Distance Learning for All

In an effort to connect as a community, support each other as educators, and support our students and families, OEA is offering the following events related to distance learning.

Current Opportunities:

Virtual Show and Tell: Member Successes in Distance Learning

Have you been wondering how educators across the state of Oregon are engaging and supporting students in Distance Learning? Are there areas that you still have questions about? Each Thursday in the month of May, we will be asking members to share strategies around hot topics related to Distance Learning for All.

Each session will be 45 minutes long and will feature a member host and three educators who will talk through their strategies using artifacts and success stories. Each session will end with a brief self-care strategy. To view the recording, log into mynea360.org, click on "Groups", and do a search for Grow OEA. If you don't already have a profile and login, it only takes a minute to create one. Become a member of the group for easier access in the future.

  • May 7th - 4:00-4:45 pm: How can I establish and maintain engagement in any distance learning modality? Wellness strategy: Physical self-care.
  • May 14th - 5:00-5:45 pm: How can I best support diverse student
    strengths and needs (ensuring differentiation) - in any distance learning modality? Wellness strategy: Emotional self-care.
  • May 21st - 4:00-4:45 pm: How can I best support students in Special
    Education in any distance learning modality? Wellness strategy: Social self-care.
  • May 28th - 4:00-4:45 pm: How can I better connect with families and
    caregivers, both to support human needs and academics? Wellness strategy: Holistic self-care.

Going the Distance: A distance learning blog written by and for members. Members can connect with each other, learn from each other, and share what is working, what isn’t working, and how they are overcoming the challenges of emergency school closures. Read it here! And consider submitting your own story, we'd love to hear from you.

Instructional Technology and Online Course Design for Community College Educators: This 8-week online course is designed for Community College educators and trainers who want to facilitate online learning in blended or fully online courses.

The course introduces participants to current online course design methods along with current instructional technology in education; emphasizes research-based practices for online course design and student engagement; and outlines methods to evaluate, select, and implement appropriate technology in an instructional setting.

The course is designed and taught by member Colin Stapp. Colin has been in higher education for over 25 years and has been involved in educational technology throughout his career. His experience includes online teaching, faculty development, and integrating technology with instruction. He holds a Master of Educational Technology & Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching from Boise State University. He is also a graduate of Mt. Hood Community College and Pacific University. Currently, Colin serves as Learning Technology Facilitator / Tech Hub Faculty at Chemeketa Community College.

Another section of the course is taught by member DW Wood. DW specializes in online postsecondary course development, implementation, management, and training. She has a Master's degree in Education: Educational Technology and a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts from San Francisco State University. DW has earned both QM Teaching Online certification and professional Project Management certification. She currently serves as Online Learning and Educational Technology Coordinator for Clackamas Community College, assisting both new and experienced instructors with the latest educational technologies and online learning management systems.

You can access the syllabus online.

REGISTRATION IS FULL. Register for the wait list here. If a spot opens up, you will be notified by email or text on or before June 22.

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators Book Study (Virtual Learning Community)

In community with other educators, discuss the book, Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar. Onward tackles the problem of educator stress and provides a practical framework for taking the burnout out of teaching. This actionable framework gives you concrete steps toward rediscovering yourself, your energy, and your passion for teaching. The book Onward is designed to be read one chapter each month for an entire year; this book study gets you started on this process.

Over a period of nine weeks from June 22 - August 21, there are four scheduled live book group discussions online plus other optional opportunities to engage deeper and earn PDUs.

Choose one of the following sections to enroll in:

Mornings: Meets on the following Tuesdays at 8 a.m.

Evenings: Meets on the following Thursdays at 7 p.m.

This book study is free as a benefit of your membership. Participants are responsible for borrowing or purchasing the book.


Micro-credentials are free, high-quality, self-directed professional development. Educators demonstrate mastery of specific competencies, and earn digital badges to share with networks, on resumes, or in an educator profile. Earn up to 15 PDUs for each micro-credential. Learn more about micro-credentials here.

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