INFOGRAPHIC: 2016 Higher Education Online Learning Landscape

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April 25th Deadline — NWeLearn 2016 Call for Proposals

There’s just under a week left to submit! If you know of others who may have interesting topics to present on, please encourage them to submit.

2016 marks the eleventh annual Northwest eLearning Conference, which will be held in Eugene, OR, on Thursday and Friday, October 20 and 21, 2016. We have two excellent keynotes this year: Shannon Riggs of Oregon State University and Patrick Lowenthal of Boise State University. Mark your calendars now and be on the lookout for an invite to register and attend. This will be the second time we’ve been in Eugene. Ten years ago, our second conference was on campus!

The call for proposals is now open. Submit a proposal
Deadline to submit is Monday, April 25.
Possible topics for presentation include:
Collaboration of faculty, staff, and administrators
Best practices in eLearning
Student engagement and retention
Emerging trends in eLearning
Presenters will be notified by email of acceptance and session details. A presentation schedule will be available closer to the conference.

NWeLearn is a unique conference that provides an opportunity for higher-ed and K-12 faculty, administrators and instructional designers to come together to discuss best practices, collaborations and ideas in integrating technology in learning. Whether you are new to the field or an experienced veteran, we invite you to share at this year’s conference!

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AERA is live-streaming select sessions at its 2016 Annual Meeting

AERA is pleased to announce that it is live-streaming select sessions at its 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., April 8 to 12. Among the live-streamed sessions is a special address by U.S. Second Lady Jill Biden, on Monday, April 11, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Her session will include a question and answer portion with researchers.

Thirteen other sessions featuring prominent scholars and national figures speaking on key issues will also be livestreamed. Livestream registration is open. Follow the live conversation on Twitter using the session hashtags.


AERA Distinguished Lecture: Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emerita, Stanford University
Designing the “New Accountability”: How Public Scholars Can Contribute to a Productive Policy Framework for Education

Friday, April 8, 4:05 to 5:35 p.m.
Convention Center, Level Two, Room 202 A
Session Hashtag: #AERAHammond

Chair: Jeannie Oakes, University of California – Los Angeles

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Opening Plenary Session and Gala to Celebrate Centennial Year
Discovering Our Past, Creating Our Future

Friday, April 8, 6:30 to 8:40 p.m.
Convention Center, Level Three, Ballroom C
Session Hashtag: #AERA100th

Chair: Jeannie Oakes, University of California – Los Angeles, Donna E. Shalala, Clinton Foundation
Participants: Patricia A. Alexander, University of Maryland – College Park, Patricia Albjerg Graham, Harvard University, Gloria J. Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Ken Prewitt, Columbia University, Joseph P. Robinson-Cimpian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Joy Ann Williamson-Lott, University of Washington
Discussant: Felice J. Levine, AERA

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AERA Presidential Address: Jeannie Oakes, AERA President; University of California – Los Angeles
Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies

Sunday, April 10, 4:35 to 5:50 p.m.
Convention Center, Level Three, Ballroom C
Session Hashtag: #AERAPres

Chairs: Kevin G. Welner, University of Colorado Boulder, Michelle Renee Valladares, University of Colorado Boulder

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Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture: Warren Simmons, Fellow and Former Executive Director, Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University
Increasing the Relevance of Education Research: Building a Place-Based Agenda for Obtaining Equity and Excellence

Monday, April 11, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Convention Center, Level Three, Ballroom C
Session Hashtag: #AERAWallace

Chair: Jeannie Oakes, University of California – Los Angeles

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Special Event: Dr. Jill Biden
Operation Educate the Educators: Recognizing and Supporting Military-Connected Students Through University-Based Research, Community Partnerships, and Teacher Education Programs

Monday, April 11, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Convention Center, Level Three, Ballroom C
Session Hashtag: #AERAJillBiden

Chair: Jeannie Oakes, University of California – Los Angeles
Discussants: Ron Avi Astor, University of Southern California, Catherine Bradshaw, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, Mary Keller, Military Child Education Coalition

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Awards Luncheon

Sunday, April 10, 12:25 to 2:25 p.m.
Convention Center, Level Three, Ballroom ABC
Session Hashtag: #AERAAwards

