Category Archives: Events

Using Disruptive Innovation To Enhance Student Motivation

18th   to  25th September 2012
online, United States of America
Contact person: Pam Ranallo
Learn basic principles of Disruptive Innovation & how this theory can help your campus construct environments to enhance student motivation, promote self-regulated learning behavior & create environments where students thrive and not just survive.
Check the event website for more details.

E-Learn 2012 : World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education

9th to 12th October 2012
Montreal, Canada
E-Learn–World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education is an international conference organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) and co-sponsored by the International Journal on E-Learning.
This annual conference serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the exchange of information on research, development, and applications of all topics related to e-Learning in the Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education sectors.
Web address:
Sponsored by: AACE – Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education

Core: Learning@School Roadshow 2012

Learning@School Roadshow 2013

Learning@School Conference is coming to you!

In 2013 CORE Education is doing things differently—we’re hitting the road and coming to a region near you! The Learning@School Conference Roadshow will bring inspirational keynotes, experienced facilitators, and include local practitioners who will share their knowledge, interests, and talents.
Designed as a full day of professional learning for the whole staff, the L@S Roadshow provides a range of breakout sessions and workshops based around current educational issues, themes, and trends. There’ll be plenty of opportunity to question, share, reflect, and debate as you extend your thinking and teaching practice.
Put the date in your diary and plan a 2013 Teacher Only Day in your neck of the woods. Spaces are limited.
Register now


WHEN and WHERE: The last three weeks of Term 1, 2013

Learning @ School Roadshow 2013
Thurs 28 March Christchurch Register
Wed 3 April Whangarei Register
Fri 5 April New Plymouth Register
Mon 8 April Palmerston North Register
Wed 10 April Napier Register
Fri 12 April Gisborne Register
Mon 15 April Dunedin Register
Wed 17 April Greymouth Register
Fri 19 April Nelson Register

Collaborate with others and plan a Teachers Only Day across your region.
Watch for updates and more information at:
Full day cost: $230.00+ GST P/P
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The L@S Roadshow will bring bring inspirational keynotes, experienced facilitators and include local practitioners to every centre. A small sample of the speakers covering the four themes includes:

Karen Melhuish Spencer
Karen Melhuish Spencer
Mary Anne Mills
Mary-Anne Mills
Derek Wenmoth
Derek Wenmoth
Janelle Riki
Janelle Riki
Jedd Bartlett
Jedd Bartlett
John Fenaughty
John Fenaughty
Jill Hammonds
Jill Hammonds
Deanne Thomas
Deanne Thomas
Jane Nicholls
Jane Nicholls

L@S Conference Roadshow themes

Learning@School Conference Roadshow 2013 will focus on the most important issues concerning classroom teachers and management teams in New Zealand education. The Roadshow will be structured under the following four themes

  • Developing leadership capability
  • Foster creativity in thought and action
  • Raising achievement for all learners
  • Building school, whanau, and community partnerships

More about the L@S Conference Roadshow themes…
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Conference: Blended Learning: A Strategy for Transforming Teaching and Learning

2012 Call for Proposals

Blended Learning: A Strategy for Transforming Teaching and Learning
October 18 & 19, 2012 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, at the Delta Airport Hotel. Registration & accommodation information coming soon.

COHERE conference

This is the 6th annual conference on blended learning sponsored by COHERE (Collaboration for Online Higher Education & Research) and CSSHE (Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education). It will feature Dr.Tony Bates, the well known scholar and commentator on the use of technology in higher education.  His latest book is Managing Technology in Higher Education: Strategies for Transforming Teaching and Learning(Jossey-Bass, 2011).
In addition to taking an active part in the entire conference and doing the conference wrap-up, Tony will deliver the following keynotes:
Meeting the challenge of technology: are we failing as managers?
Designing university teaching to meet the needs of 21st century students
The conference will also feature a number of concurrent sessions, for which we invite proposals related to one of the following streams:
1.       Taking stock of blended learning in higher education: Management, policy, and research  issues
2.       Case studies of teaching and learning issues related to blended learning
Submitting a Proposal
Concurrent presentations will be 40 minutes in length, including time for audience participation. Presenters must register for the conference. To submit a proposal, fill out the submission form here.
Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. MDT on August 31, 2012. Those sending proposals will be notified by September 14, 2012 as to acceptance.
This is a unique opportunity to discuss and share your research and best practices related to blended learning with colleagues from across Canada and internationally. We encourage you to make a submission. If you have any questions about the proposal submission, please contact Dr. Walter Archer,

Free webinar: Learning the 21st century way: Making sense of how to use social media for learning

