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12th Annual Blended Learning Conference and Workshop
July 7-8, 2015 | Denver, CO | Sheraton Denver Downtown
21st Annual OLC International Conference
October 14-16, 2015 | Orlando, Florida | Walt Disney World Swan/Dolphin Resort
November 16-18, 2016 | Orlando, Florida | Walt Disney World Swan/Dolphin Resort
OLC Innovate 2016 - Innovations in Blended and Online Learning
April 20-22, 2016 | New Orleans, LA | Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
April 23, 2012 - 8:30am
April 23, 2012 - 8:30amBrian Beatty (San Francisco State University, US)Teaching and LearningInteractive WorkshopLakeshore AWorkshop Session 1 and 2180 MinutesVirtual Session
Interested in implementing HyFlex courses? Engage in reflective discussions which will prepare you to assess needs, create designs, and plan for evaluating HyFlex course projects.
April 23, 2012 - 8:30amNorm Vaughan (Mount Royal University, Canada)Teaching and LearningInteractive WorkshopLakeshore BWorkshop Session 1 and 2180 MinutesVirtual Session
According to a survey conducted a few years ago, over 80% of higher education institutions in the United States offer courses in a blended format (Arabasz, Boggs & Baker, 2003) and the projection is that in the near future over 80% of all courses in higher education will be blended. In the words of Gladwell (2000), we have gone over the "tipping point"; blended learning has become an educational epidemic. The three societal forces that have converged (the perfect wave) to drive this epidemic are technology, financial constraints, and quality concerns. The blended approaches to learning that have arisen to address these forces have lead to three major non-contradictory affordances - effectiveness, efficiency, and convenience. The result is an era of engagement and sustainable communities of inquiry. Blended learning has become the dominant paradigm in 21st century higher education. In a recent edition of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks dedicated to blended learning, Laumakis, Graham & Dziuban (2009) state "the impact of blended learning is potentially monumental - permanently changing how students interact with higher education " (p.86). An inquiry-based approach to learning is based on John Dewey's (1933) philosophy that education begins with the curiosity of the learner. This workshop will provide participants with a "hands on" opportunity to design inquiry-based learning activities that engage students and align with the learning outcomes for a blended course or program.
April 23, 2012 - 8:30amKelvin Thompson (University of Central Florida, US)Linda Futch (University of Central Florida, US)Faculty Development and SupportInteractive WorkshopLakeshore CWorkshop Session 190 MinutesVirtual Session
In this workshop, participants will explore opportunities for adapting open educational resources (OER) from UCF's Blended Learning Toolkit to meet their own faculty development needs. _
April 23, 2012 - 10:30am
April 23, 2012 - 10:30amChuck Dziuban (University of Central Florida, US)Patsy Moskal (University of Central Florida, US)ResearchInteractive WorkshopLakeshore CWorkshop Session 290 MinutesVirtual Session
Blended learning is a potential game changer for how we teach and learn --combining the strengths of face-to-face and online learning. Sound evaluation is critical for understanding how this instructional change impacts students and faculty members in the learning environment. In this session, we will consider evaluating the impact of blended learning from a course, program, and institutional perspective. Examples of protocols and approaches to evaluation with limited resources will be provided by the presenters.
April 23, 2012 - 1:00pm
April 23, 2012 - 1:00pmDolores Perez Lafuente (IE Business School, Spain)Faculty Development and SupportInformation SessionLakeshore A150 MinutesVirtual SessionBest in Track
IE faculty training best practices. We support our professors to lead students from diverse backgrounds to participate in a fast changing collaborative and technological environment.
April 23, 2012 - 1:00pmBarbara Frey (Connections Education, LLC, US)Mickey Revenaugh (Connections Learning, US)Jimella Harris (Oneonone Education Services, US)Information SessionLakeshore B150 MinutesVirtual Session
Can a blended learning approach to literacy help disadvantaged elementary learners close the achievement gap?
April 23, 2012 - 1:00pmGeri Mason (Seattle Pacific University, US)Baine Craft (Seattle Pacific University, US)ResearchInformation SessionLakeshore C150 MinutesVirtual Session
A comparison between face-to-face and blended learning courses in the areas of student retention assessment, student satisfaction, and the Community of Inquiry Survey.
