The following events related to adult learning and higher education may be of potential interest to faculty members, students, and others.

  1. July 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    “Change”: The Mother of All MOOCs

 (Massive Open Online Course)

    Description: Being connected changes learning. When those connections are global, the experience of knowledge development is dramatically altered as well. Over the past four years, a growing number of educators have started experimenting with the teaching and learning process in order to answer critical questions: “How does learning change when formal boundaries are reduced? What is the future of learning? What role will educators play in this future? What types of institutions does society need to respond to hyper-growth of knowledge and rapid dissemination of information? How do the roles of learners and educators change when knowledge is ubiquitous?”. 

The result of their research, Siemens, Downes and Cormier will offer a six-month MOOC facilitated by international leaders in the field of open and distance learning focusing on the questions noted above.


This course will introduce participants to the major contributions being made to the field of instructional technology by researchers today. Each week, a new professor or researcher will introduce his or her central contribution to the field.

    Dates: CONCLUDED – valuable archives available

    Facilitators: Dave Cormier, George Siemens and Stephen Downes will co-facilitate this course.

    The draft course schedule is available at:

  2. January 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Title: 2012 Emerging Technologies Conference
    Sponsor: Sloan-C and Merlot
    Dates: 7/25-27/12
    Location: Las Vegas, NV
    Cost: TBA

    Description: The 5th 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.

    For More Information:

  3. May 15, 2012 at 5:55 am

    The Wiley Learning Institute from Jossey-Bass

    Wiley Learning Institute is an online professional development experience.

    From the Website: “We believe… the more applicable the knowledge, the more valuable it is. That’s why Wiley Learning Institute offers you a comprehensive resource site including customized programs, interactive workshops, certification opportunities, plus a beyond-the-workshops, community experience — all presented in a way that makes the information immediately relevant to your day-to-day needs. Engage in our community and you’ll see… what you learn today can be effectively used tomorrow. At Wiley Learning Institute… learning matters.”


  4. June 20, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Title: EDUCAUSE Analytics 3-Day Sprint
    Date: July 24–26, 2012
    Cost: FREE



    Join us for these free, daily webinars to discuss the challenges and opportunities of analytics in higher education. These webinars align with the Sprint’s daily themes and allow participants to interact with guest speakers, hosts, and fellow participants. Sign up for any or all of the daily webinars. Each seminar will be delivered live using Adobe Connect (an online audio and video/image presentation technology), which allows you to interact through your web browser.
    Because enrollment in each live webinar is limited, register early. If a webinar you are interested in is either filled or scheduled for an inconvenient time, you can access the recording shortly after the live session (from this web page).

    Daily Webinars

    Day 1: Tuesday, July 24
    2:00–3:30 p.m. ET (UTC-4); convert to your time zone
    What Does Analytics Mean for Higher Education?
    Hear what analytics means for higher education and IT from experienced leaders. Preview the results of a nationwide survey of analytics in higher education. Learn about the “big questions” analytics raises.
    Featuring Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

    Day 2: Wednesday, July 25
    2:00–3:30 p.m. ET (UTC-4); convert to your time zone
    Analytics for Teaching, Learning, and Student Success
    How does analytics affect faculty and students? Explore early warning systems, educational pathways, and use of student data to improve courses.
    Hosted by Diana Oblinger, EDUCAUSE President and CEO

    Day 3: Thursday, July 26
    2:00–3:30 p.m. ET (UTC-4); convert to your time zone
    Analytics for Enterprise Efficiency and Effectiveness
    How is analytics used in the enterprise area? What kinds of data governance, policies and infrastructure need to be in place to ensure effective institutional use of analytics?

  5. June 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Title: Moving Beyond eLearning to Performance Support
    Date: Wed., June 27, 2012, 10:00 am (PT) / 1:00 pm (ET)
    Cost: FREE

    Description: Although eLearning is a well-established learning modality for the training industry, for many, it has never realized the “Just in Time” (JIT) promise. JIT is not an issue of availability. It’s a result of context and accessibility — the ability for a learning solution to be embedded in the workflow providing JUST enough information to perform effectively — something eLearning is not designed to do. Performance Support has reemerged as a strong and effective discipline that truly delivers fast, measurable business results. Join performance support guru Bob Mosher next week for Moving Beyond eLearning to Performance Support and learn how you can move beyond eLearning to create highly impactful learning solutions that enable employees to solve their own issues, right at the moment of need.
    In this session you’ll learn…
    • Why eLearning is not Performance Support
    • The seven principles of effective Performance Support
    • The technologies that enable the creation of Performance Support

  6. June 22, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Title: Conflicted: Faculty and Online Education

    When: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 12:00 PM-2:00 PM. EST

    Sponsored by: Inside Higher Education

    Cost: FREE

    Description: Results of “Conflicted: Faculty and Online Education, 2012,” a study conducted by Inside Higher Ed and the Babson Survey Research Group, presented by editor Scott Jaschik and featuring Joshua Kim, director of learning and technology, Master of Health Care Delivery Science program, Dartmouth College, and blogger at Inside Higher Ed; Steve Kolowich, technology reporter at Inside Higher Ed; and Jeff Seaman, co-director, Babson Survey Research Group. “Conflicted: Faculty and Online Education, 2012” was made possible in part by the generous financial support of CourseSmart, Hobsons, Pearson and Sonic Foundry.

