Three big ideas to transform online education


Finale Forum July 27, 2017 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

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Cathy Sandeen, Alec Couros, Rose Cameron
Three prominent thought leaders in online education will inspire and challenge you as they share three “Big Ideas” of crucial importance to distance education professionals. After each eight-minute talk, you will have an opportunity to engage with colleagues in roundtable discussions on how you could adapt and act on each big idea.

Topics and Speakers:

Are We Really Ready for Today’s Online Students? A Call to Action
Cathy Sandeen, University of Wisconsin Colleges and Extension

Today’s learners can take for granted that online education works, providing flexibility and greater access to postsecondary degrees and credentials. But is that still enough? Who are the learners of today and what more can we do to best serve them? We oftentimes think of students being ready but are we ready?

Thinning the Walls: Bringing the Open Web into Online Courses
Alec Couros, University of Regina

While the web offers tremendous opportunities for teaching and learning, many instructors have been hesitant to adopt open online spaces into their courses, whether out of a lack of familiarity or concerns about potential risks. However, as these digital environments become increasingly central to our lives, it is important that we empower students with the ability to leverage the power of the open web for learning and connecting. Educators have an obligation to foster and develop student literacies for learning (and living) in online spaces.  But how?

Think Big, Build Small: A Learner-Centered Approach to Online Course Design
Rose Cameron, Independent Global Brand Strategist and former Director of Innovation, Penn State University

In a time when individuals expect to learn new skills in a fast-paced world, there is a need to use design thinking to be more learner-centered. One approach is to focus on modularizing the learning process and creating bite-sized content. What do these new micro-learning designs look like?  How can you get started?

Enjoy fellowship and dessert as we wind down the conference a bit wiser and ready to tackle challenges and implement new ideas.


Rose Cameron
Alec Couros
Cathy Sandeen

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