NDLW

National Distance Learning Week 2020 at the University of South Carolina Aiken/Beaufort/Columbia/Upstate

The University of South Carolina Aiken and the Office of Distance Learning invite you to be a part of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) on Thursday, November 12th, 2020!

Purpose: The purpose of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning, including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Military, while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field.

Goal: For schools, colleges, and corporations to conduct local events during NDLW to celebrate and promote the field of online learning.

Who: Professionals engaged in the day-to-day practice of distance learning (schools, colleges, corporations, military) and individuals and organizations providing products and services being distributed via online, video conferencing and satellite technologies.

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Announcement

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) dedicates one week each year to provide an opportunity to celebrate growth 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 share the amazing innovations being used to help provide quality and robust online education in our USC system. In honor of this event, the University of South Carolina Aiken's Office of Distance Learning, with the help of Instructional Services, is proud to contribute to the 2020 NDLW Virtual Conference to be held virtually Thursday, November 12, 2020 from the USC Aiken campus. You are invited to celebrate the University’s and our external colleague’s accomplishments and commitment to excellence in distance learning. The conference is FREE and will be hosted virtually from USC Aiken. This is a great opportunity to share our online learning experiences with others across the nation and build up our networks for knowledge and networking.


Registration

The conference is FREE & Virtual!  The conference presentations will be streamed via YouTube. There is no need to register to attend but if you would like to receive emails regarding the latest updates on session topics, dates, times, and links please utilize the NDLW 2020 at USC Aiken Form.


Call for Proposals

Conference Proposal Deadlines

  • October 28th for Virtual and Video Proposal Topics
  • November 4th for Video submissions
  • NDLW Virtual Conference Date Thursday November 12th, 2020

Since this conference is meant to highlight distance learning, we wanted to explore new ways to showcase your ideas while accommodating for time and availability by having presenters either record video presentations or presenting virtually on a topic using video conference software to stream during National Distance Learning Week. Due to limited availability of space and resources to host a “live” conference, we want to take the pressure off presenters by allowing them to submit what they are passionate about by making a video. Alternatively,  Virtual presentations will be conducted via Microsoft Teams (hosted by USC Aiken) and have a designated time on the day of the conference.

We invite you to submit a proposal to host a virtual session in Microsoft Teams (25 minutes) or create a 10–25 minute video by November 4, 2020 related to conference topics featuring innovative approaches, best practices, teaching-related research, remote teaching initiatives, discussion of critical issues, or other teaching and learning experiences that incorporate innovative online teaching pedagogies. The selection committee recommends that proposals be specific about what will make the presentation valuable to those involved in distance learning, whether it be instructors, students, or staff. This NDLW virtual conference is FREE and open to anyone in the USC system to present. 

The conference proposal registration is currently open and will close on October 28th for the proposals (virtual or video) and video submissions are due by November 4st. Information to review the presenters, the conference schedule, and/or other details about the conference, will be provided on October 28th via registered emails and announcements. If you are interested in presenting you can register your proposal here at the NDLW 2020 at USC Aiken Form. Feel free to share this information with your colleagues.  We hope to “see” you there.


Proposal Guidelines

Calls for proposals must be submitted by October 28th. The proposal is your intent to host a virtual presentation (live) OR create a video presentation for the conference and should outline your topic focus and intention for the audience. Interested participants may submit more than one proposal.


Presentation Types (Virtual or Video)

Virtual proposals must be submitted by October 28, 2020.

  • Virtual Presentations should be planned for approximately 25 minutes in length.
  • Presenters should propose a preferred time slot block of 2 hours for November 12th.
  • Virtual Presentations will be conducted through Microsoft Teams and hosted by USCA’s Instructional Services.
  • As a representative of the university, presentation materials should stay on topic and promote professionalism, scholarly efforts, and best practice in distance learning.
  • Please provide the title, presenter information at the beginning and appropriate references and contact information and the end of the video presentation.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by October 30th and you will receive a confirmation from the Office of Distance Learning.

Video proposals must be submitted by October 28th, and video presentations must be submitted by November 4th. If you need assistance in meeting this deadline or submitting a video file, please contact the Office of Distance Learning or Instructional Services at USC Aiken.

  • Length of video submissions should be between 10-25 minutes. Don’t overthink the structure of the video, we really are interested to hear what you are passionate about in distance learning and how your ideas may influence others. You can create a narrated PowerPoint or a fully polished video production, but know your limitations and availability. If you have access to USC’s Blackboard, feel free to utilize the integrated Yuja Video platform to create and edit your video.
  • Video submissions can be done through Yuja or submitted to the Office of Distance Learning or Instructional Services via download links.
  • As a representative of the university, presentation materials should stay on topic and promote professionalism, scholarly efforts, and best practice in distance learning.
  • Please provide the title, presenter information at the beginning and appropriate references and contact information and the end of the video presentation.
  • Videos may be edited by Instructional Services to abide to privacy and broadcast standards, if necessary.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by October 30th and you will receive a confirmation from the Office of Distance Learning.
  • Presenters will be able to chat with participants while their video is being streamed.

Conference Topics

The Office of Distance Learning promotes best practice in online learning and we want to encourage presenters to showcase what you are passionate about in online learning whether it’s a single assignment that generates great learning outcomes, innovative uses of technology in connecting with your students, or your experiences in building online content for your students. The scope of the conference includes, but is not limited to, the following topics as they relate to e-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education. Please select a topic that your presentation will focus on below and you can register your proposal here at the NDLW 2020 at USC Aiken Form.

  • Designing Quality Online Learning Experiences
  • Assessment and Research (e.g., Assignment design, Rubrics, Innovative assessment methods)
  • Instructor Presence in an Online Course or Remote Teaching Course
  • Generating Authentic Learning Experiences Online (e.g., Project-based, Collaborative learning)
  • Student Engagement and Building Community
  • Innovative Technology for Learning
  • Promoting Accessibility in Online Courses (e.g., Ally, Yuja closed-captioning)
  • Student Block - Learner Perceptions of Online and Remote Learning (Video Only)

Conference Presentations

Upon receiving approved conference presentation videos, USC Aiken’s Instructional Services will develop a broadcast schedule based on topic and time availability. We will also provide moderators throughout the conference to answer questions and engage with participants during the livestream. Presenters will have an opportunity to engage with their audience if they wish.

The scheduled stream of NLDW for USC Aiken will run from 9 am – 3 pm EST on Thursday, November 12th. Times and dates may change based on the number of proposals. Videos will be archived in the University of South Carolina Aiken Yuja Campus Channel at the end of the conference.

Links to watch the livestream of the conference and moderated sessions will be available here November 12th but please register to stay updated.

If you have questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Starting November 9th, If you want to keep up on Twitter, tag @USCAonline and help us tweet news from this wonderful event using the hashtags #NDLW2020 and #USCAiken to share what you are learning.

Presented by the Office of Distance Learning and Instructional Services at USC Aiken.