Thursday, February 27, 2014
Open to all regardless of affiliation with SLN or SUNY.
The SLN SOLsummit will be broadcast LIVE!
8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome! – Alexandra M. Pickett, Associate Director, SLN
9:15 – 10:15
George Saltsman, director of the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning at Abilene Christian University
Pedagogy and Practice of Mobile Learning
What exactly is mobile learning? It’s not quite online education. It’s not quite face-to-face. Mobile is a medium all its own and it has the power to create learning experiences unlike any other medium. Building on six years of empirical research and large-scale experimentation, this session explores the intersection of learning theory and internet culture to help you put mobile learning to work for you.
10:15 -10:45 – 5th annual Unsession! – speed-dating style mini presentations solicited from conference participants! Come prepared to show, demo, talk about your own innovation, best practice, cooltool, or idea (in course design, instructional technology, faculty development) in 5-minutes or less.
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00
Jennifer Maddrell, adjunct faculty, Instructional Design and Technology, College of Education, Old Dominion University
Designing Authentic Online Educational Experiences through Service-Learning
Fostering opportunities for authentic and engaging real-life application of course content is a central challenge for designers and instructors in higher education programs. Given the time and geographic separation of the online learner from the instructor and the college or university, the task of offering applied learning experiences in an online course is an even greater challenge. Service-learning is an educational approach used extensively in traditional face-to-face programs to offer students opportunities to gain real-world experience while volunteering with organizations in their local campus communities. In this session, we will explore the design of e-service-learning in which these applied learning opportunities are incorporated into online and distance education programs. By considering the link between the subject-matter and desired learning outcomes of their courses, as well as the potential needs of nonprofits and other social enterprises, session participants will contemplate the design of service-learning experiences for their unique educational contexts. Recommended practices for service-learning client engagement, project management, student mentorship, and learner assessment will be discussed. In addition to an examination of the opportunities and benefits, the potential challenges of incorporating service-learning in an online education setting will also be considered, including recommendations to overcome the obstacles associated with the time and physical separation of participants.
12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 – 3:00 SLN 20th Anniversary Celebration and Keynote Address
3:00 – 3:30 Break (Cake and Networking)
3:30 – 4:30
Ellen Wagner, Executive Director, WCET.
Putting Data to Work
This session explores changing data sensibilities at US post-secondary institutions with particular attention paid to how predictive analytics are changing expectations for institutional accountability and student success. Results from the Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework show that predictive modeling can identify students at risk and that linking behavioral predictions of risk with interventions to mitigate those risks at the point of need is a powerful strategy for increasing rates of student retention, academic progress and completion.
4:30 Wrap-up and Preview of day 3.
Dinner on your own.