  7. July 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    What Do We Know About Scaling Online Learning? Perspectives from Research and Practice on Industry Growth

    This third in the series of Research Symposia will focus on the most recent Sloan Consortium online learning target: Scale.

    The availability of the Internet is completely transforming higher education. Large scale usage is already here and the possibilities opened up by online learning are wide-ranging and immediate, according to A. Frank Mayadas, senior advisor to the Sloan Foundation and lead off speaker for this symposium. He notes there are cost-effective ways to build even greater scale onto the strong foundation already in place with great understanding of culture, technology, leadership, public profile and policy. Read full details

    Live panel conversation: September 6, 2012, 11:00—2:00 Eastern time

    Price: Free for all


  8. July 17, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Next Generation Learning Challenges

    Cost: Free

    Next Generation Learning Challenges events are a unique opportunity to engage with your colleagues around some of the critical challenges facing college readiness and completion in the U.S. and to hear from leading experts and NGLC grantees about the ways that technology can facilitate change. You and your colleagues are invited to join NGLC for virtual events such as grantee showcases or information sessions about current grant cycles and for face-to-face sessions at leading conferences. You can also watch archives of all NGLC webcasts on the Archived Events page.

    The Series

    Topic: Bold Expectations: Insights from the 21st Century Commission Report on the Future of Community Colleges
    Speaker: Gerardo de los Santos, President, League for Innovation in the Community College
    Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2012
    Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

    Topic: MOOCs: open online courses as levers for change in higher education
    Speaker: George Siemens, Associate Director, Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute, Athabasca University
    Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
    Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

    Topic: New On-line Services to Help Adult Learners Complete College
    Speaker: Pam Tate, President, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
    Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2012
    Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

    Topic: Breakthrough Models for College Completion: A Lightning Round of NGLC Grantees
    Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2012
    Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

    How to Join Events

    The webcasts will be hosted inside the NGLC Adobe Connect webconferencing room. To join, simply click the link and select “Enter as a Guest,” type in your name and affiliation (e.g., John Doe, American High School), and click “Enter Room.”

    Once inside the room, audio will be provided through your computer speakers and presentation slides will advance on your screen. You can interact with fellow attendees and presenters using the chat feature inside the room. Each session will be recorded and an archive will be posted on the NGLC Archived Events page on the day following the event.

    To Join:

  9. August 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Announcing Upcoming WCET Webcasts – Join WCET for THREE exciting webcasts!
    Cost: Free!
    For More Information:

    * Webinar 1: Kick off your fall by joining WCET for a Behind-the-Scenes look at the Game+Badge Program “Who’s Got Class?” on August 28, Noon MT. Launched in July, WCET members and friends are playing a social game that exposes them to the many facets and programs of the organization and rewards them for their engagement and contributions. Join “Who’s Got Class?” program manager, Cali Morrison, WCET and “Who’s Got Class?” designer and gamemaster, Anne Derryberry, to hear about what we are learning through this project.

    * Webinar 2: The September 12, Noon MT webcast features Inside Higher Education blogger Joshua Kim who will talk with WCET’s Ellen Wagner about what is impacting technology enhanced learning and higher education. Joshua brings insight from his provocative blogs and from his role as the director of learning and technology for the Master of Health Care Delivery Science program at Dartmouth College.

    * Webinar 3: On October 17, Noon MT, educational technology innovator Richard Culatta will talk with WCET’s Ellen Wagner about the Office of Educational Technology’s various projects and initiatives that leverage technology to improve teaching and learning and create opportunities for innovation. Learn more about initiatives such as The Learning Registry and Open Badges.

    Visit the WCET webcast page for details about these free webcasts. Space for each webcast is limited to 180 participants and priority will be given to current WCET members who register three days prior to the live webcast. Non-members may register and their spot will be confirmed after the preferred registration date.

    Registrants will receive webcast information and the link the day prior to the webcast. WCET’s webcasts are recorded and can be accessed from the WCET website the following week.

  10. August 7, 2012 at 12:10 am

    EDUCAUSE The Summer Learning Series Continues: How are Universities/Colleges Leveraging Information Technology to Help Adult Learners

    August 7 at 1:00 p.m. ET

    No registration required – Link to join webcast:

    A recent Georgetown University study estimates that by 2018, 63 percent of all U.S. jobs will require some sort of postsecondary education. Studies show that a credential, whether a degree or certificate, can lead to higher wages and greater long-term sustainability. That reality—and the changing nature of today’s workforce—has sent adult learners back to campus in record numbers. Some studies estimate the traditional college student—a full-time, residential undergraduate supported by their parents—may only account for 25 percent of the college-going population.

