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TxDLA Bite-Sized Learning: Lunchtime Webinars

As the leading Texas membership association for digital learning professionals, TxDLA offers regular, FREE one hour interactive webinars from 12-1 pm CST led by digital learning experts, providing a toolbox of immediate needs on topics such as student engagement, digital accessibility, course design, leadership and more.

Experts and participants represent public and private education institutions at all levels as well as government and corporate training professionals and digital learning equipment and content providers. Keep current on the ideas, technologies, and content that will help you develop and maintain leading-edge digital learning programs and products.

Recordings will be posted for two weeks for free on this page.

Become a TxDLA member for unlimited access to ALL of the above, plus over 150 more videos on digital learning!

Webinars will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at noon Central.

 Up Next:

October 11

Supporting Faculty Professional Development 

Presenter: Danielle Burt, D2L

Learn how your institution can support professional development for faculty, staff, and any other relevant roles. We will walk through how you can help give your instructors, faculty, and staff the next-generation tools they need to learn, develop, and succeed.

  • Use learning groups to organize faculty efficiently into groups for easy assignment of courses
  • Browse a course catalog to give faculty the opportunity to browse and enroll
  • Tie learning objectives to assessments allowing faculty to earn a tangible credential or outcome from their learning
  • Adaptively release personalized Instruction for fully online courses or to increase engagement
  • Give faculty the opportunity to track their professional growth by earning awards, badges, and certificates as evidence of their microlearning, compliance training, learning objectives, and more

 Future Webinars:

October 11: Supporting Faculty Professional Development - REGISTER HERE

November 6 (National Distance Learning Week Special): Engage Me with Technology

November 7 (National Distance Learning Week Special): CBE

November 8 (National Distance Learning Week Special): Empowering Career Education in the Age of AI - Navigating Challenges and Collaboration - REGISTER HERE

November 9 (National Distance Learning Week Special): AI Tool Showcase

November 10 (National Distance Learning Week Special): TBD

December 13: TBD

Past Webinars


Break the Forgetting Cycle with Get More Math (9/13/23)

Presenter: Josh Britton, Get More Math

By the end of the school year, students have already forgotten many of their hard-won math concepts. How can we break the forgetting cycle and make math stick? In this session, veteran math teacher Josh Britton will share his proven model for driving long-term retention through emphasis on the pedagogy of cumulative learning and use of Get More Math spiral review software.

Engagement Escalation: A Gameful Approach to Instructional Design (8/9/23)

Presenter: Valary Oleinik, Valary with a Why

With a multitude of distractions and priorities, learners have historically struggled to maintain motivation and engagement in even the most well-designed courses. The on-going challenges and stresses of the ever-changing world and workplace have added to this struggle. This session explores ways to rethink how we define and encourage learner motivation and engagement. We will take a research-backed yet gameful approach to discovering new tools and techniques you can use to make small adjustments that can yield big results. Along the way we will dispel some myths about the field of gamification, learn how different strategies can affect various types of engagement, and how you can help each person become the hero in their own learning journey.

LEARN: A Purpose-Built Infrastructure for Discovery and Learning (7/12/23)

Join us for an insightful webinar as we explore the remarkable contributions of the Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN) in Texas. LEARN acts as the vital connector for all of Texas to lnternet2, a collaboration of leading research universities in the US and abroad. Through this partnership, LEARN facilitates scholastic endeavors, promotes discovery, and empowers research communities to find innovative solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. During this webinar, we will delve into LEARN's role as a convener of communities that utilize technology to drive scholastic achievements and advance research. We will also explore the value proposition of LEARN's shared network services, including network attack mitigation tools that enable campuses to continue to provide access to content and resources over LEARN's infrastructure. This event welcomes attendees who are seeking to become part of the vibrant human network, eager to engage in knowledge sharing and exchange best practices. We particularly encourage technology leaders who are interested in forging partnerships with LEARN and leveraging our services to fulfill their organizational missions.

Presenter: Austin Gamble, Member Engagement and Outreach Director, LEARN

Artificial Intelligence for Teaching & Learning (6.14.23)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly changing the way we view education, and it can make learning more effective and engaging for students. Hear about how the various AI tools such as ChatGPT, Packback, Engageli and more can be applied in the classroom, and how they can be used to improve teaching and learning outcomes. We'll also discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of AI in the learning environment. This is an important topic for all educators and we hope you'll join us to explore today's innovative teaching tools.

Dr. Brenda Quintanilla, Regional Manager, Innovative Instructional Technology and Learning Services Center for Learning Innovation, Houston Community College Systems; Dr. Chris Bigenho, Director of Virtual Learning Academy, Lewisville ISD; Dr. Ruthanne ‘Rudi’ Thompson, Associate VP, Division of Digital Strategy and Innovation, University of North Texas

Making Your Digital Learning Accessible to All Students and Parents – Including Those with Disabilities (5.10.23)

Do you have questions about digital accessibility? Join us to learn how to ensure your digital learning is accessible to all, including students and parents with disabilities. Judith Risch from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights – and its National Digital Access Team - will walk you through how complaints of discrimination are resolved, talk about the importance of adopting a cohesive institution-wide approach, and preview upcoming changes to the legal landscape. Whether you are a webmaster, an LMS vendor, or someone involved in online instruction, this is a “can’t miss” session that will help increase your understanding of how the Federal government enforces disability rights laws in the digital space, and how you can ensure you are doing your part to comply.

