Research in Online Teaching & Learning

Center for Online Learning, Research & Service at the University of Illinois Springfield

Educational Technology & Education Conferences List

Clayton R. Wright has distributed the 38th edition of the list of Educational Technology and Education Conferences for January -June 2018. To subscribe to the twice-yearly listing (November and May), send an e-mail to crwr77[@]gmail.com.

UIS Professor Karen Swan Receives Distinguished Service Award

Karen Swan, the James J. Stukel Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield, was honored as the recipient of the  2017 Distinguished Service Award by the National University Technology Network (NUTN) on October 12, 2017 at the 35th Annual NUTN Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The award is the highest honor given by the organization.

Swan was selected for the award due to her commitment to higher education and for the work she’s done with online learning.  Swan is recognized as a leading researcher in the nation when it comes to the effectiveness of online teaching and learning.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Keene State College and master’s and doctorate degrees in instructional technology from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Founded in 1982, NUTN is a consortium of higher education institutions. It provides a networking and professional development arena for the advancement of online and blended learning. NUTN members represent a widely diverse group of innovative leaders in the advancement of teaching and learning.

Tips to Rock Your Conference Presentation

Jennifer Aldrich’s Blog Post on InvisionApp.com provides some great tips on preparing for conference presentations.  Highlights include:

  1. Make an outline of your presentation before touching your presentation software.
  2. Once you have an outline, pick graphics to support your points.
  3. Then, open your presentation software and add your slides.
  4. Limit the words on your presentation slides – use large fonts and as few words as possible. Accessibility Tip: describe the images on your slides as you present.
  5. If sharing your presentation slides to a conference site, post a transcript with your slides to make it accessible.
  6. Weave relevant stories into your presentation to leave a lasting impact.
  7. Make your presentation work both online and offline (i.e., download copies of your slides, capture screenshots of online content).
  8. Back up your backup.
  9. Don’t over edit – once it is complete, leave it alone.


Gap Analysis Research by UIS Faculty

UIS faculty Karen Swan, Bill Bloemer, and Scott Day have recently published a peer-reviewed article is entitled Gap Analysis: An Innovative Look at Gateway Courses and Student Retention.  The article “use examples from our work with the analyses of student records to show how one can use student type and point in their academic life to predict success in particular gateway courses.” It was published in the 2017 OLC Conference Special Issue of Online Learning (Vol. 21, No. 3).

Searchable Directory of Selected Online & Distance Learning Journals

Contact North | Contact Nord has developed a useful searchable directory of Selected Journals in Online and Distance Learning.

 

Educational Technology & Education Conference List

Clayton R. Wright has distributed the 37th edition of the list of Educational Technology and Education Conferences for June -December 2017. To subscribe to the twice-yearly listing (November and May), send an e-mail to crwr77[@]gmail.com.

Bringing Carl Rogers’ Core Conditions into the Online Environment: Using Empathy, Genuineness, and High Regard to Engage Students and Build Success

UIS Faculty Denise Sommers, Brian Chen, and Martin Martsch recently presented at the Online Learning Consortium Innovate Conference.  A synopsis of the research, entitled “Bringing Carl Rogers’ Core Conditions into the Online Environment: Using Empathy, Genuineness, and High Regard to Engage Students and Build Success,” is available as a handout.  Dr. Chen is currently serving as a COLRS Faculty Fellow and Dr. Sommers is a prior COLRS Faculty Fellow.

Identifying Strategies for Revitalizing Legacy Online Programs: Overcoming Barriers to Innovation

Members of the UIS community will be leading a discussion entitled “Identifying Strategies for Revitalizing Legacy Online Programs: Overcoming Barriers to Innovation” at the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Innovate Conference on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in New Orleans, LA.  Presenters include Laurel Newman, Carolee Rigsbee, Carol Jessup, Donna Rogers Skowronski, Michele Gribbins, and Emily Boles.

The discussion will include the challenges faced when introducing innovations designed to strengthen the quality of an online degree completion program with a 10-year record of relative success.  Barriers to innovation of legacy programs and potential solutions for overcoming these barriers will be explored.  More information about the presentation can be found at the OLC Innovation Conference website.

Listing of Educational & Educational Technology Conferences

Clayton R. Wright has distributed the 36th edition of the list of Educational Technology and Education Conferences for November 2016-June 2017. To subscribe to the twice-yearly listing (November and May), send an e-mail to crwr77[@]gmail.com.

Listing of Educational & Educational Technology Conferences

Clayton R. Wright has distributed the 35th edition of the list of Educational Technology and Education Conferences for June-December 2016. To subscribe to the twice-yearly listing (November and May), send an e-mail to crwr77[@]gmail.com.

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