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April 5, 2014

Showcase your Work – Nominations Open for 2014 Awards for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning

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2014 Awards for Excellence in
Online Teaching and Learning
 

Be Recognized
for your Work in
Online Education


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We are now accepting nominations for the 2014 awards for outstanding contributions to the field of online learning. Showcase yourself and your organization by submitting a nomination. The awards will be presented during the 20th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, October 30, 2014

The award categories are:

  • Excellence in Online Teaching
  • John R. Bourne Outstanding Achievement Award in Online Education
  • Bruce N. Chaloux Award for Early Career Excellence
  • A. Frank Mayadas Leadership Award
  • Outstanding Online Program
  • Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching
  • Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education
  • Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education

Learn more or submit a nomination.

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The Sloan Consortium
Individuals, Institutions and Organizations Committed to Quality Online Education

The Sloan Consortium, Inc. – PO Box 1238 – Newburyport, MA 01950-8238

Your Virtual Options for Emerging Technologies for Online Learning

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Join Us Virtually: emerging Technologies for Online Learning Symposium 

virtual package: 70 SESSIONS live
& on demand

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It’s not too late to join us virtually in Dallas on April 9-11.  Whether you join us live or watch on-demand later, you will learn from innovative leaders presenting on topics essential to the future of online teaching and learning, including evidence-based learning, faculty and student development, inventive media and tools, learning environments, open education and more.
Virtual Attendee Options

  • $175: Individual Special offer: Buy two get one free (individual conference registration) 
  • $825: Institutional Virtual Attendee: Access to streamed sessions for up to 100 seats or 30 screens for attendees from 1 institution

Sloan-C members and MERLOT partners receive a discount on onsite and virtual options. 

Why choose the virtual attendee option?

  • Participate despite schedule or budget restraints.
  • Access to over 70 presentations - schedule includes workshops, keynote, plenary panels, best-in-track presentations, information sessions and Unconference sessions.
  • View live webcast or on-demand recordings for one year.
  • Be a true participant of the conference. Special attention is paid to integrate the onsite event with the virtual event. Virtual attendees will be able to post questions in each session and participate in discussions.

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Best regards,

Christine

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Christine Hinkley | Director, Conferences

The Sloan Consortium
Individuals, Institutions and Organizations Committed to Quality Online Education

 

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April 4, 2014

Why Use ePortfolios For Learning?

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ePortfolios for Learning
Workshop 
 

Why use ePortfolios? 

Tactics and techniques explored
starting April 18

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ePortfolios help creators identify and reflect on the outcomes of learning experiences. During our weeklong workshop, we will examine this learner-centered environment conducive to reflective learning and evidence-based learning and explore how ePortfolios enhance deep learning.

Join us for this learning workshop to gain a better understanding of:

  • How reflective learning, eportfolios, and evidence-based learning deepen learning.
  • Examples of effective eportfolios using rubrics
  • Journaling to experience reflective learning first-hand


Register and learn more about this workshop.


Best Regards,

Sandra

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Sandra Coswatte | Director | Sloan-C Institute of Learning

The Sloan Consortium
Individuals, Institutions and Organizations Committed to Quality Online Education

The Sloan Consortium, Inc. – PO Box 1238 – Newburyport, MA 01950-8238

Sloan-C View April 2014

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VOLUME 13, ISSUE 4, APRIL 2014
Individuals, Institutions and Organizations Committed to Quality Online Education

 Sloan-C News

20th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning – CFP Closes May 5

Driving Innovation with Online Learning

  • Call for proposals deadline (May 5) is approaching – submit today
  • Registration is open. Early bird rates through August 29
  • Conference Theme Announced: Driving Innovation with Online Learning
  • Come celebrate our 20th anniversary

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Submit to the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN)

The JALN, the premier journal of the Sloan Consortium is enhancing its focus with a newly articulated vision, mission, and expanded topics and themes of interest. The journal promotes the development and dissemination of new knowledge at the intersection of pedagogy, emerging technology, policy, and practice in online and blended environments.

We invite you to submit high quality manuscripts for blind peer-review on a wide variety of topics including but not limited to those that investigate how online environments amplify, shape, and constrain teaching and learning.

SUBMIT A PAPER

2014 Awards for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning

Members of Sloan-C are eligible to be recognized for their work in online education. We are now accepting nominations for the 2014 awards for outstanding contributions to the field of online education. 

Awards categories recognize individual and/or institutional achievements. 

NOMINATE

 

Sloan-C is Hiring

We’re looking for a few good people to join our team. Current openings:

Instructional Designer
Director of Sales
Account Management (Sales)

LEARN MORE

 

Sloan-C Conference News


7th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium

Unable to travel? Learn more about virtual options

  • It’s not too late! Join us virtually – two options available
  • Over 70 sessions in the virtual schedule
  • One year access to recorded sessions

REGISTER


11th Annual Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop

July 8-9, 2014
Sheraton Downtown Denver
Denver, CO

  • May 8: Early Bird deadline – Register today to save $50
  • Weekend Travel Specials: Special packages at Denver-local hotels for you to take advantage of special 4th of July holiday deals the weekend prior to the conference.
  • Keynote: Dr. Mark David Milliron (Civitas Learning): “The Million-More Mission: Using Insight and Action Analytics to Help Students Learn Well and Finish Strong.”