In this one-hour webinar, I’ll share exactly how I incorporated social media (and in particular, Twitter) into one of my classes. I’ll share what worked, what didn’t and what you can do in your own teaching or training practice to effectively integrate social media ‐ and why you might want to.
Over the past decade social media has changed how individuals connect online and share information and how organizations interact with stakeholders and customers. Did you know that social media is now being incorporated into learning programs from Kindergarten right on up through adult education? Does it really add any value to the learning process?
By the end of the webinar you will:

  • Have a basic understanding of how social media can add value to your learning programs
  • Gain insight into how to incorporate social media into a lesson plan
  • Get ideas on how to assess activities using social media
  • Get ideas on how to incorporate social media into your own learning programs

There will be time for questions at the end of the webinar.
This free webinar is sponsored by Essential Skills Ontario. Here are the details:
Date: Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (Vancouver, BC)
11:00 a.m. Mountain Time (Calgary, AB)
1:00 p.m.  Eastern Time (Toronto, ON)
2:00 p.m. – Atlantic Time (Halifax, NS)
6:00 p.m. – British Summer Time (London U.K.)
7:00 p.m. – Eastern European Time (Cairo, Egypt)
It’s free for you to join in, but you must register, since there are only 100 spots available.  Click here to register.
Full Text: Free webinar: Learning the 21st century way: Making sense of how to use social media for learning « Literacy, Languages and Leadership.

Free Webinar: Understanding the Mindset of Today's Modern Student

Back to School: Understanding the Mindset of Today's Modern Student
Date: August 28, 2012 1:00pm – 1:45pm CT
(convert your time zone)
It happens every year. You face a lecture hall full of college freshmen and feel how cavernous the generation gap has become. To you Amazon is a river in South America; to them it’s an online shopping giant. You understand what ‘don’t touch that dial’ means; they’ve always had a remote control. You wanted to be like Mike; their NBA heroes are Kobe and LeBron.
Ever wish you could get inside their minds to really understand where they’re coming from? Here’s your chance. On Tuesday, August 28 at 1 p.m. Central, you’ll have a rare opportunity for live Q&A with the authors of the Beloit Mindset List.
Ron Nief and Tom McBride, the men who literally wrote the book on what generations of Americans think is normal, will present, “Back to School: Understanding the Mindset of Today’s Modern Student.” They’ll cover:

  • How technology has accelerated the widening of the generation gap
  • What they’ve learned over the 15 years they’ve been creating the mindset list
  • Their favorite “Mindset Moments” and how you can leverage them to keep relevant

Whether you’re in front of a classroom of college freshmen, or work behind the scenes on the facilities and technologies they’ll use on campus, we guarantee you’ll gain new insight of the next generation of students. And maybe even get a good chuckle in the process.
Register: Back to School: Understanding the Mindset of Today’s Modern Student Webcast | Sonic Foundry.

