July 17, 2023: Celebrate Distance Learning this week!


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Monday Morning Magic from Inkandescent® PR + Publishing Co. What a pleasure it is to be the communications director for the US Distance Learning Association, which is having its annual national conference this week in Orlando, FL.

The mission of this 35-year-old organization is to advocate for and support distance learning policy, best practices, and the use of technology across the education, business, health, and government sectors through outreach, research, and networking: usdla.org.

Before the pandemic, distance education was an important and growing industry in higher education and K-12 programs. Today, learning through Zoom and other digital platforms is a way of life.

Above, find a special message from outgoing USDLA president Eric Jones. 

Scroll down to learn about the keynote speakers and sessions that will be featured this week, including several of our guests on the monthly Distance Learning Roundtable show:

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Until next Monday: In honor of Walt Disney, one of the icons here in Orlando, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Here’s to being a lifelong learner! — Hope Katz Gibbs, founder and president, Inkandescent® Inc. Inkandescent.us

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USDLA 2023 National Conference: Live Virtual Sessions

Note: Virtual attendees will have access to select live sessions as well as post-conference access to concurrent session recordings

Monday, July 17

2:00pm – 2:45pm — The Student Perspective: Is distance learning is worth the cost? Jeff Seaman and Julia Seaman

3:00pm – 3:45pm — Chat GPT is Great for Higher Education; Techniques to Improve Online Programs and Team Efficiency, Joseph Evanick

4:00pm – 4:45pm — Enhancing Flipped Classroom to Improve Students’ Active Learning, Chiayi Lin and Hong Zhou

Tuesday, July 18

9:00am – 9:45am — Coordinating an Online Teacher Preparation Program: The Challenges and Triumphs, Tracey Hoffman

10:00am – 10:45am — Kindness Is an Expression of Appreciation, Sheryl Kristensen and Steven Verrone

12:00pm – 1:20pm — Keynote Kate Colbert

1:30pm – 2:15pm — It Ain’t Wrong to Say, Gabriela Johnson

2:30pm – 3:15pm — Social Determinants of Changemakers: Re-Centering Equity, Nina McCune and William Schulz

3:30pm – 4:15pm — Rhetorical Implications of Distance Learning Policy, Mandy Taylor

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

9:00am – 9:45am — Teaching Introductory Physics Courses with a Personalized Adaptive Learning Courseware, Archana Dubey and Baiyun Chen

10:00am – 10:45am — Mentors’ Transformative Emotional Intelligence to Positively Influence Virtual Learner Engagement, Tom Butkiewicz

11:00am – 11:45am — Leveraging Technologies in Online Courses, Veronica Rodriguez

12:00pm – 1:20pm — Keynote Jennifer Williams

1:30pm – 2:15pm — The Tax is Wack! A Discussion of how Cultural Taxation impacts Black Women (and other BIPOC) in Higher Education, Rebekah Adderley

2:30pm – 3:15pm — Tracking OER Awareness and Adoption in US K-12 and Higher Education – Results from our 2022-23 National Survey, Julia Seaman and Jeff Seaman

3:30pm – 4:15pm — Featured Speaker Peter Noonan

4:00pm – 4:45pm — Strategic Improvements to Faculty Compensation Leveraging the Continuous Improvement Cycle, Bryan Aylward, Cassie Hurst and James Moreno

6:30pm – 9:00pm — Awards Ceremony

Thursday, July 20

9:00am – 9:45am — Panel Discussion with EDEN: Global Perspectives of Distance Education and Emerging Trends, Sandra Kučina Softić , Farah Bennani and Kae Novak

9:00am – 9:45am — Best Practices for Teaching Multimodal Literacies for Perception, Proximity, and Transfer Realities Using XR and AI, Rebecca Blankenship

10:00am – 10:45am — Leveraging Technology to Promote a Dialogic Feedback Process with Online Writers, Darci Harland and Joe Gredler

11:00am – 11:45am — Distance learning as person-to-person peacebuilding: Leveraging technology in the virtual intercultural borderlands, Sarah Dietrich

11:30am – 1:00pm — Keynote with Amrit Ahluwalia