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H5P Communities Creating Connections, Measuring Outcomes

In Fall 2022, the Office of Distance Learning received a Louisiana Board of Regents eLearning Innovation Grant to su

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Understanding, Discussing ChatGPT in Higher Ed

The Office of Distance Learning will facilitate two webinars to explore the technology behind ChatGPT and its implic

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Multimedia Tools Spotlight: Engaging the Instructor and the Learner

October 14, 2015 - 2:45-3:30pm CST

Presenters: Angela M. Gibson (American Public University System, USA)

Linda Algozzini (American Public University System & OLC Facilitator, USA)   

Track: Faculty and Professional Development & Support

Abstract: Participants will be introduced to various Web 2.0 multimedia tools for course/training design and delivery to further engage learners and apply effective practices.


American Higher Education in Crisis? Myths and Realities

October 14, 2015 - 3:45-5:00pm CST

Presenter: Goldie Blumenstyk (The Chronicle of Higher Education, USA)     
Keynote Address
Abstract: A veteran higher-education journalist cuts through the noise about the “crisis” in higher education and highlights the problems that really matter - and what people inside and outside of the sector are doing about it.    


Shaping the Future of Online Learning: Issues and Emerging Technologies to Watch

October 16, 2015 - 7:15-8:15am CST

Presenters: Patsy Moskal (University of Central Florida, USA) - Panel Moderator

Thomas Cavanagh (University of Central Florida, USA)

Marie A. Cini (University of Maryland University College, USA)

Gerard L. Hanley (MERLOT & California State University, USA)

Tanya Joosten (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA) 

Plenary Session

Abstract: Join this moderated panel of OLC Fellows as they discuss the various issues and emerging technologies that are influencing online learning at their respective institutions. 


Social Presence Online: Three Research Lenses

October 16, 2015 - 8:30-9:15am CST

Presenters: Aimee Whiteside (University of Tampa, USA)

Amy Garrett Dikkers (University of North Carolina at Wilmington, USA)

Karen Swan (University of Illinois Springfield, USA)

Phil Ice (American Public University System, USA)

Jennifer Richardson (Purdue University, USA)

Patrick R. Lowenthal (Boise State University, USA)     

Track: Learning Effectiveness  

Abstract: This interactive presentation addresses three distinct lenses through which researchers view social presence in online and blended learning: Technology-Determined, Participant-Driven, and Literacy-Oriented Lenses.


Transcending Participation: Creating and Supporting Engagement in Online Courses

October 16, 2015 - 9:45-10:30am CST

Presenters: Steven Goss (Teachers College, Columbia University, USA)

Robin Hummel (Bank Street College of Education, USA)   

Track: Learning Effectiveness  

Abstract: An approach for achieving engaged online discourse through the design of classroom structures and the support of students as a community of learners.


Real World Implementations of Adaptive Learning

October 16, 2015 - 10:45-11:30am CST

Presenters: Nick White (Capella University, USA)

Thomas Cavanagh (University of Central Florida, USA)   

Track: Technology and Emerging Learning Environments (Featured Session)     

Abstract: Learn about implementations, from conception to delivery, of two adaptive learning tools at two universities.