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      OLC Collaborate Alaska - University of Alaska Academic Partner

Join us in Anchorage, Alaska August 21 - 22, 2017

OLC Collaborate
Hosted by University of Alaska Anchorage

OLC is going to Alaska to meet with online learning professionals, educators and administrators to address the opportunities and challenges we all face in online higher education today. 

“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 for this 2-day event to engage in collaborative
Conversations Around Innovation and Digital Courseware

Join your fellow digital learning education professionals, educators and administrators to hear from the experts and collaborate on solving the challenges we all face in digital education today. You’ll get the chance to hear from experts regarding current and emerging trends focused on the convergence of teaching, learning and technology. There will also be an opportunity to collaborate and network with your regional peers during group discussions on top-of-mind challenges that may impact the future of digital learning.

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Photo courtesy of Makara Sernett – makarasernett.com

 

Member Pricing
Our two-day event is only $250* for OLC members. Membership discount applied upon registration. Lunch is included in registration fee. 

*A $50 fee will be charged for all cancelled registrations. Refund requests must be made in writing to Online Learning Consortium. Cancellation by July 17 (up to 1 month out): Refund of payment minus the $50 cancellation fee(s). Cancellation between July 18 and August 13: 50% refund will be issued less a $50 administrative/cancellation fee for registrations. There will be no refunds within 1 week of event date (cancellations must be received by August 13, 2017). If you are not able to attend, a substitute may attend in your place. The name, title, and email address of the substitute must be emailed to conference@onlinelearning-c.org. If you do not attend the program and do not submit a written refund request, Online Learning Consortium will retain all fees. IF you have not paid in advance but have cancelled your registration, you are responsible for the cancellation fee and will be billed. OLC is not responsible for any change / cancellation charges assessed by airlines, travel agents, hotels or other similar vendors. Email all cancellation requests/substitutions/ registration questions to 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 $350*. You will also receive a free, three-month OLC professional membership as a part of your registration so you can get to know OLC and our community better! Details will be emailed post-conference. Lunch is included in registration fee.

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Engaging speakers, relevant topics, and dynamic discussions

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

Collaborate presentations will be followed by facilitator-led discussions that will allow participants to delve into each topic in greater detail.

 

 

Day 1 – eLearning Roadshow: Conversations around Digital Courseware

ELEARNING
ROADSHOW

Michelle Pacansky-Brock

Straddling the Chasm

Michelle Pacansky-Brock

Innovations Lead, Teaching & Learning Innovations
California State University-Channel Islands

In the digital, networked era, faculty are at various stages in the technology adoption spectrum: some are visionary edTech enthusiasts, others are technology skeptics, while many see the potential technology brings to teaching and learning but are reluctant to change. How can institutions leverage this diversity to create a culture of eLearning that supports student learning, inspires faculty, and recognizes organizational barriers that may impede change?

I attended an OLC Collaborate about a year and a half ago in Los Angeles and had many wonderful takeaways from the experience. My recent blog post shares some of these with you and provides a glimpse into the presentation I am planning.”

ELEARNING
ROADSHOW

Renee Franzwa

Why Digital Learning

Renee Franzwa

Higher Education Strategy
EdSurge

Join the EdSurge team for a hands-on workshop digging into ‘the why’ of digital learning. We’ll explore what problems you are trying to solve for your institutions and how digital learning practices and products can be leveraged to increase the quality and accessibility of learning for students.

ELEARNING
ROADSHOW

Vanessa Peters
Nori Barajas

Themes and Trends in Digital Learning – Beyond the Hype

Vanessa Peters

Education Researcher
SRI International

Nori Barajas

Grant Project Director
Online Learning Consortium

There has been a lot of discussion about the promise of digital learning to increase access to postsecondary courses and improve student outcomes, yet there is still much work to be done to demonstrate these outcomes for all learners. Join three different researchers as they share insights from recent work in the digital learning landscape related to faculty, research evidence, and courseware implementation.

ELEARNING
ROADSHOW

Nori Barajas

Defining “Exemplary” in the Digital Courseware Landscape

Nori Barajas

Grant Project Director
Online Learning Consortium

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) analysis of Digital Learning Innovation Awards (DLIAward) submissions captures the current state of digital courseware implementations across undergraduate institutions of higher education. Strategies to increase student success were identified in undergraduate programs at various institution types with 2-year and 4-year programs.

ELEARNING
ROADSHOW

Kristin Powers
Ilona Chebotareva

Leveraging Instructional Designers in Higher Ed

Kristin Powers

Associate Director
Intentional Futures

Ilona Chebotareva

Producer
Intentional Futures

Building on the well-received Instructional Design in Higher Education report, we are in a pivotal position to support the ID field and bring awareness to the impact they can have in the overarching field of higher education. We see instructional designers as the glue between students, technology, and instructors. Instructional designers have the potential to become the go-to people on campus for online and blended learning expertise- but they aren’t currently being fully utilized. This workshop will focus on real problems going on today at higher-ed institutions and the ways that IDs can help solve them. Learn design thinking, best practices, and ways to fully engage the ID on your campus.

