2016 Online Learning Symposium

Kent State Online: Research in Practice

Thursday, November 10th, 2016 - Kent Student Center

Keynote Address
Teaching Online, Why and How: Let’s Begin with the Why?
Michael G. Moore, PhD


At the 2016 Online Learning Symposium, Kent State online community of faculty and online learning staff explored some of the latest research in online learning, with a variety of sessions that focused on research in practice.

Attendees explored both the “why” and the “how” in sessions such as:

  • Creating Effective Online Assessments
  • Rethinking Content for your Online Course
  • Elevating Teaching Presence 
  • Great Ideas from your Faculty colleagues, and much more!

This year featured "Tech Tryouts", providing opportunities for hands-on, guided interactions with several technologies, including Blackboard Collaborate, Kaltura, and CaptureSpace, as well as information about resources and training to help you design and teach great online courses.

View the Online Learning Symposium program schedule. (PDF) 

Keynote Speaker: Michael G. Moore, Ph.D.

Michael G. Moore, Ph.D.In articles published in 1972, Michael Grahame Moore first defined the field of distance education and introduced his theory of transactional distance.

Since then, Moore’s career has been dedicated to the development of distance education as a field of scholarly endeavor as well as its practice. Milestones include founding The American Journal of Distance Education in 1987, establishing an early type of online professional network known as The Distance Education Online Symposium in 1988 and conceiving and planning the first University of Wisconsin Conference on Distance Education in 1986.  A first textbook, Distance Education, a Systems View was published in 1996, translated into four languages and three editions. The 4th edition of the Handbook of Distance Education, a compendium of research, is to be published in 2017.

As a practitioner, achievements include what were probably the world’s first international e-learning courses, using audio, video and computer conferencing technologies, taught at Penn State University from 1987 to 1995, with groups of students in the United States, Europe, and Mexico.

Many consulting assignments include work for Ministries of Education in Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Russia, Romania, and Egypt, as well as international agencies, including UNESCO, UNHCR, UNDP, IMF, Visiting Scholar at the World Bank and serving as a consultant there from 1996-2003. Presentations and workshops have been given in around 30 different countries.

Success has been recognized by Penn State University with a Distinguished Professorship and a Lifetime Achievement Award; by a Fellowship at University of Cambridge, UK; Visiting Professorship at UK Open University; Honorary Professorships in China and Argentina; an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico; and Senior Fellowship of European Distance Education Network, among others.

Learn more about Michael Grahame Moore.

Featured speaker: Keith Hampson, Ph.D.

Keith Hampson PhotoDr. Keith Hampson is the founder of digitalEDUstrategy, a research and consulting firm that helps colleges, governments, and businesses craft and execute strategy that improves the quality of online higher education. After serving as a member of university faculty, Keith acted as Director of Digital Education Strategies at Ryerson University where he and his team grew enrollment by 500% and won six national awards for excellence in digital higher education.

Consulting and Board appointments include Northeastern University, Cengage Learning, American Association of Publishers, the Council of Ontario Universities, Contact North, Flat World Knowledge, Capella University, Bertelsmann AG, McGraw-Hill Education, Nelson Education, and the University of Toronto. A graduate of the University of Queensland (Australia), Keith lives in Toronto, Canada with wife and two daughters.