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7:00am - 7:00pm - Registration Open

8:00am – 12:00pm – Pre-Conference Workshops AM

  • AM1: Accessibility - Identifying the Pieces of an Accessibility Plan (Part 1)Find yourself a bit overwhelmed at the thought of an accessibility plan? Having challenges getting started? You're not alone. Accessibility concerns ranked in the top three administrative challenges in ITC's 2017 Distance Learning Survey. If you are feeling overwhelmed or do not know where to start, this workshop will help you find the pieces for creating an accessibility plan! This morning session will discuss change theory and how it impacts the creation and implementation of an accessibility plan as well as the very important topic of risk management. Workshop facilitators will walk through the process of garnering administrative buy-in, identifying stakeholders, conducting a needs assessment, developing audit tools, and setting accessibility goals. Participants have the option to register for the afternoon session to continue working on their draft accessibility plan.
  • AM2: Engaging Students with 3D and Augmented Reality 3D and augmented reality can engage students in both face to face and online courses. But especially for distance learning, these tools are opening interesting possibilities. Workshop participants will learn about the latest apps that can be used to design activities that can be used to engage online students through augmented or 3D activities and projects. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to use and explore these tools which are quickly making a mark in education! I will demonstrate step by step how to create an engaging lesson using these tools. With these tools, students can experience learning in any environment outside a classroom. The audience participants will view multiple examples and participate hands-on in experiencing the tools for a variety of types of subject areas.
  • AM3: Measuring Online Student Learning: A Framework for Assessment With the proliferation of online education - under its different metamorphosis, from Competency-Based Education (CBE) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to classic online and blended courses - as one of the main paths to pursue higher education and attain knowledge, skills and abilities; the topic of how assessment is implemented to ensure that learning is occurring and gained is an important question that faculty, administrators, and online learning institutions should focus on. This session proposes and describes a framework for measuring student learning achievements. The purpose of this framework is to provide an assessment for learning in online courses through the alignment of institutional learning outcomes, program goals, course objectives and student learning outcomes. Participants in this session will be engaged in applying research-based pedagogy and methodology framework to assess student learning in online learning environments.
  • AM4: Unstandardizing Learning With New Technologies (Sponsored by HP, Inc.) - Elliott and Mike will lead this workshop and take participants through a multitude of new technologies that are currently impacting and will rapidly morph instructional and learning strategies in the very near future. We'll discuss current and future instructional uses for new technologies that can absolutely help "Unstandardize" learning, like:

     -extended Reality (XR is term for combine VR/AR/MR/BR technologies

     -New Immersive Technologies

        -Synchronous Virtual Teaching Solutions

        -New 3D Scanning technologies for Project Based Learning

     -Artificial Intelligence

     -Additive 3D Printing and its potential in Maker Learning

     These new technologies will impact so many social, economic and educational areas. Learning more about the

     potential of these use cases and why it may make sense to explore in your colleges is the goal for this session.

     Participants will also be able to explore hands-on usage of several of these cutting-edge technologies and

     discuss Open Educational Resources that may be valuable for your students and faculty. Join Elliott and Mike

     for this fun, interesting and exploratory look at new learning technologies….

     Session leaders:

     Elliott Levine, HP Director of Education and Distinguished Technologist

     Mike Belcher, HP Director of EdTech Innovation

1:00pm – 5:00pm – Pre-Conference Workshops PM

  • PM1: Accessibility - Putting the Pieces of an Accessibility Plan Together (Part 2)Now that you have identified your stakeholders, goals, and accessibility needs, how do you pull this information together so you can implement your plan? This afternoon session will walk participants through writing policies and procedures for website, procurement and instructional content. Participants will collaborate with each other to identify some possible campus resources to utilize, as well as funding resources for implementing your plan. In addition, they will identify ways to build campus awareness and discuss how to evaluate their plan for sustainability. Participation in this session does not require attendance at the morning session.
  • PM2: Destination Innovation: Tomorrow's Technology in Today's ClassroomsThis session will be an interactive and hands on training on how to use Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality. Students will learn about the "Cloth to Counter" project and will learn how to make modified "smart" clothing using copper tape and conductive thread. Participants will learn how to use Google Tour Creator and Google Cardboard to create a "Student Voices" project, and, finally, students will learn to operate IoT Devices. If travel permits (or a local partner can help), participants will have the chance to fly a drone. There is a partnering presentation on how these technologies are being used in 3 projects spanning 20 courses.
  • PM3: Support the Use of Open Educational Resources in Online Courses: Advocate, Adopt, Adapt, Author Open educational resources (OER) are gaining traction in higher ed because they lower the cost of attendance for students and enable faculty to fully customize course content. A growing body of research also demonstrates that use of OER is associated with improved student outcomes and retention. This session will prepare attendees to support greater use of OER in your institution's online courses.
  • PM4: Active Learning Methods for eLearning Think about the last time you learned something. What was the topic? How did you learn it? What motivated you to engage in the learning and stay engaged? What got you thinking critically about the knowledge you were seeking? What kind of innovation had you wished had been applied to the topic? What new tool would have been fun? This session will discuss active learning strategies in online learning that help faculty engage learners, and can lead to innovation in the classroom. Active learning is a teaching method that supports learning. The method uses techniques and activities that promote analysis, synthesis, and evaluation that guide students towards achieving learning objectives.These techniques and activities are based on ideas about how people learn and engage regardless of content discipline. Active learning is not only an effective method in the traditional learning environment, but also, it is effective in an online environment. Instructors/designers must continue to design activities that support learning objectives, but structure them to work online, outside of the traditional classroom environment where active learning techniques are heavily dependent upon face-to-face interaction.

