Sloan-C View
Perspectives in Quality Online Education
Volume 9 Issue 11 - November 2010
ISSN 1541-2806
Quality, Scale and Breadth

Issue Contents


8th Annual Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference & Workshop - CFP Open!

"Evidence to Practice: Fulfilling the Promise."

March 28-29, 2011
Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort
Oak Brook, Illinois

We invite you to submit a proposal for an information session, workshop, great idea or poster presentation at the 8th Annual Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop, to be held March 28-29, 2011 at the Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort in Oak Brook, Illinois. The 2011 theme is "Evidence to Practice: Fulfilling the Promise." This teaching and learning modality is more than a combination of online and face-to-face instruction. It is, fundamentally, a rethinking of how we teach, how our students learn, and how we can harness myriad possibilities for academia that we have not yet realized. This unique modality of instruction has the potential to impact all levels of education.

The Blended Learning Conference and Workshop seeks proposals that provide research, effective practices, and transferable strategies for the field of blended learning. Proposals that address specific considerations of instructional design/course development, academic planning/institutional strategies, assessment/evaluation, faculty development, and pedagogy as they relate to our conference tracks – Access, Blended Teaching and Learning, and What Works and How Do We Know: Seeking Evidence and Impact in Blended Learning- are especially encouraged.

Proposals must be submitted by 11:59pm ET on Monday, November 29, 2010.

Submit at http://sloanconsortium.org/blended/call_for_presentations.

For additional details on the conference and to sign-up for conference updates, visit our website at http://sloanconsortium.org/blended.


Online Education Grows by Almost a Million Students
Eighth Annual Sloan Survey of Online Education Shows Economy Still Driving Growth

The 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning reveals that enrollment rose by almost one million students from a year earlier. The survey of more than 2,500 colleges and universities nationwide finds approximately 5.6 million students were enrolled in at least one online course in fall 2009, the most recent term for which figures are available.

Other report findings include:

  • Almost two-thirds of for-profit institutions now say that online learning is a critical part of their long term strategy.
  • The 21%growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the 2% growth in the overall higher education student population.
  • Nearly one-half of institutions report that the economic downturn has increased demand for face-to-face courses and programs.
  • Three-quarters of institutions report that the economic downturn has increased demand for online courses and programs.

Please click here to download the report.


Annual Sloan-C International Conference - Post Conference Wrap Up

Thank you to the attendees of the 16th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning!

Social Networking Contest Winners:

Facebook Picture Contest: Alexandra Pickett - A genuine Sloan-C fleece jacket

General Social Networking Contest:

Peter Holub - 10 hours of NetTutor Online Tutoring Service from Link-Systems International, Inc.

Kelvin Thompson - A Garmin GPS from Waypoint Outcomes

Byron Roush - A Certified online or in-person instructor led training class in any of the Adobe or Google courses listed at http://training.figleaf.com from Fig Leaf Software

Helen MacDermott - 1/5 page, full color advertisement in The Chronicle of Higher Education

David Wicks - 1 Free Sloan-C Online Workshop

Brian Salerno - A $50 donation to the charity of the winner’s choice in the winner’s name from SmarterServices

Post Conference Evaluation

Please assist us with a brief evaluation of the conference, including your suggestions on how we might improve your experience in 2011. Your feedback and comments are integral in our conference planning for next year.

Participate in our online survey by Friday, November 19 to be entered into a drawing for a free registration for next year’s conference at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. The winner will be notified by email and announced in the December Sloan-C View newsletter.

Conference Proceedings and Virtual Sessions

Presenters are asked to upload their presentations and handouts here. Presentations that are uploaded will be accessible through the conference website soon. Only presentations or handouts that have been uploaded by the presenter will be viewable on the website. Access information will be sent to attendees when available.

Sloan-C Membership Discount Offer Extended

If you didn’t have a chance to take advantage of the discounted Sloan-C individual membership offer during your conference registration, you can still sign up at the $72 (regularly $120) price through November 19th. Go here for membership details and to register. Use this code at checkout for the discounted price: IND-CONF-ALN10.

Conference Highlights – Coming soon!

The Sloan-C staff is hard at work creating a conference highlights section on our website to share some of the great things that came from the conference last week, including contest results and winners, photos of the event, awards ceremonies, news stories, blog postings, attendee thoughts and more. We will send you the link as soon as the site is live!


New 2011 Sloan-C Workshops Posted

The 2011 Sloan-C online workshop schedule is now available! Registration is open for workshops through March. The remaining registrations will be open soon. Whether you have taken a workshop with us in the past or are thinking about joining us for one next year, please take a look at the schedule for old favorites and exciting new workshops.

Sloan-C workshops are the smart way to support continuous professional development. Each workshop is developed by practitioners for practitioners; enabling thousands of colleagues worldwide to collaborate cost effectively with peers and experts, via real-time and asynchronous meetings. These workshops are 2–4 weeks long, and have been widely acclaimed among professional development organizations in online education.

