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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.

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Sponsored by: Academic Impressions

Sloan-C Honours Effective Practices in Online and Blended Education

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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.

5th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation


5th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
19th, 20th and 21st of November, 2012
Madrid (Spain)

Abstracts submission deadline: July 19th, 2012
You can submit your abstract at

ICERI2012 is an annual meeting point for lecturers, researchers, technologists and educators from all fields and disciplines. It will be an excellent opportunity to present your projects and experiences and meet other colleagues from all parts of the world.

The attendance of more than 700 delegates from 70 different countries is expected.

There are 3 presentation modalities: ORAL, POSTER and VIRTUAL.

The deadline for abstracts submission is July 19th 2012 (included). You can submit your proposals at

Two ISBN publications (ICERI2012 Abstracts CD and ICERI2012 Proceedings CD) will be produced with all accepted abstracts and papers. Accepted contributions will also be included in our Digital Library database of Education and Research innovation projects.

In addition, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful and attractive city of Madrid, its enormous cultural richness and unique gastronomy.

We look forward to seeing you in Madrid!

ICERI2012 Technical Secretariat

DEANZ Webinar 25th June 12-1 pm NZ

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DEANZ Webinar 25th June 12-1 pm in Adobe Connect with support from the University of Canterbury e-Learning Lab

Identifying culturally sensitive distance education for adults working in communities

Shelia Douglas, International Specialist Skills Institute in conversation with Niki Davis, University of Canterbury Professor of e-Learning and President of DEANZ, will discuss Shelia’s findings after one week in New Zealand where she has been visiting the University of Canterbury e-Learning Lab and talking with polytechnics and health workers in the region. Shelia has an ISS Institute Skills Victoria Fellowship. DEANZ and the UC e-Learning Lab are keen to support her in this important research. They will discuss this question: What is best practice for educating age care and disabilities workers at a distance in Australia and New Zealand, including those in indigenous and remote communities where English is additional language?


Please come into this free webinar with your suggestions and questions and/or email Shelia directly on

The recorded webinar will become accessible to DEANZ members on the DEANZ web site; DEANZ individual membership is only $60.

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The University Professional and Continuing Education Association

Seminar on the Management of Online Programs

Is your provost or president looking to you for leadership in managing the shift to online programs designed for the adult market? This new Seminar will focus on the key strategic issues in this rapidly evolving sector of higher education: new and emerging markets, online degree and certificate programs that expand access and meet workforce needs, the use of data analytics, assessing student online learning outcomes, and building for scale.

Who should attend this timely Seminar?

  • Deans and directors of professional and continuing education
  • Leaders of online learning units
  • Online program chairs or managers
  • Marketing and student service managers

Registration will open in early July.

Full Text: The University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

28th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning

August 8-10 2012, Madison, WI, USA

Register by July 16 to receive early-bird rate

Take a look at this year’s Conference Program. The schedule offers more than 160 learning opportunities with presenters from around the globe, plus several chances to network with colleagues. Link to the different sessions from the left menu.

Bring your team to Madison and take advantage of the Group rates and other Group Offerings. Go to the Registration page to see other conference fees and links.

Unable to join us on site? Then we encourage you to sign up for one of the two Virtual Options available this year. Rates available for individuals or groups.


Special Session Highlight

Around the World in 45 Minutes: Global Perspectives on Distance Education
Thursday, August 9, 2012, 1:00-1:45 p.m.

With the continuous improvement of information and communication technologies, ever more regions of the world are participating in distance education. In recognition of distance education as a truly global enterprise, and in celebration of the increasingly international audience at this conference both on-site and virtually, we invite you to attend the inaugural Global Perspectives event.

This session will highlight distance education efforts in various regions of the world to compare and contrast worldwide trends in the field. Panelists will provide regional perspectives on such topics as enrollment trends, factors that drive distance education, the value of distance education, success stories, and challenges that influence distance education efforts.

Moderated by Dr. Curtis Bonk of Indiana University, this session includes the following panelists:

  • Ari-Matta Auvinen, of HCI Productions Oy and Helsinki University of Technology in Helsinki, Finland
  • Mariangela Braga, of Universidade Estadual Paulista in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Terumi Miyazoe, of Tokyo Denki University in Tokyo, Japan
  • Gihan Osman, of American University in Cairo in Cairo, Egypt


2012 Conference Keynotes

Applying neuroscience to educate

for meaningful learning

Learning in hand with mobile technology

Dr. James Zull

Professor of Biology

and of Biochemistry,

Case Western Reserve University

Judy Brown

Mobile Learning

Strategic Analyst


Conference Venue and Madison Area

Monona Terrace Convention Center The conference will be held at the Monona Terrace Convention Center along Lake Monona in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin. The setting is near several large hotels, unique restaurants, the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, and walking/exercise paths.

To find out more about Madison events and attractions during your visit, go to

21st Century Teaching and Learning Conference

An exciting one-day conference for educators, including K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, college students and other learning practitioners to develop and exchange best practices in teaching and learning. Presentations will include hands-on workshops and research-based current strategies to engage your 21st century learners!

Conference Details

The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN
When: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Cost: Conference fee is $125
Details: This event will also offer a host of break-out sessions geared towards engaging the 21st century learner.
CEUs: Presentations will meet MDE re-licensure strands.

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Lisa Delpit

Full Text: 21st Century Teaching and Learning Conference.

28th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning

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The Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning is recognized internationally for the quality and integrity of its program. Each year the conference provides an exchange of current resources, research, and best practices from around the world that are relevant to the design and delivery of distance education/training.

August 8-10. 2012 Madison, WI

Conference Objectives   


  • Discuss critical success factors and innovative practices in distance education and training.
  • Examine the key components of effective applications: needs analysis, course design, teaching methods, active learning, learner support, management, policy, and evaluation.
  • Share successful approaches, strategies, and techniques.
  • Identify active teaching/learning methods for effective engagement, motivation, and performance outcomes.
  • Discuss major issues, new developments, and trends.


  • Reflect on progress made in distance education.
  • Consider future possibilities for distance education.
  • Increase knowledge about teaching/training at a distance.


  • Facilitate networking among distance educators, practitioners and administrators.
  • Share program resources via technology (e.g., print, audio, video, multimedia, and the Internet).

Registration and further info: Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning.