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Connect 2015 Online Education Conference: Course Development & Instruction

Create your playbook for success in online education with the sixth Connect Online Education Conference. Presented by Learning House, Connect is one of the only conferences dedicated exclusively to online higher education. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with industry colleagues and learn best practices and trends in online:

1) Marketing and Enrollment
2) Program Administration and Retention
3) Course Development and Instruction

Below is a spotlight of just a few of the topics you will hear discussed in the Program Administration and Retention sessions at Connect 2015.

Education 3.0: My, Our Learning World is Changing!

We are in the midst of a learning revolution. During the past few years, learning has become increasingly collaborative, global, mobile, modifiable, open, online, blended, massive, visually-based, hands-on, ubiquitous, instantaneous, and personal. And this is just a start! In this presentation, Dr. Curtis Bonk, Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University, introduces us to the age of “Education 3.0,” where learning is about playful and highly engaged design, and where learner creation of products is the new norm, often involving the use of digital media.

The Rise of Gamer Education

In this session, Kevin Bell, Executive Director for Online Curriculum Development and Deployment at Northeastern University, will walk us through ways in which faculty are utilizing new technologies and practices to enhance student engagement in online and hybrid classes. In breaking down principles of adaptive learning and gamification, Dr. Kevin Bell will illustrate how these new principles can be implemented to enhance effective teaching and learning as opposed to threatening it. This session will analyze the potential of these principles, particularly for students from under-represented and low-Socio-Economic-Status (SES) backgrounds. Dr. Bell will introduce findings from his recent studies at the University of Pennsylvania and at Northeastern University where he led the Online Experiential Learning team in implementing practices aimed at increasing student engagement in online courses. This work and research has formed the basis of Northeastern’s First in The World grant aimed at increasing STEM degree completion for under-represented populations.

Successful Strategies to Eliminate the Textbook Affordability Crisis

Led by David Shulman, Campus President at Broward College Online, this session will explore how the college strategically approaches removing the barrier of crippling textbook and material costs through a series of initiatives that include open educational resources (OERs), site licenses, and e-book development. Through these initiatives, Broward College Online students save over $750,000 annually, including two degree programs that with zero textbook or material costs.

Improving the Online Classroom Experience with Community of Inquiry

Discover ways to improve your course design and delivery in the online classroom by applying the fundamental principles of the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework. This training, led by Victoria Louden, Director of Professional Development at The Learning House, Inc., provides attendees the opportunity to explore the three principle elements CoI that are considered critical to a successful online learning environment – social, cognitive, and teaching presences.

Master Course Philosophy and Building a Scalable Process

Building effective online courses is critical to ensuring student outcomes are achieved. But how can institutions develop a consistent process that ensures quality while also allowing for scalability? In this session, Learning House’s Senior Director of Curriculum Development Krysia Lazarewicz, with co-presenters Shorter University’s Dean of Online Programs Liz Mahaffey and Assistant Director of Online Programs Maribeth Futral, will discuss what a master course philosophy is, why a university would want to adopt it, what planning is necessary for successful implementation, how to prepare faculty for adjusting to this approach, and the benefits of adopting such a philosophy.

Beyond Seat Time: Competency-Based Education

Led by Jeremy Korr, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Brandman University, this session explains how competency-based education (CBE) programs are disrupting the traditional focus on seat time and credit hours in favor of direct assessment of knowledge and skills mastery. Such programs expand access to high education, especially for non-traditional learners, by eliminating such challenges as conflicting work schedules, geographic constraints, and high tuition costs. At the same time, they enhance learning quality through one-on-one student-faculty interaction and authentic assessments.

Join us July 9 – 10 in Louisville, Kentucky to catch presentations on these topics and more. Click here to view the full Connect 2015 agenda, and be sure to explore the all-star speaker lineup.

Register Now for Connect 2015

Note: if you work with a Learning House partner institution, you are eligible for a $200 registration discount. Please email Theresa Burridge to obtain your partner discount code.

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