ELEARNING
ROADSHOW

Renee Franzwa

Fit over Features: Vetting Tools that Support Student Success

Renee Franzwa

Higher Education Strategy
EdSurge

Join this hands-on session for a guided deep-dive into the unique problems your campus is trying to solve. Leveraging research, data and the EdSurge product index, you’ll walk out with a defensible method to evaluate and choose student success tools for your campus.

 

Day 2 – Conversations Around Innovation:  The Future of eLearning

Breakout Groups and Topics:
  • Organizational Implications, Strategies and Tools – CH106
    Building a sustainable eLearning culture is multi-faceted. Organizationally, what administrative policies (e.g., financial, tenure and promotion, teaching load, IP ownership) are conducive to building a culture of eLearning?
  • Faculty Support – RH211
    Building quality learning experiences is reliant upon faculty. To this end, what type of faculty support services are essential to building a culture of eLearning? Participants will consider the following: learning design, use of media, ADA, teaching load, best practices, and beyond.
  • Student Success – RH316
    With greater emphasis today on student success, what type of student experiences, expectations, and services are essential to building a culture of eLearning? This session will focus on the areas of personalization, immediacy, flexibility of course offerings, access to faculty and staff, and more.

 

David Cillay

Building a Culture of eLearning

David Cillay

Vice President for Academic Outreach and Innovation
Washington State University

Today’s higher education institutions are tackling an array of challenges from waning state funding and calls for greater accountability to overcoming issues of access for all learners. At the same time, these institutions are embracing transformative opportunities aligned with their vision and mission.
In a recently released study of chief academic officers (Jaschik and Lederman, 2017), Inside Higher Ed asked provosts about strategies on which they plan to increase emphasis. Eighty-two percent said expanding online programs and offerings was such a strategy. Provosts at public institutions (86%) were more likely to respond this way than those at private institutions (77%).
Building, sustaining, and growing a culture of eLearning on a campus is multi-faceted. This session will unpack those realities through a number of different lenses.

Breakout Topics:
  • Institutional Readiness, Partnership, and Adoption Strategies – CH106
    Engage in a strategic discussion about institutional readiness and program requirements for campuses considering implementing a textbook affordability initiative. What partnerships need to be in view?
  • Authoring Strategies – RH211
    Learn, share, and discuss how to create OERs. Strategies range from sharing within a department, to providing repositories or publishing open textbooks.
  • Assessment and Measurement Strategies – RH316
    Participants will discuss textbook affordability objectives as well as the feasibility and benefits of different assessment methodologies for acquiring evidence of the impact of textbook affordability initiatives. Consideration of online tools and resources for outcomes analytics will be included in the session.
Cyril Oberlander

Open Publish & Flourish: Adopting and Authoring Affordable Learning & Sustainable Strategies to Transform Education

Cyril Oberlander

Library Dean
CSU Humboldt

This talk focuses on a set of high-impact strategies to support student and faculty success with hands-on faculty workshops, and with promoting digital scholarship and open access publishing services. The presentation will provide useful ideas that draw from CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions and from experience developing the Open SUNY Textbook initiative, Humboldt State University Press, and HSU Sustainable Learning faculty workshops, a campus collaboration of librarians, instructional designers, and the bookstore; part of the CSU Affordable Learning Solutions program. Attendees will hear some practical tactics faculty, librarians, instructional designers, and others contribute to making higher education more affordable, scalable and sustainable.

Breakout Topics:
  • Starting Your Digital Learning Plan – CH106
    For implementers and administrators who are new to digital learning implementations
  • Scale and Sustainability – RH211
    For implementers and administrators who have a current digital learning program
  • Scale and Sustainability – RH316
    For implementers and administrators who have a current digital learning program (same topic as RH211)
Kristin Powers
Ilona Chebotareva

High-Tech, High-Touch: Serving Student Needs at Scale

Kristin Powers

Associate Director
Intentional Futures

Ilona Chebotareva

Producer
Intentional Futures

In this presentation, we will share promising examples of digital learning from diverse institutions across the US. Digital learning isn’t being used to drive more students through courses– it is being used as a tool to meet the student’s needs of flexibility, access, and support. We will focus on student-centered learning and using technology to support better teaching practices, better interventions, and better feedback for students. Adaptive platforms, OER, and active learning are just a few of the examples herein that we’ve included to show how high-tech and high-touch scaled digital learning can be.

