The Emerging Technologies Symposium is devoted to the emerging and innovative uses of technology designed to improve teaching and learning online. The conference focuses on the technologies that drive online learning effectiveness, highlighting research, applications and best practices of important emerging technological tools. We encourage submissions related to instruction, networking, assessment, open educational resources, new media and support services.

Who Should Attend
This conference, which will provide the latest information on emerging technology applications for online learning, is geared to both experienced professionals and interested newcomers to online learning who hail from a variety of work sectors, including higher education, continuing education, business, government, health care, professional associations, and nonprofit organizations.


Attendee Checklist - Be fully prepared for a great conference experience by reviewing this checklist.

Onsite Attendees:

  • Participate in the Conference Commons Training session. This is an important step to understanding how to access all uploaded materials pre-conference and recorded sessions post-conference.
  • Download the program book. This will provide you full session descriptions. The printed Schedule-at-a-Glance that you will be provided onsite does not include session descriptions.
  • A few Hotel rooms are still available at the Venetian but they are going fast. If you would like to add a night on either end of your trip, now is the time to book.
  • Plan to attend the free Friday afternoon Unconference workshop either onsite in person or virtually. If you can’t stay Friday afternoon to attend, join in as a virtual participant from wherever you are. Prepare by creating your Google email address and sign up for Google+.
  • Unfamiliar with the Unconference? Look here for additional information: http://sloanconsortium.org/conference/2012/et4online/unconferenceFAQ.
  • Join in the conversation – follow the ET4Online Symposium Social networking. Join us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ET4Online), Twitter (@et4online and #et4online) and Linkedin (http://linkd.in/JEDYHH).
  • Let your colleagues know you are attending the conference. Download an electronic badge for use in your email signature or on your website.
  • Watch the http://sloanconsortium.org/et4online website for information on the flipped sessions pilot run. Three presentations will be offered in a new flipped format with information available online ahead of time, which will free up the onsite session time for more interactive discussion and work.
  • Review the program schedule prior to departure for Las Vegas; plan how you will use your time at the conference.
  • Familiarize yourself with our keynote speaker, Dr. Joel Thierstein, and the topics of his address.
  • Consider taking advantage of the Sloan Consortium membership while it is discounted to you.
  • Watch for the final Conference Update and Welcome email next week. More exciting information to come!

Virtual Attendees:

  • Participate in the Conference Commons Training session. The training session will provide important information on how to access the live and on-demand streamed sessions, presentations, and supplemental materials. A complete review of how to test your system and access the webcast seamlessly will be covered in the training session.
  • Look for a separate email with Conference Commons Access instructions. Read that email thoroughly and bookmark it for future reference.
  • Review the streamed program schedule ahead of time and plan which sessions you want to watch live vs. on-demand.
  • Join in the conversation – follow the ET4Online Symposium Social networking. Join us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ET4Online), Twitter (@et4online and #et4online) and Linkedin (http://linkd.in/JEDYHH).
  • Prepare to participate in the Unconference workshop on Friday afternoon in the Google+ Hangout. Create your Google email address and signing up for Google+ in advance of the workshop. Refer to the streamed session listing on the conference website for times/details about the Unconference. Unfamiliar with the Unconference? Look here for additional information: http://sloanconsortium.org/conference/2012/et4online/unconferenceFAQ
  • Let your colleagues know you are attending the conference virtually. Download an electronic badge to use in your email signature or on your website.
  • Test Sonic Foundry's Mediasite before the event. Don't wait until the last minute.
  • Be on the lookout for future "Countdown to the ET4Online Symposium" emails. These emails will serve to remind you of the access instructions and the importance of testing your system prior to the start of the live streamed sessions. Read these and you will have a smooth, seamless conference viewing experience.

10 Fun Things to Do in Vegas

There’s more to Vegas than gambling, although we won’t tell if you want to try your luck. Check out 10 fun things to do during your stay!

  1. Cruise the strip and take in the sights. While you’re at it, make sure to visit the Bellagio fountains for a free show featuring over a thousand fountains “dancing” to music.
  2. If you’re not sure about hitting the tables, consider taking advantage of free gambling lessons for novices that many of the hotels offer - the Golden Nugget is one of them.
  3. For the thrill seeker inside of you, Vegas offers activities like the 108 story SkyJump at the Stratosphere or zip line over the crowds on Fremont Street at Fremont Street Flightlinez. For a real thrill, try swimming with the sharks at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay.
  4. Interested in the more “colorful past” of the city? Visit The Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement -- aka The Mob Museum.
  5. Take in one of the many shows offered including Cirque Du Soleil (four different shows), Blue Man Group, and Phantom of the Opera. View all shows playing the week of July 22.
  6. If you’d rather spend your money on retail therapy as opposed to the casinos, Vegas has options that rival the shopping capitals of the world. Print out the Shop Vegas Passport and redeem it for special discounts and gifts.
  7. Go visit the iconic neon signs of yesteryear.  The Neon Museum Boneyard is open during the day and features over 100 donated and rescued signs dating back from the late 1930’s.
  8. Explore the quieter side of Vegas and visit the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Fifteen miles outside of the city will land you in a 197,000 acre area for hiking, climbing, horseback riding, picnicking or a 13 mile loop that you can drive to take in the beautiful scenery.
  9. Named one of the top 10 construction achievements of the 20th century, the Hoover Dam is worth the 35 mile drive. Visit this attraction that draws over a million visitors a year.
  10. And last of all, please stop by the Sloan-C booth (Booth 14/15) to learn more about membership and our other conference in great locations.


If you are looking for fun and free activities while you are in Las Vegas? Here are some suggestions to get you started: