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Reflections on the 2017 SLATE Conference

Introduction 2017 marks the 15th anniversary of the SLATE (Supporting Learning and Technology in Education) Conference, held at the Northern Illinois University campus in Naperville, IL. SLATE was born as the Midwest Blackboard Users Group in 2002, and Northwestern University was among its founding members. Since then, with Executive Director Ken Sadowski at the helm, it has grown into an LMS-inclusive organization with the mission to “support learning and technology in education through communication, collaboration, and innovation, while developing and sustaining a community of practice.” This year, two representatives from the Distance Learning department attended and one of them presented


Panopto for Video Recording and Sharing – November 2017 Online Learning Webinar

Instructional Technologists William Guth and Aaron Bannasch hosted the November Online Learning Webinar to demonstrate Ways to Use Panopto in Online Courses for Recording and Sharing Videos. Recently announced by Northwestern IT on the Digital Learning website, Panopto is a cloud-based video lecture capture tool for training, teaching, and presenting that allows for easy recording and webcasting as well as the management of video content. Are you interested in trying this new video technology in your course? Contact distanceeducation@northwestern.edu with questions and share your uses or potential uses of Panopto on the Panopto for Recording and Sharing Videos survey. Summary


Ways to Use Panopto in Online Courses

Since Northwestern IT recently announced the launch of Panopto, the Office of Distance Learning has been working to evaluate uses of this Learning Technology. There are many simple ways to use Panopto in Online Courses and a few will be shared in this blog post. Use Panopto for sharing videos you’ve already made If you have a large video library, possibly in another video hosting platform or in your Canvas course, you can move those videos into Panopto to free up space in your course or gain more insights into how your students are engaging with your videos. Since Panopto


Distance Learning: The Next Best Thing to Being There?

On October 10, I had the privilege of presenting at a symposium held by the National Resource Center for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes. Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, or OLLIs, provide university-level, non-credit educational opportunities for their membership, adults aged 50 and older. The symposium brought together a select group of OLLI directors from around the U.S. to consider a number of issues of interest to OLLIs, among the use of the distance learning technology. My presentation, “Distance Learning: The Next Best Thing to Being There?”, considered the the acceptance of distance learning technology by the OLLI membership, who typically


Reflections on the 2017 QM Connect Conference

Introduction The 2017 Quality Matters Connect Conference was held between September 24th and 27th in Fort Worth, Texas. Two representatives from the Distance Learning department attended and gave presentations on Quality Matters topics, all the way from 1.9 (“Learners are asked to introduce themselves to the class”) to 8.4 (“The course design facilitates readability”). Read on to learn more about their experiences and lessons learned. Reba-Anna Lee, Director of Online Program Development Presenting: As a long time member of the Quality Matters community, I was delighted to attend this year’s conference. I did two presentations, served as a poster judge,