National Distance Learning Week

November 5-9, 2018

National Distance Learning Week (NDLW), sponsored by the U.S. Distance Learning Association (USDLA), is a week of webinars and information sessions highlighting best practices within the digital/distance learning community. We invite you to celebrate NDLW with us by participating in the webinars listed below.


Webinar Sessions Available to TAMU-CC Faculty

(click on any date below for a listing of session times, descriptions, and presenters)

All webinar sessions are facilitated using Blackboard Collaborate. If this is the first time you are attending a Blackboard Collaborate webinar, you may use these links for information on joining a Collaborate session, or to check if your device meets the system requirements to participate.

How to Engage Online Students through Discussion Boards
Jose L. Fulgencio, Oklahoma State University
10:00 am – 11:00 am (Central Time)

Getting students engaged in the classroom is tough enough, but to get an online class involved in a discussion can be difficult if not done correctly. Learn how you can engage students in your online classroom with discussion board questions mixed with online videos. Audience members will leave with ideas necessary to create an engaging online discussion forum that can help with online student retention, feeling of acceptance in the classroom, and getting students to complete discussion boards.

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No Student Left Behind: Individualized Support in an Online Environment
David McMillan, Barbie Miller, Terri Wheaton, Old Dominion University
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Central Time)

We take the mystery out of providing quality individualized student support in the high demand online learning environment. Exciting and effective technology tools coupled with well-trained, committed professionals consistently deliver three levels of critical support to online learners.

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Closing the Credential Gap: from Badges to Bachelors
Dr. William Ryan
10:00 am – 11:00 am (Central Time)

Employers need for specific skilled employees continues to grow but the question is what credential is needed? This session will examine a credentialing pathway that will take an employee the entire distance to degree and highlight the opportunity to build robust partnerships with institutions while developing a talent pipeline 

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Replacing the Spreadsheet: Three Years Later
Dan Hillman, Boston University
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Central Time)

Three years ago, Boston University’s Office of Distance Education began using web-based task management software to improve the communication and workflow of our online course development and support. We’ll describe our process, lessons learned, how it improved our workflow, and how we extended its functionality with our own tools.

Access Replacing the Spreadsheet: Three Years Later webinar

From Self-Determination Theory to Self-Directed Learning Practice
Valary Oleinik
10:00 am – 11:00 am (Central Time)

In this interactive session you will get to explore how to leverage aspects of the self-determination theory of intrinsic motivation (autonomy, mastery, and relatedness) to design courses that are more learner-centric, help develop your learners' confidence and curiosity, and set them on the track to being more self-directed in their future learning endeavors.

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Insight into Mentor 360
Roz Hussin, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Central Time)

Mentoring is more than just a two-way relationship, and the impact of successful mentoring reaches far beyond two-persons. Effective sustainable mentoring requires cognizant multi-directional and multi-participant investment, and can benefit both individuals and organizations in multiple ways. In this webinar, you will be introduced to reflective and collaborative practices that harness and maximize existing mentoring skills, as well as explore and discover core metacognitive-mentoring skills (possibly) new to you.

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Issues in Access and Accessibility for All in Digital Learning
Dr. Patricia Ritschel-Trifilo, Wayland Baptist University
Raymond Rose, Rose & Smith Associates
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm (Central Time)

Accessibility by individuals with disabilities to digital materials is one of the major technology issues of our time. The growth of online learning, and the increased use of digital materials in blended and flipped classrooms in K-12 and higher education has created more accessibility issues. The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice enforcement of accessibility issues has made explicit the actions academic institutions should be engaged in to ensure that all students have full access to learning. This session will provide a brief overview of the topics presented in TxDLA’s Digital Accessibility Certification Program which positions participants to be on the leading edge of these concerns by providing them with an understanding of current legal enforcement actions, resolution agreements, consent decrees and Universal Design for Learning, while equipping them with practical skills in making digital content accessible.

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Quality Online Course Development using Quality Matters
Dr. Loretta Cochran and Dr. Johnette Moody, Arkansas Tech University
10:00 am – 11:00 am (Central Time)

Striving to improve online course development has led to Arkansas Tech University adopting Quality Matters, a program developed by faculty, based on best practices. Learn how utilizing the QM Rubric creates an exceptional course that truly supports assessment.

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Leading the Pack with Feedback and Performance Standards
Dr. Peg Hohensee, Purdue Global
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Central Time)

By instituting an intensive feedback program which highlighted strengths and noted opportunities, online instructors were provided clear guidance in meeting and exceeding university performance expectations. In this session, the presenter will discuss the results of a longitudinal student of the impact of the feedback program on instructor performance, student satisfaction, and student performance. 

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