Educause 2022 Annual Conference – Educause – October 25-28
With the best presenters, the best content, and the best networking, the premier higher ed IT event brings together professionals and technology providers from around the world to discuss their discoveries, grow professionally, and explore solutions to continuing challenges.
Higher Education: Technology Profiles in Success – Fall – Fierce Education – October 27
Higher education institutions have had to accelerate their technology usage and investments to better engage students, ensure accessibility for all, and to more effectively assess knowledge and progress, while quickly adapting to a blended learning environment. This virtual event will showcase essential ways universities and colleges can embrace student engagement methods and technologies effectively to improve the student experience in this rapidly changing environment.
QM Connect Conference Expanding Possibilities – QM – November 6-9
It’s time to look beyond what you know and look instead at what is possible. Join your peers at this fall’s QM Connect Conference to see how they are Expanding Possibilities.
OLC Accelerate – Reflecting Onward: Evidence for a Changed World – OLC – November 1-3 (Virtual), 14-17 (Orlando)
The Online Learning Consortium’s Accelerate 2022 conference, Reflecting Onward: Evidence for a Changed World, emphasizes the most innovative and impactful research and effective practices in the field of online, blended, and digital learning. Supporting administrators, designers, and educators alike, this conference offers attendees a comprehensive list of sessions and activities tailored to addressing the challenges and goals of our entire community.
The Campus Live US – Inside Higher Ed – November 9-10
The Campus Live US has been specifically designed with your job role in mind. Designed in conjunction with professionals across the sector, this event looks to spotlight challenges and shared solutions to the most pressing issues facing higher education today. Covering themes across all institutional functions, this event has something for the whole team.
Accessing Higher Ground 2022 – Association on Higher Education and Disability – November 14-18
Accessing Higher Ground focuses on the implementation and benefits of:
Accessible media, Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the university, business and public setting;
Legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance;
The creation of accessible media and information resources, including Web pages and library resources.
OLC Innovate: Education Reimagined – OLC April 2-6 (Virtual), 18-21 (Nashville)
OLC and MERLOT are pleased to announce OLC Innovate 2023 and the opening of our Call for Proposals. Join us onsite April 18-21, 2023 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN (or virtually April 4-6, 2023). Share your innovative ideas with your global network of colleagues, your community, and those who inspire and seek inspiration.
Since we began this report series over a decade ago, online learning has evolved substantially. But the most significant shifts have occurred over the last two years since the COVID-19 pandemic began. This has produced a new—and possibly transitory—constellation of preferences among online learners.
Rethinking Admissions and Enrollment – The Chronicle of Higher Education
High-school seniors uninterested in studying online chose to defer. Working parents strained by the demands of full-time pandemic child care put their studies on hold. International students couldn’t get visas. All of this has led colleges to look for creative ways to boost enrollment and retention. They’re sharpening up their identities, casting a wider net for prospective applicants, and improving student experience. Rethinking Admissions and Enrollment contains many of The Chronicle’s best reads on a topic that seems to be on everyone’s mind these days.
Today’s young people have a reputation as “digital natives,” but that doesn’t always translate to having the digital skills needed to succeed in college. So some instructors are helping students get up to speed on basic tech tools like Excel and Word by building lessons directly into their courses, offering support services through learning centers and video tutorials, and trying to destigmatize asking for help with tech.
Positive attitudes toward online learning have increased to their highest levels yet among learners who use it, according to Wiley’s annual Voice of the Online Learner report, issued September 8.
We’re at an inflection point with traditional-aged undergraduate education: We can breathe a post-pandemic sigh of relief and go back to an undergraduate education steeped in tradition and circumscribed by the campus and its in-person interactions. Or we can make the leap to reinvigorate undergraduate education by innovating the experience based on our pandemic learnings.
‘Unraveling Faculty Burnout’ – Inside Higher Ed
Author charts her way back from severe faculty burnout in new book. While the work includes individual coping strategies, it’s also a wake-up call to institutions to stop perpetuating a culture of overwork.
Analyzing data across the institution to build a true picture of student engagement and using targeted, scripted reporting for meaningful insights has significantly impacted student retention at Charles Sturt University.
Propel Center and HBCUs Announce Collaboration with Disney – EdTech Magazine
The center, created in conjunction with Apple, aims to give historically underrepresented students better access to technology jobs.
It’s Pronounced Yoh-VAH-Na – Inside Higher Ed
Identity, names and pronunciation matter, writes Jovana Milosavljevic Ardeljan.
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has selected 12 postsecondary institutions to participate in a community of practice called “No Holding Back,” tasked with examining the effects that administrative holds have on students.
The Needs and Preferences of Fully Online Learners – Inside Higher Ed
Students who actively choose virtual programs because their work or family lives demand it are more satisfied with their online studies than they were before the pandemic, a new survey finds.
Is College Worth It? Biden’s Loan-Forgiveness Plan Puts the Debate in Overdrive. – The Chronicle of Higher Education
Conservatives in recent weeks have railed against the value of a degree. How should colleges respond?
