#ET4Online Call for Presentations
THE 6 TRACKS
- Proposed sessions can be targeted to all attendees or novice, intermediate, or expert levels of proficiency.
- The symposium, devoted to the emerging and innovative uses of technology designed to improve teaching and learning online, will accept presentations that offer attendees “real solutions,” emerging practices, and future trends.
- Each of the six symposium tracks highlight and demonstrate research, application and effective practices and emerging technological tools.
Proposals submitted to the Organization, Leadership and Challenges for Innovation track should relate directly to the role of
institutional leadership for the strategic implementation of innovative
online learning to reach institutional goals. Suggestions for this track
A. Leadership & Values: Innovation in management & timetables, monitoring quality, new trends & services, social entrepreneurship, social inclusion & equity
B. Agile Approaches to Change: For institutional-level online learning benefits, models, effective practices, and challenges from policy or governance
C. Solutions to Challenges: Digital fluency of faculty, rewards for teaching, competition from new models of education, scaling teaching innovations & expanding access, and relevant education models
Proposals submitted to the Learning Environments and Frameworks track should focus on effective and/or
innovative course/program models and design(s), with an emphasis on
research-based best practices, effectiveness, efficiencies, and
scalability. Suggestions for this track include:
A. Infrastructure for learning environments: Information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure, physical space, learning space, and platforms for education online
B. Development of learning space: Integration of online, hybrid, and collaborative learning, training and development required, or evolution to online learning
C. Research models: methods and evaluation of curriculum outcomes, design or development for learning environments and frameworks
Proposals submitted to the Open and Collaborative Education track should promote the production and use
of open pedagogies and collaborative models for teaching and learning.
This might include strategies and suggested practices for the following
A: Content & Curricula: Development of Open Education Resources (OER) including open online courses both private and massive, cross and trans-disciplinary curricula, competency-based curricula, and student-developed content
B. Connectedness: Networking with real-world experts or professionals in the field, social networks, online learning communities and communities of practice, and learning events
C. Cooperation & group engagement: Growing ubiquity and use of social media, transmedia, socially constructed learning, gamification and badges for learning
Proposals submitted to the Evidence-Based Learning and Assessment track should relate to learning analytics,
institutional data, big data as related to, program outcomes,
educational effectiveness, and enhancing the student learning
experience. This track may include evaluation of student, staff or
faculty course/program assessment. A focus on research is strongly
encouraged and should include research design, methodology, results and
applications to policy, practice and/or theory.
Suggestions for this track include:
A. Assessment: implementation of assessment plan, evaluation formats, formative/summative assessment, informal/non-formal learning for curriculum review
B. Research: Data collection and analysis methodologies, conceptual models, interventions and innovative approaches
C. Evaluation: Designing for learning analytics, and applications of big data
submitted to the Effective Teaching & Learning Pedagogy track should address the many facets online teaching
and learning with an emphasis on pedagogical practice. Proposals should
provide innovative approaches and methods for digital pedagogy and
curriculum development. Suggestions for this track include:
A. Learning Practices: Producing authentic learning artifacts, exploration, creativity, and play. Peer-to-peer, self-regulated connected, interest-based, self-directed, and game-based learning
B. Teaching Practices: fostering social presence, balancing structure with student autonomy, designing multimodal learning experiences, and repurposing digital tools for learning
C. Supporting Faculty: instructional design approaches, faculty development programs and models, curriculum development resources, expediting the diffusion of innovative practices, and incentives for pedagogical innovation
Proposals for the Technology Test Kitchen track are unique from other program tracks at
#et4online this year. The expectation for “test kitchen” is to create a
space at the conference for hands-on, focused and practical applications
of emerging learning technologies. The Test Kitchen station will
feature expert “chefs” who will guide attendees, showcasing applications
and tools for innovative, digital education. If your proposal is
accepted, you will demo at least three (3) tools (15-20 minute
demonstrations). Your proposal can include links to websites, videos
(less than 2 minutes), or examples and a description of what you hope to
accomplish in these mini-lessons.
The Technology Test Kitchen space will be similar to a learning lab, where conference participants will take advantage of the “bring your own device” (BYOD) format. If your proposal is selected, you will share a “Technology Test Kitchen Recipe” and demonstration. The recipe is a targeted “how to” guide for participants to learn and explore technology applications and ideas for learning. Suggested areas and applications may include:
A. Learning Technology Demonstration: General suggestions include audio, video, social media, collaboration, communication, presentation, 3D printing, and mobile apps.
B. Instructional Design Strategy & Implementation: Suggestions for this include the application of flipped learning, learning analytics, games and gamification, quantified self, augmented reality, and visualizations.
See you in Dallas!
8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning
International Symposium 2015
A Joint Symposium of the Online Learning Consortium and MERLOT
April 22-24, 2015 Sheraton Dallas Hotel