Presenters: Raymond Rose - TxDLA Public Policy Chair, Digital Accessibility Team; Dr. Judith Risch - Co-Team Leader National Digital Accessibility Team, Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education; Dr. Mary Rice - Assistant Professor of Literacy, University of New Mexico
*Note: This session was not recorded at the request of the presenters.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Writers, Virtually (12.14.22)

During this session, we’ll explore how the American Writer’s Museum (AWM) in Chicago is engaging teachers and students virtually to foster conversations about complex issues and encourage the next generation of writers via their new Online Education Program.

The museum’s president, Carey Cranston, will discuss how the Online Education Program was developed with input from teachers. He’ll also share real feedback received from both students and teachers across the country who have participated in the program, and how the museum has pivoted their approach during the pandemic.

While many cultural institutions are offering virtual programming, what makes AWM’s program unique is that not only is AWM the only national museum dedicated to American writers and their works, but also their field trips focus on immigrant, refugee and other diverse writers and explore social issues.

Presenter: Carey Cranston

Carey took on the role of President of the American Writers Museum in Chicago in September of 2016. Prior to that Carey had been serving for 12 years as President of Fox College, a private career college in Chicago, and prior to that he was a Vice President at Hill & Knowlton, a global PR firm, where he led digital and web services with several major clients. He also served as Director of Technology and E-commerce at Kemper Lesnik Communications, a local PR firm in Chicago. Early in his career, Carey taught writing at UIC and DePaul and worked at both the DePaul University Library and at Kroch’s & Brentano’s Bookstore. Carey earned a B.A. in English from DePaul University summa cum laude, a M.A in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana.

Live Well! (11.9.22)

Do you love the life you live? As professionals, we learn to live and look the part, and juggle our personal and work life, like a Boss. But do you ever feel like things on the inside are different? Maybe you are feeling drained, running on reserves, tired of the monotony of life, devoid of joy and wondering if this is ‘it’?

If you can relate, then join me as we reconnect with ourselves and incorporate some simple wellness practices into life, so that the next time you are asked, ‘Do you love the life you live?’ it can be answered with an honest and resounding, ‘YES!’.

Presenter: Tanja Smiley

Tanja Smiley has been a secondary educator for 20+ years, both as a classroom and an online teacher. She began serving the Lewisville ISD community in 2006, after defecting from the “Golden State” of California and moving her family to the great “Lone Star” state of Texas.  Since 2012, Tanja has dedicated her efforts full time to the Virtual Learning Academy and helping students be successful in their online courses. She has served as both teacher and mentor for students.

Online Safety: SMART from the Start as Digital Learners (10.12.22)



Join us for Cybersecurity Awareness month and learn ways to help your students (and you) to be SMART from the Start in digital environments. Whether your focus is K-12, higher ed or adult learners, cybersecurity awareness and online safety are critical to the online experience. Let's learn some tips and tricks for being SMART online.

Presenter: Kelli Erwin, EdD, Sr. Instructional Design Manager and Product Owner, Learning.com

Kelli Erwin, EdD has been in the field of education for 20+ years as a classroom teacher, technology applications teacher, GT specialist, district administrator for instructional technology, professional development trainer, instructional design manager, and product owner. With a passion for understanding how we learn, Dr. Erwin keeps her focus on the science behind learning, best practices for pedagogy and andragogy and best practices for delivering virtual and in person learning opportunities. Her current focus is in the K-12 learning space.

Let's Get Competent (9.10.22)


What is Competency Based Education? Though it has been around for a while, many people still are unsure of what to do to implement it in an online, self-paced modality. Building a course and understanding what you need to do for student success and achievement is integral to the success of a CBE program. Join TxDLA and Dr. Rhonda Blackburn as we discuss the steps to develop and implement a CBE program, what you need to think about while doing this, and resources that are available to you.

Presented by Dr. Rhonda Blackburn, Senior Director at Strut Learning

Tech Tools to Engage:
A (Re)Vision of Using Technology in an Online Class (8.10.22)

The education landscape has drastically changed in the last two years. The COVID-19 pandemic created an education landscape of emergency online teaching, only to see that landscape shift as online, hybrid, and hyflex options became more commonplace in both PK-12 and higher education. Technology takes a more vital role in this changing education landscape requiring that educators take a more active role in choosing technology to enhance not only instruction but also belonging and community building in the classroom.

What has not changed in the last two years is the need for a framework to determine when and how to best integrate technology in the classroom. How do you choose technology that supports course outcomes, engages students, and does not overwhelm users? Join us as we discuss reasons to use technology and questions to ask yourself in choosing technology. We will offer a K-12 and higher education perspective as well as give you our top technology picks.

A Conversation with Michael Sorrell, President, Paul Quinn College (7.13.22)

Dr. Michael J. Sorrell is the longest-serving President in the 149-year history of Paul Quinn College. During his 14 years of leadership, Paul Quinn has become a nationally regarded institution for its efforts to remake higher education in order to serve the needs of under-resourced students and their communities.

Keep Students Engaged with RSVP: Relationships, Scaffolds, Value and Passion (6.8.22)

Students are more than the "seats" they fill in our classrooms. Hear ideas and learn new ways to use RSVP to build connections between you, your students and the teaching and learning experience. Download Slidedeck

Instructional Designer Burnout (5.11.22)

Who are instructional designers post-COVID-19? This webinar will discuss the role of instructional designers to strategize how to move forward efficiently in serving our institutions in a new world. Location, job tasks, and health are a few of the themes to be discussed in light of reenergizing and aligning the instructional designer role with the root of “why” we do what we do.

Bridging the Gap: Bringing Together Family (2.22.22)

It has been said that when it comes to learning design, development and implementation, we are each other's best resource. As part of TxDLA, we have found that to be true. Join us to learn more about how PK-12, Higher Ed, Industry and Government entities bridge the gap(s) by learning from and collaborating with each other. Get a jump start on the 2022 TxDLA Conference in Galveston.

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