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Five Minutes with ACHE

May 2011

A Message from the President

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Hello and a warm welcome to May!  I hope that your academic year was successful, encouraging many to achieve their goals.

Since we last spoke, I have had the honor of visiting all of the ACHE regions and talking with many of you; I am grateful for your warm welcome.  I Celebrated Lifelong Learning (Viva Fiesta!) with the South in San Antonio, Texas; I Navigated the Continuing Education Whirlwind in New York City with Northeast Metro; and considered Innovative Curricular Practices with MidAtlantic in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  New England further prepared for New Realities in Higher Education, Effectively Addressing Opportunities and Challenges in Boston.  All were filled with meaningful dialogue and camaraderie.

Thank you so very much for your effective (and often feverish) work in moving current issues to the forefront and for your participation in the conversations.  I am energized by your dedication, passion and humor.  As I reflect back on my travels, my hope is that you, the members of our ACHE regions, share and harness each others’ ideas, topics and best practices that created your conferences – inspiring!

Since we last talked, our Board of Directors also met in Orlando, Florida on behalf of the association.  While the Board reviewed committees and discussed a number of items, the following were approved and highlighted:

Strategic Plan:

  • Our new Strategic Plan was approved by a committee led by Roxanne Gonzales.  This will be shared with the membership, to include final updates in the coming weeks.

New Partnerships and Collaborations:

  • A number of partnerships were explored, and most specifically one with University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) -- Dr. Robert Hansen, CEO of UPCEA, joined our Board Meeting to express his interest, share ideas, and explore opportunities.  In addition, a member from the Commission on Accelerated Programs (CAP) will be facilitating our Network for Accelerated Programs meeting during the 2011 Conference.  A sub-committee, led by Dr. Brian Van Horn, produced related guidelines for the Association to consider when developing such relationships.

Membership Survey:

  • The Committee on Inclusiveness, led by Dr. Jeffery Alejandro, will be administering a membership survey this spring, with results expected to inform ACHE on interests, conference suggestions and new ideas.

ACHE members serve with great passion and commitment.  Thank you to those who accepted new roles and responsibilities for committee work -- your extended service is much appreciated.

At the Board Meeting, we also learned from the 2011 ACHE Conference Co-Chairs, Clare Roby and Jeffery Alejandro that the 2011 ACHE Conference & Meeting in Orlando will bring some exciting changes, new features and a few surprises.  The Planning Committee is currently building the conference details on the newly launched conference website as they take shape.  Stay tuned... and  thank you, Planning Committee, for your stellar work!

Last but not certainly not least are your “Not to Miss” Opportunities for TODAY:

Have a terrific summer!  ‘See you in July.

Soon,
Tish

Tish Szymurski
ACHE President, 2011

Words From the Home Office

Items of note for May

Elections
It's that time again! No, I'm not talking about not commencement (although it is time for that, too!). It's time again to vote for your choice in ACHE leadership. We've got some great candidates this year (like every year!). If you're a voting member of ACHE, you've been receiving emails from the home office profiling this year's candidates. You can also find our candidates' full profiles below.

Your feedback is requested
Tell us about yourself! We want to know who you are and what you want from ACHE. Our 2011 membership survey will be sent out on May 23rd and will be open through June 6 (how did it get to be June!).

Grants & Scholarships
If you haven't yet applied for one of our grants or scholarships, time is running out. May 31 is the deadline to apply for the following:

  • Alex Charters Research Grant
  • Wayne L. Whelan Scholarship
  • Graduate Student Conference Grant

You can also apply for one of our Institutional Minigrants, although submissions for these are taken year round. See below for more information.

2011 ACHE Annual Conference & Meeting
The website for our upcoming annual conference is now live and registration is open. Whether you're planning to join us as an attendee or an exhibitor, want to use this year's fiscal funds or next year's, we've got you covered.


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  • Experiences as a professor in adult continuing education
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News from the Association

Vote imageElections for Board of Directors and Vice President – Voting takes place May 16-31

The slate of candidates for the ACHE Board of Directors and Vice President has been finalized.

