In an effort to create greater awareness of distance learning and to recognize exceptional leaders and best practices in the field, the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) founded National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) in 2007. The USDLA has continued this tradition every year and many institutions throughout the nation choose to host their own NDLW celebration. NDLW is a free, virtual conference that brings together students, faculty, staff, leaders to celebrate the growth of online education, discuss current issues and emerging trends, highlight best practices, work towards the possibilities of the future, and recognize distance-learning champions.
This year, Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) will host a free National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) mini-conference focused on open educational resources (OER). OER is a strategic direction we are pursuing to keep education affordable. Please join us in this mini conference this November 8 – 12 for a daily free webinar between 9 and 10 am CT
All webinars, Monday through Friday, were hosted online, via Zoom. Registration is available by clicking the buttons below.
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Speaker: Dr. Jim Purcell, State Higher Education Executive Officer (SHEEO) of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE)
Session Abstract: Join this session to learn about the joint efforts between the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) and the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) to keep education affordable in Alabama through two grant programs promoting the use of OER.
Speaker: Dr. Cable Green, Director of Open Education, Creative Commons
Session Abstract: The Internet, open licensing, open access journals and open educational resources (OER) provide the foundation for a world in which universal access to education is possible. Governments are supporting this shift with a move toward open policies: requiring public access to publicly funded resources and direct investments. International organizations are guiding governments toward supporting open education in their countries. Dr. Cable Green, Director of Open Education at Creative Commons, will provide an overview of open licensing and OER, and discuss how faculty, institutions and governments are moving the default on practice, culture and funding from “closed” to “open.”
Speakers: Ms. Mindy Boland, Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education
Session Abstract: Join this session to learn about the pioneering OER efforts of the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) to support student-centered teaching and learning practices. In this session, you’ll also learn how to make the most out of OER Commons, a platform providing educators easy access to titles in common-core disciplines.
Speakers: Dr. Shanta Varma, AUM Special Advisor to the Chancellor & Associate Professor and Dr. Xinyue Ren, AUM Instructional Designers
Session Abstract: This presentation will showcase an initiative to improve low retention rate and to reduce the cost of attendance for students at Auburn University at Montgomery. Presenters will share the concept and collaborate with participants to collate an Open Educational Resource repository and promote innovative pedagogical approaches for student success and retention.
Speakers: Alabama Partner Institution Representatives
Session Abstract: Join this session to hear partner institution representatives join in and discuss their experience with OER implementation.
Dr. Jan Case
Professor of Mathematics
Department Head MCIS
Jacksonville State University
Dr. Ashley Kitchens
Jefferson State Community College
Prof. Beth Loveless
Northwest-Shoals Community College
Dr. Heather Johnson
Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson
Director of Library and Instructional Design
The United States Sports Academy
Dr. Erin Arnold
Taylor Center 101
7400 East Drive Montgomery, AL 36117
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
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