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

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

Conducting Research on Blended and Online Education

Tanya Joosten (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, USA)
Nori Barajas-Murphy (University of La Verne, USA)
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Jessica L. Knott (Michigan State University, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 8:30am
Learning Effectiveness
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Research Study
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
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Session Type: 
Pre-Conference Workshop
Oceanic 7
Session Duration: 
3 Hours
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There is a fee for this Pre-Conference Workshop: $195 Early Bird / $225 Full Price / $250 Onsite Price

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Come develop a research plan for your blended and online learning experiences.

Extended Abstract

This workshop consists of practice-based research planning activities to help you prepare for conducting research at the course or program level. Specifically, we will utilize the distance education research model developed by the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) to guide the development of research plans for blended and online. Attendees will walk away with a research agenda and the necessary tools to help them conduct research on their campus as part of the National DETA Research Center initiative.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) established a National Distance Education and Technological Advancement (DETA) Research Center in 2014 to conduct cross-institutional data collection with 2-year and 4-year Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) funded by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). UWM has partnered with the University of Wisconsin System, UW-Extension, Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), and leaders across the nation to develop a research model. This model is to promote student access and success through evidence-based online learning practices and learning technologies.

The DETA Center looks to identify and evaluate effective course and institutional practices in online learning (including competency-based education) for underrepresented individuals (i.e., economically disadvantaged, adult learners, disabled) through rigorous research. Furthermore, although the research currently is focused on postsecondary U.S. institutions, the DETA Center looks to advance their work in K-12 and internationally -- all are welcome!

This workshop will prepare attendees to take a plan back to their own institution to successfully gather research on blended and online teaching and learning.

For more on DETA, visit http://www.uwm.edu/deta.

Lead Presenter
Tanya JoostenTanya Joosten is the director of eLearning Research and Development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) where she works to guide strategic eLearning efforts at the campus, state, and national levels, to develop innovative programming for the UWM campus, and to lead a team of researchers to advance the field of eLearning. She is the co-director of the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements supported by the U.S Department of Education. Tanya has been recognized by the Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Sloan-Consortium) as a fellow for her work in blended and online learning. She is a teacher of tech-enhanced, blended, and online courses in the field of communication for over 15 years, including online courses in human communication and technology and organizational communication at UWM, published author in communication technology in teaching and learning, including her recent book, Social Media for Educators, and chapter in, Blended Learning: Research Perspectives, a social scientist researching technology-mediated pedagogy and its impact on student outcomes, and a well-known speaker and consultant across the globe. As a practitioner, Tanya Joosten previously led the Learning Technology Center, including efforts in faculty development for online and blended teaching, development of UWM's blended and online faculty development program, supervised administration of the campus LMS, including faculty training and support, and led campus efforts for certification, recognition, and engagement initiatives for blended and online teaching. She has worked together with the Provost's office, schools, colleges, and units to help in the development of over 40 blended and online degree programs at UWM over the last decade. Tanya Joosten's efforts have been highlighted in many national news and media outlets, including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Ed Tech Magazine, eCampus News, and have led to her involvement in planning for the future of education, including the UWM Campus and Digital Futures Planning, State of Wisconsin Superintendent's Digital Learning Advisory Council, NMC Horizon Project Higher Ed Advisory Board, EDUCAUSE Evolving Technologies Steering Committee, and EDUCAUSE IT Status committee.