Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference

Join us for an exciting virtual conference on blended learning! It will be streamed live in Lamson 217. Come for any or all of the presentations!

Sponsored by LTOE

July 8 - 8:30am

Lead Presenter: Dylan Barth (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA)

Tanya Joosten (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, USA)

Session Duration: 210 Minutes

Abstract: This workshop will engage participants through presentation and discussion to develop potential strategies and considerations for ensuring quality in blended courses on their campuses.

July 8 - 1:00pm

Lead Presenter: Jason Gregersen (Michigan Technological University, USA)

Session Duration: 50 Minutes

Abstract: How can you strengthen your course, challenge your students, all while improving curriculum discussion and faculty development? Blended learning across multiple sections!

July 8 - 2:00pm

Lead Presenter: Paige McDonald (The George Washington University, USA)

Laurie B. Lyons (The George Washington University, USA)

Howard Straker (George Washington University, USA)

Linda Cotton (George Washington University, USA)

Session Duration: 50 Minutes

Abstract: This presentation reviews faculty development initiatives and course redesign approaches that encourage adoption of blended learning in Health Science programs at The George Washington University.

July 8 - 3:00pm

Lead Presenter: Liz Ciabocchi (Long Island University, USA)

Amy Ginsberg (Long Island University, USA)

Session Duration: 50 Minutes

Abstract: The presenters will provide an overview of faculty development practices for training and/or certifying blended instructors in traditional higher education institutions.

July 8 - 4:30pm

Lead Presenter: Alec Couros (University of Regina, CA)

Keynote Address

Session Duration: 60 Minutes

Abstract: The prevalence of social media & social networking tools have greatly increased over the past several years. While this has meant an enhanced toolset for educators, 'business' models inherent in these new web products threaten to reshape educational systems in ways not consistent with ideal learning environments.

July 9 - 8:00am

Lead Presenter: Marc Parry (The Chronicle of Higher Education, USA) - Panel Moderator

Charles R. Graham (Brigham Young University, USA)

Heather Staker (Clayton Christensen Institute, USA)

Anders Norberg (Skellefteå Council/Umeå University, SE)

George Mehaffy (American Association of State Colleges and Universities, USA)

Session Duration: 60 Minutes

Abstract: The blended learning experts on this panel will introduce an upcoming book, Blended Learning: Research Perspectives Volume 2, and discuss the current state of blended learning research and practice as well as the needs and challenges for future research.

July 9 - 9:10am

Lead Presenter: Chantal Levesque-Bristol (Purdue University, USA)

Tomalee Doan (Purdue University, USA)

Session Duration: 50 Minutes

Abstract: IMPACT course redesign. Purdue University is flipping, blending, transforming, and reinventing the way we teach, students learn across the disciplines, and institutional change is fostered.

July 9 - 10:10am

Lead Presenter: Jon Mladic (Rasmussen College - Romeoville/Joliet, USA)

Session Duration: 50 Minutes

Abstract: Many Faculty struggle with the transition from teaching purely residentially to teaching in a blended modality. Focused training can increase success rates.

July 9 - 11:20am

Lead Presenter: Hossein N Hamam (University of Massachusetts Boston and American University of Beirut, USA)

Zaimah Khan (Northern Virginia Community College, USA)

Session Duration: 50 Minutes

Abstract: The presentation highlights best practices for building community in blended learning, utilizing a case study and a literature review of current trends.

July 9 - 1:30pm

Session Duration: 75 Minutes

Lead Presenter: Dawn Nordine (Cooperative Educational Service Agency 9, USA)

Michele Nickels (Cooperative Educational Service Agency 9, USA)

Janice D. Mertes (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, USA)

Concurrent Session: Unconference Session 1 & 2 (combined)

Session Duration: 165 Minutes

Abstract: Learn critical components for developing a K-12 blended learning program. Examine essential planning questions, implementation strategies, and promising practices to jumpstart your opportunities.

July 9 - 3:00pm

Session Duration: 70 Minutes

Here are a couple upcoming MOOCs related to writing:

First-Year Composition 2.0

Karen Head

First-Year Composition 2.0 will help you to develop a better process and gain confidence in written, visual, and oral communication and to create and critique college-level documents and presentations.
Workload: 5-7 hours/week
May 27th, 2013 (8 weeks long)

Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade

Lawrence (Larry) Barkley and Ted Blake

Learn to become an effective builder of sentences using the basic tools of grammar, punctuation, and writing.

