National Distance Learning Week at UA Little Rock, November 4-8


National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is next week! The purpose of this event is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning. Let us take a moment to share our appreciation for those in the UA Little Rock community who endeavor to expand online learning across academic disciplines. The Scholarly Technology and Resources (STaR) Instructional Design Division will host events throughout NDLW (November 4-8, 2019).

Given that 61% of all students at our university take some online courses and that
the UA Little Rock’s Online Campus total enrollment grew in the past year from 1,076 students in Fall 2018 to 1,369 students in Fall 2019, focus on best practices for distance learning is important to our university.

UA Little Rock NDLW Schedule of Events

NDLW is a way to not only recognize distance learning, but those who provide learning opportunities. During NDLW, the STaR Instructional Design Division will present thought-provoking workshops and trainings in regard to distance education and online learning. Check out our schedule below:

On Tuesday, November 5th, Cori Schmidtbauer will present From the Whiteboard to Blackboard: A Hybrid Approach.”  This workshop will explore how to use a learning management system to support learning materials and assessments for your face-to-face class. Register for this event here.

On Wednesday, November 6th, Lily Valibaba-Sullivan will present “Google Drive for Design.”  In this hands-on session, participants will learn how to create and organize documents in Google Drive for ease of use when designing courses. Register for this event here.

On the last day of NDLW, Friday November 8th, Markia Herron will present What Works? Turning your Face to Face Assignments into Online Assignments.  Markia will discuss and share ways to build your face-to-face assignments in your online course. Register for this event here.

All presentations will be held in Dickinson Hall room 101 from 11:30 am-12:30 pm. If you are unable to attend in person, you can join us virtually via STaR Trainings (Bb Collaborate).

National Distance Learning Week Resources

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), which sponsors NDLW, will offer additional webinars throughout the week. You can view their schedule, and register for any of the below events here. Some recommended sessions include:

The History of Distance Learning and USDLA – 11/4 at 10:00 am-11:00 am (CST)

Microlearning in the World of Distance Learning – 11/4 at 2:00 pm-3:00 pm (CST)

Busting Multimedia Myths: An Evidence Based Approach to Quality Instructional Media – 11/7 at 10:00 am-11:00 am (CST)

Open Access Resources for Virtual Gaming Simulation in Education – 11/8 at 2:00 pm-3:00 pm (CST)

If you are looking for a little knowledge about distance learning, but cannot fit a webinar into your busy schedule, the following articles will be useful for looking at online instructional practices as well as the future of online learning:

Driving digital Tools with Pedagogical Strategies from eCampus News

Where Online Learning Goes Next from the Harvard Business Review

Distance Learning is here to stay. Thanks to all the faculty and staff who take measures to ensure UA Little Rock is providing quality online programs and courses. This week is for you!


2019 NDLW. (2019). Retrieved October 11, 2019, from

Belsky, L. (2019, October 4). Where Online Learning Goes Next. Retrieved October 11, 2019, from

Haymes, T. (2019, October 2). Driving digital tools with pedagogical strategies. Retrieved October 11, 2019,from

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