Meaghan Duff

Personalized Learning Innovations and Large-Scale Implementations

Meaghan Duff

Senior Director, Professional Learning
EDUCAUSE

An increasingly popular phrase in education circles, ‘Personalized Learning’ conjures very different images in the minds of K-12 teachers and curriculum specialists, higher education faculty and administrators, education technology developers, and especially today’s students. In the gap between our present-day teaching practices and a future with better data-informed instruction that is tailored to the needs of individual learners, educators and institutions struggle to make sound decisions about pedagogical reform, content adoption, and technology use. Join Meaghan Duff as she discusses the variety of approaches postsecondary institutions are using to personalize learning and shares her perspective on how education technology products may evolve to meet the needs of contemporary college students and their instructors.
For the past year, Dr. Duff has been working with large public research universities to implement adaptive courseware, one form of personalized learning, at institution scale in high enrollment, introductory-level courses. Participants in this session will learn how these schools are engaging faculty in efforts to personalize learning and supporting them through the process of changing their approach to classroom instruction, selecting digital tools, and measuring the impact on student performance. Following the presentation, Dr. Duff will facilitate a conversation with the audience guided by participant questions and comments.

Conversations Around Digital Courseware and Innovation

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

Event Schedule

CH – Lucy Cuddy Hall
RH – Rasmuson Hall

eLearning Roadshow: Conversations Around Digital Courseware
7:15am - 8:00am Registration and Check-in; Breakfast Lucy Cuddy Hall Foyer
8:00am - 8:15am Welcome and Opening Remarks
- Kathleen Ives, OLC
- Dave Dannenberg, UAA
- NMC Representative
CH106
8:15am - 9:00am Opening Keynote Straddling the Chasm
- Michelle Pacansky-Brock, CSU
CH106
9:00am - 10:30am Why Digital Learning
- Renee Franzwa, EdSurge
CH106
10:45am - 11:30am Themes and Trends in Digital Learning - Beyond the Hype
- Vanessa Peters, SRI
- Nori Barajas, OLC
CH106
11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch & Defining "Exemplary" in the Digital Courseware Landscape
- Nori Barajas, OLC
CH106
12:30pm - 2:15pm Leveraging Instructional Designers in Higher Ed
- Kristin Powers, Intentional Futures
- Ilona Chebotareva, Intentional Futures
CH106
2:30pm - 3:45pm Fit over Features: Vetting Tools that Support Student Success
- Renee Franzwa, EdSurge
CH106
3:45pm - 4:00pm Closing Comments
- NMC Representative
- Dave Dannenberg, UAA
CH106
4:15pm - 6:15pm Reception, hosted by NMC ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building
OLC Collaborate - Conversations Around Innovation: The Future of eLearning
7:45am - 8:15am Late Registration and Check-in; Breakfast Lucy Cuddy Hall Foyer
8:15am - 8:30am Welcome and Opening Remarks
- Kathleen Ives, OLC
- Dave Dannenberg, UAA
CH106
8:30am - 9:15am General Session 1: Building a Culture of eLearning
- David Cillay, WSU
CH106
9:30am - 10:15am Collaborate Breakout Sessions 1
CH106, RH211, RH316
10:30am - 11:15am Collaborate General Session 2: Affordability & eLearning
- Cyril Oberlander, CSU Humboldt
CH106
11:30am - 12:15pm Collaborate Breakout Sessions 2
CH106, RH211, RH316
12:15pm - 1:00pm Lunch CH106
1:00pm - 1:45pm Collaborate General Session 3: Promising Practices in Digital Learning
- Kristin Powers, Intentional Futures
- Ilona Chebotareva, Intentional Futures
CH106
2:00pm - 2:45pm Collaborate Breakout Sessions 3
CH106, RH211, RH316
3:00pm - 3:45pm Collaborate General Session 4: Personalized Learning
- Meaghan Duff, EDUCAUSE
CH106
3:45pm - 4:00pm Wrap-up
- OLC
- NMC
- UAA
CH106

Day 1 sessions vary in length.

Day 2 Collaborate General Sessions are 45 minutes long, followed by 45 minute Collaborate Breakout Sessions.  

Attendees will select one of several breakout sessions to attend following each general session.

All sessions are considered BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). 

All sessions are held at University of Alaska Anchorage and are in Alaska Daylight Time (AKDT).

 

Monday Evening Reception, hosted by NMC

Please be sure to RSVP for the Monday evening reception during the registration process. 

Time to celebrate! Join friends of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success initiative on Monday from 4:15-6:15pm for a reception at the University of Alaska Anchorage Planetarium & Visualization Theater. Attendees will enjoy great food, good drinks, and two theater showings highlighting some of Alaska’s greatest sights (seating is limited and on a first come, first serve basis). Capitalize on this opportunity to get to know partners from the Digital Learning Solution Network, and experience a little bit of Alaskan fun!

Joining us for OLC Collaborate?  Come directly to University of Alaska Anchorage.

University of Alaska Anchorage, 3211 Providence Dr. Anchorage, AK 99502

Staying for both days?

UAA Campus Map (pdf or interactive map) and get Driving Directions (google) 

Make your reservations to stay in a nearby hotel.

 

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If you are an education technology or distance learning company, this intimate one-day session will give you the chance to collaborate with educators, administrators, and online learning professionals – your potential clients in discussion forums, at lunch and in our small exhibitor showcase. 

To learn more, contact our Manager, Sponsorship Sales, Brenda Weiss-Pesta by email, brenda.pesta@onlinelearning-c.org or by phone, 617.716.1417.

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