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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.

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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.

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Online and on the Move: Mobile Online Learning

Ray Schroeder (University of Illinois - Springfield, US)
Michele Gribbins (University of Illinois - Springfield, US)
Session Information
October 10, 2012 - 9:00am
Open, Global, Mobile
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Pre-conference Workshop AM
Oceanic 5
Session Duration: 
1/2 Day - 3 Hours
Workshop - AM

 Examining current and emerging technologies and trends in cloud and mobile learning

Extended Abstract

Even before the iPhone and iPad, the move to mobile learning was on the fast track. Now, there are a flood of applications that can enrich and enable our online learning efforts. Coupled with cloud distribution and enhanced 4G bandwidth, these applications promise an exciting expansion of networks and tools. Mobile 3-D apps will enable exciting new approaches to teaching in engineering and the sciences. FaceTime and other live streaming applications enable students to carry a mentor in their pocket or purse. The learning management systems - monoliths of the past - are soon to be replaced by custom choices of relevant apps that provide just the right tools for each class. Adding an app in the middle of the course can be a breeze. And cloud support provides economical, robust options to support learners. We will examine the current and emerging technologies and trends.

Lead Presenter
Ray Schroeder Ray Schroeder is Professor Emeritus of Communication, and founding director of the Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Schroeder has numerous national presentations and publications in online and technology-enhanced learning. Ray has published the popular Online Learning Update and Educational Technology blogs for the past decade. He was a Sloan Consortium Distinguished Scholar in Online Learning 2002-2003, recipient of the 2002 Sloan-C award for the “Most Outstanding Achievement in ALN by an Individual,” University of Southern Maine “Visiting Scholar in Online Learning” 2006-2009, and co-founder of the New Century Learning Consortium. Most recently, Ray was named the inaugural 2010 recipient of the Sloan Consortium's highest Individual award - the A. Frank Mayadas Leadership Award. Schroeder is an inaugural Sloan Consortium Fellow.
Michele  Gribbins joined the Center for Online Learning, Research & Service at the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2012 after teaching for seven years as a faculty member for the Department of Management Information Systems at UIS, where she continues to teach online classes. Michele works with faculty members in designing and assessing effective online classes. Her research interests are centered on the fit and effectiveness of educational technologies in the classroom.