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The 2015 #et4online Call for Presentations is now OPEN!

 

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Dear Colleagues,

The 8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium (#et4online) provides myriad opportunities for you to share your knowledge and expertise in online teaching and learning. Our program includes pre-conference workshops, electronic posters, information sessions, and featured sessions along with extraordinary plenary speakers.

Share and learn about the innovative and emerging practices to enhance your research, student support, teaching, and learning at your institution. The call for proposals is open as of TODAY – October 1, 2014 until December 1, 2014.

Track Description
Organization, Leadership and Challenges for Innovation Proposals submitted to this track should relate directly to the role of institutional leadership for the strategic implementation of innovative online learning to reach institutional goals. Suggestions for this track include:

A. Leadership & Values: Innovation in management & timetables, monitoring quality, new trends & services, social entrepreneurship, social inclusion & equity

B. Agile Approaches to Change: For institutional-level online learning benefits, models, effective practices, and challenges from policy or governance

C. Solutions to Challenges: Digital fluency of faculty, rewards for teaching, competition from new models of education, scaling teaching innovations & expanding access, and relevant education models

Learning Environments and Frameworks Proposals submitted to this track should focus on effective and/or innovative course/program models and design(s), with an emphasis on research-based best practices, effectiveness, efficiencies, and scalability. Suggestions for this track include:

A. Infrastructure for learning environments: Information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure, physical space, learning space, and platforms for education online

B. Development of learning space: Integration of online, hybrid, and collaborative learning, training and development required, or evolution to online learning

C. Research models: methods and evaluation of curriculum outcomes, design or development for learning environments and frameworks

Open and Collaborative Education Proposals submitted to this track should promote the production and use of open pedagogies and collaborative models for teaching and learning. This might include strategies and suggested practices for the following areas:

A: Content & Curricula: Development of Open Education Resources (OER) including open online courses both private and massive, cross and trans-disciplinary curricula, competency-based curricula, and student-developed content

B. Connectedness: Networking with real-world experts or professionals in the field, social networks, online learning communities and communities of practice, and learning events

C. Cooperation & group engagement: Growing ubiquity and use of social media, transmedia, socially constructed learning, gamification and badges for learning

Evidence-based Learning and Assessment Proposals submitted to this track should relate to learning analytics, institutional data, big data as related to, program outcomes, educational effectiveness, and enhancing the student learning experience. This track may include evaluation of student, staff or faculty course/program assessment. A focus on research is strongly encouraged and should include research design, methodology, results and applications to policy, practice and/or theory.

Suggestions for this track include:

A. Assessment: implementation of assessment plan, evaluation formats, formative/summative assessment, informal/non-formal learning for curriculum review

B. Research: Data collection and analysis methodologies, conceptual models, interventions and innovative approaches

C. Evaluation: Designing for learning analytics, and applications of big data

Effective Teaching and Learning Pedagogy Proposals submitted to this track should address the many facets online teaching and learning with an emphasis on pedagogical practice. Proposals should provide innovative approaches and methods for digital pedagogy and curriculum development. Suggestions for this track include:

A. Learning Practices: Producing authentic learning artifacts, exploration, creativity, and play. Peer-to-peer, self-regulated connected, interest-based, self-directed, and game-based learning

B. Teaching Practices: fostering social presence, balancing structure with student autonomy, designing multimodal learning experiences, and repurposing digital tools for learning

C. Supporting Faculty: instructional design approaches, faculty development programs and models, curriculum development resources, expediting the diffusion of innovative practices, and incentives for pedagogical innovation

Technology Test Kitchen Proposals for this track are unique from other program tracks at #et4online this year. The expectation for “test kitchen” is to create a space at the conference for hands-on, focused and practical applications of emerging learning technologies. The Test Kitchen station will feature expert “chefs” who will guide attendees, showcasing applications and tools for innovative, digital education. If your proposal is accepted, you will demo at least three (3) tools (15-20 minute demonstrations). Your proposal can include links to websites, videos (less than 2 minutes), or examples and a description of what you hope to accomplish in these mini-lessons.

The Technology Test Kitchen space will be similar to a learning lab, where conference participants will take advantage of the “bring your own device” (BYOD) format. If your proposal is selected, you will share a “Technology Test Kitchen Recipe” and demonstration. The recipe is a targeted “how to” guide for participants to learn and explore technology applications and ideas for learning. Suggested areas and applications may include:

A. Learning Technology Demonstration: General suggestions include audio, video, social media, collaboration, communication, presentation, 3D printing, and mobile apps.

B. Instructional Design Strategy & Implementation: Suggestions for this include the application of flipped learning, learning analytics, games and gamification, quantified self, augmented reality, and visualizations.

On behalf of the @OLCToday and the @MERLOTorg,  we look forward to reading your presentation submissions, and seeing you in Dallas for #et4online!

Laura Pasquini Jane Moore
Laura Pasquini, OLC Program Chair Jane Moore, MERLOT Program Chair
@laurapasquini
@janepmoore

P.s. Have you heard about the great keynote and plenary speakers we have lined up? I am looking forward to learning from @mizuko@bonstewart@GardnerCampbell and YOU!