"Sloan-C workshops are simply great! The content is always of high quality, well presented, and current. I have attended more than 11 workshops and can’t wait to enroll in the 12th one. These workshops have been directly applicable to what I do on a daily basis and the well qualified teachers always went above and beyond to provide answers to questions not covered in the course material. The diversity of students engaged in these online workshops has been an added bonus without a doubt! These workshops served as a networking platform and allowed me to give and receive feedback about live projects at work. I love the fact that access to all of the Sloan-C workshops is available for one year! This gives me the opportunity to tap into well organized content and resource materials when I want it, where I want it, and at times in the formats that I want it in. Wait here is one more, I teach at a few academic institutions as an online adjunct faculty member, and these recognized workshops have allowed me to meet each institution’s professional development goals."
Andaz Ahmad, Director of Instructional Technology
Ivy Tech Community College

View the new workshop schedule.

Read what others have said about Sloan-C workshops.


Share Your Views: Another Way to Participate in the Sloan-C Community

Below are blog posts of interest collected from http://sloanconsortium.org/SloancMemberBlogs.

Lessons Learned from the Sloan-C Grant: 2001-2010: Concordia University - Portland
In 2001, Concordia University-Portland was a grant recipient in the Sloan-C Speakers and Consultants Bureau consultancy grant program. A relatively small, private, Christian liberal arts university located in the Pacific Northwest, Concordia was a virtually unknown entity in online learning. The university was committed to maintaining its 90 year Lutheran tradition which emphasized intellectual inquiry and a focus on social justice, compassion and moral integrity while it prepared its students for life and living as principled, contributing members of society. At the time, paradoxically, Concordia was also actively engaged in a strategic planning process that began to examine the alignment between its core values and the university mission in order to harness an evolving institutional energy, attention and resources for the university’s Vision 2010.
Click here to read the blog post.

Copyleft
Academics from a wide range of fields are at least generally familiar with Creative Commons licensing. In contrast, Copyleft licensing seems to be less widely known despite its history as the precursor to Creative Commons licensing. Copyleft licensing originated in the 1970’s specifically in the area of software development. Software developer Richard Stallman is credited with creating Copyleft licensing as it is used today. Detailed information about Copyleft is available at the GNU Project web site (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/) which is sponsored by the Free Software Foundation.
Click here to read the blog post.

Student Authentication, Academic Integrity, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008
At Compass we hear a great deal of concern coming from our partner community about the new regulations enacted as part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) regarding authenticating the identity of online students. Rumors abound about what this means for institutions with respect to cost and accreditation. At the heart of this issue is really the age-old question of academic integrity. “How do we prevent online students from cheating?” is a frequent question we hear from faculty who are new to online learning. In this article we will dispel the myths and misinformation surrounding the language in the HEOA regarding student identification. We will also address the question of how faculty can minimize the opportunity for online students to cheat.
Click here to read the blog post.


New Sloan-C Webinars

This year, Sloan-C has added webinars to its resources for educators. Webinars typically last anywhere from a half hour to an hour and a half. Most are free to Individual Members. Institutional members and non members pay a separate fee.

FREE- Are Your Students Ready for Distance Learning? - November 30th 2:00 - 3:30 ET

Sponsored by SmarterServices.com - In today's economy student retention is important - especially for distance education programs. In this presentation learn how over 300 colleges and universities measure learner readiness and how they use these measurements to identify at-risk students followed by interventions to help these students succeed.

Designing for Inclusion: Using Assistive Technology to Enhance Social Engagement and Diverse Learning - December 7th 2:00 - 3:30 ET

This webinar will demonstrate how technologies originally designed for learners with disabilities can be used in new ways to enhance inclusive learning in technologically-mediated instruction. Techniques will be presented on how to use these technologies for developing learning objectives for diverse learners. Open source and freeware will be demonstrated.

Textbook Alternatives and Open Educational Resources - January 12th, 2011 2:00 - 3:30 ET

This Sloan-C webinar is designed to provide you with an overview of the many print textbook alternatives available to you and your students. You will also have an opportunity to learn about, share, and discuss strategies for effectively incorporating these alternatives in your distance education courses.

Increasing Feedback & Decreasing Workload - January 26th, 2011 2:00 - 3:30 ET

In this webinar, we’ll discuss the practical concerns of how to provide effective feedback. We’ll demonstrate some technologies you can use to deliver feedback, and we will also discuss how to do this while keeping in mind student privacy concerns.

Please take a look at our upcoming webinars.

View recordings of previous webinars.


Sloan-C Certificate - New Cohort Starts January 26th

The Sloan-C Certificate prepares educators to teach and improve online courses using the Sloan-C pillars of quality in online education—learning effectiveness, scale, faculty and student satisfaction, and access. A unique feature of the certificate program is that expert mentors work individually with each certificate candidate to accomplish specific goals. The certificate consists of a 9-week foundation course and a variety of electives or learning specializations that focus on improving overall competency within a specific area of academic focus. The workshops in each specialization are structured to encourage skill development and practical application within the participants' specific job function. Upon completing the 9-week foundation course, individuals can select 3 individual electives, one specialization, or multiple specializations that best suit professional development objectives.