5:30pm – 7:00pm – Welcome Reception & Exhibits OpenG


7:00am – 6:30am – Registration Open/Exhibits Open

7:00am – 8:00am – Networking Breakfast/Leadership Academy Alumni Breakfast*

8:00am – 8:30am – Welcome & Opening

8:30am – 9:30am – Opening Keynote

Mike Belcher

Americas Director of EdTech Innovation, HP, Inc.

Understanding the potential and impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution on education

Sponsored by HP, Inc.

Over the next 10 years, next-generation technologies will rapidly and radically change our economy and ways of life. Mike Belcher, Dir. Of EdTech Innovation for HP, will lead us through a fast-paced review of Artificial Intelligence, eXtended Reality, 3D printing and immersive computing and how HP believes these new technologies will impact instruction and eLearning as we know it"


9:30am – 10:00am – Networking Break

10:00am – 10:45am – Concurrent Sessions A

  • A1: A Holistic Approach to Online Student Success
  • A2: What Flavor is Your Online Class? Building Social Presence and Fostering Engaged and Successful Students
  • A3: Does My Online Course Make Me Look Awesome?
  • A4: "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet!" How Online Learning Leadership Can Drive a College Culture of Student Success
  • A5: Working with the Library: Affordable Alternatives to a Textbook
  • A6: Accessibility Initiatives from a Community College Setting

10:45am – 11:15am – Networking Break

11:15am – 12:00pm – Concurrent Sessions B

  • B1: Just-in-time: Leveraging Synchronous Technologies Within the Asynchronous Online Course - CANCELLED
  • B2: Playful Engagement and Online Learners
  • B3: Online Courses that Sparkol and Sparkle
  • B4: Using Artificial Intelligence Technology in Distance Learning Courses to Improve Student Critical Thinking and Writing
  • B5: Stacking the Deck Honestly: Earning Outstanding Online Student Evaluations
  • B6: A Hands-On Approach to Accessibility

12:00pm – 12:45pm – Networking Lunch

12:45pm – 1:45pm – Grand Debate (Sponsored by ClassLink)

2:00pm – 2:45pm – Concurrent Sessions C

  • C1: A Second Chance Through Learning: Sinclair's Technology-Based Prison Education Program
  • C2: DEC-101 Online Teaching Certification Course
  • C3: Universal Design for Online Pedagogy at the College of Southern Nevada
  • C4: A Roundtable Exploration of Culturally Responsive Online Teaching
  • C5: What the Numbers Say: Assessing E-Learning Facilitation in Order to Improve Student Success
  • C6: Are They Actually Using Your Online Learning Resources? A Phone App Can Tell You (Sponsored by ClassLink)

2:45pm – 3:15pm – Networking Break

3:15pm – 4:00pm – Concurrent Sessions D

  • D1: Creating a Learning Community Online: Strategies to Foster Engagement, Relationships and Success
  • D2: Herding Cats and Teaching Them a Trick or Two: Strategies for Finding your Piece of the Faculty Development Pie
  • D3: Brick by Brick: Build Research Support in Online Classes by Building in a Librarian
  • D4: Doors Open to the Clinical Setting with 360° Media
  • D5: Working together: Building a Collaborative Partnership in an Online World
  • D6: Course Design with Accessibility in Mind

4:15pm – 5:00pm – Concurrent Session E/Round Robin

  • E1: You are Not Alone: Collaborating to Help with Student Success 
  • E2: Strategies for Successful Online Group Work
  • E3: Actively Engage Students Using Blackboard's LTIs (VoiceThread and PlayPosit)
  • E4: Seven Suggestions for Building and Sustaining a Culture of Academic Integrity in our Digital World
  • E5: Round Robin
  • E6: 8 Practices to Achieve Online Accessibility

*Leadership Academy Alumni Breakfast - Invite Only


7:00am – 2:45pm – Exhibits Open

7:00am – 3:30pm - Registration Open

7:00am – 8:00am – Networking Breakfast (Sponsored by HP, Inc.)

