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  • Distance Education Professional Development, Division of Continuing Studies


Wednesday, August 8, 1:30-4:30 pm

Communities of Practice (No fee, but you must pre-register.)
The Communities of Practice (CoP) sessions each have two co-presenters who plan the agenda. Generally, these sessions include introductions, a mix of short presentations, polling of group issues, group discussions, and sharing of resources. It’s a chance to meet others who are dealing with similar issues and share strategies and solutions with one another. Select a CoP based on your current need for guidance and that you feel may be most helpful.

Thursday, August 9, 10:30 am-12:15 pm

Forum 1: Managing state authorization requirements

The regulatory framework around distance education continues to evolve as the realities of how sections of the 2008 Reauthorization of the HEA (Higher Education Act), or Higher Education Opportunity Act, are brought to light in more detail. Over the past two years the state regulations legislation has had the spotlight, but other sections within the act are also starting to gain attention due to financial aid debt and fraud. The impact of these regulations, are far reaching operationally, financially, and on course design for distance education. The panel of experts will explore with participants the legal side and the institutional side of the regulatory framework.

       Moderator: Rick Shearer, Director of World Campus Learning Design, Penn State World Campus


Thursday, August 9, 1:00-1:45 pm

Around the World in 45 Minutes: Global Perspectives on Distance Education

This session will highlight distance education efforts in various regions of the world to compare and contrast global trends in the field. Panelists will provide perspectives on topics such as enrollment trends, factors that drive distance education, the value of distance education, success stories, and challenges that influence distance education efforts.

       Moderator: Dr. Curtis Bonk, Professor of Education, Indiana University



Thursday, August 9, 2:00-3:45 pm

Forum 2:  Preparing instruction for mobile learning

While mobile technology ownership and use is expanding rapidly, several issues remain to be resolved to enable educators to provide instruction on these devices and for institutions to provide support for their educators and learners. To develop quality mobile learning, new tools, or apps, are needed. Join these forum panelists to learn ways they are advancing new tools for preparing mobile instruction.

       Lead Panelist: Rovy Branon, Associate Dean and Director of the Academic Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Laboratory University of Wisconsin-Extension


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