The Sloan-C Certificate foundation costs $1499 plus three (3) required electives; priced at $345 (10-day workshop) or $495 (3-week workshop). Elective workshops, which should be registered for individually, may be funded by coupons available through Sloan-C membership discounts and the Sloan-C College Pass professional development package.

Click here to register for the January 26th cohort or for more details.


Sloan-C Membership - More Benefits, Same Price

Join the Sloan-C community. In 2010 Sloan-C instituted many new member benefits and options based on input from our members and friends. We made membership rolling (no longer based on calendar year) and added free webinars, practitioner documents and new membership types, with no increase in rates. Membership includes full web access to effective practices, the JALN, free webinars, practitioner docs, discounts on workshops, conferences and much more.

Join now and get a special JALN issue "Leveraging Resources for Anywhere, Anytime Education."

Click here for more details.


The 2010 College Pass Professional Development Package

Looking for a cost effective way to give your staff and faculty access to the full range of Sloan-C online workshops?

The College Pass Professional Development Package includes 100 seats in the widely acclaimed Sloan-C online workshop series. Many institutions use the workshops as a cost-effective and convenient way to improve quality in online education while networking with new colleagues. Online workshops are 2 to 3 weeks long with convenient synchronous and asynchronous delivery.

Benefits

- 100 seats per year in over 75 Sloan-C online workshops which cover a variety of key online education topics.

- Institutions may share or transfer seats to any individual, not only to faculty and administrators.

- Additional workshop seat coupons may be purchased at the rate of $1,950 per 50 coupons.

Price: $3,495 bringing down the cost of a workshop seat to $34.95 (Workshops are regularly priced at $345 and $495.)

Click here for more information about the College Pass Professional Development Package.


Learn From the Experts - The Sloan-C 2010 Workshop Series

Click here for other upcoming workshops.

Academic Integrity in Online Education - December 1 - 10

The role of technology in academic dishonesty is in the news, and federal legislation is pending that will require authentication of online learners. This session will provide information, examples, and a reality check for staff and faculty working in online education.

Click here for details and registration.

Advanced Second Life - December 1 - 10

This workshop advances the skills of intermediate users (who have taken the level 2 workshop or its equivalent) to develop Second Life pedagogy, to design environments, and manage tools.

Click here for details and registration.

Getting Started: The First Step Towards Online Teaching - January 5 - 21

Getting Started: The First Step Toward Online Teaching is a prerequisite to the Online Teaching Certificate program and to the Blended Teaching Certificate program. This workshop introduces potential faculty and/or administrators to online education fundamentals. You will not only discuss the concepts but use the technologies to gain practical "hands-on" experience.

Click here for details and registration.

Blended Learning: HyFlex Course Design - January 5 - 14

HyFlex represents an approach to creating and managing blended courses that provides students even greater choices when trying to manage their time. Hyflex, (Hybrid/Flexible), allows a student to choose whether they will attend a face-to-face class, or complete the required work online for any particular class date. Hybrid – combines both online and face-to-face teaching and learning activities. Flexible – students may choose whether or not to attend face-to-face sessions … with no "learning deficit."

Click here for details and registration.

Dynamic Collaboration, Discussion, and Facilitation Practices - January 5 - 14

In the online classroom, interaction prompts more interaction by stimulating more perspectives, points of view, ideas, questions, and disagreements. Through collaboration and discussion, both facilitators and students help each other in the learning process.

Click here for details and registration.

Beginning Second Life - January 12 - 21

Second Life is an extremely popular 3D virtual environment that has many applications for education, from increasing social interactions to deepening learning. In this workshop, you'll learn some of the basic Second Life skills that will help you successfully enjoy your second life. You'll also get a brief introduction to some of the educational possibilities of Second Life.

Click here for details and registration.

Preparing Faculty for Blended Teaching and Learning - January 12 - 21

Faculty developers and trainers prove integral in helping faculty redesign courses for blended teaching and learning. A well established and highly successful blended teaching and learning faculty development program is presented from the viewpoint of these faculty developers and trainers. Guidance regarding program structure, content, and activities as well as general tips and pointers for fostering a successful faculty development experience are highlighted.

Click here for details and registration.

Supporting and Engaging Students Through Social Media - January 19 - 28

Student engagement is an important goal for all online programs and relevant support is essential to student success. Social Media provides opportunities for educators and service providers to provide a support network across departments and campuses. By exploring examples of these efforts, our programs can identify meaningful ways to engage.

Click here for details and registration.


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New Study: Online Education Grows by Almost a Million Students

Eighth Annual Sloan Survey of Online Education Shows Economy Still Driving Growth

The 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning reveals that enrollment rose by almost one million students from a year earlier. The survey of more than 2,500 colleges and universities nationwide finds approximately 5.6 million students were enrolled in at least one online course in fall 2009, the most recent term for which figures are available.

"This represents the largest ever year-to-year increase in the number of students studying online,” said study co-author I Elaine Allen, Co-Director of the Babson Survey Research Group and Professor of Statistics & Entrepreneurship at Babson College. “Nearly thirty percent of all college and university students now take at least one course online."

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