2016 NDLW Virtual Conference

2016 USCA National Distance Learning Week Virtual Conference

November 7-11, 2016 [FREE]


Conference Summary 11/21/2016:  

I want to thank each of you for making the conference such a success.  You were among 352 people registered from 36 states, 77 institutions (including the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute), and 12 vendors/non-affiliated individuals.  You have access to 31 presentations, which resulted in approximately 1,455 hours of archived professional development videos relating to distance learning that was conducted by 26 presenters and 11 co-presenters. 

The formative and summative surveys have expired; however, if you wish to provide feedback on your virtual conference experience and how we can improve next year, feel free to email me. 


Welcome: The United States Distance Learning Association dedicates one week each year to provide an opportunity to celebrate growths and accomplishments in distance learning and for faculty and/or students to showcase excellence in teaching, technology, and/or research.  National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is an opportunity to disseminate the amazing innovations being used to help provide quality and robust online education for our faculty and learners.  The USC Aiken's Office of Distance Learning is proud to host the third annual NDLW Virtual Conference on the USC Aiken campus during November 7-11, 2016.  You are invited to celebrate the University’s and our external colleague’s accomplishments and commitment to excellence in distance learning. 

This year's theme is Practical Applications Towards Building Quality Online Courses.  If you are involved in innovative teaching using technology, online teaching, and/or course design/development, (faculty, instructional designers, trainers, or administration in K-12 or higher education), you will want to attend this free virtual conference. Share what you are doing. Discuss your issues. Let's share and learn what others are doing and collaborate on how we can improve strategies and policies in online teaching and learning. The 2015 virtual conference resulted in 20 presenters and 112 participants from 46 institutions in 17 states.  There's a wealth of knowledge from around the globe participating in this event.  This a great opportunity for national knowledge/skill sharing, collaborating, and networking. 


It is an honor to introduce Dr. Ryan Rucker, our second keynote speaker for this annual event.  Dr. Rucker will provide a very engaging opening keynote on Changing Course Design: Building and Ensuring Quality Driven Courses on November 7th at 9:00 am - 10:30 am EST.  This keynote will help build the foundation on why course design is so important for online teaching and learning. Then, his closing keynote on Planning Course Modules: Integrating Backwards Design on November 11th at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST will provide the practical tools and information for actually constructing various components towards building quality courses.

Dr. Ryan Rucker is an instructor within the Department of Information Systems Technology at Midlands Technical College. In addition, he teaches online graduate courses in instructional design/technology at George Mason University. Dr. Rucker has over eight years of information technology and instructional design experience by serving in various positions (Senior Instructional Designer, Technical Trainer, Instructional Systems Analyst, and Desktop Technician). Furthermore, he has been teaching face-to-face, blended, and fully online courses since June 2011.

His primary research interests are technology adoption within all educational environments, effective course design and delivery, and the implementation of quality assurance measurements within the online classroom. He has published articles in the Quarterly Review of Distance Education and the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration. In addition, Dr. Rucker is a certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer and Master Reviewer, along with having the Online Learning Consortium’s online teaching certificate. Check him out at http://ryandrucker.com/.

As Dr. Rucker kicks off the conference with the What, Why, and How of quality online course design, you will have the opportunity to engage with dynamic presenters on topics that relate to everything involving online course design.  This year's conference will also include presentations from various vendors on student readiness, student engagement, academic integrity, online tutoring, multimedia/content development for online courses, and lecture capture.  Such topics from presenters will support areas in:

  • Academic Integrity
  • Accessibility / Universal Design
  • Active Learning Pedagogies
  • Course Design and Development
  • Distance Learning Administration
  • Faculty Development
  • Intellectual Property/Copyright
  • Online Student Readiness
  • Quality Assurance & Quality Course Reviews
  • Student Assessment
  • Student Engagement
  • Student Online Attendance and Identity Verification
  • Student Retention
  • Technology for Teaching and Learning (lecture capture, collaboration, time/project management, creative commons, transcribing/closed captioning, Web 2.0 Tools, online tutoring, teaching with glass, etc.)


Conference Logistics Follow the Logistics link to obtain detailed information on the conference logistics.
Call for Presentation Proposal

CFP is closed. We were able to retain 33 presentations and 38 presenters!! CFP Registration CLOSED 7/22/2016

Conference Registration

Click the Register Now link to participate in the virtual conference.  It's FREE! Deadline: Extended to Friday, November 4th. CLOSED

Conference Schedule & Archives

Review the exciting presentations on the View Schedule link.

Presenters & Vendors

Review detailed information about each presenter on the View Presenters link.

Formative Surveys

Each presenter will have a link to their session(s).  The survey links can be found on the View Schedule page. Each survey will close on Nov. 14th @ 11:59pm EST.

Summative Survey

Complete the virtual conference summative survey. Closed 11/20/2016















Contact Us:

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, feel free to contact:

Dr. Veronica Outlaw Dr. Veronica Outlaw
Conference Chair
Regine Monestime Ms. Regine Monestime
Conference Moderator

Dr. Lydia Frass
Conference Moderator

Dr. Sher Downing Dr. Sher Downing
Conference Moderator
Ms. Gloria Washington
Conference Moderator
Mr. Casey Carrol
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Updated: November 21, 2016