Month: April 2010

SLOAN CONSORTIUM Blended Learning Conference & Workshop

Posted by on April 23, 2010

 EdTech recently had the opportunity to attend the Sloan Consortium’s (SLOAN-C) 7th Annual Blended Learning Conference & Workshop in Oak Brook, Illinois on April 19-20, 2010. This was a great opportunity to meet other educators who are also engaged in providing blended learning opportunities to their respective campuses. Blended learning is a hybrid of face-to-face […]

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SLOAN-C: The Promise and Practice of Blended Learning

Posted by on April 23, 2010

 Presenter: Dr. Joel Hartman, University of Central Florida Dr. Hartman was our opening keynote speaker for the recent Teaching and Learning Technology Conference at Missouri S&T. Now he is the plenary speaker for the SLOAN-C Blended Learning Conference & Workshop in Oak Brook, IL, just outside of Chicago. Blended learning has been going on for […]

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SLOAN-C: Faculty Development for Blended Learning

Posted by on April 23, 2010

 Lead Presenter: Tova Duby; Babson College Babson is a small private college in Wellsley, MA. Babson has been working on blended learning for the past 10 years. Babson offered its firts blended course back in 2001. Faculty would not have stood a fully online course, so a blended course was the best compromise. Especially at […]

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SLOAN-C: Lessons Learned from Developing and Evaluating Online or Hybrid Courses for Resident Instruction

Posted by on April 23, 2010

 Presenters: Suzanne Weinstein with Karen Pollack (Penn State University) Blended Initiative at Penn State was a Provost-funded initiative that targeted dual-use courses.  Chose to focus on courses that were high-enrollment and considered general education and would be needed at all campus locations.  They also focused on courses that had a high failure rate, math and […]

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SLOAN-C: Creating a Digital Guide for Blended and Online Teaching and Learning

Posted by on April 23, 2010

 Lead Presenter: Sarah Brittain Dysart; Loyola University-Chicago From concept to process to product (almost). Sarah’s group focuses on the pedagogy behind blended/online learning. Loyola is a Blackboard institution and they have a very nice building from which to conduct their operations. They have a media lab for multimedia content creation. They work with academic technology […]

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SLOAN-C: Faculty Development for Blended and Online Learning — How Grad Students can Teach while they Learn

Posted by on April 23, 2010

 Lead Presenter: Jack Dempsey; University of South Alabama Graduate students working for Jack have done a lot of faculty development for his university. Jack is a professor of instructional design for his university. Students can gain highly marketable skills by developing materials for faculty. They also learn everything that the faculty need to know in […]

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SLOAN-C: Social Networking: Distraction or a Teacher’s Best Weapon?

Posted by on April 23, 2010

 Presenters: Carolyn Kraut with Michael Edwards How can social networking tools be used with students to enhance learning?  The presentation can be found at http://sites.google.com/site/teachersbestweapon/. (The presenters are using prezi.com for the presentation and it is a really cool way of mixing up presentations.) Do you ban social media in your school or classroom?  For […]

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SLOAN-C: Quality Matters: An Overview

Posted by on April 23, 2010

UPDATE: Quality Matters was one of several presentations at this webinar series provided courtesy of Sloan-C. Although Quality Matters has worked with Sloan-C in the past, it is a separate organization and not actually a part of Sloan-C. Quality Matters has asked us to clarify this point. Now back to the regularly scheduled post about […]

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SLOAN-C: Using Collaborative Learning Techniques in Blended Courses

Posted by on April 23, 2010

 Presenters: Matthew Russell & Gerald Bergtrom; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee This is a clicker-enabled presentation using an older generation of TurningPoint’s clickers. Matt has a Ph.D. in comparative literature and Gerry is a professor of Biology at UWM. Collaborative learning (CL) is about students working together, whether on the content of the course on reflecting on […]

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SLOAN-C: Organizing a Blended Course via a Class Guide

Posted by on April 23, 2010

 Presenter: Ike Shibley; Pennsylvania State University Dr. Shibley (and Penn State) uses class guides in his blended courses to add a level of additional organization to how each of the classes is run. A class guide is a simple document that describes how the content in a blended course is organized. Students are expected to […]

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