Call for Proposals for 2012 Sloan-C Blended Unconference
If you’ve been accepted to present or participate in the Blended Conference and Workshop, please consider submitting a proposal to participate in our inaugural un-conference this year. The un-conference will take place on April 24, at the conclusion of the Blended Conference and Workshop, and will give you the chance to put into action the ideas that have inspired you at the workshop! For more information on the un-conference and how to submit a proposal to participate, check out the unconference website.
Deadline for submitting a proposal is April 2, 2012.
Call for Presentations is Now Closed
The 9th Annual Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop, "Perfecting the Blend," will be held on April 23-24, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee and the adjoining Frontier Airlines Center.
Blended learning has transformed education by taking advantage of the best of face-to-face and online instruction, and it has led us to explore the blending of technologies, programs, student services, and faculty support to facilitate the overall improvement of education. By reflecting on research and addressing the challenges we face, we continuously look to make the learning experience for students better. Through the exploration of blended practice and research, we as educators have identified our strengths as well as the areas that need our attention in order to perfect the blend.
Our conference seeks proposals for workshops and presentations that specifically address the many facets of blended learning. We look to share best practices and persistent challenges in blended learning as they relate to pedagogy, learning activities, instructional design and course development, faculty development and training, student services, accessible learning opportunities, academic planning and strategy, and research through the assessment and evaluation of learning.
Proposals are requested in five tracks: teaching and learning, research, student support, faculty development and support, and leadership and administration. Proposals may be configured as workshops, information sessions, or posters.
We would like to encourage proposals from those in quickly-evolving institutions, such as K-12 schools and community colleges, as well as proposals that explore emerging technologies (mobile, social media, open education resources) to assist fellow educators in perfecting the blend.
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Please review this information before submitting your proposal.
- Submission checklist
- Conference Tracks (also below)
- Session Types
- Selection Criteria
- A/V & Media
- Presentation Repository
- General Conference Information
- Sloan-C Vendor Presentation Policy
Register at the submission site. Please include as much information as possible, including your biography and most current contact information. All corresponding authors need to also be registered, however, this can be completed at a later stage. Sloan-C elected to use a robust, third-party call for paper and abstract management service. Please keep in mind that once you have registered, or submitted a paper, all conference-related information can be found here at the Sloan-C Blended conference website.
Once registered, return to this site to complete your submission.
|Begin the submission process by selecting your track below.|
Teaching and Learning
Proposals submitted to this track should address the many facets of blended teaching and learning with an emphasis on evidence-based pedagogical practice. Proposals should focus on innovations in blended program design(s) and blended teaching practices that demonstrate learning effectiveness, generalizable concepts, and scalable practices. Submissions must focus on opportunities and challenges specific to blended learning. Those focusing solely on online teaching will not be reviewed.
Topics may include:
- Pedagogical strategies that enhance learning
- Integration of activities across online and face-to-face components
- Assessing student learning in blended environments
- Course redesign best practices
- Emerging technologies for blended teaching
- Use of open educational resources
Proposals submitted to this track should focus on research methods and evaluation outcomes in blended learning. In particular, proposals should provide innovative approaches and methods for evaluating technology-based blended instruction, such as analytics, survey methods, and institutional data protocols that might be incorporated into summative and formative studies in a wide range of blended learning contexts. Please note that proposals submitted to this track must focus on research, which would potentially include research design, methods, or results.
Topics may include: - Access
- Learning effectiveness
- Faculty/teacher satisfaction
- Student satisfaction
- Research design (quantitative or qualitative)
- Instrumentation design
- Survey methods
- Institutional methodologies
- Evaluation models
- Learner analytics
Proposals submitted to this track should focus on issues surrounding the provision of academic and social support for blended learners. Student support is critical to the success of students in blended courses and programs, and these students have unique needs in terms of how and when they receive assistance. For example, institutions, programs, and instructors need to provide flexibility for students who require support services, and student support mechanisms must often be transformed into online, anytime, anywhere formats.
Topics may include:
- Student services
- Library services
- Tutoring services
- Advising and counseling
- Community building and engagement
- Student orientation
- Increasing access and retention
- Services for students of diverse needs including ADA adherence
- Digital literacy
|Faculty Development and Support|
Proposals submitted to this track should address approaches to and models of faculty development and support specific to blended teaching and learning with an emphasis on research-based best practices, effectiveness, efficiencies, and scalability. Proposals must focus on the opportunities and challenges specific to blended learning faculty support and development. Those focusing on solely on fully online faculty development/support will not be reviewed.
Topics may include:
- Strategies to engage blended faculty and address faculty motivation
- Blended learning faculty development models
- Support for faculty innovation
- Research-driven approaches to blended faculty development and support
- Effective blended course design/redesign models
- Blended learning instructional design strategies and approaches
- Building blended learning faculty communities of practice
- Best practices in blended faculty development, training, and support
- Quality assurance in blended faculty support and development programs
- Promoting the production and use of open educational resources
|Leadership and Administration|
Proposals submitted to this track should directly relate to the shared values held by society and academia with regard to the role of institutional leadership in developing and implementing blended learning programs. Blended learning is transforming all aspects of higher education, including teaching, finance, and administration, and it is impacting and challenging the underlying values of the academy itself. However, blended learning is also one way that higher education institutions are responding to social change and the changing expectations society has for higher education; institutions and institutional leaders are designing new structures to deal with the opportunities and challenges this modality affords. Proposals for this track should focus on benefits, models, and effective practices at institutions where online programs have been leveraged to create blended opportunities for campus students. Proposals may also focus on leadership in terms of governance, policy, strategy or programs, and should be supported by examples of practice.
Topics may include:
- Blended programs and offerings designed to reduce the cost of education by providing flexible degree options
- Blended professional programs and offerings for working adults
- Blended programs and offerings to increase retention of working students
- Blended programs and offerings to increase enrollment capacity in high-demand general education courses
- Blended programs and offerings to decrease time to degree
- Campus initiatives to prepare students to learn online
- Institutional strategies that maximize enrollment with existing physical and human resources
- Institutional strategies using blended learning as a recruitment opportunity
- Institutional strategies for online advising
- Communication and marketing plans for student/faculty information
- Leveraging online programs to create blended campus programs
- Sustainable financial models
- Scalability strategies