April 25, 2014

Webinar: Connecting with Alumni & Beyond

Using a webinar format, the University of Northern Iowa is able to connect working alumni with existing students so that they can learn more about the fields they hope to join. This has been an excellent opportunity for students to ask questions and discover mentors for guiding their futures. Session Date & Time: April 29, 2014 Session Presenters: Dr. Leigh Zeitz Associate Professor and Coordinator of Instructional Technology University of Northern Iowa Dr. Ping Gao Associate … [Read More...]

USDLA 2014 National Conference

Connecting Pathways to Learning The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2014 National Conference is the premier event for professionals in the distance learning industry. This year's conference (May 4 - May 7, 2014) promises to deliver an action-packed agenda that will bring together distance learning practioners from across the country to St. Louis, Missouri. USDLA is excited to announce that the 2014 Conference will be held at a new venue - this year's Conference will be … [Read More...]

IDLA Announces 2013 Mini-Grant Recipient: Beyond the Classroom

Creating 21st Century teachers and professionals requires looking beyond the classroom. Although online learning, by definition, extends beyond the physical classroom, it is often limited to the discussion and presentations that are typically delivered in the physical classroom.  You might say that learning occurs in a sometimes limited virtual classroom. As the Instructional Technology division of the University of Northern Iowa, we have recognized this problem and want to extend our … [Read More...]

IDLA Announces 2013 Mini-Grant Recipient: Alumni Connections

Submitted by Dr. Ping Gao and Dr. Leigh Zeitz Instructional Technology division University of Northern Iowa We are submitting this grant proposal as a follow-up our previous submission, Beyond the Classroom.  As referenced in that proposal, we are pursuing a venue through which our students can connect with successful alumni in the fields they plan to pursue. This will provide some powerful insight into the skills and perspectives they should attain so that they will be able to procure a … [Read More...]

IDLA Announces 2013 Innovators Award Recipient

Innovators awards are given to individuals or organizations for contributions to distance learning through outstanding teaching, program design and development, innovations in methods, technique, and technology, and advocacy. Members of IDLA may nominate others for consideration for Innovators Awards. The 2013 Innovators Award Recipient is the University of Northern Iowa's Distance Education Instructional Development and Support Team, Office of Continuing and Distance Education. Team Members … [Read More...]

Call for Proposals: IACON 2013

 The Iowa Distance Learning Association (IDLA) and Iowa Association for Communication Technology (IACT) are pleased to announce the annual Call for Proposals for IACON 2013. The conference theme is "The Future is Now: Taking the Next Step in 21st Century Learning." IACON 2013 April 12, 2013 Adventureland Inn Altoona, IA  CALL FOR PROPOSALS Submission Deadline: January 30, 2013 We invite presentation proposals for: Breakout Sessions (60 minutes) Poster presentations (standard … [Read More...]

Attend USDLA National Conference Virtually

Can't join us in St. Louis? This year, USDLA is excited to announce that it will offer a portion of its 2012 National Conference virtually! By registering as a Virtual Classroom attendee, you will have complete live access to select virtual sessions. Many thanks to our sponsor, Blackboard Collaborate, for helping make this happen!  Please note that as a registered USDLA Virtual Classroom attendee, you will also have access to the archived live sessions for later viewing! Registration costs for … [Read More...]

Mini-Grants, IDLA Points of Presence & Innovators Award

The Iowa Distance Learning Association is still accepting applications for this year's Mini-Grants, the IDLA Points of Presence Award and the Innovators Award. Apply or nominate someone you know TODAY! For more information about each opportunity see the links below: IDLA Points of Presence Award Innovators Award IDLA Mini-Grants All applications are due April 1st, 2012 … [Read More...]

Adaptive Mobile Learning (AMOL)

The next generation of the Adaptive Mobile Learning (AMOL) that supports classroom and online instruction on mobile devices (iPad1/2, Android Tablets) with incredible success by increasing student online course completion rates is being adopted by national and international K-12 and university practitioners. AMOL - 4DL HITE Technology moves away from the one-size-fits-all online LMS platforms and provides instructional content that responds to users' learning preferences in real time. … [Read More...]

Distance Learning: From the Margin to the Mainstream

In collaboration with the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), Mediaplanet Publishing is producing a 12-page report dedicated to introducing and promoting online education to current and new learners to be distributed via USA Today in June 2012. ARE YOU READY TO REACH NEW ONLINE LEARNERS? Join us for a unique opportunity to attract prospective online learners to your school, university or business. The "Distance Learning: From the Margin to the Mainstream" report will provide … [Read More...]