MORE INFO

Sloan-C Institute


Using Social Media in a Campus Crisis Situations

From on-campus violence to natural disasters, crisis situations in higher education are unpredictable and very difficult to manage. Leaders must respond effectively and quickly to mitigate the current situation, communicate appropriately to stake holders and the surrounding community, develop procedures that minimize the potential for future occurrences, and encourage confidence in the long-term success of the institution.

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Supporting Military Students Workshop

Current and former military personnel are a growing population in online courses. We will explore information and resources that can be helpful to those who teach military students. We will look at both institutional and classroom level support, review the military rank structure, talk about deployments and other obstacles military students may encounter during class, and examine what ‘military friendly’ really means.

REGISTER – Starts April 18.

Blended Learning Mastery Series

This series of three workshops focuses on the research, teaching, and assessment of blended courses. You will explore relevant research and use that research to help you design an effective blended learning environment. The spring series starts on May 16.

REGISTER 

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We Are All Learning Experts

In our own way, we are all learning experts. How can we not be? We grow and learn everyday. We seek out knowledge, participate in training, attend professional development, study and teach others either informally or formally.

Newest Sloan-C Certificate Graduates


Congratulations to the latest graduates of the Sloan-C Online Teaching Certificate Program.

Bonnie Adam, Olympic College
Analea Brauburger, South Seattle Community College
Himani Trivedi, DeVry University
Randi Kirkland, University of Alabama Birmingham
Lisa Craft, Kansas State University
Mary Talalay, Johns Hopkins Univerity
Athena Tsembelis, University at Buffalo


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- Survey Reports
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- Effective Practices
- eLearning Landscape blog

Workshops

Featured Workshops

April 18 -20Supporting Military Students
May 6 – 12 – 4PM ET: Using Social Media in Campus Crisis Situations

Apr/May Workshops

April 4-11: New to Online: Quality Course Design Frameworks
April 4 – 11: New to Online: Strategies for Increasing Interaction and Engagement
April 4 – 11: Workload Management Strategies for Online Faculty
April 18 – 20Writing Quiz Questions that Require Higher Order Thinking
April 18 – 25Introduction to Collaboration Tools
April 18 – 25: New to Online: The Essentials
April 18 – 25ePortfolios for Learning
May 2 – 9New to Online: Engaging Learners in Online Discussions
May 2 – 9
New to Online: Introduction to Audio and Video Tools
May 2 – 23MOOC Design: Beyond the LMS
May 6: 
Easy Course Enhancements to Improve Access
May 6Using Social Media in a Campus Crisis Situations
May 16 – 18Introduction to E-Textbook Issues and Initiatives
May 16 – 23New to Online: The Essentials
May 16 – 23New to Online: Effective Feedback Strategies
May 16 – 23New to Online: Introduction to Online Presentation Tools
May 20: Introduction to Copyright and Fair Use

All 2014 workshops

Webinars

April 14: Are You Prepared to Design and Teach a Blended Learning Course for Your Institution? – FREE

April 16: Student & Alumni Panel: What Veterans & Servicemembers Want Faculty & Administrators to Know about Online Education – FREE

April 23:Flipping Faculty Development for More Effective One-Offs – FREE

April 30New To Online – Sloan-C Workshop Series for Fundamental Online Teaching Skills Development – FREE

May 5: Sloan-C Certification – Is it for me? – FREE

May 14Campus Administrative Panel: Meeting the Diverse Needs of Servicemembers, Veterans & Military Family Members Enrolled in Online Education – FREE

May 28: New To Online – Sloan-C Workshop Series for Fundamental Online Teaching Skills Development – FREE

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Talk to a Sloan-C rep about your faculty development needs.

Are you a Sloan-C member or interested in becoming one? Or do you just want to learn more about the vast array of workshops and training programs available at Sloan-C? Contact us any time!

Matt Norsworthy
Business Development Represenative
The Sloan Consortium
781-583-7565
mnorsworthy@sloanconsortium.org


Save the Date

You won’t want to miss this year’s ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting held in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 2729. The conference theme is “Winning Together: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work.”

In these changing landscapes, continuing education professionals must rely not only on other units within their college or university but on their counterparts from schools across the country. Uniting together as a team allows units from across the world to think creatively, share ideas, and provide mutual support at times when some universities no longer see the value of continuing education.

 

For more information about the conference, please visit www.achelasvegas.com.

 

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April 1, 2014

April Classes Start This Week – Online Teaching Certificate Programs

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Get certified and learn new skills. two programs now available.

last chance to register for april cohorts. 

Next programs start April 1 & 2

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This highly acclaimed program is based on the Sloan-C pillars of quality in online education—learning effectiveness, scale, faculty and student satisfaction, and access. 

“The Online Teaching Certificate program was an extremely helpful series of online courses that provided me with tools and best practices to take online teaching to a higher level. I have made great connections with professional contacts and industry experts that I continue to correspond with, despite having completed the program. The individual workshops culminate into a unique program that provides a refreshing academic body of knowledge about online instruction that has amazing practical benefits and applicability, regardless of the size and focus of your institution.”  Shelly Nice Zimmerman, Senior Instructional Designer - Centenary College, NJ
Want to learn more? Watch the webinar recording for an overview of these two programs.
Best regards,

Sandra 

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Sandra Coswatte | Director | Sloan-C Institute of Learning

The Sloan Consortium
Individuals, Institutions and Organizations Committed to Quality Online Education

The Sloan Consortium, Inc. – PO Box 1238 – Newburyport, MA 01950-8238

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