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Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning 2013

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The Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning is recognized internationally for the quality and integrity of its program. Each year the conference provides an exchange of current resources, research, and best practices from around the world that are relevant to the design and delivery of distance education/training.
August 7-9, 2013
Monona Terrace Convention Center
Madison, Wisconsin
Website: http://www.uwex.edu/disted/conference/index.cfm

Free Access to Distance Education Volume 33, Issue 2, 2012

ODLAA, the professional association for teachers, developers, researchers, consultants and administrators from Australia and overseas involved in open and distance learning, has given free access to its journal Distance Education.

ODLAA Journal

Get your free access here.
Articles include:

  • Fostering social inclusion through open educational resources (OER) – Gráinne Conole
  • A review of the role of national policy and institutional mission in European distance teaching universities with respect to widening participation in higher education study through open educational resources – Andy Lane
  • Opening up Down Under: the role of open educational resources in promoting social inclusion in Australia – Carina Bossu, David Bull & Mark Brown
  • The OER mix in higher education: purpose, process, product, and policy- Samuel Nikoi & Alejandro

Not sure how long the free access will last so have a look while you can.

The Portfolio As a Teaching Strategy in Distance Education | Higher Education News & Views

The portfolio is another innovative technological tool in the teaching-learning process. In this case, this tool allows the teacher to integrate the real evaluation of this process as it collects samples of learning activities in key moments and this allows you to reflect on the achievements made during the process and the difficulties that arise.
This is significant in distance education and involves more interaction between teacher and student.
The teachers, through this system continuously collect information on the work and the process of developing them, and thus can adapt the contents of the subject to notice requirements in them. To the student is motivating and helps make your work collaboratively.
Both teachers and learners manage a virtual space that may include some reflection on the tasks to be performed.
Full Text: The Portfolio As a Teaching Strategy in Distance Education | Higher Education News & Views.

DEANZ Webinar 25th June 12-1 pm NZ

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DEANZ Webinar 25th June 12-1 pm in Adobe Connect with support from the University of Canterbury e-Learning Lab

Identifying culturally sensitive distance education for adults working in communities

Shelia Douglas, International Specialist Skills Institute in conversation with Niki Davis, University of Canterbury Professor of e-Learning and President of DEANZ, will discuss Shelia’s findings after one week in New Zealand where she has been visiting the University of Canterbury e-Learning Lab and talking with polytechnics and health workers in the region. Shelia has an ISS Institute Skills Victoria Fellowship. DEANZ and the UC e-Learning Lab are keen to support her in this important research. They will discuss this question: What is best practice for educating age care and disabilities workers at a distance in Australia and New Zealand, including those in indigenous and remote communities where English is additional language?
Please come into this free webinar with your suggestions and questions and/or email Shelia directly on envisiontrain@optusnet.com.au.
The recorded webinar will become accessible to DEANZ members on the DEANZ web site; DEANZ individual membership is only $60.
To join the meeting online open this link: http://connect.canterbury.ac.nz/deanz/
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28th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning

August 8-10 2012, Madison, WI, USA
Register by July 16 to receive early-bird rate
Take a look at this year’s Conference Program. The schedule offers more than 160 learning opportunities with presenters from around the globe, plus several chances to network with colleagues. Link to the different sessions from the left menu.
Bring your team to Madison and take advantage of the Group rates and other Group Offerings. Go to the Registration page to see other conference fees and links.
Unable to join us on site? Then we encourage you to sign up for one of the two Virtual Options available this year. Rates available for individuals or groups.
Special Session Highlight
Around the World in 45 Minutes: Global Perspectives on Distance Education
Thursday, August 9, 2012, 1:00-1:45 p.m.
With the continuous improvement of information and communication technologies, ever more regions of the world are participating in distance education. In recognition of distance education as a truly global enterprise, and in celebration of the increasingly international audience at this conference both on-site and virtually, we invite you to attend the inaugural Global Perspectives event.
This session will highlight distance education efforts in various regions of the world to compare and contrast worldwide trends in the field. Panelists will provide regional perspectives on such topics as enrollment trends, factors that drive distance education, the value of distance education, success stories, and challenges that influence distance education efforts.
Moderated by Dr. Curtis Bonk of Indiana University, this session includes the following panelists:

  • Ari-Matta Auvinen, of HCI Productions Oy and Helsinki University of Technology in Helsinki, Finland
  • Mariangela Braga, of Universidade Estadual Paulista in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Terumi Miyazoe, of Tokyo Denki University in Tokyo, Japan
  • Gihan Osman, of American University in Cairo in Cairo, Egypt

2012 Conference Keynotes

Applying neuroscience to educate

for meaningful learning

Learning in hand with mobile technology

Dr. James Zull

Professor of Biology

and of Biochemistry,

Case Western Reserve University

Judy Brown

Mobile Learning

Strategic Analyst


Conference Venue and Madison Area

Monona Terrace Convention Center The conference will be held at the Monona Terrace Convention Center along Lake Monona in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin. The setting is near several large hotels, unique restaurants, the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, and walking/exercise paths.

