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National Distance Learning Week

November 9-13, 2020

National Distance Learning Week (NDLW), sponsored by the U.S. Distance Learning Association (USDLA), is a week of webinars and information sessions highlighting the best practices within the digital/distance learning community.

NDLW is November 9-13, 2020. Texas State University is proud to partner with peers from the Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA), Our Lady of the Lake University, Temple College, the University of Hawaii-Hilo, and Western Governors University to offer webinars for NDLW.

Webinar Attendance Online

All webinars, Monday through Friday, will be hosted online. Access to specific NDLW sessions is provided below.

Webinar Length

All webinars will be a maximum of an hour in length.


Monday, November 9

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  • In this webinar, Stephanie Towery, Copyright Officer at Texas State University, will discuss common copyright concerns that arise among faculty at Texas State.

    Presenter:

    Stephanie Towery

    Copyright Officer, University Libraries
    Texas State University

    Webinar Time: 12 Noon CT

  • A moderated panel discussion about cultivating and maintaining an online learning community in online classes. Most importantly, the discussion will focus on moving away from the crutch of forum posts, to fostering engagement and relationships. The panel will also focus on both synchronous and asynchronous online environments, which present different challenges.

    Presenter:

    Jonathan Lollar
    Doctoral Student, Developmental Education
    Texas State University

    Other Panelists TBD

    Webinar Time: 2 p.m. CT


Tuesday, November 10

  • Mitchell Gilbert, Regulatory Affairs Senior Manager, Compliance, at Wester Governors University, will lead a panel discussion on compliance and regulation in online education.

    Presenter:

    Mitchell Gilbert
    Regulatory Affairs Senior Manager, Compliance
    Western Governors University

    Other Panelists TBD

    Webinar Time: 10 a.m. CT

  • Jessica Quintero, Instructional Designer with the Center for Teaching Excellence at Our Lady of the Lake University, will lead an online discussion on the big picture of why to create social presence in the online learning environment. She will review what has worked and what hasn't in creating social presence.

    Presenter:

    Jessica Quintero

    Instructional Designer, Center for Teaching Excellence
    Our Lady of the Lake University

    Webinar Time: 12 noon CT

  • Dr. Rachel Davenport, Senior Lecturer in Biology at Texas State University, will lead a discussion of best practices to prevent academic dishonesty and detect compromised integrity. The focus of this webinar will primarily be on prevention of academic dishonesty (reducing pressure and diminishing the opportunity). Additional areas of discussion will be online proctoring, ways to identify dishonesty, and what to do if dishonesty is found.

    Presenter:

    Dr. Rachel Davenport

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology
    Texas State University

    Webinar Time: 2 p.m. CT


Wednesday, November 11

  • This webinar will offer a panel discussion about continuing critical and creative inquiry in fully online, asynchronous environments. Rich discussions, critical free writing exercises, video and arts-based assignments, and more activities in which students engage in higher levels of learning are possible in online courses. Panelists will discuss how they engage with students and bring critique and creation into online teaching.

    Panelists:

    Dr. Elizabeth K. Eger
    Assistant Professor, Communication Studies 
    Texas State University

    Tamarin Butcher
    Instructional Designer, Office of Distance and Extended Learning
    Texas State University
     

    Webinar Time: 12 noon CT

  • Brian St. Amour, Director, Distance Education, eLearning at Temple College, will offer a two-part webinar.

    Part A of the webinar will cover the following:

    • Internet tweaks and hacks for students
    • maintaining devices
    • being careful of certain device types

    Presenter:

    Brian St. Amour

    Director, Distance Education, eLearning
    Temple College

    Part A Webinar Time: 2 p.m. CT

  • Part B of the webinar will cover proctoring solutions and considerations for students, including the following applications and services:

    • ExamSoft
    • HonorLock
    • ProctorU

    Part B Webinar Time: 2:30 p.m. CT


Thursday, November 12

  • Five generations are working simultaneously in the workplace, and the online classroom is becoming the template for how students are being trained. The webinar's panel will explore varying learning styles in an online setting, with a generational focus on Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z students. The presentation will include the influences of a learner based on historical context and differentiated instruction learning tools and resources.

    Panelists:

    Dr. Carla Ackerson
    Clinical Lecturer, School of Social Work
    Texas State University

    Ms. Valerie Gomez
    Lecturer, MSW Field Coordinator, School of Social Work
    Texas State University

    Dr. KeriAnne Moon
    Lecturer, School of Social Work
    Texas State University

    Webinar Time: 12 noon CT


Friday, November 13

  • This webinar will be an interactive workshop on Open Educational Resources (OER), using samples from the Community of Learning Content.

    Panelists:

    Stephanie Towery
    Copyright Officer, University Libraries
    Texas State University

    Laura Waugh
    Librarian, University Libraries
    Texas State University

    Jessica McClean
    Librarian, University Libraries
    Texas State University

    Webinar Time: 10 a.m.

  • As online education skyrockets due to the global pandemic, so does the accessibility need for online learning environments and lessons. As in years past, both students – both adults and children – are being left behind due to the unavailability of online resources. The platforms that have been chosen for us are lacking in many cases, but there are still things we can do. We have the technology and knowledge, and a responsibility to offer a good education to every student, at every age and level of ability.

    Presenter:

    Stacey Rayos
    Webmaster
    School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Austin
    Western Governors University

    Webinar Time: 12 noon CT


Additional Webinars: Times TBD

The dates and times are still to be decided for the webinars below.

  • A panel discussion on the possibilities the online learning environment provides in course development and instruction.

    Panelists:

    Dana R. Willett

    Assistant Vice President for Distance and Extended Learning
    Texas State University

    Other Panelists TBD

    Webinar Time and Date TBD


NDLW 2019

Visit the 2019 NDLW page to view the webinars offered for last year's NDLW.