Using Disruptive Innovation To Enhance Student Motivation

Using Disruptive Innovation To Enhance Student Motivation
Tuesday, September 18, 3:00-4:30pm EDT and Tuesday, September 25, 3:00-4:30pm EDT
2-part online workshop (webinar)
Host: Innovative Educators
NOTE: Payment is not required prior to event date. The recording is included and is accessible for one full year.
Teachers gather round a laptopHigher education is under public scrutiny now more than ever because of diminishing resources and inconsistent outcomes. Due to the current climate, we need to think differently about how to create effective learning environments. This session, part one of the two-part workshop, will introduce the theory of Disruptive Innovation and how to integrate it into the model of Theory, Research, Principles, Practice (TRPP).
Participants will discuss the basic principles underlying Disruptive Innovation and how they can cause us to think differently as we create a learning environment that will facilitate effective learning outcomes for today’s students. In addition, the session will consider the basic behaviors of successful innovative disruptors. Participants will think together about how to put these behaviors into practice in their own institutional environments. The TRPP framework will provide the foundation for discussing how programs and approaches can best be developed to promote student success.
TRPP (Theory, Research, Practice, Principles) was developed by Casazza and Silverman (1996,2000) to help cross the divide between theory and practice. The underlying assumption is that no one theory adequately explains all behaviors in every situation. The TRPP framework is used to integrate different theoretical perspectives and research findings to better understand what educators do, whey they do it, and how it ultimately leads to learning outcomes.
Participants will review representative theories and supporting research to create principles for student success. They will apply principles to examples that can then be translated for specific issues at their institutions. The issues will include constructing environments to enhance student motivation to learn, promoting self-regulated learning behavior, and creating environments where students thrive and not just survive.
In Part II of the workshop participants will learn how to apply Disruptive Innovation strategies using the TRPP Framework. Applications will be made to case studies centering on enhancing student motivation to learn and specific situations in your own practice.
– Learn about the Theory, Research, Principles, Practice (TRPP) model and how it can be used to develop best practices
– Become familiar with the concept of Disruptive Innovation
– Make the connection between Disruptive Innovation and the TRPP model
– Apply principles to sample examples, case studies, and specific issues at their institutions
– Discover how to construct environments that enhance student motivation to learn, promote self-regulated learning behavior, and create environments where students thrive
– 2 year institutions and 4 year institution
– VPs of Academic Affairs/Instruction/Student Affairs
– Deans of Instruction/Student Services/Student Affairs
– Faculty (full and part-time)
– Student Services Staff
– Advising
– Disabilities Services
– Enrollment Services
– Residence Life
– Retention Specialist
– Student Life
– Veteran Services
– Directors of Assessment
– Developmental Educators
– Diversity Directors
– First Year Experience Coordinators
– Learning Centers and Tutoring Programs
– Librarians
– Online Learning
Dr. Martha Casazza is currently the Vice President for Academic Affairs at The Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago and a partner in the consulting firm of TRPP Associates LLC. Previously, she was the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at National-Louis University in Chicago, Illinois. She has served as President of the National College Learning Center Association, President of the National Association for Developmental Education, Co-Editor of the Learning Assistance Review, and Co-Editor for the National Association for Developmental Education Newsletter. She is currently on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Developmental Education, the Board for Heartland Alliance for Human Rights and the Board for the Instituto del Progreso’s Social Justice Charter High School in Chicago. Dr. Casazza was a Fulbright Senior Scholar to South Africa in 2000. She received the Hunter R. Boylan Outstanding Research/Publication Award in 2004 and was named a Certification Trailblazer by the National Association for Developmental Education in 2010.
She is a regular contributor to professional journals in the field and was one of the first to call for a theoretical foundation for the field of developmental education in her Journal of Developmental Education article, “Strengthening Practice with Theory.” Furthermore, Dr. Casazza has co-authored two books with Dr. Sharon Silverman: Learning Assistance and Developmental Education: A Guide for Effective Practice (1996), Jossey-Bass, and Learning and Development (2000), Jossey-Bass. Her most recent publication is entitled, Access, Opportunity and Success: Keeping the Promise of Higher Education and was published in 2006, by Praeger. She is currently working on an oral history project to document the history of a Latino community in the city of Chicago. She served for two years as the Illinois president for the Office of Women in Higher Education, an American Council on Education affiliate and was recently accepted into its Chief Academic Officers’ Leadership Institute. Dr. Casazza regularly presents workshops on leadership and provides keynote addresses on access to education. In addition, she serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and in 2010 received advanced certification in peer review from the Commission.
Sharon Silverman, Ed.D. is an independent scholar and consultant with degrees in learning disabilities and educational psychology and is a partner in TRPP Associates, LLC. She works in the areas of faculty/staff development, student retention, teaching and learning excellence, student development, program evaluation, distance learning, and collaboration between academic and student affairs. She is the founder and former director of the Learning Assistance Center at Loyola University Chicago where she developed LEAP, an award winning student access and retention program and a learning center at the Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Silverman served on the Board of St. Augustine College in Chicago, the first bilingual institution of higher education in Illinois.
Silverman currently consults with Columbia College Chicago to develop and implement academic support programs. From 1999 to 2007, Dr. Silverman consulted with Harry S Truman College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago to enhance programs for student success. In 2010, she worked with the Adler School of Psychology to develop a Center for Learning and Teaching. In June 2011, Dr. Silverman was an invited keynote speaker at the 12th International Symposium on the Contributions of Psychology to Peace Research in Larnaca, Cyprus.
In 1999, Dr. Silverman was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)) in South Africa. She provided faculty development programs to help meet the needs of students entering higher education after the end of apartheid. Subsequently, she received a Fulbright Alumni Initiatives Award (2001) for a project, “Sharing Cultures” involving students and teachers internationally in a virtual learning community. Rotary Foundation International awarded her a Rotary University Scholar Grant for work in South Africa in 2002. She co-founded Crossing the Border, a not for profit organization whose mission is the development of intercultural alliances to build capacity in education and mental health and promote understanding and peace
Silverman’s publications include Learning Assistance and Developmental Education (Jossey-Bass, 1996) and Learning and Development Making Connections to Enhance Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2000), and Partners for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (iUniverse, 2005). Her international speaking and consulting engagements include Canada, Scotland, England, South Africa, Cyprus, and Australia.
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Retaining Students in Online Education – September 2012