8:00am – 8:45am – Concurrent Sessions F

  • F1: Making Online Students into Professionals
  • F2: The Critical Role of Faculty Development in Online Course Design
  • F3: Building a Reusable Instructional Design Infrastructure
  • F4: Academic Integrity in the Era of Coursehero
  • F5: Prescriptive Student Online Orientation and Readiness Assessment
  • F6: Three Ways to Improve your eLearning Program in 2019 (Sponsored by SmarterServices)

8:45am – 9:15am – Networking Break

9:15am – 10:00am – Concurrent Sessions G

  • G1: Meager Voices: Deepening Teacher-Student Engagement in Online Courses
  • G2: Developing a Comprehensive Evaluation System for Online Faculty
  • G3: All Access Course Delivery with Zoom Video Conferencing
  • G4: Authentically Assessing the Online Learner
  • G5: Accessibility and UDL: Minimize Barriers and Maximize Learning 
  • G6: How to Create Interactive, Responsive, Accessible Online Lessons That Work With Any LMS(Sponsored by SoftChalk)

10:00am – 10:30am – Networking Break

10:30am – 11:15am – Concurrent Sessions H

  • H1: Increasing Student Success and Satisfaction in Online Classes
  • H2: Bringing Balance to the Force with Critical Thinking and Technology Learning Skills Courses
  • H3: Mixing It Up - Practical Blended Learning Ingredients
  • H4: Gamification Techniques to Engage Students
  • H5: Equitable Leadership: Systematizing Equity Through Collaboration and Technology Skills to Mitigate the Digital Divide, One Program's Experience
  • H6: Designing Online Tutoring Into Your Courses (Sponsored by Pearson)

11:15am – 11:45am - Networking Break

12:00pm – 1:30pm – Awards for Excellence in eLearning Luncheon

1:30pm – 2:15pm – Federal Update/Student Panel

2:15pm – 2:45pm – Networking Break

2:45pm – 3:30pm – Concurrent Sessions I

  • I1: What if Reimagining Online Learning Platforms Positively Impacted Student Retention and Completion Rates  
  • I2: Developing Master Teachers via a Hybrid Program: Enhancing Faculty Effectiveness through Collaborative Online and Face-to-Face Learning Experiences 
  • I3: The Influence of Course Design and Enhanced Instruction on Student Retention and Success in High-Risk Online Classes
  • I4: Influencing Washington: Time To Roll Up Your Sleeves! Benefits
  • I5: Beyond the Wallet: OERs in the CTE Classroom
  • I6: 2018 Award for Outstanding eLearning eCourse - Wake Technical Community College: Countering Isolation by Bridging Digital Islands in Online Classes

3:30pm - 4:00pm - Networking Break

4:00pm – 4:45pm – Concurrent Sessions J

  • J1: Increase Engagement with Students in Online Classes
  • J2: Instructor Presence...Who's Behind the Curtain?
  • J3: Maximizing the Impact of Peer Reviews
  • J4: Who is Really Doing the Work in Your Online Courses?
  • J5: Round Robin
  • J6: 2018 Award for Outstanding Support for Faculty or Students - Wilmington University: The Pathways to Instructional Excellence Overview


7:30am – 10:30am – Registration Open

7:30am – 8:30am – Networking Breakfast

8:30am – 9:15am – Concurrent Sessions K

  • K1: Promoting Interactivity - A Framework for Student Success
  • K2: Enter your Online Class like a Wrestling Superstar
  • K3: Gotta Have Soul: Building Interactivity and Instructor Presence at the Course and Program Level, an Interactive Discussion
  • K4: Exploring the Potential of Augmented Reality in Higher Education 
  • K5: Developing Oral Proficiency in the Online World Language Class
  • K6: 2018 Award for Innovative eLearning Technology - Excelsior College: ORC to the Rescue

9:30am – 10:15am – Concurrent Sessions L

  • L1: Student Preparedness-Breaking Barriers in Online Learning
  • L2: Alternative Credit for Faculty Promotion Purposes: Teaching and Designing Hybrid Courses - A Two "Credit" OER Faculty Training Course
  • L3: Design Fail? Learning Environment Modeling Language (LEML) Can Help!
  • L4: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: Academic Honesty and the Online Student
  • L5: The Robots are Coming! AI, AR, MR, and VR in All Academic Disciplines
  • L6: Spreading the Word: Increasing Accessibility Awareness One Certificate at a Time

10:15am – 11:30am – Closing Keynote - Pamela Quinn, Ed.D.