Sept. 19, 2022 — Join the US Distance Learning Association for a Free Weekly Webinar every Friday from 1-2 pm Eastern

Monday Morning Magic from Inkandescent® PR + Publishing Co. — It’s a pleasure and honor to be the new communications director for the US Distance Learning Association, the first nonprofit distance learning association in the country to support distance learning research, and development for education, training, and communications:

Free Friday Webinars: The organization has re-launched its popular Free Webinar Series on Fridays this month. Usually only open to members, USDLA is opening the opportunity to the general public for the remainder of 2022 so more people can learn more about the details, power, and potential of distance learning. This Friday, you are invited to join us for insights into how to Drive Online Student Engagement for Deeper Learning. See details below, and click here to register for an upcoming session:

On the horizon: “I have been part of USDLA for years and can honestly say that it’s one of the most valuable organizations that I belong to,” shares Pat Cassella, who was named executive director this year. “I invite you to check out our website and offerings and contact me with any questions.” Email:

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Join us! Friday, Sept. 23:  How to Drive Online Student Engagement for Deeper Learning

In this fireside chat-style webinar with the University of South Carolina, Darla Moore School of Business faculty members Elizabeth Churchya and Eric Powers will share their experiences effectively, empowering students to engage in online courses. Given their vastly different subject matters, each will be able to speak to the various techniques they used to drive meaningful conversations and engagement around their course topics. They will also highlight how they used their Yellowdig Communities to create a connected learning experience for their students. Don’t hesitate to bring your questions to Eric and Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Churchya, Piano Faculty Member, Pianist Elizabeth Churchya is a charismatic and sensitive performer who has concertized extensively throughout the United States and England. She is a prize winner in many competitions, including the Charleston International Competition. Recently, Elizabeth appeared as a “Rising Star” soloist with the UofSC Orchestra in the Ravel Piano Concerto performance in G major. She had the privilege of performing in masterclasses for renowned pianists, including Nelita True, Edmund Battersby, Dmitri Rachmanov, and many others. Her primary teachers include Joseph Rackers, Phillip Bush, Jeffrey Brown, and Lelia Sadlier. Elizabeth is a current doctoral candidate at UofSC in Music Performance (ABD). She teaches Film Music at the University of South Carolina, a course she designed and quickly became the university’s most popular music elective.

Eric Powers, Academic Chair and an Associate Professor of Finance, has taught introductory financial management at the undergraduate and masters levels, undergraduate fixed income security valuation, and the Ph.D. seminar in corporate finance.

Sponsored by Yellowdig: In 2014, Yellowdig’s CEO and founder Shaunak Roy knew he wanted to start a company that mattered. As Facebook and other social media technologies took over the social connectivity scene, he saw an opportunity to leverage this idea of social sharing through technology, specifically in sharing academic ideas and knowledge. As Shaunak looked back on his academic days (he went to undergrad at IIT Bombay and postgrad at MIT), he realized he learned as much from his peers as he did from his brilliant professors. Some of the bonds he created with his peers lasted well beyond those formative years and morphed into lifelong friendships. Click here to learn why online learning communities drive deeper learning, energize faculty and increase retention:

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