26th to 28th September 2012
Phoenix, United States of America
Join us in Phoenix to discuss practical strategies for online student retention. You will be engaged in small and large group discussions, brainstorming, and planning as you develop an action plan specific to the needs of your institution.
Learn why online students sometimes fail and what you can do to prepare them for success.
The promise and potential to transform lives through online learning are enormous. All too often, though, the promises of certificates and degrees earned online are never met. Students fail to reach their potential, struggling to complete their coursework at a distance or dropping out altogether. In order to improve online student retention, especially during these difficult economic times, institutions need methods to track students, document progress, and put specific practices in place to ensure success.
Web address:
Sponsored by: Academic Impressions

Sloan-C Honours Effective Practices in Online and Blended Education

Sloan C

2012 Effective Practice Awards to be presented at 5th Annual International Symposium for Emerging Technologies for Online Learning, July 25-27, in Las Vegas.
The practices advance the goals of access, learning effectiveness, faculty and student satisfaction, and scalability.
Newburyport, MA (PRWEB) July 09, 2012
The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), an association of individuals, institutions and organizations of higher education committed to quality online education, will present its 2012 Effective Practice Awards at the 5th Annual International Symposium for Emerging Technologies for Online Learning, July 25-27, in Las Vegas.
The winning practices were selected for recognition because they provide evidence of innovation and replicability. The practices advance the goals of access, learning effectiveness, faculty and student satisfaction, and scalability.
The recipients of Sloan-C’s 2012 Effective Practice Awards are:
Integration of Technology Into Undergraduate Education via Cross-Disciplinary Pollination, Nancy Konigsberg Kerner, Brenda Gunderson (University of Michigan)
Comprehensive Online Student Support Services, Marwin Britto, Susan Rush (Lone Star College System)
A.R.G. – Creating Alternative Reality Games for the Classroom, Jeff D. Borden (Chaminade University, Metropolitan State College of Denver, University of Northern Colorado)
The CUNY Academic Commons: Social Network as Hatchery, George Otte, Matt Gold, Boone Gorges, Michael Smith, Chris Stein (The City University of New York)
Cell Phones in the Classroom: Collaborative or Calamitous?, James May (Valencia College)
Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning: Taking the Classroom Experience Online, Pratibha Varma-Nelson, Randy Newbrough, Julie Banks, Tom Janke, Lorie Shuck, Lin Zhu, John Sours, Joshua Smith (Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Florida International University, Purdue University)
The Sloan-C Effective Practice Awards Selection Committee members are Darrell Naylor-Johnson, Vice President for SCAD eLearning, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD); Alexandra M. Pickett, Associate Director, State University of New York, SUNY Learning Network; Shari McCurdy Smith, Associate Director, Center for Online Research and Service, University of Illinois, Springfield; Kaye Shelton, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, Lamar University; and Janet C. Moore, Chief Knowledge Officer, The Sloan Consortium, Non-voting committee chair. Details about the awards are available at
Full Text: Sloan-C Honors Effective Practices in Online and Blended Education.

Free Webinar: Informal Learning Expert Jay Cross Joins Float July 13


As much as 95 percent of what we learn is done so informally, according to a leading expert.
Author and informal learning pioneer Jay Cross wrote in a May 2012 blog post that he believes improved connectivity has changed the ratio of informal to formal learning from 80/20 to 95/5, a statistic backed up by Industry Perspective panelist Josh Bersin. Jay expanded on this topic when he talked to Jeff Tillett at mLearnCon 2012.
“What I see happening in a lot of companies is that they finally, to my delight, embraced informal learning. The downside is they don’t know what to do about it,” he said, adding that there are all kinds of ways to support informal learning to make it better.
Jay said three to four years ago, he wasn’t excited about mobile. He didn’t see the use for it. But he had a different feeling coming out of mLearnCon 2012. “This has arrived, and there ain’t no question,” Jay said to Jeff. “Everybody better be on board or they’re gonna miss a train.”
Today’s technology allows us to enable and embrace informal learning in ways that were not possible before. Social media and mobile are a few of these technologies. For example, our circle of influence can now be global. We are no longer limited to those that are in the room or sharing a water cooler conversation. Even though learning can be a very personal experience, we can still share it with many.
Jay, who calls himself the Johnny Appleseed of informal learning, authored a book on the subject in 2006, will be joining us for our next free webinar in the Mobile Learning Conversations series focusing on the role of mobile devices in informal learning. The session will be hosted by Chad Udell, Jeff Tillett and Gary Woodill.
Full Text and Registration: Free Webinar: Informal Learning Expert Jay Cross Joins Us July 13: Float Mobile Learning.