Chair: Jeannie Oakes, University of California – Los Angeles

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Writing Our Way Into the Public Sphere

Saturday, April 9, 10:35 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
Convention Center, Level Two, Room 202 A

No field is more central to the social good than education, yet typically educational researchers have limited influence on policy and public deliberations about education. How can we write our way more effectively into the public sphere? In this presentation, Public Scholar Mike Rose will provide insights on writing the opinion or commentary piece, as well as long form writing and select new media forms. He will discuss the meaning and urgent need of writing for diverse audiences, and the personal and professional benefits of doing such writing. He will then describe courses he has developed to teach public writing, and conclude with thoughts about public writing, our faculty reward system, and the ways our profession defines itself. University of Colorado School of Education Dean Lorrie Shepard will reflect on the implications of the presentation for universities and public scholarship overall.

Chair: Anthony A. Berryman
Confirmed participants include: Mike Rose, Lorrie A. Shepard

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Public Scholars on the Social Impact of School-Related Inequalities: Perspectives from Multiple Disciplines

Sunday, April 10, 8:15 to 9:45 a.m.
Convention Center, Level Two, Room 202 A

Recent research provides strong evidence that unequal educational outcomes between richer and poorer students are due in part to curricular inequalities occurring within schools and between schools. Accordingly, rather than ameliorating background inequalities, the U.S. educational system may be exacerbating them. This session premiers a new short video—an artifact of public scholarship that communicates these research findings. Scholars from multiple disciplinary perspectives (sociology, economics, political science, and educational theory) will discuss implications of this research. They also consider how public scholarship focused on schooling inequality; its relationship to larger social, political and economic inequalities; and the public’s understanding of what a commitment to equality requires can inform and be informed by insights from different intellectual perspectives.

Chair: William H. Schmidt
Confirmed participants include: Greg Duncan, Jennifer Jennings, Debra Satz, Bob Wise, Michael Cohen

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Can Public Scholarship Help School Finance Policy Meet the Challenge of Increasing Diversity?

Sunday, April 10, 2:45 to 4:15 p.m.
Convention Center, Level Two, Room 202 A

Public school funding is central to providing a high quality compulsory K-12 education in a democratic society yet it is one of the most entrenched and antiquated systems resistant to change. This challenge exists alongside the reality that our K-12 student population has seen dramatic demographic shifts in the past 100 years making our country more culturally and linguistically diverse. This “Town Hall” Session will demystify public school finance policy and practice by engaging researchers and stakeholders in a moderated discussion. AERA members, education and political leaders, and the general public will participate both in person and through social media.

Chair: Sophie Anne Fanelli
Confirmed participants include: Bruce D. Baker, David G. Hinojosa, Michael Rebell, Anthony Rolle, Gloria M. Rodriguez, Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos

Session Hashtag: #AERASchoolFinance
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#BlackGirlsMatter: Public Scholarship Engaging with the Race/Gender Interaction in Schools

Monday, April 11, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Convention Center, Level Three, Ballroom C

In 2014, the White House’s Council on Women and Girls issued a report highlighting the progress of women and girls of color, most notably in education. Along with an increase in high school and college graduation rates it was reported, “Since 2009, both fourth and eighth grade math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the largest nationwide assessment, have improved for all girls of color” (p. 2). Absent from this conversation, however, were the distinct challenges based on the intersection of race and gender that left Black girls with the least growth across all categories and contexts. This session seeks to open up new avenues of scholarship focused on the promises and perils Black girls and women encounter in PK – 20 systems. The session will also explore how such scholarship could inform policy-based solutions to improve the academic success and life chances of Black girls and women.

Chairs: April L. Peters, Terri Nicol Watson
Confirmed participants include: Bettina L. Love, Lori Patton Davis, Adrienne Dixson, and Melissa Harris Perry 

Session Hashtag: #AERABlackGirlsMatter
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Public Scholarship and #BlackLivesMatter: New Directions for Research and Policy, K Through College

Monday, April 11, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Convention Center, Level Two, Room 202 A

If we believe that Black lives matter; education research must engage the entire spectrum of factors that marginalize and limit Black students’ educational opportunities and outcomes. This interactive dialogue moderated by the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, examines topics like the school to prison pipeline, post-traditional student experiences and nontraditional college pathways, Black student protest in the K-College Pipeline, and the educational opportunities Black students do and do not have. Accordingly, this session aims to change the narrative by focusing on the “unheard” and “overlooked” in the Black student research agenda, towards new scholarly and policy approaches for k-12 and higher education.

