Virtual School Meanderings

February 8, 2013

The Sloan-C View: February 2013

From Monday’s inbox…

VOLUME 12, ISSUE 2, February 2013
Individuals, Institutions and Organizations Committed to Quality Online Education

New Issue of the JALN: Researchers and Practitioners Use Learner Feedback to Design New Online Services

The Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN Volume 17, Issue 1) features new ways to serve online learners and is now available for download.

Read the press release.

This journal is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) License. All volumes and issues back to the first in March 1997 are now freely available at

Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning 2013 – Accepting Applications Starting February

The Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) is a unique blended-learning leadership development program sponsored by Penn State and the Sloan Consortium. This institute is designed to serve the leadership development needs of professionals in the rapidly expanding field of online learning.


  • Develop an understanding of the role of online learning in a rapidly changing higher education context
  • Conceptualize a leadership perspective to address institutional challenges in higher education
  • Recognize and seize institutional opportunities for leadership in online education
  • Establish a network of international colleagues involved in a variety of online education initiatives

Applications, with supporting nominations, will be reviewed at the close of the application deadline, April 26th. Enrollments for IELOL are limited to 40 participants.

Join us for a FREE webinar – Leadership Development through the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) – February 13, 2013 – 1:00pm ET

Sloan-C Fellows Class of 2013 Call for Nominations

On 23 December 2009, the Board of Directors of the Sloan Consortium voted to establish the Sloan-C Fellows Program. Recognition as a Sloan-C Fellow is one of unusual professional distinction and is conferred by the Sloan-C Board of Directors upon individual members of the Sloan Consortium who have:

  • outstanding and extraordinary qualifications in the field of online learning;
  • significant experience in online learning or an allied field;
  • a record of distinguished service to Sloan-C or the field; and
  • extraordinary contributions or leadership in the field of online learning.

Learn more about the nomination process.

Mark Your Calendars – The Mastery Series Starts Next Month

The Mastery Series is a series of three workshops that are structured to give you time for formal and informal learning opportunities. Formal learning events will take place during each of the three workshops as you complete assignments and discuss knowledge and skills with other learners. Between each workshop, there will be a three-week break. These “breaks” will give you the opportunity for more informal learning activities like self-guided research, discussions with colleagues, and reflection which you will be able to use to guide your formal learning in the workshops.

Feb 15 – Apr 26, 2013 : Blended Learning Mastery Series

March 1 – May 10, 2013 : Mobile Learning Mastery Series

Sloan-C Accessibility Webinar Series 2013: Student & Faculty Success in Online Education – FREE

The Sloan-C Accessibility Webinar Series 2013 includes four 90-minute webinars. The webinars focus on accessibility, including federal regulations, available resources, invisible disabilities, and effective practices for student and faculty success. Each webinar brings together a panel of administrative leaders, faculty, and students with accessibility expertise from across the United States who will provide individual and collective perspectives to working with students and faculty with disabilities in online education.

FREE WEBINAR RECORDING: Administrative Panel: Understanding the Law & Building Accessible Institutional Infrastructures

Register for the remaining three webinars.

Sponsored by:

  Sloan-C Conference News

10th Annual Blended Learning Conference and Workshop – Call for Presentations Ends February 11

Mark your calendar for the 2013 Blended Learning Conference and Workshop. Note our new summer dates – July 8-9.

The Call for Presentations deadline is fast approaching for the 10th Annual Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop. Join other educators from around the country as we problem-solve, exchange ideas, and explore effective strategies about blended learning.

This year’s conference theme, “Trend to Blend: Lessons from the Field” reflects a renewed interest in blended learning while emphasizing the importance of research and proven effective practices of the past decade in guiding our future.

Read more

ET4Online 2013 – Full program posted; Early Bird registration ends February 12

Register today to take advantage of Early Bird prices!

The full program is now posted for the Las Vegas symposium. Take a few minutes to review the world-class presentations being offered at this conference, including a complimentary workshop, Creating Your Own MOOC with Udacity, by Sebastian Thrun, co-founder of Udacity, Vice President/Fellow at Google, and a Stanford University research professor.

Workshops are included at no additional fee: All conference workshops, held 8:30am-12:00pm on Tuesday, April 9, are complimentary for registered conference attendees.

Read more

   Sloan-C Institute Features

February’s Featured Certificate Graduate

Heidi Stevenson, University of the Pacific
Mentor Cathy Arreguin noted the quality of Heidi’s demonstration course for the program in all areas, especially her integration of the concepts from the elective workshops. “The HyFlex workshop principles are wonderfully applied in [her] course – offering students choices on a weekly basis.” From syllabus to instructional design to assessment, Heidi’s efforts in the program stood out as exceptional and reflect the quality learning experience she set out to develop for her students.

Read more about Heidi.

February’s Featured Workshop Facilitator

Chris Thompson , Georgia Tech
Chris Thompson is the Associate Director of the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) at Georgia Tech. He has been involved in Instructional Technology and Evaluation projects for over 20 years.

Chris is known by his participants as a creative and engaging facilitator who offers a high level of support in an area often intimidating to online educators – mobile app and game development.

Read more about Chris.

  Newest Sloan-C Certificate Graduates

Congratulations to the latest graduates of the Sloan-C Certificate Program. Learn more about the program here.

Deborah Miller, University of North Florida
Matthew Livengood-Clouse, University of Missouri
Frauke Hachtmann, University of Nebraska Lincoln
Julie Carter, University of North Florida
Srivatsa Seshadris, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Jennifer Morrison, Newberry College
Cathryn Friel, University of Missouri
Jim Gerber, University of Western States
Wendy Pate, Stevens Institute of Technology
Adrienne J. Gauthier, University of Arizona

  Quick Links



Survey Reports


College Pass

Effective Practices

February February 15 – 22 : Embrace Asynchronous Tools

February 15 – 22 : MERLOT: Putting Educational Innovations into Practice

February 15 – 22 : New to Online: The Essentials


March 1 – 8 : New to Online: The Essentials

March 1 – 8 : Effective Online Classrooms: Military Students

March 1 – 8 : Learning Environments: Tablets

March 1 – 8 : Exemplary Institutions: Addressing Faculty Workload

March 1 – 8 : Massively Open Online Courses: The Basics

March 13 : YouTube for Learning – 1/2 Day Workshop

March 15 – 22 : Assessment Techniques for Collaborative Teams

March 15 – 22 : Student Satisfaction: Engagement Online

March 15 – 22 : Successful Online Outcomes: Improved Discussions

March 15 – 22 : Embrace Synchronous Tools

March 27 : Using Facebook in a Teaching Context – 1/2 Day Workshop

Feb 12, 12:00 PM ET: Student & Alumni Panel: What Students with Disabilities Want Faculty & Administrators to Know Feb 13, 1:00 PM ET: Leadership Development through the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) FREE

Feb 27, 3:00 PM ET: Preview of the 6th Annual Sloan-C/MERLOT Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium (April 9-11, Las Vegas) – Virtual attendee option preview – FREE

Mar 14, 12:00 PM ET: Faculty Panel: What Faculty with Disabilities Want Institutions to Know

Apr 3, 2:00 PM ET: Using Cloud-based Applications to Support Learning Objectives : BLOOMing with Technology

Apr 23, 12:00 PM ET: Accessibility Specialists: Understanding “Invisible” Disabilities & What This Means for Online Education

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