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VOLUME 11, ISSUE 10, October 2012
Individuals, Institutions and Organizations Committed to Quality Online Education
Sloan-C Certificate Program – New October Cohort Added! Extra Cohort Added: October 30, 2012 – January 4, 2013 – Register
The Certificate Program prepares 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.
Institutional Membership and/or College Pass – Receive 15 Months for the Cost of 12
Limited time offer – Register by midnight, October 31.
The Institutional Membership is for organizations that are ready to give their faculty and administrators access to affordable resources and training dedicated to quality online education. Your organization will have access to research, effective practices, practitioner documents, survey reports, discounts to online faculty development workshops and face to face conferences as well as other benefits.
Take advantage of this offer today.
Using the Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Programs – Free Recording
This webinar hosted by Today’s Campus will introduce participants to the scorecard, providing a brief rationale and history of its development, directions for using the interactive scoring method, and uses of the scorecard for internal strategies and external reporting and benchmarking.
Register for the free recording.
Online Research Symposium: Scale – Free Recording
Register for the recording.
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.
Save the Date for the Next Online Research Symposium: Policy
Forums Open October 30, 2012
Panel convenes November 13, 2012, 11:00—2:00 ET
Online education exists in a highly regulated environment. At every stage from course development to course delivery there are policies governing what is appropriate and what may not be so. That online education crosses many jurisdictional boundaries only adds to the complexity of managing policies. This Research Symposium, the last of the 2012 Sloan Consortium Research Symposia series, will bring together experts representing various perspectives on the issue of policy in online education. These include an institutional perspective, regional perspective, national organization perspective, and federal perspective.
New JALN 16.5 – Contributors Share Research on Compliance, Design, and Engagement
Members receive free access to full articles (PDF). Visit the JALN page.
The Sloan Consortium’s (Sloan-C’s) Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (Volume 16, Issue 5) features research on faculty development programs and studies named “Best in Track” at the 17th Annual International Sloan-C Conference on Online Learning. Contributors to the issue represent Athabasca University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida State College at Jacksonville, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Monterey Institute for Technology and Education, Niagara University, The Pennsylvania State University, The University of Tampa, and SUNY Empire State College in collaboration with Toolwire Inc.
Read the full press release.
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) – Can’t Travel to Orlando? Join us Virtually!
Take advantage of the Buy 2, Get 1 Free option or get access for your entire institution.
No time to get away? Does your university continue to restrict your travel budget? The virtual attendee option provides the opportunity for individuals and institutions to attend select sessions of the conference via live webcast services provided by Mediasite.
Read more about our virtual attendee options.
6th Annual Sloan-C/MERLOT Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium – Call for Presentations Open through December 10
A conference devoted to the emerging and innovative uses of technology designed to improve teaching and learning online.
We invite you to submit a proposal for the 6th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium in Las Vegas. This joint Symposium of Sloan Consortium and MERLOT, is designed to bring together individuals interested in the review and evaluation of online teaching and learning technologies. Faculty, students, instructional designers, instructional technologists and academic administrators are encouraged to submit proposals which are engaging, informative and interactive. These sessions can be targeted to all attendees or beginners, intermediates, or experts.
Read more about the call for papers.
Featured Sloan-C Institute Participants October’s Featured Certificate Graduate
Marjorie Castillo-Farquar, Northwest Indian College
When Marjorie entered the Sloan-C Online Teaching Certificate (OTC) program, she was teaching basic adult education classes as an adjunct faculty member at Bellingham Technical College in Washington state. During her first college teaching experience she designed her first hybrid ABE Reading course. She enrolled in the OTC program because she wanted to become certified to teach online. Following Marjorie’s introduction to online teaching as her institution began to explore Blackboard, she realized that online education was becoming more and more a part of the future of education. Not wanting to be left “in the dust,” and in a position where she was going to jump in to teaching online “with both feet,” she set an intention to truly learn the craft of online teaching from the ground up. Read more about Marjorie.
October’s Featured Facilitator
David Mohr Ph.D., Veterans Health Administration and Boston University School of Public Health
Our Facilitator of the Month is David Mohr, Ph.D. This month he is facilitating Live and Learn: Adult Learning Styles in the Online Classroom, http://bit.ly/Sed3qx, and in the past he has facilitated Challenges and Rewards of Effective Online Feedback.
David is a health services research investigator at the Veterans Health Administration and Research Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at Boston University School of Public Health. He earned his doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Bowling Green State University. He has taught for five years with the University of Phoenix in ground and online psychology and communication classes. He also serves as a chair and committee member for dissertation students. He has several peer-reviewed academic presentations and publications at journals such as Medical Care, Academic Medicine, and Human Resource Management Journal.
Read more about David.
October’s Featured Workshop Participant
Nancy Hendrickson, St. Catherine University
Nancy Hendrickson is the Director of Academic Technology at St. Catherine University. Over the past year, St. Kate’s has utilized the Sloan-C workshops to provide development for faculty members transitioning a number of courses and programs into the blended delivery format at her institution. In 2012, Nancy’s team are supporting faculty in this endeavor by providing instructional design consultation and media element development assistance as well as training for and support of digital academic tools.
Read more about Nancy.
Newest Sloan-C Certificate Graduates Congratulations to the latest graduates of the Sloan-C Certificate Program. Learn more about the program here.- Daneen Berry-Guerin, Big Bend Community College
- Julie Thorsen, Simpson College
- Sanjukta Hota, Fisk University
- Mary Beth Scumaci, Medaille College
- Cynthia Neverdon-Morton, Coppin State University
- Ron Williams, Coppin State University
- Heidi Stevenson, University of the Pacific
- James “J.J.” Johnson, Pierce College – Military Program
- Rachel Rigolino, SUNY New Platz
- Henry Williams, Central Washington University
- Deborah Mixon-Brookshire, Kennesaw State University
- Survey Reports
- College Pass
- Effective Practices
Workshops October October 17 – 26 : Disability Access and Online Learning: From Precedents to Practice
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