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Connected Minds, Emerging Cultures is authored by  Steve Wheeler, our Keynote Speaker.

Check out Sloan-C Institute's Mobile Learning Mastery Series - Next session starts March 1, 2013.

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Watch the Keynote Address

"What's That Coming Over the Hill? Digital Futures, Emerging Cultures, New Learning"
Steve Wheeler (Plymouth University, UK)

Silver Sponsor Today's Campus conducted several interviews onsite. Watch the recordings of these interviews.

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New Workshop Just Announced: Designing a MOOC for Canvas Network

Check out our Special Events and What to Do in Las Vegas


Plan to stop by the book signing tables at the Welcome Reception Tues 5:30-7pm:


Program Book Now Available to Download


Best-in-Track Selections Announced - Read the Press Release

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Plan to Attend the Unconference Sessions

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Congratulations to our Launch Pad participants - be sure to visit them in the exhibit hall!

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Have a position opening? Looking for a new position? Check out the new ET4Online Career Forum page.

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Watch the recording: Preview Webinar of the Virtual Program

Watch the recording: Preview Webinar of the Onsite Program

Steve Wheeler Announced as Keynote Speaker

George Veletsianos and Tony Wan to Headline in Plenary Sessions

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November 16-18, 2016 | Orlando, Florida | Walt Disney World Swan/Dolphin Resort

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April 20-22, 2016 | New Orleans, LA | Sheraton New Orleans Hotel


 Who Should Attend? | Attendee Demographics | Conference Location | Conference Fees | Special Events | Attendee Checklist | Fun Things

We are moving! New dates for the 2013 ET4Online Symposium: April 9-11, 2013. Starting in 2013, the Symposium will be held on spring dates rather than mid-summer. Mark April 9-11 on your 2013 calendar for the upcoming ET4Online Symposium in Las Vegas.

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 Demographics

The symposium brings together individuals interested in the technological aspects of online learning. Experts, intermediate users and novices are welcome to participate in Symposium activities that will include face-to-face and virtual components. The Symposium is geared to experienced professionals and interested newcomers to online learning alike.

Symposium attendance at the 2012 symposium located in Las Vegas, NV attracted 716 onsite and 450 virtual attendees from over 471 institutions, 49 states & territories, and 22 countries representing college level faculty and administrators, instructional technology professionals and instructional designers.

Conference Location

All presentations and  workshops will be held at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This Las Vegas Hotel, the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, is an exciting place to be. Located on the Las Vegas Strip, this Las Vegas Resort offers spacious rooms and bathrooms, as well as nearly three acres of casino entertainment.

For additional information, please visit our Travel/Hotel page on this website.

Conference Fees

Check our registration page for a full list of onsite and virtual attendee option registration fees.

Conference Information
Interested in attending in 2013 and curious about what to expect?


Special Events and Sponsorships


Tuesday, April 9

Sponsored by:



ProctorU logo2:30 pm -3:30 pm

ProctorU Product Demo

Launch Pad Demo Area - Mezzanine

The Chronicle of Higher Education4:00 pm

Keynote Address - Steve Wheeler

Celebrity 1-4

Bluehost, Inc. logo5:30 pm- 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception


 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Book Signings at the Welcome Reception


Wednesday, April 10

Academic Partnerships7:45 am

Breakfast (Newcomer's Welcome Program)

Celebrity 1-4

Academic Partnerships

8:30 am

Plenary Address - George Veletsianos

Celebrity 1-4

Bluehost, Inc. Logo10:00 am -11:00 am

Bluehost Product Demo 

Launch Pad Demo Area - Mezzanine

ProctorU logo11:00am -12:00 pm

ProctorU Product Demo 

Launch Pad Demo Area - Mezzanine

 12:00 pm

Sloan-C/MERLOT Awards Luncheon

Celebrity 1-4

Bluehost, Inc. Logo2:30 pm - 3:30 pmBluehost Product Demo 

Launch Pad Demo Area - Mezzanine
McGraw Hill Education4:30 pm

Poster Session


 6:30 pm

Dine Around

(Departure from the Mezzanine)

Thursday, April 11

Today's Campus7:30 am

Breakfast with Wikispaces

Celebrity 1-4

Today's Campus8:00 am

Launch Pad Plenary Panel - Tony Wan

Celebrity 1-4

 1:00 pm

Unconference Workshop
(Drawing for 2 Sloan-C conference registrations - must be present to win)

Melrose 3/4

Additional Sponsorships

Groopex logo Information Kiosks
PlattForm Advertising 


(Distributed at the onsite conference registration desk)

Academic Partnerships Program Book (downdable .pdf)

Atomic Learning

Nevada State College

Chronicle of Higher Education


Drawing for 7 complimentary registrations for any 2013/2014 Sloan-C Conference

(Announced at the Thursday 4/11 Launch Pad Plenary Panel)

Academic Partnerships 

Networking Coffee Breaks (Mezzanine)

Tuesday 4/ 09:   3:20 pm - 4:00 pm

Wedneday 4/10:  9:40 am - 10:10 am  

Thursday 4/11:  11:00 am - 11:20 am

Mediasite by Sonic Foundry Live-webcast and On-demand Recordings

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

Onsite Attendees:

  • Watch the Conference Commons Training video. This is an important step to understanding how to access all uploaded materials pre-conference and recorded sessions post-conference.
  • Download the program book from the Program page. It will be available 2 weeks before the conference dates. This will provide you full session descriptions. The printed Schedule-at-a-Glance that you will be provided onsite does not include session descriptions.
  • Make your hotel reservations.
  • Plan to attend the free Thursday afternoon Unconference session as well as the ongoing barcamp sessions during the conference. 
  • Join in the conversation – follow the ET4Online Symposium Social networking. Join us on Facebook, Twitter (@et4online and #et4online) and Linkedin.
  • Let your colleagues know you are attending the conference. Download an electronic badge for use in your email signature or on your website.
  • 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, Steve Wheeler, and our two plenary sessions and the topics of the addresses.
  • Consider taking advantage of the Sloan Consortium membership while it is discounted to you.
  • Watch for the Conference Updates and Welcome emails as we near the conference dates. More exciting information to come!

Virtual Attendees:

  • Watch the Conference Commons Training video. 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, Twitter (@et4online and #et4online) and Linkedin.
  • 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 (six different shows), Blue Man Group, and many others. View all shows playing the week of April 6-13.
  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 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: