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June 2017

Call for Participation: The EdSurge Digital Learning Network is growing and so are the resources available to you!

Conversations in the Digital Learning Network have indicated that keeping track of all the new digital learning products has become increasingly challenging. With that in mind, EdSurge recently relaunched their courseware product index to include interactive filters, inspired by the CWiC Framework, that guide you to a shortlist based on your specific inputs.

This tool has been developed to empower digital learning leaders to make informed decisions during the product evaluation and selection process.

EdSurge is seeking your help to continue to improve on what they’ve built. Take a few minutes to explore the index and answer these quick questions.

  1. Were you able to get to a shortlist of courseware products quickly and intuitively using the filters? (Bonus points if you send us a screenshot of your shortlist!)

  2. Is there anything that is missing or that you would change?

  3. Would you recommend the tool to others looking for digital courseware?

Email the answers to the above questions directly to:

Thank you for being an active part of the Digital Learning Network!

April 2017

Resource: For Online Class Discussions, Instructors Move From Text to Video

For many students, participating in online class discussions can feel like menial work. Instructors often agree that it does not simulate authentic discussion and interaction. For some instructors, the answer is video. They’re asking students to send in short video responses to questions or share their arguments by submitting short video presentations. Videos add a personal dimension that is often missing from his online courses. Students report that being able to watch videos of their peers makes them feel more connected to their fellow learners.

February 2017

Resource: Searchable Directory of Vendors of Online Learning Products and Services

"To help colleges, universities, training providers, and faculty and instructors find the latest products and services to help improve the learning experience for their students, Contact North compiled a comprehensive directory of over 2,500 vendors of online learning products and services. These innovative technologies range from software to host and organize learning content to adaptive learning systems that use intelligent algorithms to adjust learning to suit individual needs."

December 2016

Online learning can present many challenges both for the students and instructor. This article outlines lessons learned from helping students succeed in an online environment. These tips are helpful for anyone who supports online students.

Please visit the Teaching Online group in this COTE Community networking site and share your tips or strategies for teaching online!

(Join the group and leave a comment on the wall or start a discussion.)

November 2016

Did you know? During National Distance Learning Week (November 7-11, 2016), all USDLA sectors including Pre-K-12, Higher Education, Corporate, Government/Military and Telehealth educate their constituents on the amazing growth in distance learning and showcase their accomplishments. For the past two years, Open SUNY COTE has joined this effort and showcased the outstanding work of our campuses during NDLW. View this year's webinars here:

October 2016

K-W-L charts can be a valuable tool to engage a student's prior knowledge and help them apply and reflect on  their learning. The chart has seen a deeper evolution as 21st century skills have become more embedded in curriculum outcomes. The chart below is just one example of a revision that aims to make thinking and learning more visible.


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