Saturday, April 19, 2014

TxDLA Honors Rep. Todd Hunter with the 2014 Legislator of the Year Award

TxDLA's Board of Directors recently honored Rep. Todd Hunter as the 2014 Legislator of the Year Award recipient. The Legislator of the Year Award is presented to local, state or federal official who has substantially assisted in the advancement of Distance Learning in the State of Texas.

Stand Up and Be Counted

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is cracking down on institutions that provide distance education to students in the state. But the commission has a problem: It doesn’t know who those distance education providers are.

NMC Horizon Report, 2014 Higher Education Edition

The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE Program. This eleventh edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. 

Virtual College of Texas Director Ron Thomson Retires
Ron Thomson recently retired from his work at Virtual College of Texas (VCT), and to honor his years of service and dedication, he was presented a Powerpoint presentation along with an award (iPad) at the summer 2013 NETnet conference hosted at Stephen F. Austin State University in August.
Public Policy

State Authorization Draft Regulations Released
The US Department of Education's Negotiated Rulemaking Committee is winding down its work on state authorization. Tonight, the next draft of the Department's proposed regulations were released. This new blog post has some brief highlights, includes the language without track changes, and asks for your inputWCET Blog

State Authorization Input
One of the hottest topics in TxDLA is state authorization. Rather than complain, take action and provide input. Go to the WCET blog for a summary and description of how you can provide input.

Polling Center: Threading the Needle on Education: From the Texas Tribune April 10.
"Education policy is usually a winner for Democratic candidates, but in Texas, things are more nuanced, especially when it comes to education spending. This year's race for governor race is a great example."

Interesting Clarification on Authorization Rules

Excerpts from February 19 US Education Department Meeting

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