Chairs: Michael Harris, Terri Nicol Watson
Confirmed participants include: David Johns, Constance Iloh, David O. Stovall, Prudence L. Carter, Walter R. Allen

Session Hashtag: #AERABLM
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Career Threats and Opportunities: What Is the Role of Social Media in Public Scholarship?

Monday, April 11, 2:45 to 4:15 p.m.
Convention Center, Level Three, Ballroom C

Researchers will discuss social media approaches to public scholarship that can democratize education knowledge. Panelists will focus on how social media can advance academic scholarship discussions but also may pose threats to academic careers, particularly for junior scholars. Questions from audience-generated social media will be discussed by the panelists, as both conference participants and streaming viewers from across the nation and world contribute comments and questions in advance and in real-time via Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, using the hashtag #AERAPubScholar.

Chair: Julian Vasquez Heilig
Confirmed participants include: Diane Ravitch, Sara Goldrick-Rab, Frederick M. Hess, Nolan L. Cabrera

Session Hashtag: #AERAPubScholar
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How Public Scholarship Helped Put School Integration Back on the Public Agenda

Monday, April 11, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Convention Center, Level Three, Ballroom C

This conversation-style session brings together journalists, scholars and advocates to offer perspectives on public scholarship about one of the nation’s most intractable and complex challenges. After decades of near silence, high-impact media reports have shone new light on racial segregation in schools and neighborhoods as a driver of inequality and social division. They also point to racially equitable integrated schools as an alternative for engendering opportunity, cohesion and fairness. What role have researchers played in putting segregation and integration back onto the cultural and policy agendas? To what extent did collaborative relationships between scholars and advocates help “move” the research into the public sphere via media? What’s next for engaged scholars?

Chair: Susan Eaton and Derek Black
Confirmed participants include: John Brittain, Nikole Hannah Jones, Sara Carr, Jennifer Holme

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How Much Testing and for What Purpose? Public Scholarship in the Debate about Educational Assessment and Accountability

Tuesday, April 12, 10:35 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
Convention Center, Level Three, Ballroom C

An unprecedented number of tests, often with high stakes for students, teachers and schools, have been driven by decades of policy. American students spend considerable school time taking and preparing for standardized tests. The U.S. is not alone, as international educators, scholars, and policymakers wrestle with similar questions. Session participants will respond to the questions and concerns that students, parents, teachers, and other diverse stakeholders have raised in the public debate on testing. How much testing is appropriate? Who should be tested, how frequently, and on what content? How should the results of these tests be used? Crowdsourced questions will inform this session, with discussion starting months prior to the Annual Meeting, tagged with#AERAHowMuchTesting. Participants will also consider the role and impact of research in a policy arena so infused with politics and ideology.

Chair: Matthew R. Lavery
Confirmed participants include: Linda Darling-Hammond, Eric A. Hanushek, Lorrie A. Shepard, David C. Berliner
Discussant: Wayne J. Camara

Session Hashtag: #AERAHowMuchTesting
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Research about Educational Technology Open Access Journals

Open Access LogoAcademic publishing is a mess. However, despite the ongoing issues academics have with traditional publishing companies (e.g., signing over the copyright of their work, reviewing manuscripts for free, getting takedown notices for sharing copies of their own articles), the clear majority of academics continue to publish their work only in “closed” journals (i.e., those requiring a subscription to access). At the same time, though, a growing number of faculty have begun publishing their work in open-access journals. One of the problems though faculty face, even in the field of educational technology (where we love things digital), is the proliferation of open-access journals. For instance, today there are over 270 open access journals related to the field of educational technology in some way. This can be overwhelming. Further, there seem to be constant reports about predatory publishers which further dissuades faculty from publishing in open-access journals.  But Perkins and I, based in part on our experience with highly reputable open-access journals–like Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET), Educational Technology and Society, and the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) to name a few–decided to investigate what educational technology researchers who have published in open-access journals actually think of these journals. You can read the results of study online: http://ajet.org.au/index.php/AJET/article/view/2578

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SLIDES: Michael Johnson’s “Uses of Video Annotation Software to Promote Deep Learning”

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New Elective at Boise State this summer — Introduction to Openness

This summer we are pleased to offer a special topics elective called Introduction to Openness. This is an important topic that focuses on issues related to open content, open software, open online courses, and more.