April 23, 2012 - 2:00pm
April 23, 2012 - 2:00pmKelvin Thompson (University of Central Florida, US)Susan Wegmann (University of Central Florida, US)ResearchInformation SessionLakeshore A250 MinutesVirtual SessionBest in Track
A discourse analysis methodology with a proven track record in f2f and online settings will be presented as a vehicle for studying blended course interaction.
April 23, 2012 - 2:00pmErika Beck (Nevada State College, US)Tony Scinta (Nevada State College, US)Faculty Development and SupportInformation SessionLakeshore B250 MinutesVirtual Session
An engaging look at how institutions can leverage their campus culture and technological infrastructure to capitalize on the promise of blended learning despite dwindling resources.
April 23, 2012 - 2:00pmKanishka Bedi (Erudient, US)Teaching and LearningInformation SessionLakeshore C250 MinutesVirtual Session
This presentation recommends pragmatic ways and shares successful experiences of integrating free Internet resources in blended course content design, authoring and delivery.
April 23, 2012 - 2:00pmKurt Kiefer (Wisconsin Department of Instruction, US)Stephen Sanders (Wisconsin Department of Instruction, US)Johannes Britz (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, US)Leadership and AdministrationFeatured SessionRegency B and C250 MinutesVirtual Session
Over the last year, in parallel, the State of Wisconsin Department of Instruction and the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee have created committees to help shape the future of learning at their institutions. The plans for each will be highlighted drawing comparisons in the opportunities and challenges for K12 and higher education, in particular, the role of blended learning.
April 23, 2012 - 3:00pm
April 23, 2012 - 3:00pmJoanne Dolan (Rasmussen College, US)Student SupportInformation SessionLakeshore A350 MinutesVirtual SessionBest in Track
New students can feel overwhelmed and under-supported. "Start Strong" is an initiative to support students during the first weeks through in-person appointments with experienced students.
April 23, 2012 - 3:00pmClark Shah-Nelson (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, US)Faculty Development and SupportInformation SessionLakeshore B350 MinutesVirtual Session
How, on a shoestring budget, can your institution implement a cutting edge 24/7 blended learning support portal?
April 23, 2012 - 3:00pmCathy Leaker (SUNY Empire State College, US)Rebecca Bonanno (SUNY Empire State College, US)Thalia MacMillan (SUNY Empire State College, US)Teaching and LearningInformation SessionLakeshore C350 MinutesVirtual Session
Faculty members at Empire State College are developing blended courses with the goal of merging previously distinct instructional models and educational cultures within the college.
April 23, 2012 - 3:00pmMary Niemiec (University of Nebraska, US)Laura Pedrick (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, US)Leadership and AdministrationFeatured SessionRegency B and C350 MinutesVirtual Session
For many institutions, significant resources have been committed to provide access to higher education for place bound working professionals and national audiences of adult learners through online learning initiatives. Consistently, institutions find that campus students want and need the same flexibility that online courses provide. The investment made in creating opportunities for the distance student can be leveraged to meet institutional goals. The challenge comes when institutions, colleges and departments are faced with capacity challenges. How do campus leaders find the balance and maximize the investment?
April 23, 2012 - 4:30pm
April 23, 2012 - 4:30pmDavid Wiley (Brigham Young University, US)Keynote AddressRegency Ballroom60 MinutesVirtual Session
The idea of "Perfecting the Blend" implies three important notions: first, an ability to improve and get better over time; second, a realization that because the world is constantly changing this year's perfect blend may be imperfect next year; third, the blend that tastes perfect downtown may taste bitter 90 minutes further out in the county. The idea of "openness" has important contributions to make to each of these aspects of perfecting the blend, and David will discuss these each in detail in this keynote address.
April 24, 2012 - 8:00am
April 24, 2012 - 8:00amMarc Parry (The Chronicle of Higher Education, US) - Panel ModeratorTom Cavanagh (University of Central Florida, US)Anthony Picciano (Graduate Center - CUNY, US)Alexandra Pickett (SUNY, US)Karen Swan (University of Illinois-Springfield, US)Plenary SessionRegency Ballroom60 MinutesVirtual Session
This panel will focus on the expanding influence of private entities namely foundations and corporations in promoting technology in American education. It is a given that technology has an important place and future in education. This panel will adopt a critical lens and examine large privately-funded initiatives such as the Next Generation Learning Challenges to determine their effects on educational policy and practice.
April 24, 2012 - 9:10am
April 24, 2012 - 9:10amScott Hamm (Abilene Christian University, US)Melinda Thompson (Abilene Christian University, US)Teaching and LearningInformation SessionLakeshore A450 MinutesVirtual SessionBest in Track
Mobility has been called the new gateway on college campuses (Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed, 10.20.11). This session examines research-based steps for use in blended environments.
April 24, 2012 - 9:10amChuck Dziuban (University of Central Florida, US)Patsy Moskal (University of Central Florida, US)Teaching and LearningFeatured SessionLakeshore B450 MinutesVirtual Session
As blended learning emerges, as an important teaching and learning model in higher education certain issues appear to be impacting its implementation in a number of contexts. The presenters will share results on three of those issues. Implications for scaling blended across multiple institutions, how students evaluate their blended learning experience under varying conditions of ambivalence and how institutional level analytics may impact blended learning. Each of these issues appears to be developing rapidly as blended learning gains traction in higher education.
April 24, 2012 - 9:10amJulie Summers (Simpson College, , US)Teaching and LearningInformation SessionLakeshore C450 MinutesVirtual Session
Students are enthralled with social media and web-based tools. Learn how emerging technology provides unique educational opportunities.
April 24, 2012 - 10:10am
April 24, 2012 - 10:10amThomas Cavanagh (University of Central Florida, US)Leadership and AdministrationInformation SessionLakeshore A550 MinutesVirtual SessionBest in Track
A recent NGLC grant funded the creation of a suite of open access materials to help scale blended learning nationwide, starting with 20 targeted institutions.
April 24, 2012 - 10:10amNancy Hale (Pace University, US)Anne-Barrie Hunter (University of Colorado, US)Frank Mayadas (Sloan Foundation, US)ResearchInformation SessionLakeshore B550 MinutesVirtual Session
Come and hear the results of this interesting ethnographic study into how corporations are using blended and online learning.
April 24, 2012 - 10:10amYvonne Bogard (Regis University, US)Maureen Simms (Regis University, US)Teaching and LearningInformation SessionLakeshore C550 MinutesVirtual Session
Accelerated (8 week) Blended program pilot for MBA and MEd. degree programs-Regis University, College for Professional Studies. Pilot funded by 2009-11 Sloan-C grant Localness Initiative.
April 24, 2012 - 10:10amTanya Joosten (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, US)Teaching and LearningFeatured SessionRegency B and C550 MinutesVirtual Session
As the author of Social Media for Educators by Jossey Bass publishing, Tanya will discuss how social media can be used to increase communication, encourage contact, develop richer learning experiences, and build cooperation in the classroom. Other considerations in implementing social media will be discussed as well.
April 24, 2012 - 11:20am
Faculty Blended Learning Process: How Instructors Learn to Teach Adult Students in a Blended ProgramApril 24, 2012 - 11:20amKaren Skibba (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, US)Faculty Development and SupportInformation SessionLakeshore A650 MinutesVirtual Session
Faculty Blended Learning Model, resulting from qualitative study, informs how instructors transform pedagogy while learning to teach in a blended program. Faculty development implications discussed.
April 24, 2012 - 11:20amKate Ganski (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, US)Kristin Woodward (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, US)Student SupportInformation SessionLakeshore B650 MinutesVirtual Session
Through dynamic case studies the presenters will show how their model for blended and online courses has improved their information literacy program.
April 24, 2012 - 11:20amJun Yang (University of Maryland, US)Susan White (University of Maryland, US)Teaching and LearningInformation SessionLakeshore C650 MinutesVirtual Session
Faculty will show case her three Stages of innovative blended strategies to engage learners. University of Maryland Blended Learning Initiative will also be shared.
April 24, 2012 - 11:20amAllison Powell (iNACOL, US)Faculty Development and SupportFeatured SessionRegency B and C650 MinutesVirtual Session
As the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) was refreshing the National Standards for Quality Online Courses and Teaching, several discussions arose between the differences of online and blended courses. A variety of types of blended learning programs are evolving in the K-12 environments. How do the roles of the school leaders, classroom and online teachers, students and parents change in these new environments? Participants will learn and discuss a variety of types of blended learning environments in addition to the changing roles of everyone involved.