Standing for Director-at-Large: (click on each candidate's name to learn more)

Ruth BettandorffName: Ruth Bettandorff
Title:
Assistant VP for Academic Affairs/Director of Gwinnett Campus
Organization: 
University of Georgia
Region: 
South
Candidate For: 
Director at Large
Email:
bettandr@uga.edu

Profile: It is an honor to be nominated as Director at Large for ACHE and I sincerely hope to be selected by the membership to serve.   With over 25 years of teaching and administration in continuing education in four states (Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Georgia), I have extensive experience to bring to the position.  I have been an active member of ACHE for many years at both the regional and the national levels.  At the national level, I have served ACHE as a conference presenter, as a conference day chair, on the conference planning committees for Los Angeles, Roanoke, and Philadelphia and currently serve on the budget committee.  At the regional level, I have served Region South as Chair, Past Chair, Secretary and Vice Chair for Programs.  I have presented at regional conferences multiple times, and was in charge of hosting regional conferences in 2004 and 2006. I have served on the conference planning committee for several years and currently serve on South's San Antonio conference planning committee and on the nominating committee.  At the state level, I have served on the Board of Directors for GA Association for Adult Education (GAEA) since 2006 and was awarded GAEA's 2010 Georgia Adult Educator of the Year Award. 

My education and employment have been dedicated to adult and lifelong learners.  I hold a Ph.D. in Higher Education & Student Personnel Services with an emphasis in adult learners from the University of Mississippi and have worked in continuing education as teacher and administrator for Ole Miss, University of Louisville, Pennsylvania Commission for Women Nontraditional Training Programs, Kennesaw State University and University of Georgia.   I have now been at the University of Georgia for seven years, first as Associate Director of Learning Services at UGA's Georgia Center for Continuing Education under the direction of ACHE Past President Robert Leiter and currently as Vice President for Academic Affairs/Director of the UGA Gwinnett Campus, a new graduate and continuing education campus in the metro-Atlanta area dedicated to professional education for adults.  I have a B.A. in American Studies/English from California State University, Chico, and a M.A. in Community Counseling from University of Mississippi.  I am also actively involved in the Georgia Association for Women in Higher Education (past president) and serve on the board of directors of the Jeannette Rankin Foundation, a non-profit group that has awarded over $1 million in college scholarships to women over age 35. 

ACHE is an organization that makes differences in the lives of the adults and communities we touch.  My goals for the Association include continuing to advance the priorities of the current leadership and to focus on the challenges for the future that the difficult economic times have caused.  We must not continue to do things the way they have been done in the past but look for new ways to help the membership change and adapt. 

Among my goals are:

  • to look for ways to provide new professional development and leadership opportunities for both emerging and experienced professionals
  • to continue to promote and advance inclusiveness and minority participation at all levels of the organization
  • to assure members are heard and involved in decision making by enhanced communication and use of various social media
  • to continue to explore ways to increase membership and to participate in appropriate partnerships with other organizations
  • to explore and promote studies which advance the knowledge base related to adult and continuing education and economic development
  • to continue the pattern of effective stewardship of ACHE resources

I am looking forward for the opportunity to continue to serve ACHE in this important role. 

Tim SanfordName: Tim Sanford
Title: Associate Director for Credit Programs
Organization: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Region: MidAtlantic
Candidate For: Director at Large
Email:
tim_sanford@unc.edu

Profile:

I have been a member of ACHE since 2003 and have attended every ACHE National Conference and every MidAtlantic annual conference since then.  Within the MidAtlantic region, I've served on the conference planning committee, I was the conference chair in 2009-10, and I'm now the MidAtlantic Immediate Past Chair.  I also served as the state representative for North Carolina on the MidAtlantic Board.

Within ACHE, I was on the program planning committee for the 2010 conference in Albuquerque. I served on the Membership Committee and the Council of Regional Chairs.  I've made presentations at both ACHE and MidAtlantic conferences.

