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eLearn Magazine: A Recap of the 18th Annual Sloan Consortium Conference on Online Learning


New Issue of JALN released, featuring 2011 Best in Track Award Winners.


Creating an Institutional Culture that Embraces Accessibility and Supports Online Student Success  - By Kristen Betts, Director of Online and Blended Learning, Armstrong Atlantic State University. Kristen Betts will be presenting “From Compliance to Culture: Building an Effective Infrastructure to Support Accessibility and Online Student Success” on October 11, 2012.


Online and On the Move - By Emily Boles, Senior Instructional Developer, University of Illinois, Springfield. Ray Schroeder will be presenting "Online and On the Move: Mobile Online Learning" on October 10, 2012.

Conference News

Today's Campus Highlights Sloan-C Annual Conference in Nov-Dec Issue

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Watch the keynote and plenary recordings:

Keynote Address: Democratizing Higher Education
Sebastian Thrun, VP & Fellow Google

Plenary Panel: Evolution or Revolution? What's Happening with Traditional Online Learning?
Jeff Young (The Chronicle of Higher Education, US) - Panel Moderator
Jose Cruz (The Education Trust, US)
Alan Drimmer (University of Phoenix, US)
Jack Wilson (University of Massachusetts, US)

Plenary Address: Citizen Science - Authentic Participation in Research
Arfon Smith (Citizen Science-Adler Planetarium, US)

Press Release: October 9, 2012
Sonic Foundry Partners with the Sloan Consortium to Webcast International Conference on Online Learning

Best in Track Awards Winners Announced. Read the Press Release.

Call for Presentations for the 2013 conference will open in February 2013.

Check out last year's conference.


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22st Annual OLC International Conference
November 16-18, 2016 | Orlando, Florida | Walt Disney World Swan/Dolphin Resort

OLC Innovate 2016 - Innovations in Blended and Online Learning
April 20-22, 2016 | New Orleans, LA | Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Biography: Eric Fredericksen

Eric Fredericksen

Eric E. Fredericksen, Ed.D. is the Associate Vice Provost for University Information Technology - Academic & Research - at the University of Rochester.

University Information Technology - Academic & Research provides leadership and services that support the academic mission of the university. Program areas include the Educational Technology Center, Classroom Technology, Web Services, the Center for Research Computing, and the University IT Center which support faculty, staff and students.

Prior to the University of Rochester, Eric served as the Director of Academic Technology & Media Services at Cornell University. As a senior manager in Cornell Information Technologies, he helped craft Cornell's presence and direction in the use of contemporary technologies to support research, outreach, and teaching & learning both in and out of the classroom. His responsibilities included the Academic Technologies, Classroom Technologies, the Web Production Group and the Educational Television Center.

Before Cornell, Eric was the Assistant Provost for Advanced Learning Technology in the Office of the Provost in the State University of New York System Administration where he provided leadership and direction for all of SUNY's system-wide programs focused on the innovative use of technology to support teaching and learning. This included the nationally recognized SUNY Learning Network - winner of the Educause Award for Systemic Progress in Teaching and Learning and Sloan Awards for Excellence in Faculty Development and Excellence in Institution-wide Online programming. It also included the SUNY Teaching Learning & Technology program and Project MERLOT which were designed to complement the classroom with technology-supported instruction.

Eric was also the Co-Principal Investigator and Administrative Officer for three multi-year, multi-million dollar grants on Asynchronous Learning Networks (ALN) from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He was responsible for the fiscal management, strategic planning, policy development, faculty development, marketing & promotion, technical support center for faculty and students, and operations and technology infrastructure. He managed a distributed statewide staff of IT, administrative & faculty support professionals. Under his leadership the program grew from 2 campuses offering 8 courses to 119 enrollments to 53 campuses offering 2500 courses to more than 40,000 enrollments in just seven years. Eric is active in national efforts, including Educause, the Educause Learning Initiative and the Sloan Consortium. He is also the Chair of the Sloan Awards Program for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning.

Eric received his Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Hobart College, his MBA from the William Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester, his Master of Science in Education in Curriculum Development & Instructional Technology at the Graduate School of Education at the University at Albany, and his doctorate in Education, concentrating in Educational Leadership in Higher Education at the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester. Eric also taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology. . He currently teaches in the classroom for the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester in the Department of Educational Leadership and online for the Department of Educational Theory and Practice in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Albany.