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The EdFuture symposium 2015 is hosted at Oregon State University from May 26th-28th. The program is available on the ADEC website. Looking forward to many interesting conversations with ADEC members near and far.
EdFuture Symposium 2015 · Print; Email. May 26th-28th 2015. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. Global Engagement in Online Learning: Insights, Perspectives, and Best Practices. Call for abstracts: We are seeking speakers for the 2015 EdFuture Symposium hosted by the American Distance ...
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This week is National Distance Learning Week! To celebrate, check out the free webinars offered this week by the US Distance Learning Association: http://www.usdla.org/webinars?utm_source=NDLW+and+MediaPlanet&utm_campaign=NDLW+2013-MEDIAPLANET&utm_medium=email
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"I've seen time and again a profound sense of freedom and accomplishment wash over instructors when courses hit the Web. I've also witnessed online teaching reinvigorate a joy and passion for teaching." This article on Inside Higher Ed explains the benefits of teaching online. 

What do you think are some benefits to teaching online vs. in a classroom? 

http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2013/09/20/essay-mooc-platforms-and-payoff-professors#ixzz2fkoS9km3 
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As online learning grows, how are online learning tools changing? This article explores the new options and power available to higher ed institutions. http://www.informationweek.com/education/online-learning/as-online-learning-booms-education-it-ga/240160279?cid=RSSfeed_IWK_ALL
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Is your school on Twitter? Check out Business 2 Community's Best Educational Hashtags for Twitter: http://www.business2community.com/twitter/best-educational-twitter-hashtags-0572187
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A dynamic exchange of information, professor feedback, and collaborative learning are a few examples explained in this article as reasons why properly structured online education courses beat MOOCs at providing an educational experience. http://www.newsday.com/opinion/oped/stoltz-loike-why-flexible-online-instruction-beats-moocs-1.6145764
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The University of Florida Online MS Science Degree Programs have been named on the 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list. The list, established by Victory Media, honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. Read more about what this distinction means in the PR Newswire press release: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/university-of-florida-online-science-degree-programs-awarded-2014-military-friendly-schools-designation-229944221.html
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A look at how online education can make job candidates more attractive to companies seeking employees with up-to-date skills:

http://www.jobjournal.com/thisweek.asp?artid=3354
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How is your school adapting to online education? This article shares 3 ways colleges are changing: http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2013/09/18/3-ways-colleges-are-adapting-to-online-learning
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ADEC's President and CEO, Ian Tebbett, explains four major forces shaping the next decade’s cost models in this article: "Four Forces Positively Impacting Cost of Higher Education for Adults." Read to learn about these positive forces and the critical challenges we are confronting in online education, including how best to bring education to adult learners in the most cost effective way. http://adec.edu/about/news
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non-profit distance education consortium composed of state universities and land-grant colleges
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ADEC is a non-profit distance education consortium composed of state universities and land-grant colleges. The consortium was conceived and developed to promote the creation and provision of high quality, economical distance education programs and services to diverse audiences, by the land grant community of colleges and universities, through the most appropriate information technologies available

The driving vision behind the organization is the extension of educational content and opportunity beyond the traditional boundaries of the university walls, to serving not simply on-campus students but lifelong learners, broader domestic and international communities, under-served populations and even K-12 schools and the corporate/business community.

Through ADEC, members engage in a teaching and learning model that epitomizes a university without walls that is open, accessible, and flexible. The model seeks to provide instructional delivery and/or access anywhere, anytime, and to virtually anyone who seeks it.

Primary emphasis is placed on educational and informational programs and services that fall within the traditional areas of competitive advantage for land-grant institutions. Specifically, this includes programs related to food and agriculture; nutrition and health; environment and natural resources; community and economic development; and children, youth, and families.

ADEC members seek to meet local, state, national and international demands through provision of distance education opportunities and place equal emphasis on each of the traditional land grant imperatives of teaching, research and service.