    What types of challenges do today’s adult learners face? And how are colleges and universities leveraging information technology to help meet them?

    On Tuesday, August 7 at 1:00 p.m. ET, you and your colleagues are invited Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) and Judy Wertheim, vice president for Higher Education Services at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, to explore those questions and learn more about effective strategies for engaging and supporting adult learners.

    The webinar, part of the ongoing Summer Learning Series, is free and open to the public.

  11. August 30, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Turn It In’s Fall 2012 Webcast Series
    Cost: Free

    Title: Partners in Education: Creating Common Core Rubrics
    Date: Thursday, September 6 at 1:00pm PT / 2:00pm MT / 3:00pm CT / 4:00pm ET
    The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have their roots in collaboration among representatives from higher education, K-12, and community experts, so when the English Professional Learning Council (EPLC) set out to create rubrics based upon the CCSS, they partnered with local higher education, high school and community groups. This 30-minute webcast will explain the process and intent behind the creation of Common Core rubrics and how they can help schools adapt to the new standards. Attendees are eligible to receive a free copy of the CCSS-aligned rubrics.

    Title: Bridging the Gap: Common Core Rubrics for Secondary and Higher Ed
    Date: Thursday, September 13 at 10:00am PT / 11:00am MT / 12:00 noon CT / 1:00pm ET
    Standards have long been associated with K-12 education. In recent years higher education has begun to implement its own version of standards with student learning outcomes. Regardless of whether we call them standards or outcomes, setting up expectations for student achievement is necessary for students to succeed. This webcast will discuss how rubrics aligned to the Common Core State Standards can bridge the skills gap between secondary standards and higher education outcomes. Attendees are eligible to receive a free copy of the CCSS-aligned rubrics.

    Title: The Plagiarism Spectrum: Tagging 10 Types of Unoriginal Work
    Date: Thursday, September 20 at 10:00am PT / 11:00am MT / 12:00 noon CT / 1:00pm ET
    Though most students grasp that plagiarism is an ethical issue, they may not fully understand how plagiarism can take form. The Plagiarism Spectrum was developed as a guide to help students identify inappropriate uses of source material. This webcast examines a recent report published by Turnitin intended to move plagiarism beyond the black-and-white definition of “literary theft” to one that captures the nuances of how plagiarism can take shape in student writing. Attendees are eligible to receive a free infographic poster depicting the Plagiarism Spectrum.

    Title: Engaging Faculty and Students to Resist Plagiarism Through Policy and Practice
    Date: Thursday, September 27 at 10:00am PT / 11:00am MT / 12:00 noon CT / 1:00pm ET
    Are you interested in promoting academic integrity and resisting the practice of plagiarism in your classroom? As a follow-up to the “Plagiarism Spectrum” webcast, this session will focus on how to use existing or revised academic integrity polices as a way to engage faculty and students–via structured discussion and instructor-led activities–to learn how to avoid the different types of plagiarism. Examples for specific activities will be presented along with links to additional resources. Attendees are eligible to enter a drawing for a free copy of the book, “Creating a Culture of Academic Integrity” by David Wangaard.

    Title: What’s a Teacher to Do? Aligning Training Expectations
    Date: Thursday, October 4 at 10:00am PT / 11:00am MT / 12:00 noon CT / 1:00pm ET
    Many states have recognized that there is a disconnect between the curriculum that trains teachers and the expectations school administrators have for pre-service and newly-hired teachers. This webcast will share the findings of university faculty and district superintendents in their efforts to align how teachers are trained to do their job and how they are evaluated in their work.

    Date: Title: From the Margins: Providing Effective Feedback on Student Papers
    Thursday, October 11 at 10:00am PT / 11:00am MT / 12:00 noon CT / 1:00pm ET
    In this webcast, we will present findings from a recent Turnitin analysis of instructor comments that were left on student papers and examine approaches for leveraging the use of marginal comments to drive student understanding and engagement. Attendees are eligible to receive a free word cloud graphic of the study results.

  12. September 20, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Title: 18th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning
    Date: October 10-12, 2012
    Location: Virtual attendance
    Cost: $119

    The conference program will offer a full complement of presentations that reflect the implications for the field of specific e-learning experience and practices. Keynote and plenary addresses, as well as pre-conference workshops, featured sessions, information sessions, Best-in-Track presentations, and poster presentations will address blended learning, issues of diversity, international applications of online learning, open educational resources, social networking, online learning and community colleges, and K-12 online education as well as other topics of common interest.

    This year, we once again offer an option that will allow participants to make the conference come to them. The virtual attendee option provides the opportunity for individuals and institutions to attend select sessions of the conference via live webcast services provided by Mediasite.

    Virtual Sessions:

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