You're Invited to the 2015 Online Learning Symposium | Kent State University

You're Invited to the 2015 Online Learning Symposium

Kent State University’s Office of Continuing and Distance Education will host the second annual Online Learning Symposium on Friday, Dec. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Kent Student Center. This year's theme is Kent State Online: Creating Community.

Please join your colleagues at the symposium for an in-depth exploration of creating and cultivating engaged, collaborative communities in online courses. The keynote speaker at the event will be Rena Palloff, Ph.D., LCSW, author, faculty member, consultant and 2012 winner of the Richard Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education. Palloff’s research involves organizational behavior and management, and how institutions can use community to promote successful learning outcomes in online courses.

Palloff is the owner of Crossroads West, working with institutions, organizations and corporations interested in the development of online distance learning and training programs. She has consulted extensively in healthcare, academic settings and addiction treatment for well over 20 years. She is faculty at Fielding Graduate University in the School of Educational Leadership and Change, and also in the masters’ degree program in organizational development and leadership in the School of Human and Organizational Development. 

Palloff received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She holds a master’s degree in organizational development and a Ph.D. in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University. 

Interactive breakout sessions, “Ideas and Support from the Kent State Online Community,” will allow participants to choose from four topical sessions:

  • Designing Effective Online Discussions;
  • Understanding Issues in Online Accessibility;
  • Using Kent State Online Templates; and
  • A fantastic faculty panel on Great Ideas and Examples in Online Learning.

The general session, “Building Community with Kent State Online,” will showcase the incredible talent across our shared community of practice, which has resulted in high-quality, online learning experiences for our students. Resource sharing will include details on the forthcoming student orientation course, the Kent State Online Framework and the Online Teaching website, and a preview of spring 2016 Faculty Development offerings.

This event, which includes brunch and an afternoon reception, is free but registration is required.

See more information and register for the 2015 Online Learning Symposium.

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