My goals for the Association are simple.  I want to continue the strong collegial tradition of ACHE in making newcomers feel welcome while fostering friendships and positive professional relationships among members.  Additionally, this is a great time for ACHE to be a leader in collaboration among the many professional groups in the field of continuing education.  We can do more together!  Finally, I want to make sure that ACHE continues to be financially secure with a solid and committed membership.

Judy StangName: Judy Stang
Title: Assistant Dean/Campus Director
Organization: Springfield College
Region: MidAtlantic
Candidate For: Director at Large
Email:  jstang@spfldcol.edu

Profile:

I am grateful for the nomination and for the opportunity to potentially serve ACHE as a Director at Large.  I have found my experiences with ACHE to be a way to inspire others in the field of continuing education and to better serve our students and communities.  

My contributions with ACHE have included: my own membership which contributes to my professional development; role of Assistant Day Chair, 2009 Annual Conference and participation in the ACHE Leadership Institute for Regional Officers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and membership on the 2010 ACHE Conference Planning Committee, Albuquerque, New Mexico.  As a member of this national committee I reviewed proposals, outlined daily schedules with the team, and acted as presider.  

I have also been active as a committee member and presenter at national and regional ACHE conferences beginning with the 2000 Annual Meeting and Conference, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  I enjoy my role on the MidAtlantic Region Board of Directors and my ongoing responsibilities as the State Representative for both Delaware and Maryland. In this position, I act as liaison for membership, which includes engagement of new and current members in both regional and national memberships as well as service opportunities within the Association.

My goals include the growth and engagement of our membership on regional and national levels through my service and commitment to ACHE.  I am proud to be part of such a dynamic organization and its creative forward movement in such times of change.

Standing for Vice President: (click on each candidate's name to learn more)

Jeffery AlejandroName: Jeffery Alejandro
Title: Coordinator
Organization: East Carolina University
Region: MidAtlantic
Candidate For: Vice President
Email: alejandroj@ecu.edu

Profile:

It is a great honor to have been nominated for ACHE Vice President. My goals for the association include growing its membership and increasing its visibility within the field. ACHE has been my family of professionals. Some of the long-time members have been my best mentors, and some of the other new professionals have been the brothers and sisters I am growing and learning with within the association. When I needed advice or wanted to vent, I have been able to turn to my colleagues within ACHE. This extended family has been wonderful. I have formed lifelong bonds with many of its members. As with any family, ACHE must grow and bring in new members.

I have been fortunate to have been provided with opportunities to serve in leadership positions within ACHE. From each of those positions, I gained insight into how the organization operates and areas where the organization can grow and improve. For example, as the chair of the Inclusiveness Committee, I observed ways that ACHE could bring in members from underserved groups, such as graduate students, young professionals, minorities, community colleges, and untapped adult education agencies. As a current board member, I have witnessed how productive collaborations with other professional organizations have been. ACHE has taken a leadership role in opening up communication channels with our counterparts in those organizations. If elected, I would strive to build additional collaborations and help nurture current ones.

ACHE is a great organization filled with practitioners from all areas of adult and continuing education. It has a long history of service and leadership to the profession. I feel that due to recent events in our nation and higher education, ACHE can poise itself to better educate and serve higher education professionals. Now is the time to become the continuing higher education association of choice. Membership in ACHE has done a lot for me as a professional and as a person, such as making me a better educator, administrator, leader, and student advocate. I would like the opportunity to continue serving ACHE and its members.

I am grateful for the opportunities to have served ACHE in the following ways:

ACHE National:

  • Member, Board of Directors, 2009-present
  • Chair, Committee on Inclusiveness Chair,  2008-2011
  • Chair, Minority Affairs Network, 2007
  • Co-Chair, Annual Meeting, 2011
  • Member, Program Committee 2007-2010
  • Member, Nominations Committee,  2008, 2010
  • Member, Awards Committee,  2010-2011
  • Member since 2001

ACHE Mid-Atlantic Region:

  • Chair, 2008-2009
  • Past Chair, 2009-2011
  • Co-Editor, Newsletter, 2010
  • Member, Program Committee 2006-2009
  • Webmaster, 2005-2009
  • Member, Board of Directors, 2005-2009

