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

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Online learning is one of the most talked about and fastest growing sectors in higher education and corporate training today. The Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning is the premier global gathering covering this field.

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18th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning

'At A Crossroads: Online Education in a Complex World'

October 10-12, 2012

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort - Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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At a Crossroads: Online Education in a Complex World

A crossroad, an intersection, however we define it, the online higher-education landscape is changing rapidly and we have many important questions to consider.

How do we frame discussions about quality, scale, cost, ethical issues and other concerns about the future of online education? These themes will be addressed in our opening plenary moderated by Jeff Young of the Chronicle of Higher Education and featuring Jose Cruz, Vice President for Policy and Practice at the Education Trust; Allan Drimmer, Provost of Phoenix University; and Jack Wilson, President Emeritus of the University of Massachusetts and UMass Online.

New models of online learning are emerging that create yet another crossroad.  With elite institutions such as Harvard, MIT, and Stanford providing free access to online education what’s in store for future college students?  Are edX, Coursera, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) the answer for global access to higher education?  Our keynote address by Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Udacity and Director of Google X will provide fascinating insight into this provocative new arena.  
The rise of MOOCs reminds us that online technologies continue to create incredible opportunities for mass participation and collaboration in education.  For example, the online science forum, Zooniverse, has brought together more than 600,000 citizen scientists to discover new planets and solve other mysteries of the universe. Learn more about the world’s largest online science collaboration, in our Friday morning plenary with Dr. Arfon Smith, Director of Citizen Science at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

The 2012 Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning is the premier forum for approaching the complex issues and opportunities that face all concerned with the future of our students, faculty, and institutions. Join us for this year’s gathering and participate in the conversations that will help us chart the future course of high-quality online education. We look forward to your contributions!
Peter Shea  Eric Fredericksen 
Peter Shea, Conference Chair  Eric Fredericksen, Program Chair 









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