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4 free webinars on digital distance learning

In this issue, online educators and ed tech lovers, take note: November 7–11, 2016 is National Distance Learning Week.

At Pearson, we use NDLW to nerd out, learn new things, and share stories from friends around the country who are doing big things with online and blended learning. That’s why we’ll be attending these NDLW webinars — all led by pioneering educators. They’re free, and you’re invited, too.

From Snapchat to alternative credentialing, you’ll learn useful tips for your own instruction and powerful new ways to connect with your tech-savvy students. Register now, add them to your calendar, and we’ll see you there!


The Art of Visual Storytelling

Kate Nugent, Director of Product and Training at Ariel Group
November 7, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

In any situation that calls for you to persuade, convince, or manage, the ability to tell a powerful story will be your secret sauce.

– Peter Guber, entrepreneur and storyteller

Our modern world gives us many opportunities to communicate our ideas and points of view, but few of us stand out from the crowd. Storytelling is the differentiator. This interactive webinar shows you how to integrate stories into your virtual lectures, webinars, 1:1 student coaching sessions, and other virtual communications. You will be introduced to powerful storytelling techniques that engage and influence audiences of every size. Storytelling “lights up” every part of the human brain, and your ability to paint a picture for your students makes it more likely their learning will stick.

Kate Nugent is Director of Product and Training at The Ariel Group, a training and consulting firm that specializes in the competencies of Leadership Presence and Storytelling. She has facilitated storytelling programs for thirteen years, for corporate and higher education audiences including American Express, Procter and Gamble, and Harvard and Columbia Business Schools.


Trends in Alternative Credentialing: Benchmarks, Badges, and Noncredit Programming

Kyle Peck, Professor & Co-Director, Center for Online Innovation, Penn State University
Jim Fong, Director, Center for Research and Marketing Strategy, UPCEA
Peter Janzow, Senior Director, Business & Market Development, Pearson Acclaim
November 7, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

Micro-credentials, nano-credentials, badges…staying current on emerging trends in education is a challenge. It is also the lifeforce of the work we do to prepare students for an ever-shifting professional landscape. This engaging session explores the drivers behind the emergence of alternative credentials, shows how higher education institutions are responding, and offers important new insights about what’s next.

Dr. Kyle Peck co-directs the Center for Online Innovation in Learning and Professor of Education and Research Fellow in the Learning, Design, and Technology program at Penn State University. Dr. Peck’s current focus is on innovations in education, including digital badges and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). He received his Master’s in Education/Reading from the University of Colorado, Boulder, as well as his PhD in Educational Psychology/Educational Technology. Dr. Peck is co-author of two books, has written more than 40 book chapters and journal articles, and has presented 12 countries.

Jim Fong is Founding Director of UPCEA’s Center for Research and Consulting, now the Center for Research and Marketing Strategy. He previously held leadership positions at Penn State Outreach (education). Fong regularly teaches graduate and undergraduate courses online and on-campus at Drexel University, Penn State University, Framingham State University, and Duquesne University.

Peter Janzow, an open badge evangelist, is Senior Director, Business and Market Development for Pearson’s badging platform, Acclaim. In the 21st century’s rapidly changing labor economy, his work is dedicated to helping workers get credit for what they know and what they can do, unlocking new opportunities and improving their lives through learning. He received a history degree from Knox College and has earned digital badges representing various professional learning achievements delivered through formal and informal learning providers. He has actively contributed to education for many years in roles including executive management, global market development and entrepreneurship for educational publishing and technology companies. He is former Director of the American Society for Engineering Education.



Snapchat 101: Engaging Students Online

Dr. Wendy Tietz, Professor of Accounting, Kent State University
November 8, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

Snapchat is now the #1 social media platform used by 16–24 year olds, and it’s rapidly attracting users age 35 and up. This interactive session shows you Snapchat’s basics, including how to set up an account, how to communicate with other users, and Snapchat lingo and features (e.g., geofilters, swiping, face lenses). We’ll discuss at least four ways to use Snapchat to engage your students in your class, demonstrating them with real-life examples. Participants who’ve downloaded the Snapchat app will be able to put these lessons into practice in real time. Join the fun — and discover a powerful new way to engage your online students.

Wendy Tietz, PhD, CPA, CMA, CGMA, professor in the Department of Accounting in the College of Business Administration at Kent State University, has taught financial accounting and managerial accounting since 2000. She teaches in formats including large face-to-face, hybrid synchronous web-based, and asynchronous web-based. Her blog, Accounting in the Headlines, presents real-world news stories and resources for use in the introductory accounting classroom, and earned the Bea Sanders/AICPA Teaching Innovation Award in 2014. She is co-author of Managerial Accounting, Braun & Tietz, 4th edition, 2015, Pearson Prentice Hall, and Financial Accounting, Harrison, Horngren, Thomas & Tietz, 11th edition, 2016, Pearson Prentice Hall.


Don’t Overlook Your Help Desk! How Golden Gate University Supports the Demands of Their Unique Online Student Population

Doug Geier, Director of eLearning & Instructional Design, Golden Gate University
Paulo Dias, Managing Director, Technical Services, Pearson
November 8, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

Learn how Golden Gate University uses help desk services to serve a unique online student population of adult learners. Many of Golden Gate’s students work full time, requiring on-demand support. Delivering a positive technical support experience is crucial to their success. Learn how Golden Gate’s 24/7 help desk support helps the school do just that, 24/7, 365 days a year.

Doug Geier is the Director of eLearning and Instructional Design at Golden Gate University where he oversees LMS support, instructional design, help desk and proctored testing services. He was a 2012 participant in the Online Learning Consortium’s Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning and is currently a part-time MBA student at GGU. In previous roles, he has held positions in educational software publishing and online learning as a producer, content developer, and instructional designer.

Paulo Dias oversees Pearson’s Helpdesk & Support Services Business Unit, including the 24/7 Helpdesk Team and Client Services Team. His mastery of both technical and soft skills ensures that the Pearson team of helpdesk professionals and client services staff play a key role in keeping learners in class and maximizing the value of their online learning experiences. With over 16 years’ experience, Dias continually develops new methodologies for providing the industry’s best helpdesk and support services. He has a degree in Business Management from Marylhurst University, an associate degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Seneca College, and extensive experience in multiple web-based course delivery platforms.


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