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Here's a Review of our Day in Las Vegas

June 10, 2016 at Nevada State College

Hosted by Academic Sponsor Nevada State College,
With additional support provided by Academic Co-Sponsor UNLV

“This was an excellent event with relevant information that can be easily applied to my teaching. The breakout groups were especially effective and enjoyable.” – Dr. Diane Hardgrave, Anthropology Professor, College of Southern Nevada

“The hands-on workshops were incredibly valuable and a great use of my time.” – Jennifer Hunter, Senior Instructional Designer, Southern Utah University

“It was great to interact with other people and find out what they are doing at their universities.” – Sherri Huitt, QA Production Editor, University of Phoenix

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Join us to discuss emerging trends and challenges in online learning.

Join your fellow online learning professionals, educators and administrators to hear from the experts and collaborate on solving the challenges we all face in online higher education today. You’ll get the chance to hear from regional experts regarding current and emerging trends in online learning, collaborate and network with your regional peers during group discussions on top-of-mind challenges that may impact the future of online learning – and your career.  

 

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Member Pricing
Our one day event is only $115* for OLC members. Membership discount applied upon registration. Lunch is included in registration fee. 

*A $25 fee will be charged for all cancelled registrations. There will be no refunds within 1 week of event date. If you are not able to attend, a substitute may attend in your place. The name of the substitute must be emailed to the conference@onlinelearning-c.org.

Institutional Members
If your institution is a member, you must have an individual user account. Register as a free OLC Community Member and affiliate with your member institution.

Not yet a member?
Non-member fee is $175*. You will also receive a free, six-month OLC professional membership as a part of your registration so you can get to know OLC and our community better! Lunch is included in registration fee.

 

Engaging speakers, relevant topics, and dynamic discussions

We took a deep look at the challenges and impact of online learning in higher education today and work together to collaborate, define and help shape the changing university.

Presentations were followed by facilitator-led discussions that will allow participants to delve into each topic in greater detail.

Breakout Groups and Topics:

 

  • Teachers, Students, Instructional Designers: Creating Transparent Assignments to promote equitable opportunities for all students to succeed
  • Unit / Department Leaders: Enhancing collaboration within / between units by using a Transparency Framework

 

Mary-Ann Winkelmes

Transparent Assignments Enhance Students’ Success

Dr. Mary-Ann Winkelmes

Coordinator of Instructional Development and Research
UNLV

Data from a 2014-2015 AAC&U study of students’ learning at seven Minority-Serving Institutions indicates that transparency in assignments boosts students’ success (and especially underserved students’ success) significantly in three important areas: academic confidence, sense of belonging, and mastery of the skills employers value most when hiring (Winkelmes et al., Peer Review, Spring 2016). In this session, we’ll review the findings about how transparent assignment design promotes students’ success equitably, as well as educational research behind the concept of transparent teaching/learning. Participants will examine several examples of what transparency looks like when applied to course assignments. Breakout sessions will explore specific ways to implement transparency in your contexts to improve students’ success. Dr Winkelmes requests that you respond to this 2-question online survey before June 3.

Breakout Topics:
  • Designing and developing the course: What strategies and resources are available to build accessibility into course design?
  • Teaching the course: How do we account for individual differences and the need for accommodations when delivering a course?
Kelly Hermann

Accessible Learning = Good Teaching, Not Just Compliance

Kelly Hermann

Director of Disability Services
SUNY Empire State College

There is a huge emphasis and focus on compliance with federal and state laws pertaining to the accessibility of learning opportunities for students with disabilities, particularly in the wake of several high-profile lawsuits filed by students with disabilities. We have seen cases centered around the lack of captioning on videos, the inability of individuals who are blind to turn on and use features of technological devices and software, and the use of software and tools that do not work with assistive technology. Yet, compliance is not the most important part in ensuring that students with disabilities have an equitable learning experience; accessibility is. But what’s the difference? We’ll explore that, as well as the concepts of equity, accommodation, and universal design in this session.

Breakout Topics:
  • Framework as a consideration of the quality of technology infrastructure and support across an institution.
  • Content in terms of the quality of the course design process and how it impacts on the materials that both educators and learners will interact with during the duration of a particular course
Hap Aziz

Building a Robust Online Learning Structure on the OLC Pillars of Quality

Hap Aziz

Education Learning and Technology Consultant

Developing a meaningful definition of course quality can depend quite heavily on the perspective one brings to the conversation. Students, faculty, administrators, instructional designers, and even institutions as a whole all have their own criteria by which quality can be measured and assured. However, while the criteria to gauge quality may vary (sometimes greatly) between learning participants, it is possible to utilize a framework by which standards of quality may be applied consistently across the learning enterprise. The OLC’s Five Pillars of Quality Online Education is one such framework, and it provides a strong measure of confidence that those involved within the learning enterprise will experience consistent levels of quality regardless of learning modality. This session facilitates an exploration of the implications and potential impact of adopting the OLC Pillars of Quality, and it also offers a comparative view with other relevant quality metrics as well as an understanding of how quality measures may be applied to particular institutions, departments, or programs. Dr. Hap Aziz will lead this conversation from the ‘big picture’ to individual use cases.