Brian Van HornName: Brian Van Horn
Title: Dean
Organization: Murray State University
Region: South
Candidate For: Vice President
Email: brian.vanhorn@murraystate.edu

Profile:

I have been a member of ACHE since the fall of 1998 where I attended my first regional conference in Fort Worth, TX.  Since then, I have attended every regional and international conference.  I have been privileged to serve ACHE in various capacities which include Chair of ACHE South (2007-2008), ACHE International Membership Chair (2002-2006), many regional and international program committees, and various presentations at regional and international conferences.  My university hosted the Fall 2008 ACHE International Conference in Nashville, TN where we had a productive conference.   Further, I have been privileged to serve as a Board Member for ACHE for the past three years (2008-present). ACHE has been an important contributor in my professional growth and foundation.

For our profession to be considered an imperative piece of higher education, it is important that we ensure the strength and vitality of ACHE.  As continuing education leaders responsible for a marginalized student population, ACHE is the professional voice that continues to advocate for the rights and privileges of our profession and students.  Without this voice, we’re left with little advocacy for our profession. 

ACHE has many challenges ahead, including membership, finances, partnerships, etc.  However, it is my opinion that all of these challenges can be addressed with strong collegiality among our membership.  As we look at the strengths of ACHE, it seems apparent that we have one unique characteristic.  If you have attended a regional or national conference, I'm sure it is apparent to you that ACHE is about helping others. 

There are many other professional development choices available for ACHE members today, but few places can you find the experience and best practices that you find at an ACHE conference.  ACHE’s motto has long been “The Network of Leaders for Lifelong Learning,” and that is evident when you become active.  I won’t spend your time in this column speaking about personal experiences with ACHE, but I can point to many including myself that owe ACHE dearly for the experiences that we have been blessed to have had. 

ACHE has been a great professional resource and I believe our future depends on that unique feature continuing.  ACHE has like many other organizations seen a change in its membership over the past decade.  With the professional development choices available, it seems that our unique feature is even more important.  ACHE and its members need the ability to pick up the phone and determine how to best meet the growing demands on continuing education imperatives.  For this reason it seems that collegiality is the key to our future. 

We could name many other imperatives, but none will be more important than the professional relationships that our members build through ACHE.  If we are to grow as an organization, it will be largely because of friendships and relationships with the “Network of Leaders for Lifelong Learning.”  Regardless of whom you select as your next Vice President, I would challenge every member to attend an ACHE regional and/or international conference next year.  As with many organizations, ACHE is only what you make of it, but there are many tangible assets that it offers if you take advantage.  Further, please help to build our profession by introducing young professionals to ACHE through their involvement in conferences.  Bringing new members into ACHE helps everyone involved.

I have enjoyed the experiences that I have had with ACHE and promise to work hard to promote a stronger tomorrow for ACHE if elected.  There has been a long line of strong leadership in ACHE, and I will work with our home office to ensure the future of our organization, our profession, and advocacy for those we represent - the adult student.  Thank you and I respectively ask that you consider supporting me for ACHE Vice President.


ACHE 2011 Conference LogoACHE 2011 Annual Conference & Meeting

October 13-15, 2011
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel


Planning to attend or exhibit? Want to bring a guest or the whole family? Registration is now open!

Visit the ACHE 2011 website for more information on registration, our conference hotel, and our schedule at a glance. More information coming soon!

 



Last Call for Scholarship and Grant applications ~ Deadline May 31

In an effort to further the mission of ACHE, each year we offer an array of award grants and scholarships to both individuals and institutions. These grants and scholarships are intended to provide the awardees with financial assistance toward research, collaboration, and scholarship. Applications are now being taken for the following:

  • Alex Charters Research Grant - ACHE members or doctoral students with sponsorship from ACHE are eligible to submit research grant proposals
  • Wayne L. Whelan Scholarship - Provides a scholarship of up to $1500 to an ACHE member engaged in graduate studies on either a full-time or part-time basis
  • Graduate Student Conference Grant - Is intended to provide financial support to a graduate student interested in attending the annual ACHE meeting
  • Institutional Minigrant - A member institution can apply for an Institution Minigrant to support a special initiative, project, or research effort that would advance the delivery of continuing education.

