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2016 eTutoring Award Winners Announced

CTDLC ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF THE 2016 DIANE J. GOLDSMITH AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ETUTORING

Newington, Conn. U.S.A. (October 3, 2016) – The Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC), whose online tutoring program serves an international community of 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities, is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Diane J. Goldsmith Award for excellence in eTutoring. These awards recognize outstanding tutors and coordinators who have had a significant impact on the development and delivery of tutoring within the eTutoring community, which extends across the United States and into the Canadian providences of Alberta and British Columbia.

This year the Nominating Committee decided to give out two Outstanding Tutor Awards, both to tutors from eTutor Alberta, a consortium that offers online tutoring to post-secondary students in Alberta, Canada.

The first Outstanding Tutor Award was presented to Ashley Burke from Lethbridge College's Learning Caféfor the exemplary support she provides to students.

"[Ashley] approaches her position with a sense of excitement, as she truly enjoys helping students to grow and improve. Moreover, with her background in teaching, Ashley brings an intimate knowledge of how to best coach students who are learning the art of writing," said Amy Mack, a fellow tutor, in her nomination of Ashley.

The second Outstanding Tutor Award was presented to Kathleen Hall from MacEwan University's Writing and Learning Services. Kathleen has worked with eTutor Alberta since 2014 and has responded to over 400 student submissions, helping each student become a better writer.

Elizabeth Gripping, eTutor Alberta's program coordinator, notes that Kathleen "works to create a personalized tutoring experience for students, giving them perceptive and detailed feedback on how they can improve their work."

Each year, CTDLC recognizes outstanding members of the eTutoring community with this prestigious award, named after its former Executive Director Dr. Diane J. Goldsmith. Goldsmith founded the eTutoring program in 2001 via a grant project to create an online tutoring initiative serving 2-year and 4-year, public and private higher educational institutions. Goldsmith wrote the successful grant, which put into action her belief in collaborative program development and her dedication to student success via online learning programs. The result is a multi-consortia, multi-institution community called eTutoring that delivers collaborative online tutoring services across more than 140 campuses internationally.

ABOUT CTDLC Established in 1998 under the Board for State Academic Awards, the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC) is a division of Charter Oak State College and a member of the Connecticut Board of Regents of Higher Education. CTDLC provides high quality services in the areas of learning systems support, online tutoring, instructional design, web development, and call center services. For more information, visit www.ctdlc.org. # # #

2016 eTutoring Award Winners Announced

CTDLC ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF THE 2016 DIANE J. GOLDSMITH AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ETUTORING

Newington, Conn. U.S.A. (October 3, 2016) – The Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC), whose online tutoring program serves an international community of 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities, is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Diane J. Goldsmith Award for excellence in eTutoring. These awards recognize outstanding tutors and coordinators who have had a significant impact on the development and delivery of tutoring within the eTutoring community, which extends across the United States and into the Canadian providences of Alberta and British Columbia.

This year the Nominating Committee decided to give out two Outstanding Tutor Awards, both to tutors from eTutor Alberta, a consortium that offers online tutoring to post-secondary students in Alberta, Canada.

The first Outstanding Tutor Award was presented to Ashley Burke from Lethbridge College's Learning Café for the exemplary support she provides to students.

"[Ashley] approaches her position with a sense of excitement, as she truly enjoys helping students to grow and improve. Moreover, with her background in teaching, Ashley brings an intimate knowledge of how to best coach students who are learning the art of writing," said Amy Mack, a fellow tutor, in her nomination of Ashley.

The second Outstanding Tutor Award was presented to Kathleen Hall from MacEwan University's Writing and Learning Services. Kathleen has worked with eTutor Alberta since 2014 and has responded to over 400 student submissions, helping each student become a better writer.

Elizabeth Gripping, eTutor Alberta's program coordinator, notes that Kathleen "works to create a personalized tutoring experience for students, giving them perceptive and detailed feedback on how they can improve their work."

Each year, CTDLC recognizes outstanding members of the eTutoring community with this prestigious award, named after its former Executive Director Dr. Diane J. Goldsmith. Goldsmith founded the eTutoring program in 2001 via a grant project to create an online tutoring initiative serving 2-year and 4-year, public and private higher educational institutions. Goldsmith wrote the successful grant, which put into action her belief in collaborative program development and her dedication to student success via online learning programs. The result is a multi-consortia, multi-institution community called eTutoring that delivers collaborative online tutoring services across more than 140 campuses internationally.

