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National Distance Learning Week

November 6-10, 2017

November 6-10 is National Distance Learning Week and Distance Education will be celebrating with several activities including a speaker in our Educational Intelligence Visiting Lecture Series, a Twitter contest to win one of two $50 Barnes & Nobles gift cards, and an NDLW Booth with give-a-ways!

APSU Distance Education would like to sincerely thank all students, faculty, and staff for their support and participation in online learning.

See full event details below.


View our accessible PDF version of the NDLW Ad (link opens in new window).

NDLW Twitter annoucement
In celebration of NDLW, Distance Education will be hosting a Twitter contest for APSU students to win 1 of 2 $50 Barnes and Noble gift cards.  See full contest rules below for more information.

APSU Distance Education Twitter Account (opens new window)

Twitter Contest Rules

  • @APSUDistanceEd will open the Twitter contest on Monday, November 6, 2017 by posting the contest tweet
  • Contest will remain open until Friday, November 10, 2017 at 12:00pm CST
  • Students can participate by following @APSUDistanceEd and replying to the contest tweet with their response to “Why Do You Learn Online?”
  • Posts should be respectful of others and not contain profanity
  • Students acknowledge that by participating in the Twitter contest, they are giving APSU Distance Education consent to share their entry tweet or use this tweet in marketing materials
  • Distance Education will select two winners at random on November 10 after the contest closes at 12:00pm CST
  • In order to win, entries must be made on time by an active APSU student that is following @APSUDistanceEd and has replied to the contest tweet with an applicable response to “Why Do You Learn Online?”
  • Winners will be notified through Twitter and/or their APSU student email and will need to provide their A#
  • Each winner will receive a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card which was donated by Barnes and Noble
Fred Hurst, Western Governors University
"A Different Kind of U"
November 9, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
MUC Ballroom

Fred Hurst

Competency-Based Education in its current form is a fairly recent innovation with many institutions implementing new CBE programs or exploring the suitability for their institution.  The lessons WGU has learned about barriers to success and challenges to scalability with a student enrollment of 82,000 students will be highlighted. In recent years there has been a growing concern about increasing the number of certificate and degree holders in high-demand career fields. Politicians and policy makers are calling for less expensive paths to postsecondary credentials for an estimated 36 million adults with some college credits but no degree.  By 2020 it is estimated that more than 5 million jobs will go unfilled for lack of qualified candidates with the credentials required.  This presentation will provide the WGU perspective on how competency-based education can provide the workforce needed for the future at an affordable cost. In order to educate and certify the competency of the needed workforce, changes in public policy, law, regulation and related barriers must be addressed at the national, state and local levels.  At the same time, we need to ensure that financial aid funding is effectively use to support successful students.

Distance Education will also have speakers in February and April for the Educational Intelligence Visiting Lecture Series (opens new window).

Stop by the UC Lobby on November 8th from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for Distance Education swag and give-a-ways.

Interested in watching a webinar to celebrate NDLW? Check out USDLA's NDLW website for more information! Note: Link opens in new window