Visit our Grants and Scholarships page for additional information and application guidelines.


Call for submissions to the Journal for Continuing Higher Education

The Journal of Continuing Higher Education (JCHE) announces a Call for Manuscripts for its upcoming issues. For best consideration for the Winter 2011 issue, manuscripts should be received by July 15, 2011.

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The Journal of Continuing Higher Education considers two types of articles:

  • Major articles - current research, theoretical models, conceptual treatments - of up to 7,000 words on:
    • organization and administration of continuing higher education
    • development and application of new continuing education program thrusts
    • adult and nontraditional students
    • continuing education student programs and services
    • research within continuing higher education and related fields

Manuscripts should demonstrate implications for both the
theory and practice of continuing higher education.

  • “Best Practices” articles of up to 4,000 words. These “Best Practice” articles contain descriptions of new, innovative, and successful programs or practices. The programs or practices should be replicable and of significance to continuing education.

JCHE strives to support continuing higher education by serving as a forum for the reporting and exchange of information based on research, observations, and the experience relevant to the field. Issues are published in the winter, spring, and fall. JCHE is published by Routledge.

Manuscript submission guidelines are available online at or through ACHE’s website.

Potential authors should feel free to consult with JCHE editor James Broomall, University of Delaware. He can be reached at jbroom@udel.edu or (302) 831-2795.

Please share this announcement with colleagues and graduate students who may be interested in submitting manuscripts to JCHE. The Journal has published outstanding graduate student work in the past.

 
The Learning Corner

Welcome New Members

We will be taking some time in each edition of Five Minutes this year to profile ACHE members who joined the association during the last year. We're excited to learn a little bit about these new faces and hope you will be as well.

Bruce ColstonName: Bruce Colston, Ed.D.

Title: Assistant Dean for Program Planning/Director of Indiana University High School (IUHS)

Institution/Organization: Indiana University School of Continuing Studies

Since beginning my position in 2005, I have been primarily responsible for:

~ Managing the operation of Indiana University High School (an AdvancED-accredited, diploma-granting virtual high school).
~ Overseeing the management of the office of learner services.
~ Collaborating with the Dean of the School of Continuing Studies on program development, policy-making, and organization of the School of Continuing Studies.
~ Coordinating the process for creating the Indiana University state-wide vision, mission, guiding principles and actions document.

Being relatively new to ACHE, I am interested in learning how the organization functions and how it supports the professionals in the field of continuing education. I realize that the majority of continuing education is focused on higher education and professional development training, etc. I am particularly interested, however, in learning more about initiatives that involve high school programs. For example, historically most adults lacking a high school education have had the GED as the only avenue available to them for high school completion. One the outreach initiatives of IUHS is to help adults who are capable of doing so, complete an actual high school diploma. IUHS is attempting to work with adult education and workforce development agencies and other organizations, as well as, individual adults to offer high school diploma as a viable option for adult learners. I would be very interested to learn more about how other continuing education-based high school programs are addressing this issue, too. I am also interested in high school initiatives in general.


Image of Thomas SabbaghName: Thomas Sabbagh, Ph.D.

Title: Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies

Institution/Organization: Franklin Pierce University

Personal/Professional Interests: Adult Learning Theories/Outreach Activities/Enrollment Management/Faculty Development

Program Areas of Responsibility: Doctor of Arts in Leadership; Doctor of Physical Therapy; M.B.A. Programs; M.S, Nursing; M.S. Information Technology; M.Ed. and Teacher Certification; Master, Physicians Assistant Studies; Undergraduate Adult Degree Programs; Bachelor Interdisciplinary Studies.

Thoughts on ACHE: There is tremendous value added to becoming a member of ACHE. Besides important networking opportunities, the annual conferences, workshops, and local meetings offer a variety of cutting-edge relevant topics of interests to professional working in all types of continuing education departments: online, on-campus, professional studies, graduate and undergraduate.