ABOUT CTDLC: Established in 1998 under the Board for State Academic Awards, the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC) is a division of Charter Oak State College and a member of the Connecticut Board of Regents of Higher Education. CTDLC provides high quality services in the areas of learning systems support, online tutoring, instructional design, web development, and call center services. For more information, visit www.ctdlc.org. # # #

eVolution in eLearning Conference Information

May 25, 2016 at Fairfield University Our Featured Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Robbie Melton "Education On-Demand and In Your Hands" The Internet of Things or IoT will not be gently knocking at higher education's door, it will be banging on our doors with an army of devices in tow, and sooner than many of us anticipate. Gartner defines IoT as "the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment." Think- smart coffee pots and thermostats. What do we do with an increasing number of IP-enabled students who show up in IP-enabled vehicles (or via high speed networks), wearing IP-enabled garments, bearing multiple IP-enabled devices, with the expectation that our community has the resources required to meet their expectations? What about the impact of virtual and augmented reality for teaching and learning? Come experience and explore the possibilities of emerging technologies.

Dr. Robbie Melton serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Mobilization-Emerging Technologies for the Tennessee Board of Regents and serves on the Board for the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), WCET Executive Board, MERLOT Project Director, Apple Distinguished Educator, DELL Advisory Board, and Global Education Center.

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To register and pay by check (individual or institutional) download the PDF form to complete and mail in.

Complete conference information

Call for Proposals Extended

Call for Proposals Deadline Extended!

The Conference will be held on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, at Fairfield University.

The DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS has been extended until Friday, March 18th.

The Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium and Fairfield University invite you to share your ground-breaking ideas, research and best practices in the (re-)design and delivery of online education in higher education. Submit a conference presentation proposal and plan to join your colleagues for this conference on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Full Conference Details

We invite proposals with a focus on the following areas:

Accessibility How to design accessible courses, the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, creating accessible course elements such as documents and media, and understanding the legal landscape of accessibility in higher education.

Open Educational Resources How to establish and roll out an (institutional or programmatic) Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative, strategies for measuring OER success and student benefits, how to contribute to the global OER library, and low-cost versus no-cost textbooks.

Innovations for Student Engagement Student-centered teaching, active learning strategies, uses of cutting edge technologies such as social media, gaming, mobile, digital storytelling, etc. for increased student interaction, adaptive learning, and course design for effective learning.

Student Retention and Success Strategies for identifying and tracking "at-risk" students, tactics/approaches to measuring learning and student retention, support systems for (traditional and nontraditional) leaner success, academic coaching, establishing benchmarks for student success. Our Timeline

Proposals are due by Friday, March 11th, 2016 Notifications of acceptance by April 15th, 2016

Links: Call for Proposals is Now Open

Save the Date - May 25, 2016

CTDLC Develops Online Courses in American Language

The Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC), a division of Charter Oak State College and a member of the Connecticut Board of Regents of Higher Education, recently completed development of a series of online courses offered in American Sign Language (ASL) by the Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS), a division of the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS). The courses were to provide training and information to members of the Deaf community served by the Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) or those for whom ASL is their first language.

"BRS provides vocational services to Connecticut residents with disabilities to help them prepare for, obtain and maintain employment. Services may include benefits counseling, assistive technology, interview preparedness, on the job supports and much more," said Arlene Lugo, project manager, Distance Learning Initiative, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services. "Working with CTDLC to translate courses into ASL has allowed us to reach Deaf Connecticut residents who may benefit from our services in a meaningful way."

BRS and CTDLC have long partnered together to develop, design and launch more than 50 online courses focused on topics of importance to job seekers with disabilities such as benefits, independent living, job readiness, personal finance, on the job training, and more.

According to Kevin Corcoran, executive director, CTDLC, "Working with an innovative client like BRS to create online learning that has a positive impact on underserved communities is an important part of our mission. We take great pride in developing quality online courses that meet the needs of our clients and their users."

Over the next two years, BRS and CTDLC will continue to work together to expand the library of available online courses offered in ASL, which are part of the Connect-Ability Distance Learning Initiative. Courses offered in ASL, English and Spanish are free to the public. To register for one of these courses, visit: http://elearning.connect-ability.com.

