Saturday, January 19, 2019



Has the current in the ocean of teaching and training schedules carried you away from the TxDLA Conference?

We have a great solution - ATTEND VIRTUALLY!

The 2014 virtual conference has a little something for people in all different career fields, and includes the three keynote speakers at the 2014 TxDLA Conference: Mike Wesch, Heather Straker, and Jim Brazell.

Attendees can login and attend in real time via a video conference bridge. Ask questions and participate as if you were physically in the room. If you can't attend at the time of the presentation you will have access to the recording of the presentation to view when your schedule allows. 

Topics and schedule for Casting into the Future by Virtual Conference are:

Wednesday, April 2

  • 8:30 am
    Conference Opening Session: Dr. Tricia Ritschel-Trifilo, and Keynote Dr. Mike Wesch
  • 10:30 am
    Social Media Outreach - Reachable Moments in Cyberspace (Student Support) - Lisa Brown
    Reach your prospects, student and alumni through social media! You'll be given resources to integrate social media into effective communication with your prospects, students and alumni. Special focus will be given to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. Discover some strategies instructors use with social media integration into the classroom.
  • 11:30am
    Simulated Student Interaction in Online Discussion Boards (Research) - Julia Allen
    This study examined the impact of the instructor posting as a simulated student on participation in online discussions. Quantitative results indicated a significant difference in number of posts and total post length for the control group. The instructor’s experience as a simulated student shaped pedagogical improvements.

Thursday, April 3

  • 8:30am
    Open Conference Session and Keynote Heather Staker
  • 10:00 am
    Music, Math, & More: Manhattan School of Music's Interdisciplinary Offerings (Teaching and Learning) - Gabe Gordon
    Manhattan School of Music brings its award-winning videoconferencing programs beyond the scope of music education through interdisciplinary K-12 content offerings. Experience the new Musical Math program for upper-elementary school audiences, and learn about programs in other core curriculum subjects. With standards-based HD-IVC programs, MSMDL offers valuable content to educators
  • 11:00 am
    Faculty Training in the Cloud: Easy, Easy! (Professional Development) - Laura Lawrence
    What if you had only a few weeks to develop and deliver training for over 3,000 faculty? Face-to-face sessions, handouts, and links to websites are a good start but not enough. Your institution’s LMS or web content authoring tool is all you need to create great faculty training.
  • 2:00 pm
    Staying Afloat: Achieving Learning Objectives without Drowning in Deliverables. (Instructional Design) - Dr. Lisa Bunkowski
    Many online instructors overextend themselves with too many activities, assessments, and 24/7 availability. This session examines the literature of work/life balance in this context, and offers strategies for working with instructors to streamline so there is time for more effective feedback, interaction and engagement, and life beyond the online classroom.
  • 3:00 pm
    State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) A Regional and National View (Program Admin) - Mary Larson
    What is the status of the new national reciprocal plan for state authorization 'SARA' ? How? When? And what next for your institution? For the region? For states in other regions? How does it impact SREB's Electronic Campus Regional Reciprocity Agreement?
  • 4:00 pm
    Why Should I Care About Public Policy Issues? (Program Admin) - Raymond Rose
    Public policy issues determine the rules and regulations that impact all aspects of distance education. Failure to get involved in public policy discussion before decisions are rendered guarantees that others who don't know as much about the issues as you do will make those decisions. Learn about the current issues.

Friday, April 4

  • 9:00 am
    TxDLA MOOC: A License to Learn (Professional Development) - Dr. Rhonda Blackburn
    An update on the TxDLA Developed MOOC called "DIY: All-In-One Distance Learning Instructor Toolkit." Come see what the course is about and how you can get involved, take the course, or just learn about a new resource being developed for the TxDLA Community.
  • 10:00 am
    Woman in Distance Learning: Motivation and Success (Program Admin) - Dr. Marie-Anne Mundy
    As distance education offers new avenues for female advancement in academia, it is important to examine the motivations and successes of current female instructor and administrators engaged in teaching distance education courses. This study thematically analyzed the perceptions of women in distance learning in higher education and results are shared. 
  • 11:00 am
    Closing Conference Session and Keynote Jim Brazell (this will be live streamed but not recorded)

Price: $150.00

To register, choose "VIRTUAL Conference Registration" from the Registration Form linked below.

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