From the Wide World of Continuing Education

Logo for LVAIC and link to website The Fifth Annual Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges:
Serving Adult Learners Conference

Thursday, June 2, 2011
8:30 am – 3:30 p.m.
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania

The Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges invites you to attend their Serving Adult Learners Conference, to be held Thursday, June 2 on the campus of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The fee for this one day conference is just $25 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, attendance at any of the 10 sessions, and conference materials.

If you have any questions please contact Steve Young, Academic Advisor, DeSales University at steven.young@desales.edu. or any committee member listed on our “Save This Date” flyer. Thanks and we hope to see you on June 2, 2011 at Muhlenberg College!

Visit our website for additional details.


CAUCE 2011 conference logo CAUCE 2011 ~ "Sense & Sustainability"

CAUCE 58th Annual Conference
June 5-8, 2011
Toronto, Canada

Get registered!

CAUCE 2011 will feature plenary sessions led by esteemed experts and a professional development workshop on not-for-profit branding.


17th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning

Image of the Sloan-C logo**Date Changed and Call for Presentations extended**

New dates - November 9-11, 2011
Call for Presentations extended to June 6th

Online Learning, Teaching, and Research in the New Media Ecology
November 9-11, 2011
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL

The Sloan Consortium invites you to submit a proposal for presentation and/or workshops for the 17th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning to be held November 9-11, 2011 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Online Learning, Teaching, and Research in the New Media Ecology.” It’s clear we are witnessing rapid and ongoing changes in how we communicate and represent ideas and these changes have profound consequence for how we know, learn, think, and teach in higher education and beyond. The dizzying pace of change is evident as established conventions of online education are now challenged by emerging means of access, such as mobile and cloud computing, new forms of communication such as video streaming and real-time information networks, and innovative modes of participation represented in new social media. Millions of online students are at the forefront of this evolving landscape and it’s crucial we gain a clear understanding of pedagogies, policies, and practices that leverage the new media ecology to support our students learning.

Our understanding needs to be rooted in solid research that can promote best practices. We are confident that this year’s conference will create opportunities for learning, networking, and sharing that will make this a reality. Our keynote and plenary speakers each have a unique perspective on the promises and pitfalls of the new media ecology. Lee Raine, Director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project has vast experience in studying the impacts of the digital age on the citizens of the United States. His insights on topics ranging from the digital divide, health, safety, gaming, teens, and social networking in the age of the internet will provide breadth in our investigation of the new media ecology for learning.

Additionally, Cable Green, Director of eLearning and Open Education for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges will help us to focus in depth on the new Open Educational Resources movement which inevitably leads to discussions of the crucial topic of the economics of higher education. Cable’s participation also marks the opening of a new track in the 2011 conference dedicated to issues surrounding Open Educational Resources.

Adding another dimension to our theme is cognitive neuroscientist Maryanne Wolf, author of Proust and the Squid, who will share with us her research on the transition from a reading brain to an increasingly digital one. This work holds promise in illuminating the evolution of human intelligence, and the choices we might face in shaping that future through online education.

We eagerly anticipate your participation in this year’s meeting. We firmly believe that the theme and speakers we have identified are timely and essential and we look forward to your contributions. The many forums for participation include both face-to-face and online modes. Our new venue, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin featuring the Mandara Spa, 17 spectacular restaurants and lounges, five pools, a white sand beach and much more promises to be a well-appointed backdrop to the stimulating conversations at this year’s event. We urge you to attend the premier annual gathering of professionals concerned with the future of online education.

The conference strongly encourages presentation and workshop proposals that reflect the implications for the field of specific e-learning experience and practices. We are looking for proposals that are innovative and cutting edge and will provide important take-aways for participants. Proposals that address blended learning, issues of diversity, international applications of online learning, open educational resources, social networking, online learning and community colleges, and/or K-12 online education are especially encouraged. Last year’s conference attracted 1200+ onsite and over 250 virtual participants to more than 230 presentations, as well as 60 exhibits, 40 vendor showcase sessions, 18 total pre- and post-conference workshops, keynote and plenary addresses, and a variety of other special events.

