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Forums, symposia, closing panels, etc. have long been a part of this conference, generally featuring a panel of experts bringing different viewpoints, but occasionally highlighting an individual expert in the field about a specific topic. Recordings range from two to four hours in length and require Windows Media Player.

 

2012 Recordings

Around the world in 45 minutes: Global perspectives on distance education

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With the continuous improvement of information and communication technologies, more regions of the world are participating in distance education. In recognition of distance education as a truly global enterprise, and in celebration of the increasingly international audience at this conference both on-site and virtually, we invite you to attend this inaugural event.

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.

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Managing state authorization requirements

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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. Panelists discuss the legal side and the institutional side of the regulatory framework.

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Preparing instruction for mobile learning

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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. Forum panelists share ways they are advancing new tools for preparing mobile instruction. They will also discuss the scope of institutional support required for educators developing, and IT units delivering, mobile instruction and for learners using mobile instruction.

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2011 Recordings

Federal regulations regarding state authorizations

Rick Shearer, Moderator for 2011 Forum

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A panel of administrators will provide background on the 2010 U.S. Department of Education State Authorization Regulation, requiring institutions to have state authorizations in place to offer federal student loans for instructional courses/ programs delivered to learners in other states. Panelists will discuss ways to meet and maintain state authorizations.

       

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Impacts of mobile learning on distance education/training

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Panelists share their visions of the impacts of mobile learning on future instruction.

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2010 Recordings

Solutions that allow scalability of distance education enrollments and integrity of academic outcomes

Co-sponsored by Compass Knowledge Group

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This panel describes the partnerships that bring together higher education administrators and faculty with a diverse professional team to assist in managing all aspects of e-learning, from program development and course delivery to student support and retention. Learn best practices from system audits of more than 50 online programs and take away benchmarks to assess your scalability potential.

       

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Best practices in online faculty development

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Effective instructors and instruction are the strongest marketing tools an online program can have. Research evidence suggests that a good instructor is the key to student persistence in online courses. Thus the hiring, training, and evaluation of online instructors has become a high priority for most institutions. This includes providing training for many new to distance education and also providing incentives to keep good faculty. Panelists discuss faculty development from a number of perspectives with the objective of presenting models that work even when budgets are tight.

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Distance education in the decade ahead

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Think tank facilitators summarize their earlier group discussions and lead an open discussion of the opportunities, challenges,
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2009 Recordings

forum 1Using research on blended and distance education to shape the future of all education and training

Co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor's Office

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Part 1--What does research from blended and distance education tell us about ways all education and training may be modified for increased quality and cost-effectiveness? 

       

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Part 2--What advice can these researchers give to school, campus, and training administrators still operating with ineffective pedagogical approaches? 

       

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forum 2Mobile learning: Are we there yet?

Co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin System's Office of Learning and Information Technology

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Mobile learning requires mobile instruction, instruction that can be delivered to hand-held devices. The devices have become more advanced (e.g., iPhones, Blackberries, mini-laptops, etc.). Has development of instruction/training kept up? Are we there yet?
          
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forum 3Focusing on the learner's perspective: Emerging distance education models

Co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Provost's Office

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Panelists discuss the emerging models to prepare us to design and study learning now and into the future. These models include: constructivism, community of inquiry, authentic activities and learning, social presence, scaffolding, metacognition, collaboration, and more.

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forum 4Lessons from history and the continuing mission of distance education: Who is still at the back door?

Co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Continuing Studies

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As Charles Wedemeyer wrote in his 1981 book, Learning at the Back Door, "Back door learners are a largely unacknowledged source of the vitality, energy, creativity, and survivability of human existence on this Earth." Who are these learners in today's world? How can distance education continue to meet the needs of these learners using non-traditional means?

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Learning at the Back Door: e-book order information

 

2008 Recordings

Strategic directions for institutional support of blended and distance education 
Co-sponsored by the Sloan-Consortium

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How does strategic planning impact the growth and sustainability of successful distance education programs? How does strategic realignment consolidate the focus on emerging technologies and their applications in blended and distance education? Panelists share their approaches for senior administrators to collaborate with faculty in strategic planning and realignment and their approaches to increase campus- wide outreach efforts.

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Virtual Collaboration with colleagues, clients, and team members

Co-sponsored by Adobe Systems, Inc.

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With the changing nature of how people work, panelists discuss many different approaches to effective virtual team work and productivity. Learn how many are working globally in developing programs, sharing knowledge, creating, writing and publishing with colleagues at a distance. Get a good picture of the tools that help to make this process more effective and efficient. Find out how to incorporate some of these same models into our teaching as we increasingly serve a global population.

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The world of Web 2.0 in distance education, Part 1 & Part 2

Online learning environments have been changing quickly over the past few years. The Web has shifted from a passive medium to an interactive one in which content is created, shared, remixed, repurposed, and passed along. Learners are playing a more active role in their experience moving content creation and models of teaching to a new level. Panelists discuss the latest innovations, models, and best practices for utilizing Web 2.0 applications in distance teaching and learning.

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Part 1   Panelists share the many approaches for creating community and increasing social learning utilizing technologies such as wikis and blogs, podcasting, mobile computing, social bookmarking, and personal learning environments.

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Part 2  Panelists discuss writing, publishing, and scholarly pursuit through the use of Web 2.0 tools such as creative commons, electronic publication, and open educational resources.

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Instruction in the palm of the learner's hand: Exploring instructional applications of podcasting and vodcasting

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Handheld devices are becoming more ubiquitous in distance education as well as in health and business training settings. Panelists discuss the successes and limitations of podcasts/vodcasts, providing instruction in the palm of the learner's hand.

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The power to know you're making a difference: Embracing insight initiatives

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The expectation that technology will be thoughtfully used to better enable teaching and learning have been driven by services like Mark Milliron imageAmazon.com, TiVo, and online banking. Moreover, such services have driven the expectation that institutions will leverage "insight" to make a difference in how they teach and reach students, better customize services, and drive strategic planning and accountability efforts. Panelists review "insight" movements in the commercial, government, and health care industries and discuss the implications and issues surrounding the search for "insights" to make a difference in distance education.

        Moderator: Paul Anjeski, Organizational Development Specialist, Wisconsin Education Association Council

        Presenter: Mark Milliron, Suanne Davis Roueche Endowed Fellow, Senior Lecturer, and Director of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), College of Education, University of Texas-Austin

Using social software tools to enhance distance education

Co-sponsored by the Sloan-Consortium

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New applications are changing the Internet from a distribution network to a multi-mode communications and collaboration platform. Such tools, generically known as social software or Web 2.0, combine multi-media content and communications with intelligent agents to filter, prioritize, and coordinate individual and group interactions. They offer opportunities to build personal learning environments, allowing learners to more actively shape their learning. The presenters offer theoretical rationale, research, and practical experience using social software tools to enhance distance learning.

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        Moderator: Chere Gibson, Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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        Terry Anderson, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Distance Education, Athabasca University; Director, Canadian Institute for Distance Education Research; Editor, International Review of Research on Distance and Open Learning

        Peter Tittenberger, Director of the Learning Technologies Centre, University of Manitoba

Next generation e-learning: Merging physical and virtual worlds

Co-sponsored by Adobe Systems, Inc.

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The presenter will review research and emerging practices around trends such as experience design, social learning, and mobile learning. There are a wide variety of ways that institutions are responding to the opportunities and challenges of teaching and learning as the physical and the virtual worlds merge to become our future world of teaching and learning.

        Moderator: Alan Wolf, Academy Technology Consultant, Division of Information Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

        Presenter: Ellen Wagner, Senior Director, eLearning Solutions, Adobe Systems, Inc.


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