NEW NATIONAL DIGITAL LEARNING DAY ANNOUNCED, FEBRUARY 1, 2012 Digital learning is best described as teaching practices that effectively use technology to advance the teaching profession and strengthen the teacher and student interface. Such practices may include: using quality digital content to enhance a lesson focusing on the quality of a teacher's time with students providing real life problems to solve with current tools to connect students more deeply to the content individualizing instruction through formative assessment using data for school reform See the National Digital Learning Day webpage for more information. ___________________________________________ New Spring 2012 DL Students: 2 Player Options Available for Viewing Lecture Content Please note that DL has made 2 viewing options available to you in Mediasite—the Classic Mediasite Player and the Silverlight Mediasite Player. Once logged into Mediasite, simply select the player you prefer to watch your class in, then select the class that you need. This additional functionality was created based on student feedback received during the Summer and Fall 2010 semesters. (This means your feedback is very important to us--please continue letting us know your thoughts!). Highlights of each are below: Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform browser plug-in that enables additional viewer functionality in Mediasite, including Interchangeable and movable view boxes for content and video. For more information on Silverlight and to download it now, click here. Classic Player in Mediasite does not have the extensive manueverability of content available with Silverlight. However, this older viewer does allow students to utilize the speed control features that many students have expressed use of in their captured lectures. ___________________________________________ National Distance Learning Week is coming up November 7 - 11, 2011. DL programs and courses reach out to learners all across and beyond our nation. “[Distance] learning programs are invaluable because they provide a segment of our population with critical literacy and job-related skills as well as the means to take their careers to the next level,” said Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. Click the image below in order to review the upcoming events sponsored by the USDLA during the NDLW of November 7, 2011.