Event Date/Time: Apr 23, 2012 End Date/Time: Apr 24, 2012
Registration Date: Apr 24, 2012
Early Registration Date: Feb 23, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Oct 21, 2011
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Event contact:
Conference Services
Phone: 888-898-6209
Fax: 781-583-7561
Email: conference@sloanconsortium.org

Alternate Contact and Exhibits Contact:
Christine Hinkley
Phone: 407-415-9053
chinkley@sloanconsortium.org

Location:
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
333 W Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Conference overview:
The 9th Annual Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop, "Perfecting the Blend," will be held on April 23-24, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee and the adjoining Frontier Airlines Center.

Blended learning has transformed education by taking advantage of the best of face-to-face and online instruction, and it has led us to explore the blending of technologies, programs, student services, and faculty support to facilitate the overall improvement of education. By reflecting on research and addressing the challenges we face, we continuously look to make the learning experience for students better. Through the exploration of blended practice and research, we as educators have identified our strengths as well as the areas that need our attention in order to perfect the blend.

Our conference seeks proposals for workshops and presentations that specifically address the many facets of blended learning. We look to share best practices and persistent challenges in blended learning as they relate to pedagogy, learning activities, instructional design and course development, faculty development and training, student services, accessible learning opportunities, academic planning and strategy, and research through the assessment and evaluation of learning.

Proposals are requested in five tracks: teaching and learning, research, student support, faculty development and support, and leadership and administration. Proposals may be configured as workshops, information sessions, or posters.

We would like to encourage proposals from those in quickly-evolving institutions, such as K-12 schools and community colleges, as well as proposals that explore emerging technologies (mobile, social media, open education resources) to assist fellow educators in perfecting the blend.


About the Conference:

How do we improve student learning? How do we support our students and provide them access to a quality education? How do we develop new opportunities and overcome our limited resources?

Institutions of higher education around the world are using blended learning to enhance student learning, facilitate student access, meet instructional and institutional goals, and find solutions for diminishing resources. Faculty members and instructional designers use the blended mode to enrich teaching and learning. Administrators strategically incorporate blended programs in order to help fulfill their institutions' missions and goals. Students draw on blended offerings to take advantage of the flexibility and to improve their time to degree.

Join your colleagues at the 9th Annual Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop, Perfecting the Blend, as we problem-solve, exchange ideas, and explore effective strategies about blended learning. The conference provides the opportunity for instructors and faculty members, instructional designers, student advisors, administrative leaders, and researchers to share best practices, strategic considerations, models of practice, and challenges revealed through our experiences in practice and research.

Attendees will be able to attend two days of sessions including interactive workshops, information sessions, poster sessions, a plenary session, and a keynote address, all focused on instructional practices, academic planning, faculty development, and assessment/evaluation.

The Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop provides the opportunity for attendees to engage with one another throughout this conference sharing information and ideas. As an attendee, you and your institution will benefit from this highly interactive conference as well as become a part of the Sloan-C blended community through membership opportunities, publications, online courses, and more.

Call for Presentations:
•Proposals due by October 21, 2011
•Notification of acceptance by December 12, 2011
•Deadline for presenters to accept is December 26, 2011
•Presentation schedule posted to the website by January 12, 2012
•Early Bird registration deadline is February 23, 2012
•Final date for abstract edits is February 23, 2012
•Full presentation submission for conference proceedings by April 1, 2012

Our conference seeks proposals for workshops and presentations that specifically address the many facets of blended learning. We look to share best practices and persistent challenges in blended learning as they relate to pedagogy, learning activities, instructional design and course development, faculty development and training, student services, accessible learning opportunities, academic planning and strategy, and research through the assessment and evaluation of learning.

Proposals are requested in five tracks: teaching and learning, research, student support, faculty development and support, and leadership and administration. Proposals may be configured as workshops, information sessions, or posters.

We would like to encourage proposals from those in quickly-evolving institutions, such as K-12 schools and community colleges, as well as proposals that explore emerging technologies (mobile, social media, open education resources) to assist fellow educators in perfecting the blend.

Registration:
Deadline for presenters to register: 2/23/2012
Early bird registration deadline: 2/23/2012
Registration deadline for attendees: 4/24/2012

Venue

333 W Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
United States
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Additional Information

Pricing: Early Bird pricing through February 23, 2012 $445 Sloan-C member $495 Regular attendee Full Price after February 23, 2012 $495 Sloan-C member $545 Regular attendee The full conference fee includes access to keynote, plenary addresses, all presentations and workshops, poster session and welcome reception, continental breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday, refreshment breaks, vendor showcase sessions and exhibits. Monday evening dinner is on your own. All onsite attendees will have on-demand access to recorded sessions from the conference for one (1) year post-conference. *Group registrations - When 3 or more people register, a discount of $20 is applied to all full-price regular attendees. Registrants cannot receive stacking discounts. Sloan-C members can take advantage of either the member discount or the group discount. **Student registrations must be submitted via fax or email. Download the registration form here. Proof of full-time student status must be provided with registration in the form of a letter from the registrar verifying such. *Press Free Passes are available for press covering the conference. A Press code is required to register. Contact Jean Fredrick jfredrick@sloanconsortium.org for additional details.