LookWhosSpeakingET4Online

Conference, EdTech, Higher Education

#et4online Call for Proposal Deadline EXTENDED

7th Annual Emerging Technologies 
for Online Learning
 International Symposium (#et4online)

#et4online 2014April 9-11, 2014 · Sheraton Dallas Hotel – Dallas, TX

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS DEADLINE IS THIS EXTENDED: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 until 12 noon (EASTERN TIME ZONE).

On behalf of the #et4online planning group, I would like to invite you to submit a proposal for the 7th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium hosted by the Sloan Consortium and MERLOT. I am looking forward to #et4online in 2014, not only because it will be in my hometown y’all — but also for the brilliant speakers we have lined up for the featured sessions, invited workshops, and keynote.  The #et4online group is still looking for interactive and engaging sessions from presenters and faciliators from:

  • Higher Education and K-12 Faculty
  • Educational technology leaders
  • Instructional technologists
  • Students
  • Future professors and graduate students
  • Instructional designers
  • Academic administrators

Proposed sessions can be targeted to all attendees or novice, intermediate, or expert levels of proficiency. The symposium, devoted to the emerging and innovative uses of technology designed to improve teaching and learning online, will accept presentations that offer attendees “real solutions,” pioneering practices, and future trends. Symposium tracks highlight and demonstrate research, application and effective practices and emerging technological tools in the following areas:

  • Learning Environments
  • Open Education
  • Evidence-based Learning
  • Faculty and Student Development
  • Innovative Media and Tools

Submissions should emphasize evidence-based practice and the impact of topic tracks on teaching practices and student learning outcomes using a range of research methodologies (e.g. case study, longitudinal comparisons, within group comparisons, quasi-experimental, etc.) and rigorous approaches to the analysis of supporting data, qualitative or quantitative. More Information & Submit.

If you have questions or inquiries about this conference, or submitting your CFP before the deadline — please do not hesitate to reach out to me or either #et4online conference chairs, David Wicks (@drdavidwicks) & Michelle Pacansky-Brock (@brocansky).

Cheers,

Laura A. Pasquini, M.S. Ed.
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Learning Technologies 
http://lt.unt.edu/
Featured Sessions Chair, 
2014 #et4online Conference

EC&I831, Learning Technologies, Photo Sharing, Social Media

What’s In A Story?

Everyone loves a good story. Think of your favourite story. What is it? Why do you like it? Tell me more.

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Image c/o Scholastic.ca

When asked this question in #eci831 last week, the first story teller I connected to as a child was  Robert Munsch. I fell in love with almost all his books, especially The Paper Bag Princess, Love You Forever & I Have To Go.  These books are great read aloud and audio books, since most stories were created as an oral tradition in during Robert Munsch’s daycare working days. I was fortunate to meet Munsch during my 2nd year of undergrad when he visited my Children’s Literature class at the University of Guelph. Although the audience was older than his usual reading groups, Robert was still able to keep these “kids” on the edge of their seat.

Alan Levine shared some interesting & useful resources for using new media for Digital Storytelling. In both his presentation (you may need to download Cooliris to view in Firefox or Safari) and 50 Way Wiki there are numerous tools to explore for effective online storytelling.

Here are a few examples of digital stories we shared & discussed:

Amazing stories of Open Ed

1 Minute Forest Gump

Last Day Dream

Tony vs. Paul (stop motion)

The Pen Story

Inspirational/Motivational Videos (Stories that Make you Cry)

Free Hugs

Scary Mary (remix)


How do you share your story online? Check out a few tools to support your digital story telling:
Collaboration, web 2.0

Web 2.0 Tools for Effective Teaching

There are a lot of different ideas for teaching & learning with web 2.0.  I have been fortunate to share with the Web 2.0 Tools for Effective Learning group on SlideShare.  I would like to extend thanks to Elaine Talbert (etalbert) for archiving and collecting presentations & information about what educators are doing with web 2.0.  I think this is a valuable resource for those of you interested in engaging with online learning & development at your institutions.  Check it out!

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etalbert is “Keen researcher of technology and education. Fascinated by the potential of web 2.0 applications to transform learning.” And I happened to stumble upon Steven Downes’ post about Elaine’s contributions on SlideShare today, which made me think of the community of collaboration there is for education.  Keep connecting & learning from those around you and online.

NACADA Tech Seminar 2009

NACADA Presentation & Resource Archive

New Trends in Technology for NACADA

Today was a pretty exciting for NACADA as they host their 1st NACADA Technology Seminar with 118 participants in Clearwater Beach, FL. The sessions were filled with lots online tools & resources. It was great to follow up these sessions with discussions at lunch & in Learning Communities on how to use these mediums for advising. I enjoyed the sharing, questions, & thoughts about the future face of advising & technology. There is definitely room and space for this discussion to continue tomorrow – and onwards!

Be sure to stay connected to the many resources & presentations that are being shared at NACADA Tech, to help you work on you plans & development for technology:

  1. NACADA Presentation Archive (this will be updated as they are posted)
  2. The NACADA Tech Hub
  3. Faculty Wiki & Pages: Karen, George, Eric & Laura

Happy sleeps to all! We shall continue this tomorrow…and beyond.