Yet another item from Wednesday’s inbox…
VOLUME 11, ISSUE 9, September 2012
Individuals, Institutions and Organizations Committed to Quality Online Education
Congratulations to the 2012 Sloan-C Award Recipients and “Best-in-Track” Sessions The Sloan Consortium annual awards recognize significant contributions to online education and this year they will be presented at the 18th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning: “At A Crossroads: Online Education in a Complex World”, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on Thursday, October 11, 2012.Sloan-C is also proud to announce the “Best-in-Track” sessions, recognizing the exceptional speaker submissions that have been accepted and integrated into the conference program.
Annual Sloan-C Awards
A. Frank Mayadas Leadership Award
Robert N. Ubell, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
John R. Bourne Outstanding Achievement Award in Online Education
Devon A. Cancilla, American Sentinel University
Excellence in Online Teaching
Cynthia Foronda,University of Miami
Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching
Outstanding Online Program
Online baccalaureate program in Energy and Sustainability Policy
The Pennsylvania State University
Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education
University of Central Florida
Read more about the Sloan-C awards.
Track: Student Services and Learner Support: “Best Practices in Mentoring Online Students,” Rebecca Johnston, Mitsu Phillips (Western Governors University)
Track: Leadership, Values and Society: “Challenges of Developing Open Educational Resources for an International Audience,” Lauren Zavala, Karen Vignare, Gwyn Shelle (Michigan State University)
Track: Learning Effectiveness: “The Discussion Board Audit: How Will I Know What I Think Until I see What I Say?,” Hayley Lake, Patrick Lordan (Eastern Washington University)
Track: Open, Global, Mobile: “Is OER Going to Sabotage Our Distance and Online Learning Programs?,” Mary Lou Forward (OpenCourseWare Consortium), Larry Cooperman (University of California, Irvine)
Track: Technology and Emerging Learning Environments: “Tweet by Tweet: Mastering the Disruptive Paradigm of Twitter Through the Use of Mobile Apps and Online Resources,” Emory Craig (The College of New Rochelle)
Track: K-12 Online Education: “The Math Place Online: A Model for Synchronous Teaching Spaces to Foster Math Learning for K-8 Teachers and Parents,” Barbara Dubitsky, Steven Goss (Bank Street College of Education)
Track: Faculty and Professional Development & Support: “Assessing Instructor Readiness to Teach Online Courses,” Mimi O’Malley (The Learning House, Inc.)
Announcing the 2012 Class of Sloan-C Fellows
The members of the 2012 class of Fellows have contributed to advancing quality, scale and breadth in online and blended education in areas represented by the Sloan-C Pillars of learning effectiveness, access, faculty and student satisfaction and scale.
The 2012 Sloan-C Fellows are:
Joel L. Hartman, University of Central Florida: “For exceptional leadership in online and blended learning on a national and international scale.”
Phil Ice, American Public University System: “For distinguished service to Sloan-C and for outstanding research that has advanced the field of online learning.”
Karen K. Vignare, MSUglobal, Michigan State University: “For exemplary service to Sloan-C and for visionary leadership in the administration of online learning programs having a global scale.”
Alexandra M. Pickett, SUNY Learning Network: “For innovation and vision in conceptualizing and implementing high-quality faculty development programs and course design and delivery processes.”
Read more about the fellows program.
Free Online Research Symposium: Scale
Discussion forum opens late August.
Live panel convenes September 6, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET.
What do we know about scaling online learning? Perspectives from research and practice on industry growth
The availability of the Internet is completely transforming higher education. Large scale usage is already here and the possibilities opened up by online learning are wide-ranging and immediate, according to A. Frank Mayadas, senior advisor to the Sloan Foundation and lead off speaker for this symposium. He notes there are cost-effective ways to build even greater scale onto the strong foundation already in place with great understanding of culture, technology, leadership, public profile and policy.
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN) – Call for Papers
Special Issue of JALN on Integrating Accessibility into Online Higher Education – CFP deadline is December 14, 2012
Special JALN issue on Online Learning and Open Educational Resources for International, Rural and Hard-to-Reach Populations – CFP deadline is January 14, 2013
Interested in Innovations in Online Student Services?
A new commons group for members interested in advancing online student services is now open at http://commons.sloanconsortium.org/groups/innovations-online-student-services.