Course description: This is a studio model course examining major areas of openness, the impact on education, and instructional design. Students will create and revise several project artifacts, and will interact heavily throughout the development cycle. Key elements include examining the centeredness of education, questioning what human-centered education might look like, and exploring openness in education through a human-centered design lens.

Video overview from the instructor: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1hd4epojNcsUERKTzl4eGhCZjg/view?usp=sharing

Syllabus: http://edtech.boisestate.edu/docs/teaching/syllabi/summer16/EDTECH_597_Syllabus_Summer_2016_R.pdf

Instructor bio: Fred Baker is an educator and Instructional Designer who has worked in higher education since 2008. He holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Development, and a B.S.B.A. in Entrepreneurship from the University of South Alabama. His research and consulting interests focus on the relationship between technology, organizations, and people. He is intrigued by the potential of openness and human-centered design to improve organizational culture and empower learning and performance. He has authored more than 24 peer-reviewed publications, and presented more than 35 times at conferences and events in this subject area. He is active in professional associations, serves as a column editor for the AECT scholarly journal TechTrends, and has served as a reviewer for various journals, books, and conferences. You can connect with him and view his portfolio at www.fredwbaker.com.

Registration information:

EDTECH 597: Special Topics – Introduction to Openness
Section: 4202
Class Number: 42131
Instructor: Dr. Fred Baker
2nd 7-week session: 06/27/201608/14/2016

If you have questions about the course please email the instructor at: fredrickbaker@boisestate.edu

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WCET Outstanding Work Award call for nominations

2016 WOW Award LogoSubmit Your Creative Solution to a Significant Need in Higher Ed Today! 

Look across your campus or organization for successful and innovative works that meet the WCET Outstanding Work criteria.  Encourage your colleagues to submit a nomination. The WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Awardrecognizes outstanding efforts by member institutions and organizations in applying a creative, cutting edge, technology-based solution to a challenging educational need.

The WOW Award call for nominations is now open for works which…

  • address a significant need or problem in higher education.
  • incorporate creative and/or innovative uses of technology or resources.
  • demonstrate a positive impact towards addressing need.
  • represent a significant contribution to the field of technology-enhanced postsecondary education.
  • can be adapted or used as a model for others.

Use this form to nominate “WOW worthy” work from your institution/organization today! 
For more on what kinds of works have won previously, check out the 2 minute videos from the 20152014, 2013 and 2012 winners.

UMUC receiving their 2015 WOW Award

High quality nomination materials are encouraged for this competitive award among WCET members.

The deadline is Monday, May 2, 2016 at 5pm MDT.

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Great Instructional Design & Technology Books

I regularly run across free access to great books online.

The following are a few that have caught my attention recently. I personally love books so I would recommend purchasing each of these for your own library.

Handbook of Distance EducationHandbook of Distance Education
View PDF here

 

 

 

Image of How People Learn BookHow People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School
Bransford et al.
Download PDF of the book or specific chapters

Also available here

 

Teaching in a digital age cover imageTeaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for designing teaching and learning
A.W. (Tony) Bates
Download book in various formats

 

Online Distance Education Book coverOnline Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda

Download chapters here

 

 

Teaching and Learning at a Distance coverTeaching and Learning at a Distance

View PDF here

 

Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that WorksUsing Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works

View PDF here

 
Visual Literacy Book CoverVisual Literacy: A way to teach and learn

View PDF here

 

 

Building Online Learning CommunitiesBuilding Online Learning Communities

View PDF here

 

know-thy-impactKnow thy impact: Visible learning in theory and practice

View PDF here

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VIDEO: How to motivate Students Online. Interview with Curt Bonk

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SLIDES: Teacher Professional Development in the Digital Age: Design Considerations for MOOCs for Teachers

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