Resource News – July 2023


36th USDLA National Distance Learning Conference – USDLA July 17-20 (Orlando)

Many lessons have been learned over the past few years and there are countless new participants and practitioners in the distance and digital learning space. To help us all to reflect on the power and importance of distance education and to collaborate on the ideas and innovations that will move everyone forward, we have selected the theme: Distance Learning’s Time to Shine.”

InstructureCon 2023 – Instructure – July 26-28 (Denver)

In 2023, InstructureCon is happening in Denver, Colorado, at the beautiful Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center! It’s finally time to get back together again and have the best “eduventure” yet. We’ll have more ways than ever before to collaborate, learn, and have fun, not to mention a very special secret line-up of entertainment.

Education 3.0: Yellowdig’s Learning Conference – Yellowdig – August 2 (online)

Learn from innovative higher education faculty and leaders in this virtual conference exploring human-powered learning with Yellowdig.

OLC Accelerate – Online Learning Consortium – October 3-5 (online), October 24-27 (Washington, D.C.)

The Online Learning Consortium’s Accelerate 2023 conference emphasizes the most innovative and impactful research and effective practices in the field of online, blended, and digital learning. Supporting administrators, designers, and educators alike, this conference offers attendees a comprehensive list of sessions and activities tailored to addressing the challenges and goals of our entire community.

QM Connect Conference – Quality Matters – November 5-8 (Bloomington, MN)

As an educator, your bold ideas lead the charge in improving experiences and outcomes for learners. From forward-thinking processes to your biggest moon-shot concepts, your expertise can advance QA practices for the entire QM community. You’re invited to take the stage this November to share how you achieve milestones, build momentum and innovate to uplift your colleagues and advance learner success. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard within the QM community!


2023 Educause Horizon Report: The Future of Teaching and Learning – Educause

Artificial intelligence (AI) has taken the world by storm, with new AI-powered tools such as ChatGPT opening up new opportunities in higher education for content creation, communication, and learning, while also raising new concerns about the misuses and overreach of technology. Our shared humanity has also become a key focal point within higher education, as faculty and leaders continue to wrestle with understanding and meeting the diverse needs of students and to find ways of cultivating institutional communities that support student well-being and belonging.

For this year’s teaching and learning Horizon Report, then, our panelists’ discussions oscillated between these seemingly polar ideas: the supplanting of human activity with powerful new technological capabilities, and the need for more humanity at the center of everything we do. This report summarizes the results of those discussions and serves as one vantage point on where our future may be headed.

Voice of the Online Learner 2023: Responding to students’ evolving preferences and concerns -Wiley

How are online learners’ views, behaviors, and experiences changing in response to developments in higher ed? Discover actionable insights and recommendations from our latest survey of online students, exploring:

  • The return of former non-completers finishing their degrees
  • The appeal of occasional high-impact synchronous sessions
  • Gen Z’s online learning preferences
  • Interest in degree alternatives, even without financial aid


These Were Higher Ed’s Biggest Financial Losses From the Pandemic – The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle analyzed the nearly $13-billion decline in colleges’ revenues in 2021.

7 Questions on Engaging Faculty in Digital Accessibility – CampusTechnology

We asked the Technical College System of Georgia’s accessibility champions how they help instructors create a more inclusive learning experience for all students.

These 5 charts break down spring enrollment trends – Higher Ed Dive

Although the newest figures suggest enrollment losses are stabilizing, a deeper look reveals a more complicated picture.

Current Trends in Microcredential Design and Delivery – Educause & WCET

Microcredentialing programs remain nascent at many institutions, but interest continues to grow. As the demand for flexible learning experiences increases, stakeholders might find renewed interest in and uses for microcredentials.

Canvas Global Newsletter – Instructure

In this quarter’s global newsletter we share exciting info on Admin Analytics and the Rich Content Editor which will soon be re-enabled in New Quizzes. In addition, we also share info on Studio updates and 6 key instructional design principles to aid in designing effective learning experiences.

More Students Want Virtual-Learning Options. Here’s Where the Debate Stands. – The Chronicle of Higher Education

While some residential colleges have held firm on returning to fully in-person learning, others are embracing a flexible future.

Student and Faculty Perspectives on Digital Learning Differ – Inside Higher Ed

A new report shows misalignments in institutional and student views on preferences for virtual instruction and experience with generative AI.

The Dark Side of ChatGPT: 6 Generative AI Risks to Watch – Campus Technology

Gartner has identified six critical areas where the use of large language models such as ChatGPT can present legal or compliance risks that enterprise organizations must be aware of — or face potentially dire consequences. Organizations should consider what guardrails to put in place in order to ensure responsible use of these tools, the research firm advised.

Student loan payments set to resume end of August – Whiteboard Advisors

The pandemic-era repayment freeze will end 60 days after the end of June, which is Aug. 29. This date was included in the legislative deal raising the U.S. debt ceiling.

More Borrowers at Risk of Defaulting – Inside Higher Ed

With student loan payments set to resume, a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report shows more borrowers are struggling. “The situation is worse than we could have imagined,” one advocate said.

DeSantis Challenges Constitutionality of Accreditation – Inside Higher Ed

Higher education lawyers and advocates say the lawsuit is more about politics than a serious legal challenge—though others say it makes a compelling case.

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Race-Conscious Admissions Nationwide – The Chronicle of Higher Education

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down colleges’ use of race-conscious admissions nationwide, ruling in a pair of closely watched cases that the practice is racially discriminatory.

Biden Proposes New Debt-Relief Plan After Supreme Court Rejects Initial Proposal – Inside Higher Ed

The 6-to-3 decision stops the Biden administration from moving forward with plans to forgive up to $20,000 in student loans for eligible Americans, but the administration announced new steps to aid borrowers.


Empowering the Use of Open-Source Software for Research – Educause

Sayeed Choudhury is Director of the Open Source Programs Office at Carnegie Mellon University Libraries. In this conversation, Choudhury discusses his new role—created to raise awareness of and stimulate collaboration among open-source projects across the university—and the impact of this new office on his institution.

Has It Become Harder to Connect With College Students? – Edsurge

Since the pandemic, more professors are reporting they’re having trouble connecting with their students. That’s according to Bonni Stachowiak, dean of teaching and learning at Vanguard University of Southern California and host of the weekly podcast Teaching in Higher Ed. She shares other trends she’s seeing in teaching, and ways instructors are overcoming them.

Inside the making of Educause’s Horizon report – Educause

On the Cutting EDge podcast, Kathe Pelletier, Educause’s director of teaching and learning says the process of putting together the association’s annual Horizon report is challenging, but provides an opportunity for leaders to think about how technology is changing teaching and learning.

Upcoming Webinars

Surviving Higher Education: Getting Acclimated – Educause – July 6

New to higher education? Finding it difficult to transition into academia? Don’t miss this three-part webinar series, where you’ll learn about:

  • How to become familiar with your new organizational environment and be successful;
  • How to navigate higher education hierarchy, politics, and policies, and;
  • The cultural differences between higher education and other types of organizations.

Your Ideas + Our Expertise: A Custom Solutions Webinar – Instructure – July 12

In the 10+ years Instructure has been offering and supporting Canvas, numerous unique needs have been requested and provisioned by our Services team. Some of our partner institutions needed custom functionality within Canvas, while others requested custom solutions that had nothing to do with an LMS. We’re happy to say we’ve got a stellar track record of responding to schools requests with creative, timely and innovative solutions to problems across all areas of learning.