For a collaborative paper in their January 2013 special issue of JALN, Anita Crawley and Marie Fetzner will guide the group. They will seek to publish authors and institutions who contribute vignettes .
Sloan-C Conference News Annual Sloan-C Online Learning Conference (Orlando) – Join us in Orlando or as a Virtual AttendeePre-Conference Workshops –a great opportunity for a hands-on learning experience
This year, we offer pre-conference workshops on Wednesday, October 10. Take a look at the variety of workshops offered, providing in-depth look, discussions, and tangible ‘take-aways’ on a wide array of topics related to our conference theme and tracks. Read more for two examples of cutting-edge topic workshops that YOU could be participating in. Half-Day workshops are $125; full day $275. Lunch is included for all workshop participants.
Add a pre-conference workshop to your existing conference registration.
Haven’t signed up for the conference and selected a pre-conference workshop yet? Register now!
Featured Sloan-C Institute Participants September’s Featured Certificate Graduate
Jianshan Shen, Shanghai Silong Consulting Co., LTD
While completing the program in 2012, Jianshan completed a portfolio linking instructional quality and course design to community building. His stated learning goal was to obtain a comprehensive understanding of online teaching in the states and apply it within his company’s training program. His certificate program electives included three Sloan-C Institute workshops: An Introduction to MERLOT, Mastering Synchronous Activities for the Blended Classroom, and Talent Management in Online Education. Read moreabout Jianshan.September’s Featured Facilitator
Ellen Marie Murphy, Empire State College
Ellen Marie joined Empire State College in September of 2011 and currently serves as the Director of Online Curriculum. She is also the Co-Chair of the Educause Blended and Online Constituent Group, serves on The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence Based Learning ‘s K-12 Institute Committee, and is the ESC liaison to the Open CourseWare Consortium. She is the author of the Mahara 1.4 ePortfolio Cookbook, recently published by Packt Publication.
In August she facilitated Personal Learning Environments: Are They the Future of Online Learning http://bit.ly/NeHxtu and in October she will facilitate Be the Master of Your Moodle http://bit.ly/NKwKuz.
Read more about Ellen.
September’s Featured Workshop Participant
Dr. Ronald Williams, Coppin State University
Dr. Williams is the chair of the Department of Management and Marketing at the Coppin State University School of Business in Baltimore, MD. In 2012, Ronald participated in the Sloan-C Certificate Program foundation course as well as three additional workshops in the Design and Delivery track. Ronald was an exceptional community member in his workshops, often sharing personal anecdotes with fellow participants in order to share his experiences and the basis for his opinions. Asked about motivation for professors, Ronald stated, “Intrinsic motivation has the potential to continuous[ly] facilitate our movement beyond our recognized capabilities. Trusting the process and its outcomes is how we accelerate learning.”
Read more about Ronald.
Newest Sloan-C Certificate Graduates Congratulations to the latest graduates of the Sloan-C Certificate Program. Learn more about the program here.- Paula Hemphill, Fisk University
- Nancy Granberry Cameron, East Tennessee State University
- John Newman, Coppin State University
- Claire Meggs, Lincoln Memorial University
- Raymond Jones, The Citadel
- Jianshan Shen, Shanghai Silong Consulting Co., LTD
- Andrew Wolf, Nokomis Group, LLC
- Survey Reports
- College Pass
- Effective Practices
Workshops September September 5 – 14 : Sound & Vision: Enhancing Distance Learning with Audio and VideoSeptember 5 – 14 : Using, Reusing, and Sharing Educational Resources
Webinars Sep 11, 2 – 3 PM ET: Getting Started in Online Teaching – A Brief Overview – FREE Last Chance! There is still time to register for the Sloan-C Certificate program that starts this week!The Certificate Programprepares educators to teach and improve online courses using the Sloan-C pillars of quality in online education—learning effectiveness, scale, faculty and student satisfaction, and access.A unique feature of the certificate program is that expert mentors work individually with each certificate candidate to accomplish specific goals. The certificate consists of a 9-week foundation course and a variety of electives or learning specializations that focus on improving overall competency within a specific area of academic focus.
Watch a brief video overview of the program.
The Sloan Consortium, PO Box 1238, Newburyport, MA 01950-3908