Volume 1, Issue 5

Winter 2009

  From a Distance...

Online Newsletter for Arkansas Distance Learning


Discussion Boards:  From Student's Perspective
By Regina Moore

Let me be clear on one thing: I do not like discussion boards. But as a student who has taken over eighty hours of online courses, I know they are a necessary evil. Although online ultimately means self-motivated and sometimes self-taught, it’s nice to know there really is an instructor at the head of the class taking part, directing, and contributing to the course.

Arkansas Video Network Statistics -- 2009
by Pati Alberts

For those of you that missed the 2009 ARDLA Conference, below are the highlights from the State of Network Address that Max Kolstad gave, on my behlf, at the conference. I hope you find these statistics helpful when bragging about what a great Distance learning Network the State of Arkansas has!

Conference Review: Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning AND MoodleMoot
by Karen Liebhaber

The Sloan-C Foundation has presented the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning for 15th years. For at least the past 8, the Sloan-C conference has been held in Orlando, FL; this year at the Caribe Royale. You've heard of a wedding tour--an extended amount of time on which a newlywed couple tours an area for their honeymoon. Well, apparently, I've been on the conference tour; I managed to fit Sloan-C and the concurrent MoodleMoot into my October, and I am glad I did. The conference was a great one. MoodleMoot was pretty good, too.

From the Editor...
by Karen Liebhaber

I can't believe it is time for another newsletter. An entire year has passed so quickly. Every quarter, I start stressing about how many submissions I'll receive for an issue, whether anyone is actually reading the thing—and then I'll start getting all sorts of comments and suggestions from you. Your correspondence is such a comfort, so please keep sending it!!

ARDLA Board Minutes

Just in case you were ever curious about what happens in board meetings, the 2009 board minutes are posted to the ARDLA website.  You may access them at http://ardla.org/Minutes/Minutes.htm.  A direct link will be appearing on the website soon.


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Upcoming Events

ARBUG 2010
Pulaski Technical College
March 11-12, 2010
North Little Rock, Arkansas

MoodleMoot UK 2010
Senate House
April 13-14, 2010

USDLA 3rd Annual Conference
Distance Learning: Becoming Faster, Stronger and Better
April 26-29, 2009
The Hilton at the Ball Park
St. Louis, Missouri

The Teaching Professor Conference
Hyatt Regency Cambridge
May 21-23 2010
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Distance Learning Administration 2009
June 6-9, 2009
Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Jekyl Island, Georgia

Colorado Convention Center
June 27-30, 2010
Denver, Colorado

Blackboard World 2010
July 2010
Orlando, Florida

2nd Sloan-C International Symposium on Emerging Technology Applications for Online Learning
July 20-23, 2010
San Jose, California

MoodleMoot San Jose 2010
Held in conjunction with 2nd Sloan-C Symposium on Emerging Technology in Online Learning and MERLOT
July 20-23, 2010
San Jose, California

Held in conjunction with 2nd Sloan-C Symposium on Emerging Technology in Online Learning and MoodleMoot
July 20-23, 2010
San Jose, California

25th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning
August 4-6, 2010
Madison, Wisconsin

ARDLA Annual Conference
September 21-23, 2010
The Clarion Hotel
Hot Springs, Arkansas

ARDLA Administration

 Valerie Wilson

Cathi Swann

Chris Robbins

April Shepherd

Immediate Past President
Max Kolstad

Chair Emeritus
Bob Donaldson

Ralph Malone

Newsletter Editor
Karen Powers Liebhaber

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