To find out more about Madison events and attractions during your visit, go tohttp://www.visitmadison.com/visitors/

Distance Education vs Correspondence Course | Wyoming Distance Learning Center

You would have thought that correspondence courses are a long lost ancestor of distance education courses that you find in your institutions today. My assumption was that the old correspondence courses have evolved from the mailed out notebooks and Xeroxed pages to PDF files downloaded from the teachers website, to an asynchronous space where all the information is carefully build into a virtual learning environment where the learner can come and go as they please, learning at their own pace while chatting with the instructor and the other participants via email or discussion boards. However, today, I just learned that there is still a separate category of courses, correspondence courses that reside in the federal definition of learning environments.
What is the difference between a Correspondence course and Distance Education?
[The 2010 definition by the US Federal Government may surprise you]
Full Article: Distance Education vs Correspondence Course | Wyoming Distance Learning Center.

NUTN 2012 Conference – Kansas City, MO

NUTN 2012 Conference - Kansas City, MO

PLAN TO JOIN US IN KANSAS CITY, MO, SEPTEMBER 17-19, 2012 as distance learning and educational technology leaders return to where it all began 30 years ago. The National University Technology Network is a networking and professional development organization for innovative leaders in the advancement of distance education. This year’s anniversary conference will be hosted at The Intercontinental Hotel Kansas City at the Plaza. Landmark elegance at the city’s best address – just steps away from the Country Club Plaza entertainment district.
Professionals challenged with unprecedented change in demographics, competition, decreasing state funding, increasing costs and changing federal policy. Learn how to make important decisions to drive one of the biggest economic transformations in modern history.
[Call for presentations is open]
via NUTN 2012 Conference – Kansas City, MO.

From video marking to Second Life, technology is transforming the options for online students

Via The Guardian:
From video marking to Second Life, technology is transforming the options for online students There’s not a red pen in sight when Russell Stannard marks his master’s students’ essays – but it’s not because the students never make mistakes. Stannard doesn’t use a pen, or even paper, to give his students feedback. Instead – and in keeping with his role as principal lecturer in multimedia and ICT – he turns on his computer, records himself marking the work on-screen, then emails his students the video. When students open the video, they can hear Stannard’s voice commentary as well as watch him going through the process of marking. The resulting feedback is more comprehensive than the more conventional notes scrawled in the margin, and Stannard, who works at the University of Westminster, now believes it has the potential to revolutionise distance learning. “It started when I began to realise how useful technology can be for teaching,” he says. “I wanted to help other teachers, as well as general computer-users, to learn how to use tools like podcasting, PowerPoint and BlackBoard, software that a lot of schools and universities use to allow teachers to provide course material and communicate with students online.” Follow the mouse So he set up a site to teach people how to use the technology, providing simple, video tutorials where users watch Stannard’s mouse pointing out how to use the software, with his voice providing constant commentary. He used the screen-videoing software Camtasia, and the site rapidly took off: it now receives more than 10,000 hits a month. Then he started considering integrating the teaching style into his own university work. “I was mainly teaching students on master’s courses in media and technology, and I realised that while I was talking about the benefits of new technology, I should be making the most of the opportunity to use it,” says Stannard. “That’s when I had the idea of video marking. It was immediately well received. Students receive both aural and visual feedback – and while we always talk about different learning styles, there are also benefits to receiving feedback in different ways.” Stannard says the technology is particularly useful for dyslexic students, who appreciate the spoken commentary, and students learning English as a foreign language. “I started my teaching career in language learning, so I quickly realised that students learning English would benefit from video marking. They can replay the videos as many times as they like and learn more about reasons for their mistakes.” Stannard also believes video marking is “perfect” for distance-learning students. “It brings them much closer to the teacher,” he says. “They can listen, see and understand how the teacher is marking their piece, why specific comments have been made, and so on.” The technology is already being used for informal distance learning, as Stannard uploads the videos he makes for his lectures at Westminster to multimedia trainingvideos.com.
See the article here:
From video marking to Second Life, technology is transforming the options for online students