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.

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 Course: 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 Open


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

9:30am – 10:00am – Networking Break

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

10:45am – 11:15am – Networking Break

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

12:00pm – 12:45pm – Networking Lunch

12:45pm – 1:45pm – Grand Debate

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

2:45pm – 3:15pm – Networking Break

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

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

*Leadership Academy Alumni Breakfast - Invite Only


7:00am – 2:45pm – Exhibits Open

7:00am – 3:30pm - Registration Open

7:00am – 8:00am – Networking Breakfast

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

8:45am – 9:15am – Networking Break

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

10:00am – 10:30am – Networking Break

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

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

3:30pm - 4:00pm - Networking Break

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


7:30am – 10:30am – Registration Open

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

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

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

10:15am – 11:30am – Closing Keynote