Workload: 4-5 hours/week
May 13th, 2013 (5 weeks long)

Categories: Education, MOOC, Professional Development

Free Language Teaching MOOC starts April 15

LTMOOC is a collaborative course for language teachers of all levels to discuss and gain a deeper understanding of emerging trends in blended teaching and learning of world languages, including the methodology, best practices, and practical application of the blended and online classroom. The course will facilitate discussion and development of ideas in a connectivist-style MOOC, inviting all course participants to contribute. LTMOOC is designed to equip participants with the necessary core knowledge and skill set for designing, implementing, and improving a blended or online classroom.

Here's a video that describes it too:

For more information or to sign up, visit

Categories: Education

BlendKit 2012 - All about Blended Learning

Though the online course is underway, here is the link to the archived recordings. Feel free to jump in and take advantage of the resources!

Categories: Education, Presentations/Workshops

How our Students Take Exams at a Distance: University of West Alabama, Frontier Nursing University & Student Perspectives

Webinar Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 @ 2pm

Replay of webinar available HERE!

The University of West Alabama and Frontier Nursing University have made a substantial commitment and investment in technology that has allowed them to grow their distance learning offerings. As a result, they have seen a reduction in online cheating, improved customer satisfaction and ultimately are assured that their institution’s academic integrity is preserved. But having the right technology solution to enable easy, reliable and secure, remote testing is only the first step – having the right strategy in place is critical to ensuring success.

Categories: Classroom Technology, Education, Presentations/Workshops

Advancing Pedagogy with Clickers in Higher Education

On Wednesday, September 12 at 2:00 p.m., we invite you to participate in an exciting webinar entitled, Advancing Pedagogy with Clickers in Higher Education presented by Elizabeth Scheyder of the University of Pennsylvania.

As clickers become more and more commonplace in higher education, anyone can use them to poll their class on multiple-choice questions or to simply take attendance. But instructors can go beyond and use these devices for more advanced purposes. This presentation will explore the creative and innovative ways in which clickers have been used to advance pedagogy at an Ivy League university, and will provide specific examples instructors can use in their own classes.

Elizabeth Scheyder is a Senior Instructional Technology Specialist in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where she supervises a wide variety of projects assisting professors who want to improve their classes with instructional technologies.

Categories: Classroom Technology, Education, Events

Free Professional Development Conference: EdCamp Seacoast 2012

October 27, 2012
Portsmouth Middle School
Portsmouth, NH

EdCamp Seacoast is an unconference. What Does That Mean?

Come enjoy a day with colleagues from the tri-state area and beyond. Arrive with an idea for a session that you would like to lead or with the anticipation of a full day of learning. A session might explore a technology tool, a discussion about best practices, or a collaborative presentation with multiple facilitators.
During the first hour, you will have time to meet other teachers over coffee. There will be an empty session board where you and all attendees can post session titles. Over the course of the day, you will have the opportunity to attend up to four sessions. Edcamps empower attendees with the rule to “vote with your feet”. If a session doesn’t meet your needs, simply get up and move on to another room.
We will be providing a certificate of attendance for the professional development you receive. You will learn something new, maybe make a new friend, and receive information that you can immediately apply in your classroom and professional life!

What is the Cost?
EdCamp Seacoast is free. Lunch will be provided by local sponsors.

What Should I Bring?
Bring a friend. A laptop with wireless Internet is useful. It will allow you to view the session board online, take notes, and view websites discussed throughout the day.

How Do I Register?
Visit our website and reserve your space. Registration is limited.

Please feel free to send an email to or call (207) 619-3097

Follow along on twitter @edcampSeacoast and #edcampSeacoast

Categories: Education, Events, Presentations/Workshops, Web 2.0

Free Webinar: Ten Tips for Effective Teaching Online

Replay of webinar is HERE!

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Time: 2:00pm
Duration: 1 hour

Online learning is proving to be equal if not superior to the traditional classroom setting when measured in terms of faculty perception, student satisfaction, and evidence-based achievement of desired learning outcomes. In this webinar led by Brenda Watkins and Celeste Fenton of Hillsborough Community College, you will “pack your backpack” with practical strategies to improve student motivation and engagement in your distance learning courses. Administrators of online courses and programs will discover ways to measure effectiveness to determine alignment with program goals and comparability to program courses delivered via other modes as well as professional development models that facilitate stellar online teaching. This session will serve as an introduction or refresher for instructors new to teaching online, or as a means to encourage fresh thinking for experienced online faculty or administrators charged with evaluating online course/program rigor and effectiveness.