Studio time was donated by the University of Hartford for the filming of these ASL courses.

From the Hartford Courant: http://cour.at/1PJ8P9B

CTDLC ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF THE 2015 DIANE J. GOLDSMITH AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ETUTORING

The Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC), whose online tutoring program serves an international community of 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities, is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Diane J. Goldsmith Award for excellence in eTutoring. These awards recognize outstanding tutors and coordinators who have had a significant impact on the development and delivery of tutoring within the eTutoring community.

The Outstanding Administrator Award is presented to Dr. Sarah Bergfeld, director of the Western eTutoring Consortium, a program supported by the Washington State Board for Technical and Community Colleges, for her leadership in the practice of online tutoring and contributions to the effective management of multi-institution, collaborative services. Bergfeld's commitment to overseeing the work of tutors from more than 40 colleges and universities, facilitating and seeking consensus from the consortium's members, and creating thoughtful and impactful policies and resources that elevate the practice across all consortia led to this well-deserved recognition.

The Outstanding Tutor Award is presented to Lorinda G. Toledo of Antioch University for the exemplary support she provides to students, evident in the many student survey responses where she is recognized by name for her valuable and thorough feedback. Her professionalism and enthusiasm have bolstered the success and growth of Antioch's Virtual Writing CenterV, where she is lead consultant and has been instrumental in bringing several new tutors on board.

"The CTDLC eTutoring program is committed to helping institutions meet the needs of their students. In doing so, there is a great deal of commitment and talent that is required of its member institutions," said Carolyn Rogers, director of academic services, CTDLC. "It is an honor to acknowledge Dr. Bergfeld and Lorinda Toledo for their work in making this program a success."

Each year, CTDLC recognizes outstanding members of the eTutoring community with this prestigious award, named after its former Executive Director Dr. Diane J. Goldsmith. Goldsmith founded the eTutoring program in 2001 via a grant project to create an online tutoring initiative serving 2-year and 4-year, public and private higher educational institutions. Goldsmith wrote the successful grant, which put into action her belief in collaborative program development and her dedication to student success via online learning programs. The result is a multi-consortia, multi-institution community called eTutoring that delivers collaborative online tutoring services across more than 140 campuses internationally.

How OUR Technical Call Center Added Financial Aid Calls – and Thrived!

Today we are pleased to be the focus of the WCET Frontiers blog. Our Call Center is very proud of all they have accomplished and are now able to offer to our clients.

Here's the link.

We are always open to new clients. Contact us if you want to learn more!

Teaching Online for the First Time (TOFT)

If you are new to online learning, instructional design, eLearning course development, or would simply like to learn more about the world of online education, this course is designed for you. Discounted rate for eTutoring.org Schools!! A Two-Week Course Starts Monday, July 27th, 2015 Registration closes on Wednesday, July 22nd at 5 PM.

This course focuses on online teaching principles and is delivered entirely online.

Course participants will: • Build on core instructional Best Practices for online learning; • Plan, develop and facilitate an online course; • Analyze concepts for creating and presenting effective online learning material; • Gain insight into what it's like to be an online student. The online nature of this course will afford you the freedom and flexibility to engage during times that are most convenient for you.

The Registration Fee is very reasonable:

Institutional Member of CTDLC $350.00

Institution is not a Member of CTDLC $450.00

eTutoring Schools also get the $350 Rate!!!

Click Here to Register Now! Pass this information on to your colleagues!

Questions? Contact Tisha Radcliffe at idesign@ctdlc.org

*A minimum of 7 enrollees are required for the course to run.*

CTDLC partners to offer American Sign Language Courses Online

CTDLC is proud to announce its latest partnership with Connect-Ability, Department of Services (DORS), and the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS)to offer online courses in American Sign Language (ASL). The first two courses on topics related to On the Job Training (OJT) and Community Rehabilitation Provider (CRP) services are currently available with several other topics to follow. Additionally there are now Spanish versions of these two courses.

We would like to thank the University of Hartford for their generous contribution of The Kent McCray Television Studio and resources in the recording of the ASL videos.

The courses will allow for a broader reach to the community at large that require the information in ASL. The OJT and CRP and future courses are available for open enrollment to anyone that wishes to take them online HERE.

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