Happy Open Education Week! There’s a lot happening this week in the world of open education and open educational resources, and it’s happening all over the world, from institutions across North America as well as Europe, Asia, and the global south. You can check out all of the exciting events scheduled for Open Education week on the website: http://www.openeducationweek.org/. I do want […]
Hey, are you are looking to check out some new digital course tools and materials to possibly incorporate into your instruction to engage your students? If so, you may want to check out Virginia State University’s Digital Course Fair. According to VSU’s Director of Distance Education, Art Fridrich, the goals of this event are “to introduce or reintroduce college faculty to the rich variety of digital course tools currently available to facilitate learning, enhance or create new partnerships, and reduce the cost of education for college students.”
Some of the things you’ll see at this event are adaptive learning courseware built upon Carnegie Melon University Open Courseware, new products and services from publishers like Cengage, Pearson, and McGraw-Hill, open educational resources vendor Lumen Learning, and much more.
The event is free. There will be refreshments (yes!) and door prizes (I never win). If interested, please register by clicking on this link: http://vsu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1BQzyxy2qdYlqVD
If you want more information or have questions, please contact VSU’s Director of Distance Education, Art Fridrich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 8th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, hosted by Virginia Tech’s Center for Instructional Development and (pant, pant…let me take a breath) Educational Research (mercifully shortened to the refreshingly delicious acronym CIDER) is, according to the CIDER website, “focused on higher education teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning. The conference showcases the best pedagogical practice and research in higher education today. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research.” If you have something to share, get on the stick: proposals are due today, September 14, 2015. Here is more from the event page on the CIDER site:
Faculty are, on a daily basis and in very unassuming ways, demonstrating a renewed energy and focus toward the scholarship of teaching and learning. This is further evidenced by our attention to academic assessment, the integration of technology and learning, and even in the change in our teaching lexicon as we incorporate active engagement and reflective practices into instruction to encourage authentic learning.
The conference has grown steadily over the past six years, from 288 participants in 2009 to over 1000 participants in 2015 from 200+ institutions, 48 states, and 50 countries, including community colleges, liberal arts colleges, medical colleges, research universities, and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Join us as we showcase and share our collective growth, innovation, and achievement in teaching and learning.
You can find the call for proposals and submission link here: http://www.cider.vt.edu/conference/cfp1.html.
The Distance Education peer group conference is scheduled for October 9-10, 2015 at Reynolds Community College’s Parham Campus. Proposals are due on Friday, August 28.
Get together with your peers and bridge the distance to superior teaching and learning online. If you have an innovative idea, suggestions for best practices for distance education and/or hybrid classrooms, new research, or other information you want to share that will enrich the practice of teaching and the process of learning online, please submit a proposals. We need our pioneers and trailblazers, our full-timers and our adjuncts. We need the diversity of thought and ideas that drive educational innovation. We need you to step forward.
Proposals are being accepted now and must be received by the August 28 deadline. Sessions are 60 minutes long and may be in the form of a:
- presenter’s forum with one or more presenters
- hands-on training in a computer lab.
Click on the link below for more information on the Distance Education Peer Group Conference or to submit a proposal: http://www.vccs.edu/careers/office-of-professional-development/peer-groups/distance-education-peer-group-conference/
Wow, it’s been a busy summer, with a lot going on. Here are a few events happening this week that may be of interest to you. Take advantage of them now before the busy semester gets underway!
Keep track of all upcoming EdTech@VCCS events here: http://edtech.vccs.edu/upcoming-events/
August 12, 2015 –
04:00 pm–05:00 pm
August 13, 2015 – August 14, 2015
PHCC, Martinsville, VA
August 13, 2015 –
12:00 pm–01:00 pm
August 14, 2015 –
11:00 am–12:00 pm
August 14, 2015 –
12:00 pm–01:00 pm
April 29 2015
New America Foundation: Hands On with Higher Ed Tech
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Washington, DC & online
Community colleges are often the only or the last chance for a college education for many of America’s students. Some students enroll in a couple of classes or a short-term certificate to gain new skills, some enroll to obtain their associate degrees, and some enroll with the intention to transfer to a four-year institution. The open access of community college is one of America’s greatest postsecondary strengths, but also one of its greatest challenges. While almost anyone with minimum qualifications can enter a community college and pursue a postsecondary credential, few will actually complete.
Community college students need access to more high-quality, flexible support services, courses, and credentials to succeed. Students should be able to take at least two courses a semester—two in the fall, two in the spring, and two in the summer—so that they can complete their associate degrees in two to four years. Innovative use of information technology can help get them there.
On April 29th, New America’s Education Policy Program will host an event that focuses on the use of information technology at community colleges. In February, New America released Community College Online, which features case studies of how community colleges are harnessing technology to improve remediation, student services, and content delivery. Join us for a highly interactive technology expo where we present many of the innovations featured in the report.
Please note that only the opening remarks and innovation presentations will be live streamed.
Take part in the conversation online using #CCOnline and following @NewAmericaEd.
Register for this event
A group of folks on the Google North America Apps Users GroupÂ are organizing a Google Apps Mid-Atlantic Users Group Meeting, also known by the abrasively gutteral-sounding acronym (MAGUG). The event is free and will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2013Â at Dominion Enterprises in Norfolk, Virginia.
To learn more or to register, use the following link: https://sites.google.com/a/appsusersgroup.com/goog le-apps-mid-atlantic-user-group/. Also, to learn more about other national and regional events and receive helpful information about Google Apps, consider subscribing to the Google North America Apps Users Group.