8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium (ET4Online) (ET4OL)

Venue: Sheraton Dallas Hotel

Location: Dallas, Texas, United States

Event Date/Time: Apr 22, 2015 End Date/Time: Apr 24, 2015
Abstract Submission Date: Dec 01, 2014
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The Emerging Technologies Symposium is devoted to the emerging and innovative uses of technology designed to improve teaching and learning online. The conference focuses on the technologies that drive online learning effectiveness, highlighting research, applications and best practices of important emerging technological tools. We encourage submissions related to instruction, networking, assessment, open educational resources, new media and support services.

Who Should Attend

This conference, which will provide the latest information on emerging technology applications for online learning, is geared to both experienced professionals and interested newcomers to online learning who hail from a variety of work sectors, including higher education, continuing education, business, government, health care, professional associations, and nonprofit organizations.

Attendee Demographics

The symposium brings together individuals interested in the technological aspects of online learning. Experts, intermediate users and novices are welcome to participate in Symposium activities that will include face-to-face and virtual components. The Symposium is geared to experienced professionals and interested newcomers to online learning alike.

Symposium attendance at the 2014 symposium located in Dallas, TX attracted over 700 onsite and 1000 virtual attendees from over 500 institutions, 47 states & territories, and 23 countries representing college level faculty and administrators, instructional technology professionals and instructional designers.

Conference Location

All presentations and  workshops will be held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The vibrant urban location in the downtown arts and financial district is just minutes from the Dallas Convention Center, One Arts Plaza, AT&T Performing Arts Center, the Cotton Bowl Stadium, and Victory Park, home of the American Airlines Center.



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Conference Speakers

Keynote: Mimi Ito 

University of California, Irvine, CA

Connected Learning

Today's social and mobile media offer new opportunities for meaningful, demand-driven, and socially connected learning, but only the most activated digital learners are taking advantage of this potential. In our research, we found that young people are going online for informal and interest-driven learning, but with few connections back to school and academic subjects. As educators, parents, and learners, we are struggling to adapt to the new realities of a world of social media and free-flowing information. How can we best guide, mentor, teach and coach young people in an era of abundant information and social connection? What kinds of platforms, policies, and technologies can best connect between in-school and out-of-school learning and between adult and young people's social worlds?

  Plenary: Bonnie Stewart   University of Prince Edward Island, CA   Beyond Alt-metrics: Identities and Influence Online

Open, participatory online learning and scholarship don't necessarily require credentials as the price of admission, but do demand the construction, performance, and curation of intelligible, public, networked identities. Both academia and social networks are, in effect, ‘reputational economies’ (Willinsky, 2010) but while scholars and educators are increasingly exhorted to go online, those who do often find that their work and efforts may not be visible or understood within institutional contexts. Likewise, as the academic tradition grapples with sea changes in infrastructure and communications, the terms by which scholarship and learning have been defined and legitimized are being unsettled from within. What signals count as credibility among networked educators and learners? What responsibilities do educators have to help learners and peers develop productive participatory identities? What risks and power relations need to be addressed as part of that process?

In this plenary session, Bonnie will explore questions of what academic influence means in a world of social media and information abundance, and the challenges networked identities raise for higher education. (Willinsky, J. (2010). Open access and academic reputation. Annals of Library and Information Studies, 57, 296-302. Retrieved from http://nopr.niscair.res.in/bitstream/123456789/10242/4/ALIS%2057%283%29%20296-302.pdf)

Plenary: Gardner Campbell   Virginia Commonwealth University, USA   Thought Vectors In Concept Space

That’s the nickname of Virginia Commonwealth University’s first cMOOC, a fully online course that ran for the first time in the summer of 2014. It’s also the phrase computer visionary Doug Engelbart coined to describe collaborative knowledge work in cyberspace. What does this enigmatic phrase suggest for higher education and the future of online learning? What emerging technologies will help to bring Engelbart’s vision to fruition? What “trailing edge technologies” have not yet been used to their fullest in addressing this goal? And what organizational and cultural changes are necessary to return higher education to the core values that gave birth to the Internet in the first place?


Exhibits included

The 2015 International Symposium for Emerging Technologies for Online Learning is your opportunity to reach administrative leaders, faculty members, instructional designers and researchers interested in the technological aspects of online learning.    Join us as an exhibitor and/or sponsor for this cutting edge, highly interactive conference!

Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities may be found in the exhibit prospectus. Key benefits include:

  • Exhibits will be located in the prime traffic area central to all session rooms, with email lab, a networking café, continental breakfasts and breaks, and the Poster and Welcome Reception strategically located in the exhibit area to enhance traffic to your booth.

  • National sponsors are guaranteed a presentation slot in the Vendor Showcase.  Additional vendor showcase slots available are assigned first by sponsor level, then to exhibitors in the order contracts are received.

  • Increased visibility to potential clients before, during and after the conference through our .

  • Special benefits for a wide range of sponsorship opportunities.