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

The Savvy Online Student: Setting Students Up for Success in Online Classes and Programs

Kristen Sosulski (New York University, Stern School of Business, US)
Ted Bongiovanni (New York University, US)
Session Information
October 11, 2012 - 3:50pm
Student Services and Learner Support
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Oceanic 1
Session Duration: 
35 Minutes

Learn methods to prepare savvy online students in your online classes and programs. Participants are provided methods, metrics, and takeaways.

Extended Abstract

Description How can faculty ensure that students are more likely to succeed in their online classes and have a more rewarding teaching experience? In this session, we will show how NYU prepares students for online classes, and then model how seasoned instructors follow up in their individual classes to support the student learning experience. Students will get more out of your online learning experience if they learn about how to learn online. Your school should offer an orientation to being an online student. It's more than learning which buttons to press. It's about students being at the center of many learning activities. Participants in this session will gain ideas for a range of online student orientation activities, from getting beyond the text-based "introduce yourself" to a model for what we call week zero, activities that immerse students in the practice of online learning before class begins. Goals Participants will be able to * Create new activities to introduce their students to their online classes * Help program administrators develop a model student orientation program * Describe methods for engaging new and seasoned online learners in orientation courses * Adapt the materials presented in the workshop for their own use Format * Demo of NYU-SCPS Online Learning Orientation * Model range of interaction activities, e.g., * Questions and Answers from the audience * Live twitter feed comments & questions Materials to be made available * Presentation * Sample, adaptable lesson * Summary of best practices for student orientation programs based on current literature

Lead Presenter

Kristen Sosulski is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Information Systems at New York University Stern School of Business. She is also the Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. She teaches the core information systems undergraduate course and social media strategy for startups course called Electronic Communities. Kristen's scholarly interests include learning sciences, social media and startups, and data visualization. Her research research focuses on technological change and education. She has consulted with for profit, nonprofit and government agencies to conceptualize design and evaluate online educational, business and social media projects. She is the co-author of Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards-based Guide (2011) and The Savvy Student's Guide to Online Learning (in-press) and other articles related to higher education, learning, and technology.  Kristen received a B.S. in Information and Systems, and Management and Organizational Behavior from New York University Stern School of Business. She received an M.A., Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Columbia University.


Ted Bongiovanni is the Director for Distance Learning and an Adjunct Instructor at NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Ted has been working in education and new media since 1995. He's developed educational programs and web sites for Columbia University, the New York Times and other non-profit organizations. Ted received his B.A. in Political Science from Susquehanna University and his Master of Public Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.  He is currently a PhD student in Education and Communication Technology at NYU Steinhardt.  Earlier in his career Ted worked as a legislative assistant to Sam Coppersmith from Arizona and served as an English Education Peace Corps Volunteer in Lithuania.   He blogs at and his eportfolio resides at: