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September 27, 2012 Presentation Schedule

September 28, 2012 Presentation Schedule

2012 Distance Learning Conference

Keynote Speakers

Kelvin Thompson

Kelvin ThompsonTeaching for Tomorrow: What Should Change and What Should Remain the Same?
It is no secret that we’re living in an era of unprecedented technological change with access to more information than any time in human history. We’ve rightly become concerned that today’s students may need a set of abilities we’re not prepared to help them develop in order to thrive as tomorrow’s adults in a more technology-mediated, information-rich world. And yet, might there be skills that have proven timeless that our students need just as much? In this address, rich with examples and follow-up resources, conference participants will be challenged to consider how best to teach for tomorrow.

Dr. Thompson’s Bio

Rita-Marie Conrad

Rita-Marie ConradEngaging Learners in the iAge
Learner engagement continues to be a significant part of meeting the instructional needs of the 21st Century learner.  This requires discovering effective strategies to reach the individual in the context of diverse technology-enhanced environments. Rita-Marie Conrad will discuss strategies on how to provide opportunities for online learners and instructors to engage, not only with the content, but with one another in the spirit of transformational learning. She will explore the foundations of engagement, the impact of social networking, connectivism, and the importance of mobile access in supporting this effort.

Dr. Conrad's Bio


The Distance Learning Conference is sponsored by the Columbus State University Distance Learning Committee, Distance Learning Design & Delivery (DLDD), University Information and Technology Services (UITS), and the Office of the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs.