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Speakers

  • Tamara Anderson (Web College Retention Specialist at Truckee Meadows Community College)

    Tamara Anderson

    Web College Retention Specialist at Truckee Meadows Community College

    Tamara Anderson is the retention specialist at TMCC in Reno, Nevada. She is responsible for ensuring the first-time online students have a successful start. She provides as much support as possible in a variety of areas, including technical, personal, study skills, and just plain encouragement. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada Reno with a masters degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She has also been a part-time faculty for 12 years.

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  • Roy Bartels (Retired)

    Roy Bartels

    Retired

    After 30 years in various industries and technology-related positions, Roy Bartels retired from Western Texas College as chief technology and information security officer. His experience, education, and service on regional, state, and national boards, plus his retirement career in fiction writing, give him a unique perspective on the Internet of Things.

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    Garry Brand

    Grand Rapids Community College

    Garry Brand is a full-time professor in the Business Department at Grand Rapids Community College. He has been practicing and teaching law for 25 years. He earned his BBA in Finance from Western Michigan University. He has a Juris Doctor from WMU Cooley Law. He also trains faculty to teach online and to use instructional technologies like the Lighboard.

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    Kirsten Butcher

    Associate Professor & Program Director of University of Utah

    Kirsten Butcher is the program director and an Associate Professor in the Instructional Design and Educational Technology program in Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. Dr. Butcher's research examines how multimedia and educational technology can support meaningful learning and knowledge transfer, with particular focus on how technology-based interactions can promote high-level cognitive processes employed by learners and the depth of learning outcomes that they achieve. Dr. Butcher joined the faculty at the University of Utah in 2008. She has a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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  • Cheryl Chapman (Digital Graphics Instructor at Coastline Community College)

    Cheryl Chapman

    Digital Graphics Instructor at Coastline Community College

    Cheryl is at the Department Chair of Career & Technical Education, as well a professor in the Digital Media, Business Computing and Teacher Education departments at Coastline College. Cheryl serves on the Academic Senate and various other committees, including the curriculum, Professional Development, and Distance Learning/Technology Committees. Cheryl is also a course reviewer for the California Community College Online Education Initiative. As course review mentor, she works with faculty to develop materials for online/hybrid and onsite courses and presents training workshops, such as video integration, universal design, adult learning theory and accessibility.

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  • Melvin Cobb (Professor at Long Beach City College)

    Melvin Cobb

    Professor at Long Beach City College

    Melvin Cobb has been a full-time faculty member at Long Beach City College since 2004. He teaches in the Computer and Office Studies department and oversees the Computer Proficiencies for Academic
    Success curriculum. In addition, he currently coordinates the online education and OER programs. Prior to teaching, Melvin served as Director of Online Education at Rio Hondo Community College where he coordinated Region II of the California Virtual Campus, a grant project commissioned to assist California community colleges to develop online programs. Melvin is the recipient of the LBCC 2017 Distinguished Online Educator Award.

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  • David Comfort (Administrator, Web & Portal Systems at Rowan College at Gloucester County)

    David Comfort

    Administrator, Web & Portal Systems at Rowan College at Gloucester County

    David Comfort is the administrator of Web & Portal Systems at Rowan College. Dave works with the web and portal team to manage the day-to-day operations of these systems. In addition, Dave assists with mobile development, SharePoint, project management-related tasks and other responsibilities as needed. Dave also teaches web development-related classes as an adjunct instructor at Rowan College.

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  • Lori Frear (Professor at Wake Technical Community College)

    Lori Frear

    Professor at Wake Technical Community College

    Lori Frear received her PhD in Zoology with a minor in Science Education and another minor in Physiology from North Carolina State University in 2000. Upon graduating from NCSU she began teaching biology, physiology and human anatomy & physiology courses at the college level. Lori has taught at Meredith College, College Misericordia, NCSU and at Wake Technical Community College. Teaching at institutions ranging from four year private to two year community colleges has resulted in exposure to a range of students, student needs and policies that, along with her desire to see students succeed, have played a role in developing who Lori is as a professor. Currently Lori is a full professor teaching online biology and online anatomy and physiology courses at Wake Technical Community College.

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  • Regina Gong (OER Project Manager at Lansing Community College)

    Regina Gong

    OER Project Manager at Lansing Community College

    Regina Gong is the OER Project Manager at Lansing Community College (LCC) in Michigan. She has been leading and managing LCC’s OER initiative since 2015. Regina is a prominent figure in the open education community and has done numerous national presentations and webinars on OER. She is a staunch advocate of openness, equity, and access through her involvement as an executive council member of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) where she is vice-president for professional development. Regina is a member of the Michigan Colleges Online (MCO) OER Steering Committee; and Program Committee for the 2018 and 2019 Open Education Conference. Regina also serves on the SPARC (Scholarly Publication and Academic Resources Coalition) Steering Committee for 2019 and on the North America Library Advisory Board for Ubiquity Press, an open access publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals and books.

    Her research focuses on the effect of OER on student learning, open educational practices, and pedagogy. Her open education research is supported by the OER Research Group Fellowship (she was one of the awardees for 2017-2018) and the Global OER Graduate Network (GO_GN) from the UK Open University.

    Regina obtained her Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) at Wayne State University and is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) Program at Michigan State University.

    Check out the LCC OER LibGuide at http://libguides.lcc.edu/oer, and you can follow her on Twitter @drgong.

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  • William Hatheway (Quality Assurance Specialist at Northern Virginia Community College)

    William Hatheway

    Quality Assurance Specialist at Northern Virginia Community College

    Will Hatheway is also a Quality Assurance Specialist at NOVA Online, sharing many of the same roles as Nillab (including facilitating the Online Instruction 101 workshop and mentoring new faculty; they also investigate student complaints in order to assist in interventions regarding online faculty performance issues). He serves as NOVA Online’s QM Coordinator and is an active Master Reviewer, along with having taught online as an adjunct for the college since 2010.

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  • Martin Hoffman (Dean, Learning Resources at Rowan College at Burlington County)

    Martin Hoffman

    Dean, Learning Resources at Rowan College at Burlington County

    Dr. Martin A. Hoffman, Sr. is the Dean of Learning Resources for Rowan College at Burlington County, is serving his third term at the Northeast Regional Representative to the ITC Board of Directors and is the ITC Membership Committee Chair.

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    Eugene Jars

    Instructional Designer at Pima Community College

    Eugene Jars is currently an Instructional Designer for Pima Community College. He has been working with online education since the late 1990s, designing learning experiences for the military, corporate and academic worlds. He's a graduate of Boise State with a master's degree in Human Performance Technology.

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  • Jennifer Jones (Distance Learning Director of Alamance Community College)

    Jennifer Jones

    Distance Learning Director of Alamance Community College

    Jennifer is the Director of Distance Learning at Alamance Community College in Graham, NC. Jennifer has worked with the North Carolina Community College System for over 16 years. As the Director of Distance Learning, Jennifer works with all aspects of online teaching and learning and chairs the accessibility committee at ACC.

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  • William Knapp (Executive Director, Distance Learning of Grand Rapids Community College)

    William Knapp

    Executive Director, Distance Learning of Grand Rapids Community College

    Bill Knapp is the Executive Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies at Grand Rapids Community College. Bill has been working in higher education for the past 20 years supporting eLearning at both the community college and university. Bill also serves as the North Central Regional Representative on the ITC Board of Directors.

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  • Dawn Kolakoski (Director of Online Instruction at Northern Virginia Community College)

    Dawn Kolakoski

    Director of Online Instruction at Northern Virginia Community College

    Dr. Dawn Kolakoski is the Director on Online Instruction at Northern Virginia Community College in Fairfax, VA where she is responsible for the faculty and services support unit of NOVA Online, overseeing 600 online faculty teaching over 1300 sections of courses to 24,000 students. She also supervises and coordinates statewide delivery of NOVA Online courses to a network of 21 Virginia Community Colleges. Prior to coming to NOVA, Dawn was Professor and Department Chair of the Teacher Preparation Department at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY for 27 years and is a member of the ITC Board of Directors serving as the Southeast Regional Representative.

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    Klaas Kwant

    Grand Rapids Community College

    Klaas Kwant has been working in GRCC's Media Technologies department since 1990. He has been a proponent of utilizing visual technologies to improve learning, promotion and staff development, producing video content and advocating for instructional equipment and environments in all of these areas. Trained at GVSU, he is completing his masters degree in Educational Technology from Western Michigan University. GRCC was a proud early adopter of streaming video via Youtube and now boasts more views than any other institution of higher education in the state of Michigan; we have evolved significantly since the early days of Real Media and now stream content in HD, 4K and 360, both live and archived. With the continued trend of increasing reliance on online instruction, Klaas is motivated to make that experience as productive as possible for students and reduce any differences in success between web and in-person instruction.

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  • Rick Lockwood (Business Faculty at Coastline Community College)

    Rick Lockwood

    Business Faculty at Coastline Community College

    Rick Lockwood is the Business Department Chair at Coastline College.

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  • Fred Lokken (Dean, WebCollege & Academic Support Services at Truckee Meadows Community College)

    Fred Lokken

    Dean, WebCollege & Academic Support Services at Truckee Meadows Community College

    Fred Lokken is currently chair-elect of the Instructional Council and a member of the ITC Board of Directors. Fred also has authored the ITC Annual National Distance Education Survey for the past fourteen years. Fred is also a Professor of Political Science and chair of the Department of Business, History, Political Science & Culinary Arts at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. He also served as TMCC's eLearning administrator for eighteen years and most recently served as dean of WebCollege.

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  • Waleed Ma

    Waleed Ma'arouf

    High School and Statewide Success Strategist at Ball State University

    Waleed received a M.Ed. in Learning Sciences with an emphasis in education and play from Indiana University Bloomington. Continuing on to higher education, Waleed has supported a diverse range of students in a variety of ways; from developing accessible documentation for college students to mentoring at-risk high school students, he now serves online and distance learners at Ball State University. By innovating processes, utilizing engaging digital artifacts, and incorporating fun, Waleed is able rethink what the Ball State Online experience can be.

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  • Terry Norris (Director, eLearning of College of Southern Nevada)

    Terry Norris

    Director, eLearning of College of Southern Nevada

    Dr. Terry Norris serves as director of eLearning at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He has served in this role for the past ten years.  Terry also serves as chair of the eLearning administrators for the Nevada System of Higher Education and has served as a member of the WOW review committee for WCET for the past several years.  He manages an online program with more than 20,000 student enrollments at CSN.

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  • Nillab Pazhwak (Quality Assurance Specialist at Northern Virginia Community College)

    Nillab Pazhwak

    Quality Assurance Specialist at Northern Virginia Community College

    Nillab Pazhwak has served as Quality Assurance Specialist at NOVA Online since 2015. Besides conducting annual course reviews on all NOVA Online faculty, she co-facilitates the Online Instruction training course that covers a wide range of pedagogical aspects and best practices in online learning. She also orients new faculty, a process that includes a comprehensive one on one mentorship and formative course evaluation process. Her extensive experience in eLearning, faculty evaluation, faculty training, new faculty mentorship and teaching undergraduate courses (online and face to face) goes back over a decade through her work at Strayer University and as adjunct faculty at both Strayer and Stratford Universities. Nillab Pazhwak is a certified Quality Matters Online Facilitator and actively serves as a QM Peer Reviewer.

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  • Josh Piddington (Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Rowan College at Gloucester County)

    Josh Piddington

    Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Rowan College at Gloucester County

    Josh R. Piddington has devoted himself to furthering the reach of affordable, quality higher education for almost two decades. Mr. Piddington specializes in almost anything dealing with technology, but his research interests lie in Augmented Reality, Internet of Things (IoT), social media, instructional design, and political science. Piddington is a principled leader who always puts students' interests first.

    As Vice President of the Division of Innovation & Technology and Chief Information Officer at Rowan College at Gloucester County, Piddington leads all technology initiatives as well as Distance Education and Marketing & Communications. During his stewardship, the College's online learning environment has grown to encompass more than 80% of all courses offered and the Marketing department has won several awards for its creative campaigns and sophisticated use of digital marketing and social media.

    Piddington is a noted expert in the area of Distance Education and chairs the New Jersey Council of Community College’s Distance Education Affinity Group, which is charged with advising NJ’s Community College sector with best practices surrounding distance education. Mr. Piddington also chairs CollegeAnywhere, Inc., a nonprofit committed to helping faculty teach and inspire students by providing affordable tools and resources that bring rich media content to teaching and learning.

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  • Pamela Quinn (Provost at Dallas County Community College District)

    Pamela Quinn

    Provost at Dallas County Community College District

    Dr. Pamela Quinn served as Provost/CEO LeCroy Center/Dallas County Community College District with previous titles of president and assistant chancellor. Dr. Quinn is an experienced administrator and supervisor with a successful history of working in distance and online learning with a focus on learning technologies. She has lead innovative teams throughout many areas of higher education including: Academic Advising, Marketing, Editing, Video Production, Educational Technology, and Instructional Design.

    She has enjoyed an exciting career as both a spectator and participant in the ongoing evolution of e-learning, from the beginning of telecourses, working with the PBS Adult Learning Service, through satellite-delivered instruction to the introduction and growth of online courses and services. For those keeping count, Dr. Quinn has been involved with Dallas Colleges Online; Dallas Learning Solutions; DCCCD eCampus/ LMS; Dallas Colleges cable channel; NUTN/ National University Technology Network; and the STARLINK professional development network. She is the recipient of the ITC Lifetime Achievement Award and several other awards for her work in distance education. After serving on the task force chaired by former Secretary of Education Richard Riley on state authorization, Dr. Quinn is serving her second term as a community college representative on the NC-SARA Board.

    Dr. Quinn continues to work with faculty and staff, improving online instruction and transforming higher education. We are pleased to have her with us for our special NDLW webinar: Where We Started, Where We Are and Where We're Going.

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    Derk Riechers

    Director, Online College of Florence-Darlington Technical College

    Derk Riechers is the Director of the South Carolina Virtual College of FDTC (SCVC). He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Economics from Francis Marion University and a Master’s degree in Management and Leadership & Human Resources Development from Webster University. In addition, he holds a Master of Business Administration and a Post-Master’s Teaching Certificate from Capella University. Furthermore, Mr. Riechers has conducted a myriad of conference presentations on a variety of topics within the distance education field. A fun fact about Mr. Riechers is he loves to cook and always enjoys trying new recipes!

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  • Beth Ritter-Guth (Associate Dean of Online Learning and Educational Technology at Northampton Community College)

    Beth Ritter-Guth

    Associate Dean of Online Learning and Educational Technology at Northampton Community College

    Beth is currently the new Associate Dean of Online Learning and Educational Technology at Northampton Community College in her home town of Bethlehem, PA.

    Previously, she was the Director of Instructional Design, Director of American Honors, and Director of the Innovation Center at Union County College in Cranford, NJ. Current work features the Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence programming in addition to ethical hacking, cyber law, gaming, gamification, and the digital humanities.

    Beth has earned multiple awards for the use of these technologies including the Teacher of the Future award by the National Association of Independent Schools, the Nobel Teacher of Distinction Award, the Campus Leadership Team Award by Campus Technology, and most recently, the 2017 Innovator of the
    Year by the League of Innovation and the 2017 Leadership & Innovation award from NJEdge. Her work has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wired Magazine, USA Today and America Online.

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  • Stephanie Shipley (Instructional Design Specialist at Roane State Community College)

    Stephanie Shipley

    Instructional Design Specialist at Roane State Community College

    Stephanie Shipley is currently an Instructional Designer and Adjunct Instructor at Roane State Community College. She has worked at the Center for Teaching Arts and Technology since 2016. Previously, she was a K-12 educator at an inner city school in Knoxville, Tennessee. After pursuing a Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee in Instructional Design and Technology, she realized that her passion for education shifted to adult learning and distance education. Currently, Stephanie is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Memphis and plans to graduate in 2020.

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  • Mickey Slimp (Executive Director of Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges & Universities (NETnet))

    Mickey Slimp

    Executive Director of Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges & Universities (NETnet)

    Dr. Mickey Slimp is the executive director of the Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities, where he leads a group of two and four-year schools working together to "increase access to educational and rural health programs for the people of Northeast Texas." A board member and past chair of the Instructional Technology Council, Mickey has served on two AACC Commissions and now leads ITC's New Initiatives Group, a national "brain trust" offering insights on technology and distance learning practice for the Council's membership. His home state work garnered him induction into The Texas Distance Learning Association's Hall of Fame, citing his role as the founding director of the Virtual College of Texas, as the project director for Internet Teachers at Every College, which created more than 1,400 new Internet teachers statewide, and as a fifteen-year dean of the award-winning distance program at Tyler Junior College. In addition to ITC, Mickey currently serves on the board of the LEARN network, Texas’ university fiber network, on the national advisory board for the Internet2 Community Anchor Program (CAP) and is an editor of the TxDLA Online Journal. Mickey has taught for multiple Texas universities, was a research associate at Auburn University, and is currently a faculty member and Associate Provost with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. Most recently, Dr. Slimp authored How the Internet of Things Is Changing Our Colleges, Our Classrooms, and Our Students with former ITC Board member Roy Bartels.

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  • C. Ted Ward (Director of Academic Initiatives and Student Strategies at Ball State University; Division of Online and Strategic Learning)

    C. Ted Ward

    Director of Academic Initiatives and Student Strategies at Ball State University; Division of Online and Strategic Learning

    Ted has more than eighteen years of combined experience in higher education. While beginning his career as faculty, Ted has spent a large portion of his career serving in a dual capacity as both faculty and administrator. Throughout that time, Ted has been focused on promoting the success of adult-learners and other non-traditional students, whom are often located at a distance from a main campus setting. Through Ted’s leadership, the Learner Experience unit of Online and Strategic Learning has been recognized internationally for innovation and outstanding learner support.

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    Lori Wendt

    Online Support Specialist at Parkland College

    Lori Wendt is the Learning Management System Specialist at Parkland College. She has been at Parkland for 18 years, the last 10 in distance learning. Lori obtained her MBA from Eastern Illinois University in 2006 and has been teaching Business Ethics part-time since 2007 both online and in the classroom. In her role as LMS Specialist, she also teaches faculty courses on Creating Accessible Content and Instructional Technology Skills, Strategies, Design and Pedagogy.

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    Glenne Whisenhunt

    Director of Center for Learning and Teaching at Oklahoma City Community College

    Glenné came to Oklahoma City Community College in 2009. Her years of educational experience includes educational research at the University of Oklahoma's K20 Center, high school principal, Chemistry and Biological Sciences instructor, and multiple leadership positions. One of Glenne's passions is the pursuit of increased student engagement and innovative teaching practices. She works diligently to research and explore the possibility of incorporating these strategies into OCCC classrooms.

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    Lamar Younginer

    Director of the Online College at Florence-Darlington Technical College

    Lamar Younginer has over 25 years of experience in higher education. He has worked in both the 2 year and 4 year college systems. He currently works with the Online College at FDTC. He also works with faculty training and instructional design. Previously he has worked in the IT department as a Help Desk coordinator, in the Student Services area as a Career Counselor and as an Admissions Counselor and in Human Resources as an Assistant Benefits Coordinator. In addition he teaches as an adjunct instructor for the Business Department where he implements the best practices discussed in this presentation.

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Tickets

What the Annual ITC National Survey Tells Us About the Future of Distance Learning

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Presenting:
Fred Lokken
Chair, ITC & Author, Annual ITC National Survey

The ITC has conducted the Annual ITC National Survey for the past fifteen years. Many of us have benefitted from the data; the national perspective helps us to know if our programs are typical and that many of us share the same challenges with our program, faculty and students.

Fifteen years of data can also help us to understand emerging as well as well established trends AND can also allow us to predict the trajectory of Distance Learning in higher education. Join Fred for a brief review of the 2019 key results and bold predictions regarding the future of Distance Learning.

Member Price Free
Standard Price $100
OCR Journey

Archived

Presenters:
Josh Piddington
Vice President, Division of Innovation & Technology
Chief Information Officer
Rowan College at Gloucester County, Sewell, NJ

David Comfort
Administrator, Web & Portal Systems
Rowan College at Gloucester County, Sewell, NJ

Member Price Free
Standard Price $100
Playful Engagement for Online Learners

Archived

Presenters:
Waleed Ma'arouf, M.Ed.
High School and Statewide Student Success Strategist
(Academic Advisor & Recruiter)
Division of Online and Strategic Learning
Ball State University, Muncie, IN

C. Ted Ward, II
Director of Academic Initiatives and Student Strategies
(Director of Student and Program Services)
Division of Online and Strategic Learning
Ball State University, Muncie, IN

Online learners often struggle with developing a supportive community and feeling involved with the institution or engaged in the courses they are taking. This session will provide participants with ideas and approaches to utilize playfulness as a tool in connecting with online learners in unique and innovative ways. The presenters will share recent experiences in trying to develop and implement “playful engagement” for student support purposes (outside of the classroom) within an online division of a four-year public university. As the presenters outline the empathetic consideration of the users, specific goal development, and the navigation of many challenges faced, participants in this session will gain valuable insights into the development of “playful engagement” activities.

Through the use of fun and hands-on activities, participants will apply lessons to their own contexts and gain a deeper understanding of how "playful engagement” can be used within their own efforts to increase matriculation, raise affinity for the institution, and promote retention of online learners.


Ted Ward

Member Price Free
Standard Price $100
Outstanding eLearning Course: Bridging the Digital Divide in Online Classes

Archived

Presenter:
Lori Frear, PhD
Professor, Biology
Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC

A common concern in online courses is the feeling that students are isolated on a digital island with limited contact to their peers and their instructor. This session will present three different techniques used to bridge digital islands. The techniques used are relatively simple and engaging approaches that can be successfully applied to any online course regardless of content.

Member Price Free
Standard Price $100
Developing a Comprehensive Evaluation System for Online Faculty

Archived

Presenter:
Dawn Kolakoski, Ed.D.
Director, Online Instruction
Northern Virginia Community College, Fairfax, VA

This session will focus on the development and use of a faculty evaluation system designed to improve instruction and pedagogy in online courses. Are you dealing with student complaints about the lack of presence by faculty in your online classes? Promote best practices by creating a Memorandum of Agreement and an evaluation system that helps nudge faculty into developing a robust online presence! This workshop will share our experiences with the process of creating an evaluation system, tools, and rubric based upon a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) that outlined such expectations for our online faculty. After our first year of evaluations, we’ve collected interesting data on actual faculty practices in online courses and how it compares to expectations by administrators. We will share the trials and tribulations of implementing such a large scale evaluation system (over 600 faculty) and its acceptance by faculty, deans, and online administrators as a method to improve instruction and success for students. Participants will take away examples and ideas of how to implement such a system in their own online programs.

Standard Price $100
What the Numbers Say: Assessing eLearning Facilitation in Order to Improve Student Success

Archived

Presenters:
William Hatheway
Quality Assurance Specialist, NOVA Online
Northern Virginia Community College, Fairfax, VA

Nillab Pazhwak
Quality Assurance Specialist, NOVA Online
Northern Virginia Community College, Fairfax, VA

This session will focus on the statistical findings from our course review process that covered delivery aspects of faculty performance by looking at 500 different instructors’ teaching methods in NOVA Online courses between 2017-2018. We will also summarize the results of our quality assurance research project that involved a review of the design and delivery of our 50-lowest success rate courses in 2016-2017. Taken together, attendees will learn what we found to be the delivery practices most important for online learners, and why the role of faculty presence stood out as the critical factor in the loss of students in 78% of the low success rate courses (clearly affecting student retention). Sharing of our processes, challenges, lessons learned, and our plans to make this course review work actionable in improving our online learner’s success rates will provide valuable examples to attendees and how they can apply them in their distance learning programs.

Attendees will gain a data-driven understanding of what is at stake when it comes to the use of best practices for delivering online courses, how to assess this at their own institutions, and how e-learning administrators, faculty, and students alike can benefit from a rigorous review process.

Standard Price $100
Instructor Presence: Who's Behind the Curtain?

Archived

Presenters:
Cheryl Chapman
Department Chair of Career & Technical Education
Professor, Digital Media, Business Computer, and Teacher Education
Coastline Community College, Fountain Valley, CA

Rick Lockwood
Chair, Business Department
Coastline Community College, Fountain Valley, CA

Learn how you can leverage video to increase instructor presence beginning with students’ very first interaction with your course. The session will cover how to use video to welcome students, how to provide a course tutorial video, and how to introduce the course syllabus with video. Learn why this will help students feel more connected with you as an instructor, and how you can measure student engagement to know that students understand the expectations as outlined in the syllabus.

This session will also cover how to leverage video for lecture capture. This includes capturing face to face class lectures and creating lecture, or lesson videos for online course assignments. Get insights into how to leverage video lessons within Canvas and how you can make them measurable, including linking to the gradebook.

Finally, you will learn ideas for getting students involved through video assignments. Offering video creation as an option for students to show what they know can be effective and engaging. Understand how you can approach this through the LMS to turn students into video whizzes too.

Standard Price $100
Using Video to Drive Student Success (Sponsored by TechSmith)

Archived

When used efficiently, video is an effective tool to increase engagement in online, blended and face to face courses. According to the 2019 Key Issues in Teaching and Learning from Educause, Faculty Development & Engagement is the number one issue, described as “Enabling faculty to craft active learning engagements that achieve learning objectives” (Educause “Key Issues in Teaching and Learning” 2019, www.educause.edu/eli/initiatives/key-issues-in-teaching-and-learning). Number 2 on the list is Online & Blended Learning with a focus on providing courses that serve both face to face and remote students. Video is a key technology that can address both of these challenges.

This session will show how Odessa College, winner of the Aspen Institute Rising Star Award in 2017 and 2019, uses video with its LMS to increase student engagement, improve student retention, and enhance personal connections between instructors and students. Odessa has improved engagement, doubled the graduation rate and rapidly improved overall completion rates by implementing 4 key strategies that are easy for faculty to adopt.

Speaker: Jennifer Lee, Instructional Design and Technology Specialist, OC Global, Odessa College
Bio: With over 10 years as an instructional designer Jennifer has developed skills that allow her to provide great support to both new faculty and senior faculty who have been in the classroom for years. She is innovative and helps spread her enthusiasm to the faculty who work with our students. She regularly conducts training and seminars to faculty, providing them with ongoing development of their skills using technology.

Standard Price $100
What is the internet of Things, and how does it impact your campus?

Archived

Presenters:
Royal Bartels - After 30 years in various industries and technology-related positions, Roy Bartels retired from Western Texas College as chief technology and information security officer. His experience, education, and service on regional, state, and national boards, plus his retirement career in fiction writing, give him a unique perspective on the Internet of Things.

Mickey Slimp (Executive Director, Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges & Universities - NETnet) - Dr. Mickey Slimp is the executive director of the Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities, where he leads a group of two and four-year schools working together to "increase access to educational and rural health programs for the people of Northeast Texas." A board member and past chair of the Instructional Technology Council, Mickey has served on two AACC Commissions and now leads ITC's New Initiatives Group, a national "brain trust" offering insights on technology and distance learning practice for the Council's membership. His home state work garnered him induction into The Texas Distance Learning Association's Hall of Fame, citing his role as the founding director of the Virtual College of Texas, as the project director for Internet Teachers at Every College, which created more than 1,400 new Internet teachers statewide, and as a fifteen-year dean of the award-winning distance program at Tyler Junior College. In addition to ITC, Mickey currently serves on the board of the LEARN network, Texas’ university fiber network, on the national advisory board for the Internet2 Community Anchor Program (CAP) and is an editor of the TxDLA Online Journal. Mickey has taught for multiple Texas universities, was a research associate at Auburn University, and is currently a faculty member and Associate Provost with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. Most recently, Dr. Slimp authored How the Internet of Things Is Changing Our Colleges, Our Classrooms, and Our Students with former ITC Board member Roy Bartels.

You have heard about the Internet of Things. You know that it is having an impact on higher education. So, what is it?

Now that students have the entire computing power of 1975 in a pocket device, the college of the 2020s is entering a new educational age. For teens and tweens, the magic world of Harry Potter is all around. With a wave of a hand, they can control lights and surround themselves with music. In minutes, they can make a catalog of devices appear using a 3D printer. And now, they are ready to travel by driverless cars, summoned from a cellphone.

Embedded technology, that is, computing built into everyday devices, is all around. Known as the Internet of Things, embedded sensors in our home, in our tools, and even in our baseball bats have changed the world as we know it. As with every stage of evolution, leaders have the options to resist, adapt, or to get ahead of the change.

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Measuring the Impact of OER Initiatives: An Assessment Framework

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Presenter: Regina Gong
Lansing Community College

When we assess the impact of our OER projects, cost savings to students are metrics we normally track. However, the impact of OER adoption and usage goes beyond cost savings calculations. This presentation will provide additional measures for assessing OER initiatives using the Cost, Outcomes, Usage, Perceptions (COUP) framework by the Open Education Research Group. During this presentation you will see how this framework is used for developing an assessment plan that tracks not just how much students save but the impact of OER on student learning, retention, persistence, and overall student success.

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Lightboards: Home-Grown to Smart Studio

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Moderator:
Garry Brand, J.D.
Grand Rapids Community College
Professor, Meijer Center for Business Studies
Online Faculty Trainer, Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies

Presenter:
Klaas Kwant
Grand Rapids Community College
Video Content Production Manager

"Lightboards" (see Lightboards.info) tend to be home-grown devices at different higher education institutions. GRCC's is no different. The baton of basic information was passed to us by GVSU, and various staff have helped to make ours functional and unique. In addition to its basic construction by Bill Faber, Chemistry Professor, we have built a smart, dedicated space that is accessible to all faculty, adding features like sound-deadening in the room, the ability to work along with pre-prepared slides, and even chroma-key options. We have maintained a philosophy of empowering faculty to independently record themselves once they are shown how the room works, knowing that technology staff are close by if they have any questions.

