5th Annual Sloan-C/MERLOT Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium (ET4OL 2012)

Venue: The Venetian & Palazzo Resort

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Event Date/Time: Jul 25, 2012 End Date/Time: Jul 27, 2012
Registration Date: Jul 27, 2012
Early Registration Date: May 25, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 05, 2012
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Description

The Sloan Consortium, MERLOT, and our Emerging Technologies steering committee welcome you to The 5th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Sympsoium,hosted for the very first time in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 25-27, 2011.

What started as a small gathering of technology and online professionals has blossomed into one of the best conferences around for examining the application of online and blended tools and instruction. Discoveries in such fields as energy, biotechnology, medicine, space, robotics, physics, transportation, and artificial intelligence continue to propel us towards future breakthroughs for society. Some of these technologies will become the catalyst for new ways to learn or provide learning extensions for our classrooms. It is an exciting time to teach using technology. Technological change is inevitable and remarkable in its pace. Fortunately, online and blended learning instructors are well positioned to take advantage of new technologies and practices. Innovative tools, data analyses, collaborations, social media, mobile applications, open education and new learning environments bring a dazzling array of opportunity to our online classrooms. Together we are discovering how to use these technologies to support and improve learning outcomes for students. The 2012 Symposium for Emerging Technologies for Online Learning offers you an opportunity to share best practices, understand applications, discover new technologies, and connect to others who share a love for and belief in the promise of educational technology.

Our symposium has a new mission statement designed to emphasize the innovation and invention that is the focus of the conference: A conference devoted to the emerging and innovative uses of technology designed to improve teaching and learning online. Tracks for this year’s conference include Digital learning Environments & Communities; Accessible Learning for All; Evidence-based Learning and Reflection; Learning and Data Analytics; Faculty and Student Development; and Innovation in Media and Tools. Woven into the conference program and offered within the structure of the tracks will be special emerging technologies, sandbox, leadership, and STEM sessions.

New this year, we are excited to offer workshops as part of the conference package. Including workshops as part of the conference program has been a very popular addition to the Annual Sloan-C Blended Conference and Workshop for the past several years. The success at Blended is the foundation for a similarly designed value-added conference pricing for the Emerging Technologies Symposium.

Las Vegas, Nevada needs no introduction as an exciting conference city. However, you may not realize Las Vegas is home to more than just casinos. Many National Parks surround Las Vegas, including Zion, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Arches, and Bryce Canyon to name just a few. Whether you plan to bring your hiking boots or your high heels, Las Vegas offers exciting venues and vistas to visit prior to or just after the symposium.

Come to Las Vegas this summer. You will learn, have fun, and find many ideas during the 2012 Emerging Technologies Symposium. A big thank you in advance to all who organize, review, volunteer, propose, present, host as vendors, travel, and troubleshoot. The conference is a success because you care about providing the best educational experience and technology for today's student.

About the Conference:

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 both to 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.

Venue

3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas
Nevada
United States
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Additional Information