Conference tracks highlight and demonstrate research, application and effective practices in the following areas:

  • K-12 Online Education
  • Faculty and Professional Development and Support
  • Open Educational Resources*
  • Learning Effectiveness
  • Technology and Emerging Learning Environments
  • Student Services and Learner Support
  • Leadership, Values and Society

(* The OER track is a new addition to the 2011 Program.)

Proposals must be submitted by 11:59pm ET on Monday, June 6, 2011.

Submit at http://sloanconsortium.org/conferences/2011/aln/call_for_presentations

For additional information on the conference, visit our website at www.sloanconsortium.org/aln , call (781) 583-7561, or email conference@sloanconsortium.org.


4th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium

A joint symposium of The Sloan Consortium and MERLOTSloan-C logo
July 11-13, 2011
The Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, California

Deadline for proposal submission: June 1
Deadline for early bird registration: June 11

Submit a Cutting Edge session proposal
Are you paving the way for others in the world of online teaching and learning? Finding ways to challenge current practices? Exploring a brand new approach to teaching with technology? Using an old technology in a creative new way? Testing out a cutting edge/emergent technology with your faculty or students? We want to showcase your work!

Submit a proposal now and be featured in the Cutting Edge track at the upcoming Sloan-C Emerging Technology in Online Learning conference. We have scheduled this call to come later in our program planning in order to highlight the most current activity in our industry.

Each of our four Cutting Edge sessions will showcase two presentations, including 10 minutes of presentation and 10 minutes of interactive discussion. These presentations will allow for discussion on the theories, technologies and processes involved in the early adopter stages of our work in online teaching and learning.

The call for Cutting Edge proposals will close June 1. Proposals will be reviewed and participants notified by June 8.
Submit your Cutting Edge Proposal now!

Planning to attend the Symposium in San Jose?

  • Register now for special early bird pricing of $445 for Sloan-C members, $495 for regular attendees.  Early bird pricing ends June 11.
  • Make your hotel reservations between now and June 27 to receive a special conference rate of $145/night plus tax at The Fairmont San Jose.  Attendees who register through our website will have the option to receive complimentary guest room internet service throughout the conference.
  • We are offering a number of exciting pre-conference workshops on Monday, July 11 starting at 9:00am.  Please visit http://sloanconsortium.org/conferences/2011/et4online/registration for full details and to register.
  • Sign-up for updates on the ET4OL Symposium.  You will be notified receive periodic updates on conference news.

Affected by travel restrictions?  Join us as a Virtual attendee!

Does your university continue to restrict your travel budget? Our virtual attendee option provides the opportunity for individuals to attend select sessions of the conference via live webcast services for $99 through June 11, $109 after June 11. Register Now for the Individual Virtual Attendee option!

Why choose the virtual attendee option?

  • Participate despite schedule or budget restraints.  If you schedule or budget does not allow for the trip or your institution does not support travel to conferences at this time, the virtual attendee option provides a full-scale online experience.
  • Virtual schedule provides excellent breadth and depth program offering. A selection of sessions will be broadcast live, including the keynote and plenary sessions, featured sessions, select information sessions, and select vendor showcase sessions. View the full schedule of live-streamed sessions here.
  • View live webcast or on-demand recordings.  Onsite and virtual option attendees have access to on-demand recordings of the sessions for up to one year post-conference at no additional cost.
  • Be a true participant of the conference. Special attention is paid to integrate the onsite event with the virtual event. Virtual attendees will be able to post questions in each session and have access to discussion forums.

We are currently offering a “Buy 2, get 1 FREE” promotion for individual virtual attendee registrations. This offer is only valid on individual virtual attendee registrations.  To take advantage of this offer, complete this registration form (pdf) and email to conference@sloanconsortium.org or fax 888-898-6209.

There is also an Institutional Virtual Attendee Package (access to streamed sessions for up to 100 seats or 30 screens for attendees from 1 institution) available for a flat fee of $500.  Institutions interested in this option may contact RT Brown at rtbrown@sloanconsortium.org for additional details.


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