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10th Annual Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop
Trend to Blend: Lessons from the Field

July 8-9, 2013

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

On behalf of the 10th Annual Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop steering committee, I welcome you. 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.  

Although the field of blended learning is not new, we are witnessing a revival in interest around blended learning for a greater array of educational institutions working to improve the overall state of education in our society.  Lessons are not only learned from our experiences in practice, but they are also learned from our research over the past decade, and they assist us in making decisions when it comes to strategy, implementation, pedagogy, research, and support.  These lessons guide our institutions.

Our future is blended learning.  There are many paths we can take to meet our goal in ensuring quality for students, and we need to explore the contingencies to make sound decisions in determining our roadmap.  The changing landscape is evident in new terminology (flipped classrooms), new growth in sectors (k-12), and new financial support for blended programs (NGLC).  This transformation reveals new ideas about blended learning.  As a community, we look to research and evidence to assist us in answering these questions and to drive us into the blended learning future.

The Blended Learning Conference and Workshop will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  We are excited that #blend13 will accompany the 45th anniversary of Milwaukee’s Summerfest, the "World's Largest Music Festival," which the late Mayor Henry Maier envisioned as an event that would revitalize downtown and unite the community. Summerfest now features over 700 bands, including the music industry's hottest stars, emerging talent, and local favorites, and it hosts a diverse selection of food and beverage vendors, marketplaces, and interactive exhibits on Lake Michigan bringing unforgettable live music experiences for music fans from around the world.

In the spirit of Milwaukee, Summerfest, and blended learning, we look to bring together a diverse group of people from around the world (stars, emerging talent, and locals) to share our own lessons from the field in order to move blended learning from a trending of a unique instructional modality to the norm of learning from the cradle to the grave. In past years, we have defined blended learning, explored how blended learning improves student learning and overcomes institutional challenges, and identified emerging technologies, pedagogies, and practices.  Now, with a decade of experience and knowledge, we look for opportunities to map our future by continuing to innovate and collaborate at the 10th Annual Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop providing an unforgettable experience.  

The conference is organized into two days, with the first day starting with an array of interactive workshops, followed by an afternoon of information sessions, vendor showcases, and poster sessions, and highlighted by our key note presentation.  Based on the overwhelming positive evaluations, we will wrap up our second day of a plenary session and information sessions with an opportunity for all to contribute in the second annual unconference.  Like last year, we have five conference tracks: teaching and learning, faculty support, student support, leadership and administration, and research.

The workshop was our original foundation of this annual meeting, and we look forward to continuing our philosophy of providing interactive and engaging opportunities to gain experience, gather and share information and ideas, and network with colleagues. The schedule is presented in a consumable manner to best meet your needs.

Thank you for joining our community and helping us develop our roadmap to the future through blending.

Tanya Joosten, Conference Chair
 

Tanya Joosten