Pearson to Participate in 2015 USDLA National Distance Learning Week (NDLW)

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Interactive Webinars will feature compelling presentations on topics including Competency-Based Education, Employability, and Building Virtual Presence in the Workplace

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October 23, 2015 – Pearson will be co-hosting several interactive and informative webinars with the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), as part of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW), which will be celebrated November 9-13, 2015. Webinar topics will include Competency-Based Education, blogging in teaching, building virtual presence in the workplace, and employability. Additionally, Pearson is proud to partner with the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) to host the webinar, “10 Signs That the Shift to Digital Is Underway – and 5 Ways to Get Ahead of the Curve,” and “Adapting Online Programs to Changing Market Opportunities – A case study from the University of Southern California” in conjunction with the Online Learning Consortium.

During NDLW, sectors including Pre-K-12, Higher Education, Corporate, Government/Military, and more will educate their constituents on the amazing growth in distance learning and showcase their accomplishments. Pearson’s NDLW celebration will also include Voices of Online Learning success stories that demonstrate how online education is improving the lives of learners. Additional information and registration details on the webinars can be found at and below:

Title: The Employability Challenge: Better Outcomes for Students, Employers, and Institutions
When: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 1:00 PM EST
-Sean Gallagher, Ph.D., Chief Strategy Officer, Northeastern University’s Global Network
-Peter Stokes, Ph.D., Managing Director, Huron Consulting Group
What: Numerous forces, including underemployment and the skills gap, are pressuring colleges and universities to devote more energy to ensuring that their graduates are career-ready. While most institutions already offer programs designed to support career preparation for their students – internships, career services, mentoring programs – few have integrated these efforts to produce demonstrably better career outcomes for students.
Work readiness is a shared responsibility and this webinar is designed for those that seek to strengthen or establish career preparation programs that are integrated with rigorous academic programs in meaningful ways.

Title: The CBE Playbook: Employers and Employability
When: Tuesday, November 10, 1:00 PM EST
-Ed Sargent, Project Director PACE-IT, VP of Workforce Development/Training, Edmonds Community College
-Mary Hendrix, Ph.D., Vice President Student Access, SuccessTexas Affordable Baccalaureate Program, Texas A&M University
What: Competency-Based Education can help improve the connection between a college degree or certification and employment. But forging this important connection requires closer working relationships between higher education institutions offering CBE programs and local and national employers. Join this webinar to learn more about strategies for developing employer partnerships and increasing the employability of graduates from CBE programs.

Title: Using Blogging in Teaching
When: Wednesday, November 11, 12:00 PM / EST
-Sam Sommers, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Tufts University
What: For many of us, a primary objective in teaching is to facilitate students’ active consideration of how the studies, phenomena, and theories they read about apply to their daily lives. This presentation explores how blogging can further this goal. Specifically, I incorporate blogging into my psychology courses in two ways: a class blog where I post related content and students can respond, and a personal blog in which students analyze events from their own lives through a psychological lens. Advantages, challenges, and assessment will be discussed, as will applicability for both in-person and online courses.

Title: Virtual Presence: Inspire and Engage in the Virtual Classroom and Beyond
When: Wednesday, November 11, 1:00 PM / EST
-Kate Nugent, Facilitator and Director of Product & Training, The Ariel Group
What: In the virtual medium, great content can easily be sabotaged by a presenter’s low energy, irritating vocal qualities or general inability to engage and excite their audience. Whether presenting online to hundreds via webinar, facilitating a small virtual classroom workshop, or phone conferencing with team members and direct reports, the most effective training leaders and facilitators harness their virtual presence to authentically connect with the hearts and minds of others for maximum impact.

Title: 10 Signs That the Shift to Digital Is Underway – and 5 Ways to Get Ahead of the Curve
When: Thursday, November 12, 1:00 PM /EST
-John Watson, President of Evergreen Education Group, Lead author of the annual “Keeping Pace” Report
-Mickey Revenaugh, Co-founder of Connections Education, Board President of iNACOL
What: The impact of technology on every aspect of our lives has accelerated and multiplied over the past few years, changing the way we communicate with our families, buy groceries, catch a ride to the airport, and even plan for our deaths. Traditionally, K-12 education has been slow to change compared with the realm of business or consumers, but all around us is evidence that the shift to digital learning is finally happening. On this webinar, two leading digital education experts talk about the evidence they’re seeing across the U.S. that technology is taking root – and pinpoint the gaps that remain. Tune in to hear observations and advice from John Watson, CEO of Evergreen Education Group and co-author of Evergreen’s annual Keeping Pace Report, and Mickey Revenaugh, co-founder of Connections Education and Board President of iNACOL.

Title: Adapting Online Programs to Changing Market Opportunities: A case study from University of Southern California
When: Thursday, November 12, 2:00 PM /EST
-Neil Teixeira, Director of Distance Learning, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California
-Rebecca Weintraub, Clinical Professor, Director, Master of Communication Management Program, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California
-Facilitator: Brian DeKemper, Director of Business Development, Pearson
What: Join academic leaders from the University of Southern California to discuss the challenges that come with launching and maintaining online degree programs and solutions to address those challenges. Topics covered will include marketing, enrollment, curriculum design, student services and more.
The University of Southern California (USC) is one of the world’s leading private research universities. The Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at USC launched its online Master of Communication Management program in the fall of 2011. This immersive online communication degree is designed for students at various professional levels across many communication-related disciplines, including corporate and strategic communications, marketing and public relations.
This hour-long webinar will benefit both administrators and faculty who are responsible for growing online programs in the ever-evolving higher education market space.

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About Pearson
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit

The United States Distance Learning Association is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry.

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