Call for Proposals: The Sloan Consortium and MERLOT invite you to submit a proposal for the 5th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium, to be held July 25-27, 2012 at The Venetian & Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas, NV. The Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium, a joint Symposium of Sloan Consortium and MERLOT, is designed to bring together individuals interested in the review and evaluation of online teaching and learning technologies. Faculty, students, instructional designers, instructional technologists and academic administrators are encouraged to submit proposals which are engaging, informative and interactive. These sessions can be targeted to all attendees or beginners, intermediates, or experts. The symposium, focusing on the technologies, networking and systems that drive online learning effectiveness, will accept presentations that offer attendees “real solutions.” Symposium tracks highlight and demonstrate research, application and effective practices and noteworthy technological tools in the following areas: Digital Learning Environments & Communities This track showcases learning environments and communities which support improved teaching and learning online (through Mobile, Virtual, Augmented Reality, artificial intelligence, future LMS adaptations, and/or Social Networks). The track welcomes submissions that provide evidence of the effectiveness and impact of new learning communities that succeed in experiential and service learning, collaboration, and practice for critical skills and training. Suggestions include: •What are replicable or shareable examples of new teaching and learning environments that improve outcomes in learning, accessibility, affordability, faculty satisfaction, or student satisfaction? •How are new social networking applications transforming online and blended educational environments? •How do these affect: student learning and satisfaction; the roles of faculty, administration, and staff; access to educational opportunities; or the formation of non-traditional networking? •What evidence measures the effectiveness of these environments? •Can virtual environments that feature physical replicas assist in learning? •What are effective approaches to technology selection, open source utilization and partnerships, peer learning, or self-learning paradigms? Accessible Learning for All This track is especially designed for researchers and practitioners to share information about Open Education Resources, Open Learning, Accessibility, Affordability and Open Research. Suggestions include: •Which emerging OER practices make sense for use in everyday instruction? For STEM instruction? •How can technology bridge the tension between access and intellectual content? •What can technology do to ease the tension between intellectual freedom and open access? •What evidence supports the inventive uses of open educational resource to improve outcomes in learning, accessibility, affordability, faculty satisfaction, or student satisfaction? •How can we use mobile learning to reinforce open learning? •How can social networking tools be used in your classes to support OER? •What types of tools do we have for valid student assessment of OER? •What emerging technologies support students with disabilities? •What practices/technologies can make education more affordable? •Will open research requirements speed the cycle of information and impact teaching and learning? Evidence-based Learning and Reflection This track includes sessions on pioneering and innovative uses of assessment alternatives to supported academic and life-long learning. The crossroad where technology, learning and, assessment meet is the focus of this track. This track includes e-portfolios, performance assessment, project-based learning, experiential learning, and/or authentic assessment tools and techniques. The track sessions will serve as guides and support for currently-understood high-impact educational practices, and an array of new high-impact educational practices. Sample questions include: •How can assessment support reflective and integrative learning designs? •How can technology provide alternatives to testing to assess student achievement in STEM fields? •What examples do we have of effective electronic portfolio practices? Performance assessment practices? •How does a campus implement alternate assessments across the academic enterprise? •What types of practices and tools lead to greater changes of career success? •What technologies best support “evidence-based learning” and what significance does this hold for the future of education? •How can graduates develop their digital identities for career success? •How can experiential learning use the latest technologies to document success, create community and support academic continuity? Learning And Data Analytics This track examines learning analytics for improved teaching and learning. The track includes analytics in a broader sense, including standards for institutional, programmatic, and course improvement. This track is especially for practitioners to share information about using data analytics for specific institutional goals, to increase retention, better serve students, and improve learning outcomes and success. The track includes results of data analytic studies to describe inventive approaches. Suggestions include: •Which data analytics make sense for use? •What is the evidence that data analytics really improve outcomes in learning, accessibility, affordability, faculty satisfaction, or student satisfaction? •How can we use mobile learning to improve data? •Does social media impact data analytics? •What types of tools do we have for valid analysis? •How can analytics assist learning in technical disciplines? What are ways to best teach the use of analytics online? Faculty and Student Development This track focuses on new paradigms for learning and information technology to support student and faculty services, emphasizing support for online and hybrid environments, including 24/7 learning, professional development, and academic continuity. Suggestions include: •How have the myriad new applications and technologies affected student, faculty and staff support systems and models? •How do we know what technology to adopted? •What best practices exist in the development and support of faculty in STEM fields including mathematics, engineering, technology and science topics? •What type of instructional delivery works best for faculty? for students? •How should faculty development efforts be evaluated? •What are creative and cost effective applications of technology for student, staff and faculty development and training, library, academic and student support services? Innovation in Media and Tools This track is especially for practitioners to share information about using media and tools for specific learning objectives, to explain results of media studies, and to describe inventive approaches. Suggestions include: •Which emerging technologies make sense for use in everyday instruction? •Which emerging technologies make sense for use in STEM instruction? •What is the evidence that inventive uses of media and tools really improve outcomes in learning, accessibility, affordability, faculty satisfaction, or student satisfaction? •How can we use mobile learning to reinforce what we teach? •How can social networking tools be used in your classes? •What types of tools do we have for valid student assessment? Submit proposals by March 5, 2012 to: http://sloanconsortium.org/conference/2012/et4online/call-for-presentations