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Online Assessments as Tools for Deep Learning

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Presenter: Kirsten R. Butcher, PhD

This webinar will examine strategies for using online assessment tools to do more than measure summative progress. Specifically, the session will explore how online assessment tools can be used to create opportunities for deeper conceptual learning, to better measure depth of understanding, and to minimize student frustration. The presenter will discuss how theories of comprehension and principles of human-computer interaction can be applied to improve the design of online assessments and optimize their impact for meaningful distance learning. Concrete examples from the presenter’s own classes will be shown and discussed as case studies of online approaches to deep assessment.

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Forward50 National Leadership: Financial Aid Policy

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Presenter:
Fred Lokken
Member, Forward50 (representing online education) & Board Chair, ITC

Forward50 National Leadership was recruited by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NAFSAA). The session will provide a brief background about the National Leadership Forward50 effort to identify financial aid policy improvements. The session will review current draft recommendations for possible policy direction and solicit feedback from webinar participants.

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Make the Move: Moving from Reactive to Proactive Accessibility

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Presenters:
Jennifer Jones, M.A. Distance Learning Director, Alamance Community College
Glenne’ Whisenhunt, PhD, Director of Center for Learning and Teaching, Oklahoma City Community College
 
The thought of digital accessibility of systems and resources seems impossible at first glance.  Join this interactive scenario-driven webinar to discuss the steps to beginning an implementation plan, developing a plan for an inaccessible course resources, and how to examine possible purchases in advance to prevent the scramble for accessibility on demand.

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Designing for student success: Fostering self-regulated learning skills through online course design

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Presenter: William Knapp

Numerous studies have shown a strong relationship between student achievement and self-regulated learning skills (self-efficacy, organizational skills, time-management, metacognition, motivation). The self-regulated learner is more likely to successfully complete the online course than students who lack these skills. This session will offer practical ideas/suggestions on how to embed learning activities into the course design that can promote self-regulated learning and offer support to the at-risk online learner.

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The Impact of DE Discussion Board son Course Success Rates at California Community Colleges

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Presenter:
LaBaron Woodyard
Chancellor's Office, California Community Colleges

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Accessibility: Embarking on a Journey to Accessibility

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Presenters:
Stephanie Shipley, MS
Instructional Design Specialist
Roane State Community College, Harriman, TN
Lori Wendt
Learning Management System Specialist
Parkland College, Champaign, IL 

Have you ever known about an upcoming trip but procrastinated preparing for it, only to realize your departure date is nearing and you aren't prepared? Many institutions are finding themselves in that boat (pun intended) with regard to accessibility compliance. They know they need to be compliant, but are unsure of the direction or path to take. In this webinar, you'll hear testimonies from two institutions who have embarked on this very same journey but have been met with many detours along the way. Join them as they share their travel itinerary and how they overcame the roadblocks to accessibility.

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Cut the Apron Strings: Branding Your Online College

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Presenters: 
Derk Riechers is the Director of the South Carolina Virtual College of FDTC (SCVC). He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Economics from Francis Marion University and a Master’s degree in Management and Leadership & Human Resources Development from Webster University. In addition, he holds a Master of Business Administration and a Post-Master’s Teaching Certificate from Capella University. Furthermore, Mr. Riechers has conducted a myriad of conference presentations on a variety of topics within the distance education field. A fun fact about Mr. Riechers is he loves to cook and always enjoys trying new recipes!

Lamar Younginer has over 25 years of experience in higher education. He has worked in both the 2 year and 4 year college systems. He currently works with the Online College at FDTC. He also works with faculty training and instructional design. Previously he has worked in the IT department as a Help Desk coordinator, in the Student Services area as a Career Counselor and as an Admissions Counselor and in Human Resources as an Assistant Benefits Coordinator. In addition he teaches as an adjunct instructor for the Business Department where he implements the best practices discussed in this presentation.
This presentation will explore with the audience on how to create a complete and unique brand for
your Online College. We will share our ups and down of this interesting journey (and what a wild ride it
was) that transpired during one academic year. Topics will include how to create an original branding
from scratch, website and logo philosophies, marketing deployment, and both faculty and student
adoption of a new online college identity. Furthermore, we will explain how to use pop-culture and
other social media elements within the redesign process to increase student enrollment and success.

In addition, to sharing our experiences will we also be providing the audience with some key
takeaways to apply to their own respective institution.

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The Futurology of Distance Education: Ten Major Trends and Challenges in the Next 5 Years

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The session utilizes relevant data as well as 40 years of DE experience to prognosticate on the future significant trends and challenges to come.  Are you aware?  Are you ready?  Join us for a provocative conversation!

