June 22, 2023: Meet some of the presenters at the USDLA National Conference — less than 4 weeks away!

USDLA 2023 National Conference is less than 4 weeks away: July 17-20

We know you won’t want to miss this year’s national conference at the gorgeous Wyndham Orlando Resort, where you’ll meet these amazing speakers:

  • Farah Bennani: Leveraging AI Technologies, ChatGPT, Esports, AR/VR, MR, and Other Emerging Technologies to Enhance Student Success
  • Kristin DeProspero: Grants — How to improve your chances of winning an award
  • Georgianna Laws: Transformation Accelerator — Online Course Instructional Design
  • Linda Lee: Instructional Design for Learner Engagement: Getting to the Design Behind the Design
  • Shaunice Sasser: Tapping into Tik Tok — Techniques for Teaching Today

Scroll down for more details about these amazing presentations!

We’ll see you soon! — USDLA Communications team


Leveraging AI Technologies, ChatGPT, Esports, AR/VR, MR, and Other Emerging Technologies to Enhance Student Success

Presenters: Farah Bennani, Northampton Community College, and Robbie Melton, Tennessee State University

AI Technologies, ChatGPT, Esports, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), mixed realities (MR), Blockchain, the Internet of Everything (IoE), and other emerging technologies are not only revolutionizing various industries such as healthcare, gaming, and entertainment but are also changing the landscape of higher education. These technologies provide unique opportunities for engaging students and creating personalized learning experiences that enhance their success. This workshop aims to explore how these emerging technologies can be leveraged to improve student success in higher education.

Esports is a rapidly growing industry that provides opportunities for students to develop teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills. AR, VR, and MR can create immersive and interactive learning experiences, allowing students to explore complex concepts in a way that traditional methods cannot match.

Integrating these emerging technologies in higher education can transform the educational experience, providing immersive and interactive learning opportunities that engage students and enhance their understanding of complex concepts. By leveraging these technologies, we can create personalized learning experiences tailored to individual students’ needs and abilities.


Grants: How to improve your chances of winning an award

Kristin DeProspero, Solutionz Inc. 

Join Kristin, to learn about:

1. What does grant readiness mean – how to ensure your organization is prepared to apply when a grant application window opens

2. Five Important Tips for grant seekers – where to search and what to look for when deciding to apply for a potential funding source

3. Preparing to submit a grant application – what are the biggest mistakes to avoid, while improving your chances of an award

This interactive session will include resources, tips, and tools to enhance your grant-seeking efforts. While the content will be geared towards beginners, all levels of grant-seekers are encouraged to join.


Transformation Accelerator: Online Course Instructional Design

Presenter: Geo (Georgianna) Laws, USDLA Board Member

New to building training/instruction? Want to learn how to design a quality online course quickly?

Join this 2.5-hour transformation accelerator workshop to quickly get up to speed with creating your own efficient online training through a series of hands-on exercises.

To make the most of this experience, you are encouraged to bring your own internet-connected computing device, as well as anything you wish to incorporate into your online course.


Instructional Design for Learner Engagement: Getting to the Design Behind the Design

Presenter: Linda Lee, Motivation Matters Tutoring & Coaching, and Daphne Figueroa, Motivation Matters Tutoring & Coaching

Are you getting the course success â?? including numerical outcomes — that you want? Trained or not, designing distance learning courses is a challenge â?? one that too often falls short of our visions and the learners’ expectations. This interactive workshop has a unique focus that can change that! Instead of shaping content, we’ll look closely at how to design a learner experience that leads to real and lasting change.

We’ll look at how learning happens, the necessary cognitive and affective aspects, as well as tools to individualize your instruction as needed. This content is a new perspective on instructional design. It’s about the medium of learning â?? the ‘what’ to think about behind the design of your instruction.

This approach results in greater student persistence. But more importantly, it opens the way for meaningful learning and growth in your students. And because we practice what we preach, you’ll leave this interactive workshop with more than insights and ideas. You’ll have draft tools for designing your own engaging curriculum. And you’ll see new ways that you can be that teacher-trainer-coach who empowers real change!


Tapping into Tik Tok: Techniques for Teaching Today

Presenter: Shaunice Sasser of Delta 

In today’s digital age, social media platforms like TikTok have revolutionized how people consume and interact with content. There is great potential to leverage these trends to enhance the design of learning experiences in distance education. However, it’s important to consider the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility when designing these experiences. In this presentation, we will explore how we can harness the power of social media trends to create innovative and engaging learning experiences that resonate with diverse learners.

We will examine the latest trends on TikTok and other social media platforms and explore how they can be adapted to ensure accessibility for all learners. Additionally, we will discuss how learning experience design can incorporate concepts such as micro-learning, gamification, and personalization to promote active engagement and knowledge retention for learners from diverse backgrounds. Attendees will leave with practical strategies for designing dynamic, effective distance learning experiences that prioritize inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. A

s distance learning continues to gain momentum, it’s essential to keep pace with the latest trends and innovations while ensuring that learning experiences are accessible to all learners.