with organizations who could be potential grant partners in the future.
Attendees will leave with an understanding of funding agencies and organizations, a list of current funding sources, an understanding of the grant seeking process, information on grant writing best practices and tools to find expert grant writers, access to funding search engines, an understanding of projected funding sources for 2019 – 2020 and more! We will be sure to share something for everyone.
May 8, 2020
Presented by: Valary Oleinik, USDLA Board Member, Gamification of Learning Speaker & Coach.
Hosted by: Janet Major, USDLA President
Come share some best practices about creating engaging and effective learning experiences at a distance. This is a key moment in time as many people are moving very quickly from in person experiences to virtual ones and they need our help getting off to the best start possible. And even for those who have been involved in distance education for many years, this is a chance to learn some new tricks.
May 8, 2020
Presented by: Darcy Hardy, PhD Associate VP, Blackboard Inc.
Hosted by, Janet Major, USDLA. President
We all now know the challenges of putting programs and courses online quickly. We all also know where we have gaps in our course design processes as well as our faculty development programs. As we move forward into the next chapter beyond the crisis, what should you be doing now? How do you better prepare your faculty in the future? What is your minimum threshold for course quality? How do you remediate all of the courses that went up so quickly without quality checks? This session will help you think through your current processes and be better prepared in the future.
April 24, 2020
Presented by Rhonda D. Blackburn, PhD, USDLA President-Elect, TxDLA Board of Directors,Corporate Chair of B&B Consulting.
Hosted by: Janet Major, USDLA President
If you have never worked from home, then it might be a daunting task. In this webinar we will talk about the different aspects of working from home that you may know and others you may not even think of. Let’s have a discussion about navigating the new normal of social distancing and working from home.
May 1, 2020
A Baker’s Dozen: Tips for Creating an Online Course ARCHIVED RECORDING
Presented by: Michael Simonson, Ph.D Professor, Instructional Technology and Distance Education, Department of Higher Education and Instructional Technology Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice Nova Southeastern University; USDLA’s Distance Learning Journal, AECT Proceedings; researcher, scholar, and author of best-selling textbook, Teaching and Learning at a Distance: Foundations of Distance Education.
Hosted by: Erika Weiss, Ed.D; USDLA Board of Directors; Executive Board; President Kenedd Consulting & Quantumedd Inc., Adjunct Professor, Department of Higher Education and Instructional Technology, Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice.
In the mid-13th century, British law imposed strict regulations on bakers regarding the weight of bread. Bakers wanted to make sure they complied, since the penalties were severe (a fine or the pillory, although nothing involving ears, so far as I know). It was difficult to make loaves of uniform weight in those days before automation, so bakers added a 13th loaf to every shipment of 12–better to be overweight than under. Thus “a baker’s dozen” meant 13. Now, we have a zoom webinar that offers a baker’s dozen – 12 ideas with a little bonus- a thirteenth idea. This session will include the “Baker’s Dozen” process for getting a new online course ready to offer to distant learners. The primary audience is the new or nearly new online instructor, but information for the more experienced distance educator will also be provided.
April 10, 2020
Field Trips “Ask Errol” – ARCHIVED RECORDING
Presented by: Errol Craig Sull, USDLA Chair, Professional Development Committee, Columnist, Distance Learning Magazine. Hosted by: Janet Major, USDLA President, Associate Director for Education & Facilities at Arizona Telemedicine Program/Southwest Telehealth Resource Center.
Join us to learn about all of the FREE opportunities for virtual field trips and activities. Put some STEAM into your day, and travel the world with USDLA as we share our resources and expertise. We will surf the USDLA Distance Learning Resources website to see what’s new and then visit with USDLA Board Member, Errol Craig Sull for a review of his column from USDLA’s Distance Learning Magazine, ASK Errol!
APRIL 3, 2020
Leveraging Instructional Media For Distance/Online Learning/Training Across A Variety of Markets:Implications for Blended Learning & Virtual Worlds ARCHIVED RECORDING
Sponsored by: Harmonize
This webinar is designed to provide market knowledge regarding how to use distance / online learning / instructional media to support learning and training during this COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. We will focus on the importance of synchronous / asynchronous learning given the time/place constraints and the flexibility needed to accommodate your students and instructors. Online learning is quickly being embraced throughout education and training communities and USDLA is here to help you with best practices, tips, and advice on how to thrive utilizing these resources and tools.
Presenters: Dr. Jolly T. Holden, USDLA Chair EmeritusDr. Keysha Gamor, USDLA Advisor / Former Board MemberDr. Reggie Smith III, CEO, USDLADr. Trina Coleman, USDLA Advisory Board (CEO of Coleman Comprehensive Solutions) Mr. Michael Mathews, USDLA Board Member (VP Technology and Innovation, Oral Roberts University)Mr. Marcus Popetz, Co-founder and CEO of 42 Lines
March 27, 2020
Telehealth Technology Tips and Resources ARCHIVED RECORDING
Janet Major, President USDLA
Telehealth really is Reality TV. We have developed some great best practice protocols for using videoconferencing and web applications for healthcare. Please join us to share and learn some best practices and tips for improving your communication skills.
March 20, 2020
Leveraging Distance/Online Learning/Training Across A Variety of Markets (K12, Higher Ed, Government, Military, Home School, Telehealth & More) & USDLA 2020 Conference Update
● Dr. Reggie Smith III, CEO, USDLA
● Janet Major, President, USDLA
● Pat Cassella, Chair, Board of Directors
Zoom and Remote Work Associates, ‘The New Normal of Remote Work and What I.T. Needs to Know’
Think In and Out of the Box – To help others during the COVID-19 crisis, we will be offering free online learning sessions – Hack your B❒X for COVID-19. Please click for details.
2019 National Distance Learning Week Webinars https://usdla.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/2019-NDLW-recorded-webinars.pdf