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2009 Keynote

Remembering forward: Scenarios for the future of distance teaching and learning

Presenter Judith Boettcher, Founder/Consultant,

Abstract If we could remember forward, as the Queen did in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, we would know where we are headed and what will work in the future. Lacking this ability, what can we do? The tools for future planning include our current and past accomplishments and successes, and the core values driving our passions for teaching and learning. Using these resources and considering the potential advances of brain and learning research and technology developments, Judith presents scenarios for the future of distance education. They are constructed around the framework of four key elements—learner, mentor, knowledge, and environment—within an overall administrative structure. She will explore how each of the elements will be the same and different in the future, and how we can strengthen the core values of the discipline.

Judith is a nationally-known author and consultant in online and distance learning with expertise in faculty development, learning theory, and instructional design. Her career began with computer-assisted instruction in the 1980s. She has supported faculty at Penn State and Florida State as they created programs for effective uses of instructional technologies and launched new distance degrees. She served as the executive director of the Corporation for Research & Educational Networking from 1997-2003, writing, designing, and co-hosting the very first Webinars, TechTalks. Judith co-authored the "Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web", 2nd edition and is an editor of the "Encyclopedia of Distance Learning". Major projects include designing support services for faculty teaching in online environments and authoring a new faculty survival guide to be published this year. She has presented at hundreds of workshops and provides resources such as the Countdown Guide for Planning Degree Programs and a library of e-Coaching Tips via her Web site.

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