The University of South Carolina Aiken and the Office of Distance Learning invite you to be a part of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) November 7-8, 2019!

Purpose: The purpose of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning, including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Military, while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field.

Goal: For schools, colleges, and corporations to conduct local events during NDLW to celebrate and promote the field of online learning.

Who: Professionals engaged in the day-to-day practice of distance learning (schools, colleges, corporations, and military) and individuals and organizations providing products and services being distributed via online, video conferencing and satellite technologies.

The University of South Carolina Aiken and the Office of Distance Learning invite you to be a part of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) November 7-8, 2019! The conference is FREE and virtual.

To participate in the chat, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjcyrnYn9mk


The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) dedicates one week each year to provide an opportunity to celebrate growth and accomplishments in distance learning and for faculty and/or students to showcase excellence in teaching, technology, and/or research. National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is an opportunity to share the amazing innovations being used to help provide quality and robust online education for our USC Aiken faculty and learners. In honor of this event, the University of South Carolina Aiken's Office of Distance Learning, with the help of Instructional Services, is proud to contribute to the 2019 NDLW Virtual Conference to be held virtually November 7-8, 2019 from the USC Aiken campus. You are invited to celebrate the University’s and our external colleague’s accomplishments and commitment to excellence in distance learning. The conference is FREE and will be conducted virtually by USC Aiken. This is a great opportunity to share our online learning experiences with others across the nation and build up our networks for knowledge and networking.


The conference is FREE and virtual! The conference presentations will be streamed through our Yuja video platform. There is no need to register to attend but if you would like to receive emails regarding the latest updates on session topics, dates, times, and links please utilize the NDLW 2019 at USC Aiken Form.

Call for Proposals

Since this conference is meant to highlight distance learning, we wanted to explore new ways to showcase your ideas while accommodating for time and availability by having presenters record video presentations to stream during National Distance Learning Week. Due to limited availability of space and resources to host a “live” conference, we want to take the pressure off presenters by allowing them to submit what they are passionate about by making a video. The presentation type will be limited to video but you are welcome to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information through lecture capture, demonstrations, tutorials, panel exchanges, or best practice sessions.

We invite you to submit a proposal to create a 10 – 25 minute video by November 1st, 2019 featuring innovative approaches, best practices, teaching-related research, discussion of critical issues, or other teaching and learning experiences that incorporate innovative online teaching pedagogies. The selection committee recommends that proposals be specific about what will make the presentation valuable to those involved in distance learning, whether it be instructors, students, or staff. This NDLW virtual conference is FREE and open to anyone in education. 

The conference proposal registration is currently open and will close on October 21st for the proposals and video submissions are due by November 1st.  Information to review the presenters, the conference schedule, and/or other details about the conference, will be provided on October 21st via registered emails and announcements. If you are interested in presenting you can register your proposal here at the NDLW 2019 at USC Aiken Form. Feel free to share this information with your colleagues.  We hope to “see” you there.

Proposal Guidelines

Call for proposals must be submitted by October 21st, 2019. If you are interested in multiple topics, you may submit more than one proposal. The proposal is your intent to create a video presentation for the conference and should outline your topic focus and intention for the audience. Interested participants may submit more than one proposal.

Video presentations must be submitted by November 1st, 2019. If you need assistance in meeting this deadline or submitting a video file, please contact the Office of Distance Learning or Instructional Services at USC Aiken.

  • Length of video submissions should be between 10-25 minutes. Don’t overthink the structure of the video, we really are interested to hear what you are passionate about in distance learning and how your ideas may influence others. You can create a narrated PowerPoint or a fully polished video production, but know your limitations and availability. If you have access to USC’s Blackboard, feel free to utilize the integrated Yuja Video platform to create and edit your video.
  • Video submissions can be done through Yuja or submitted to the Office of Distance Learning or Instructional Services.
  • As a representative of the university, presentation materials should stay on topic and promote professionalism, scholarly efforts, and best practice in distance learning.
  • Please provide the title, presenter information at the beginning and appropriate references and contact information and the end of the video presentation.
  • Videos may be edited by Instructional Services to abide to privacy and broadcast standards, if necessary.
  • Proposals will be reviewed within 3 days of submission and you will receive a confirmation from the Office of Distance Learning.

Conference Topics

The Office of Distance Learning promotes best practice in online learning, and we want to encourage presenters to showcase what you are passionate about in online learning whether it’s a single assignment that generates great learning outcomes, innovative uses of technology in connecting with your students, or your experiences in building online content for your students. The scope of the conference includes, but is not limited to, the following topics as they relate to e-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education. Please select a topic that your presentation will focus on below and you can register your proposal here at the NDLW 2019 at USC Aiken Form.

  • Designing Quality Online Learning Experiences
  • Assessment and Research (e.g., Assignment design, Rubrics, Innovative assessment methods)
  • Instructor Presence in an Online Course
  • Generating Authentic Learning Experiences Online (e.g., Project-based, Collaborative learning)
  • Student Engagement and Building Community
  • Innovative Technology for Learning
  • Promoting Accessibility in Online Courses (e.g., Ally, Yuja closed-captioning)

Conference Presentations

Upon receiving approved conference presentation videos, USC Aiken’s Instructional Services will develop a broadcast schedule based on topic and time availability. We will also provide moderators throughout the conference to answer questions and engage with participants during the livestream. Presenters will have an opportunity to engage with their audience if they wish.

The scheduled stream of NLDW for USC Aiken will run from 10 a.m. – 3p.m. on Thursday, November 7th and 10 a.m. – 3p.m. Friday, November 8th. Times and dates may change based on the number of proposals. Videos will be archived in the University of South Carolina Aiken Yuja Campus Channel at the end of the conference.

Links to watch the livestream of the conference and moderated sessions will be available here October 21st, but please register to stay updated.

If you have questions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Starting November 4th, If you want to keep up on Twitter, tag @USCAonline and help us tweet news from this wonderful event using the hashtags #NDLW2019 and #USCAiken to share what you are learning.

Presented by the Office of Distance Learning and Instructional Services at USC Aiken.