Topics to be “packed” are:

  • The AAA of course design: aligning assignments and assessments with objectives
  • Online course engagement
  • Time-saving strategies
  • Measuring effectiveness
  • Professional Development for Online Instruction

About the McGraw-Hill Learning Institute: The mission of the McGraw-Hill Learning Institute is to foster institutional excellence by bringing together faculty and academic thought leaders to explore and encourage new approaches to teaching and learning.

Categories: Education, Events, Presentations/Workshops

Cornell University's Institute for Computer Policy and Law Conference - Online

The Cornell University Institute for Computer Policy and Law (ICPL)—the "go-to" conference for information technology policy and law in higher education—will broaden its reach in 2012 in order to address rapidly evolving legal, policy, and social concerns related to Internet culture and the Academy. The following is the list of keynote speaker presentations. Click the link below the event description to attend LIVE.

Wednesday, September 19 - 1:30 p.m.
"The Humanities in and for the Digital Age"
Kathleen Fitzpatrick
The spread of digital technologies has presented scholars in the humanities with some extraordinary opportunities, as well as a few challenges, not least for their modes of communicating with one another. This talk will explore some of the changes taking place in the humanities today and their implications for scholars and their institutions. How will our ways of thinking about scholarly communication change as we do more and more of our work on digital platforms?

Thursday, September 20 - 10:30 p.m.

"Online Teaching and Learning: A Revolution in the Making"

Deanna Marcum
Pick up any newspaper these days, and you're bound to find a reference to some university's plans for online learning and teaching. We have seen such plans fizzle in the past—so what (if anything) is different this time? We will discuss recent studies carried out by Ithaka S+R and review new initiatives in the private sector. With powerful analytical evidence that learning outcomes are the same online as in the classroom, what are the implications, financial and otherwise, for universities and colleges?

Thursday, September 20 - 1:30 p.m.

"Facebook Is Using You"

Lori Andrews
Facebook and other online networks make money by selling ad space to companies that want to reach us—and the magnitude of information such companies have about each of us is stunning. Andrews will discuss the implications of data aggregation and the myriad ways in which we can be affected by assumptions made by aggregators based on our web behaviors.

Thursday, September 20 - 7:30 p.m.
"Net Smart: How to Thrive Online—Essential Literacies for the Always-On Era"

Howard Rheingold
The future of digital culture depends on how well we learn to use the media that have infiltrated, amplified, distracted, enriched, and complicated our lives. Elaborating on his recent book, Net Smart, Rheingold will discuss the essential literacies for the always-on era: attention, participation, collaboration, crap detection, and network know-how.

Friday, September 21 - 8:30 a.m.
"Disciplined Inquiry in a Digital Age"

W. Gardner Campbell
Educational philosopher and cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner writes, "The goal of education is disciplined understanding; that is the process as well." Hiding in that little word "disciplined" are normative assumptions about rigor, complexity, modes of inquiry and expression, and the distinctive value of formal education. Campbell believes the digital age compels us to look anew at the word "disciplined," in terms of both the way our intellectual work in the academy is organized (our "disciplines") and in the learning experiences we craft for our students. We will explore ways in which current paradigms constrain us and our students and how the Internet itself may offer new paradigms of "disciplined understanding."

Categories: Education, Events, Presentations/Workshops

Respondus LockDown Browser Fall Webinars

Whether teaching face-to-face or online, we may want to give computer-based assessments with some assurance that students aren't using online resources to help them complete the assessment. Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom Internet browser that locks down the testing environment within a Moodle assessment. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser during a quiz/exam, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.

If you are interested in LockDown Browser, or the technology around "proctoring exams" in general, please look into attending one of these two webinars! We (LTOE) would love to hear your feedback!

Respondus LockDown Browser: Reduce Cheating During Computer-based Tests (45 minutes)
Wednesday, September 26th at 4 pm ET — Register
Thursday, September 27th at 2 pm ET— Register

Categories: Classroom Technology, Education, Presentations/Workshops

Annotating Videos

VideoANT make it possible to annotate a web-based video

VideoANT make it possible to annotate a web-based video

The University of Minnesota has developed a wonderful tool for annotating videos called VideoANT.  The program allows individuals to place markers in a web-based video and then add comments.  This is a great way for instructors to direct student attention to key points in a video, or to ask students to find key points and comment on them.   The link to the annotated video can then be emailed, which would allow students to submit their annotations as an assignment.

It's extremely easy to use.  When you first go to the site, you can watch and experiment with a demo video.  It's a great way to become familiar with the program, and takes only a few minutes to master.

One tip:  I would put the marker (or have students put their markers) at the beginning of a point of interest, rather than at the end or middle.  The markers can be moved at any time.

Categories: Audio, Education, Research, Video, Web 2.0, Writing

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