The next chapter for Learning on YouTube – YouTube
YouTube is introducing new products that will allow learners to go deeper on subjects they are passionate about and creators to provide structured learning content.
One of the more useful series of research on online education over the years has come from Wiley University Services (essentially Wiley’s OPM division) via its acquisition of Learning House (a smaller OPM). The survey series Online College Students has been very useful in getting the perception of students – both undergraduate and graduate – that are in, considering, or recent graduates of fully-online programs in the US.
Are Your Academic Operations a Barrier to Student Success? – Fierce Education
Some state universities have decided to get into online learning with a big splash, by buying an existing online college that already serves thousands of students. What does it say about the future of online education, both at colleges and schools?
The Public’s Growing Concerns About Higher Ed’s ‘Value’ – Inside Higher Ed
For decades, colleges and universities enjoyed almost unquestioned public support as some of America’s most important institutions. Like most institutions, they’ve been knocked off that pedestal in recent years, amid growing questions not about whether higher education remains important but whether it’s available, affordable and valuable enough.
It’s back-to-school season, but not every teacher opted to return. This week, we listen in on a frank conversation between Jennifer Yoo-Brannon, an instructional coach in California, and Diana Bell, a veteran teacher of more than 18 years who recently decided to leave the profession.
All About the Online Discussion Board – Faculty Focus
Despite their universal use in online teaching, online discussions often fall flat. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In this episode, we’ll discuss how multiple due dates for a discussion can foster thoughtful responses; we’ll talk about the importance of using Universal Design for Learning to guide your discussion; we’ll discuss the importance of putting yourself in the student perspective when writing your discussion prompts; and finally, we’ll go over techniques for fostering a community within your discussion board and class.
Young Professionals on Career Development – Educause
Hosts Cynthia and Jack talk with two members of the EDUCAUSE Young Professionals Advisory Committee: Tara Hughes, Interim Chief Information Officer for California State University Maritime Academy, and Sandeep Sidhu, Chief Information Officer for Emily Carr University of Art & Design.
How to use simple tech apps to support ALL learners – TED-Ed Educators
Stacey Roshan believes that when schools only prioritize students who are most vocal and quick to raise their hand, they leave out the perspectives of so many. That’s why she uses simple tech in the classroom to provide a safe space for all types of learners to contribute.
As an educator, you make a difference every day — and even small actions can create big waves. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how Amy Heston put that principle into action at Walsh University. You’ll learn how an innovative approach in just one course created a stream of positive impact, grew to river rapids of momentum for QM certification and built into a waterfall of student success across multiple disciplines.
How to Drive Online Student Engagement for Deeper Learning – USDLA – September 23
In this fireside chat-style webinar with the University of South Carolina, Darla Moore School of Business faculty members Elizabeth Churchya and Eric Powers will share their experiences effectively, empowering students to engage in online courses.
Free Film Screening: The Upstanders – Learners Edge – September 27
Learners Edge has teamed up with Indieflix to offer educators and administrators a free screening of the film, The Upstanders. The incidence of cyberbullying has increased by 70% over the past few years. Changing human behavior and connection is key, and that is exactly what this film addresses. The Upstanders explores all sides of cyberbullying, from bully to victim and bystander to family member.
Building an Infrastructure to Support a Digital Transformation – Educause – September 29
True digital transformation (i.e., the fundamental optimization of secure data access and operational procedures leveraging innovative new digital solutions) is an evolutionary journey many institutions have begun and even more are planning. At the core of the demand for transformation is student success and a need to modernize institutional operating models.
Free Speech and Academic Freedom – Future Trends Forum – September 29
This week the Future Trends Forum is delighted to host the authors of an important new book, It’s Not Free Speech: Race, Democracy, and the Future of Academic Freedom by Michael Bérubé, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, and Jennifer Ruth, professor of film at Portland State University.
The State of Academic Operations & Student Success – Inside Higher Ed – September 29
How do institutions run their academic processes such as managing curriculum changes, publishing the course catalog and projecting academic program demand? How do inefficiencies in these processes impact students? Learn how other institutions are tackling these issues based on results from two of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)’s recent surveys. Coursedog CEO, Justin Wenig and AACRAO’s Director of Research, Dr. Wendy Kilgore will walk participants through the survey results and key trends uncovered.
During this webinar, leaders from Examity, the leader in online proctoring, will talk about how to balance security and the test-taker experience, how to acknowledge and calm anxiety, and why transparency and communication are key. Attendees will come away with an understanding of best practices that should be considered when implementing online proctoring at your institution.
Annual Reviewer Meeting – Quality Matters – October 12
We hope that with the information presented during the meeting and the Q & A, we will be able to better assist you with any challenges, issues, or ideas you may have concerning being a QM Reviewer. The presentation will be recorded (in case you cannot participate live), and a link will be sent out within a few days after the session.