Kathleen Ives
Sam McCool
Leeann Fields

A Regional Response: Culmination of the Day’s Thinking and Invitation to Continue the Collaboration

Kathleen Ives, D.M.

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Online Learning Consortium

Sam McCool

Instructional Technology Manager
Nevada State College

Leeann Fields

Assistant Director, Professional Development and Compliance
Office of Online Education
University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV)

Significant changes are coming to higher education. From balancing the need for educational innovation against regulatory realities, to using data driven approaches to better understand and manage change, to a new model of the university built around competency-based assessments, these are just a few of the factors driving change. The day’s final session brings together the thoughts and conclusions generated from the OLC Collaborate – Las Vegas discussions to formulate a regional response to the changing educational environment. Topics gathered by OLC facilitators and session archivists during breakout sessions along with those posted online by participants during the day will be used to guide this interactive final session. Led by a representative from Las Vegas and Kathleen Ives from OLC, each of the day’s keynote speakers will have the opportunity to address the collectively generated questions and topics and place them in the context of the broader changes occurring in higher education. The OLC Collaborate – Las Vegas response will become the second contribution to a national discussion as the OLC Collaborate sessions continue across the country.

 

The Changing University: A Regional Discussion Extraordinary Change Is Coming

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2026?  How much should today’s faculty and administrators do to prepare for this future? There is no question that extraordinary change is coming.  The question is, how much of that change is within our powers of prediction, and how should we proactively prepare for the future?

Participate in the regional OLC Collaborate discussion on the “Changing University” and share in an open dialogue with other colleagues from around the region.

Keynote speakers will offer insightful views of the changing university through short, focused presentations. This will bring together how the use of technologies, the dictate of economic realities, increasing regulatory oversight, the need for constant innovation, and new societal expectations of what colleges can and should be are bringing change to higher education.

Presentations will be followed by facilitator-led discussions to allow participants to delve into each topic in greater detail.  OLC Collaborate session archivists will document the discussions throughout the day, culminating in a collaborate regional response to the changing university. 

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2025?

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2025?

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2025?

WHEN 

WHAT

WHERE

7:45am-8:30am
REGISTRATION AND CHECK-IN
NSE Rotunda
8:30am-8:45am
WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
NSE Auditorium
8:45am-9:15am
GENERAL SESSION: Student Success
Transparent Assignments Enhance Students’ Success
Dr. Mary-Ann Winkelmes,Coordinator of Instructional Development and Research, UNLV
NSE Auditorium
9:30am-10:15am

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Teachers, Students, Instructional Designers: Creating Transparent Assignments to promote equitable opportunities for all students to succeed
  • Unit / Department Leaders: Enhancing collaboration within / between units by using a Transparency Framework
NSE 214, NSE 215
10:30am-11:00am
GENERAL SESSION: Accessible Learning 
Accessible Learning = Good Teaching, Not Just Compliance
Kelly Hermann, Director of Disability Services, SUNY Empire State College
NSE Auditorium
11:15am-12:00pm

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Designing and developing the course: What strategies and resources are available to build accessibility into course design?
  • Teaching the course: How do we account for individual differences and the need for accommodations when delivering a course?
NSE 214, NSE 215
12:00pm-1:00pm
LUNCH, TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE (ongoing throughout the event), AND COLLABORATE PANEL IDEAS: Everyone provide suggested topics for final panel
RSC Ballroom
1:00pm-1:30pm
GENERAL SESSION: Making Quality the Standard
Building a Robust Online Learning Structure on the OLC Pillars of Quality
Hap Aziz, Education Learning and Technology Consultant
NSE Auditorium
1:45pm-2:30pm

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Framework as a consideration of the quality of technology infrastructure and support across an institution
  • Content in terms of the quality of the course design process and how it impacts on the materials that both educators and learners will interact with during the duration of a particular course
NSE 214, NSE 215
2:45pm-3:45pm
OLC COLLABORATE PANEL: Education in 2026
A regional response: Culmination of the day’s thinking and invitation to continue the collaboration – An open forum on topics predetermined by attendees during lunch
Facilitator:

Kathleen Ives, CEO and Executive Director, Online Learning Consortium
Panelists:
Dr. Mary-Ann Winklemes, Kelly Hermann, Hap Aziz, Sam McCool (NSC), LeeAnn Fields (UNLV) 
NSE Auditorium
3:45pm-4:00pm
PROGRAM WRAP UP
OLC, NSC, and UNLV
NSE Auditorium

General Sessions are 30 minutes long, followed by a 45 minute Breakout Session.  

Attendees will select one of two Breakout Sessions to attend following each general session.

All sessions are considered BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). There are 15 minute breaks between concurrent sessions.

All sessions are held in the NSE Building at Nevada State College. All Sessions are in Pacific Time (PT).

Joining us for the day?  Come directly to Nevada State College.

Nevada State College, 1021 E. Paradise Hills Dr., Henderson, NV 89002

Staying the night or making a weekend of it?

NSC Campus Map and Driving Directions (pdf)

 

Make your own reservation at one of the NSC-area hotels.

 

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