-Identify major trends in DE - identify 10 major predictions addressing where online learning is going 
-Identify how attendees can prepare and educate their campus community for the changes to come
-Incorporate major trends and findings into  their campus-based strategic planning 
-Encourage an informed discussion with their faculty, staff, and leadership 
-Engage in dialog with the audience to encourage a broad understanding of the trends and challenges

Presenters: 
Fred Lokken is currently chair-elect of the Instructional Council and a member of the ITC Board of Directors. Fred also has authored the ITC Annual National Distance Education Survey for the past fourteen years. Fred is also a Professor of Political Science and chair of the Department of Business, History, Political Science & Culinary Arts at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. He also served as TMCC's eLearning administrator for eighteen years and most recently served as dean of WebCollege.

Dr. Terry Norris serves as director of eLearning at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He has served in this role for the past ten years.  Terry also serves as chair of the eLearning administrators for the Nevada System of Higher Education and has served as a member of the WOW review committee for WCET for the past several years.  He manages an online program with more than 20,000 student enrollments at CSN.

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Escape This! ~ Building Virtual Escape Rooms (for free!)

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Presenter:Beth Ritter-Guth

Escape rooms are traditionally physical locations, but tools exist to help even the most average
computer user build a virtual escape room to use in online settings. In this workshop participants will
explore the use of gaming, specifically escape rooms, in academics; will understand how escape rooms
work by solving one together as a team; and will begin building their own escape rooms using free
online materials.

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Improving Student Success, A Statewide Professional Development Initiative

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The NJ Center for Student Success works collaboratively with all 19 community colleges in New Jersey to increase successful experiences and outcomes for community college students.  In May of 2017, the Center offered a highly interactive asynchronous two-week online professional development opportunity that examined online learning as a distinct pedagogy with an emphasis on course design that harnesses cognitive stimulation and student engagement. Throughout the course, participants from many community colleges around the State collaborated and discussed online pedagogy.  Participants had an opportunity to design a discipline-specific learning module using theories such as Community of Inquiry, as well as other current research-based practices.

Presenters: Dr. Christine Harrington, Executive Director of the Center for Student Success, will discuss this experience from her unique viewpoint of coordinating the statewide event.  Dr. Theresa Capra, Faculty and Coordinator, Education Department at Mercer County Community College, will discuss this experience from her unique viewpoint as the professional development course instructor. 

Dr. Martin Hoffman, Dean of Learning Resources for Rowan College at Burlington County and the ITC Northeast Regional Representative was a participant and will share his experience and takeaways from the course.

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Increasing Retention in Your Distance Learning Program

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The session addresses TMCC’s retention efforts and current success rates.  TMCC focuses on strategies that have been implemented that have made the biggest impact on reducing attrition.  Strategies discussed include level of intervention, tools used, and retention specialist’s approach to developing positive relationships with online learners.  With the appropriate tools, any institutions can apply these strategies to its distance learning program. 

Presenter:
Tamara Anderson
Retention Specialist
Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV 

Tamara Anderson is the retention specialist at TMCC in Reno, Nevada. She is responsible for ensuring the first-time online students have a successful start. She provides as much support as possible in a variety of areas, including technical, personal, study skills, and just plain encouragement. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada Reno with a masters degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She has also been a part-time faculty for 12 years.

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Strategies to Promote Critical Thinking in an Online Course

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Students today are using technology in nearly every facet of life. Constant exposure to technology in the
areas of social media and entertainment has helped students develop an uncanny aptitude to employ
apps and hardware almost effortlessly. On the other hand, there is a growing need for students and
workers who can think critically and creatively with the plethora of available electronic tools. The
challenge today is to help students refine the technology skills they have developed and augment them
with higher order thinking skills. Educators can help this process by deliberately designing assignments
and projects that take advantage of their students’ existing technology skills.

This presentation will examine several strategies an instructor can use to stimulate critical thinking in an
online environment. Participants will explore how the curriculum can be enhanced by analyzing learning
tasks and combining them with computer functions that deliberately promote critical thinking and
develop higher order thinking skills.

Melvin Cobb has been a full-time faculty member at Long Beach City College since 2004. He teaches in
the Computer and Office Studies department and oversees the Computer Proficiencies for Academic
Success curriculum. In addition, he currently coordinates the online education and OER programs. Prior
to teaching, Melvin served as Director of Online Education at Rio Hondo Community College where he
coordinated Region II of the California Virtual Campus, a grant project commissioned to assist California
community colleges to develop online programs. Melvin is the recipient of the LBCC 2017 Distinguished
Online Educator Award.

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What is Learning Experience Design?

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Presenter: Eugene Jars

This webinar will focus on what is Learning Experience Design (LxD). In this session, we’ll cover the
differences between instructional design and learning experience design and why you should consider
the learner experience when designing your online classes. We’ll cover how creating a good learning
experience requires different skills than the traditional instructional design skills used when creating a
course.

You'll walk away from this webinar with an understanding of how LxD focuses on the learning
experience, a few tools you can use and why designing for the student learning experience is just as
important as designing for the content and course objectives.

Eugene Jars is currently an Instructional Designer for Pima Community College. He has been working
with online education since the late 1990s, designing learning experiences for the military, corporate
and academic worlds. He's a graduate of Boise State with a master's degree in Human Performance
Technology.

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