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

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Interactive Webinars and Google Hangout Session Focus on Competency-based Education, State Authorization, and Online Program Growth

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Pearson, a sponsor of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW), will be co-hosting several online events with the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), as part of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW). Sponsored by USDLA, NDLW will be celebrated on November 10-14, 2014.

In addition to Pearson presentations with USDLA and the Online Learning Consortium, there will be eight additional Pearson-hosted webinars during NDLW. Topics include: Open badges, the flipped classroom, gamification, and more.

According to research from the Babson Survey Research Group, it is estimated that one in every three higher education students is now taking at least one course online. NDLW seeks to promote and celebrate the tremendous growth and accomplishments occurring today in distance learning programs offered by schools, businesses, and governmental departments.

During NDLW, Pearson will co-host several events, including:

The State of State Authorization and Professional Licensure

WHAT: This webinar for higher education institutions offering distance education includes information on the proposed federal regulations pertaining to state authorization and the current status of SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement). Professional licensure requirements, with an emphasis on the future and current status of post-licensure nursing programs and teacher education programs, will be introduced. Particular state authorization regulations will also be discussed. This presentation answers the important question, "What should institutions plan to do?"

WHEN: Monday, November 10, 2014, 3:30 p.m.– 4:30 p.m. EST
WHO: Presenters include: Joan Bouillon, Ph.D., Director of Regulatory Compliance, Pearson
Jeannie Yockey-Fine, State Regulatory Services Advisor, Cooley, LLC

Register by clicking here.

Beyond the Headlines: A Decision-Making Rubric for the Next Phase of Online Program Growth

WHAT: Academic leaders from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Ohio University will discuss the key market forces that are present today, and how universities can best position their prospective degrees in the online market. Panelists will also provide practical insights and recommendations on how to handle the change management for a university looking to offer competitive online degree programs.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST
WHO: Presenters include: Dr. Karen Kennedy, Senior Associate Dean of the Collat School of Business, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dr. Deb Gearhart, Vice Provost for E-Learning and Strategic Partnerships, Ohio University
Michelle Tufford, A.B.D., Director of Research & Consulting, Pearson

Register by clicking here.
Are you CBE Ready? Assessing Your Competency-Based Education Program Readiness

WHAT: Join presenters as they discuss an important framework and readiness assessment tool for creating and sustaining successful online competency-based education programs.
In this interactive Google Hangout, presenters will detail the essential components of an effective CBE program which include:
●    preparation through market analysis and institutional readiness
●    developing the program model and marketing the program
●    sustaining the program by engaging at-risk learners and by performing continuous evaluation
WHEN: Friday, November 14, 2014, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
WHO: Presenters include: Ted Curran, Instructional Technologist, Pearson
Sandra Coswatte, Director of Institute for Learning, Online Learning Consortium

Register by clicking here.

Participate in the conversation by following #NDLW, #PearsonLearn and #OLCNDLW on Twitter.

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.

About OLC
The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), formerly the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of online learning worldwide. The member-sustained organization offers an extensive set of resources for professional development and institutional advancement of online learning, including, original research, leading-edge instruction, best-practice publications, community-driven conferences and expert guidance. OLC members include educators, administrators, trainers and other online learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies and corporate enterprises.

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