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Reflecting on Fall 2016 Distance Learning Conferences

Introduction Last spring, I submitted a flurry of applications for Fall 2016 distance teaching and learning conferences, with the idea that maybe one of them would be accepted. Imagine my surprise when I learned that I would be juggling no fewer than 5 presentations along with Winter 2017 development! Although the Distance Learning staff regularly present and attend events like these, it’s tough to find the time to debrief the team–and faculty–after each of them. If you’re thinking of participating in a conference next fall, here is quick rundown of the strengths of each event along with descriptions of my


SLATE 2016 Conference Reflections

On October 20, 2016, most of the SPS Distance Learning team attended and presented at SLATE 2016. There were numerous sessions and opportunities for conversations with our colleagues in distance learning and online education. Below are some reflections on what we heard, saw, and learned. Jessica Mansbach The Mobilizing Classroom Assessment addressed different ways to decide which technology tools work best for your assessment needs. The presenters reviewed pros and cons of a variety of classroom assessment techniques. They shared Classroom Assessment Techniques Advance Organizer, a useful resource to use to carefully consider what students already know, what skills you


CanvasCon 2016 Highlights

CanvasCon is a regional conference where like-minded educators and technology enthusiasts get together to share the latest innovations and what exciting things are coming next for Canvas and its users. Lucky us, CanvasCon came to Northwestern on August 31, and some of the Distance Learning team had the opportunity to attend and present. Read some of the highlights below.   Quizzing Engine Highlights – Krissy Wilson, Learning Designer Jason Philip Sparks, Instructure’s Senior Product Manager for Assessment, walked through Canvas’s next-generation quizzing engine in the first concurrent session of the day, “Quizzes.next: Modern Testing in Canvas.” What’s on deck? You


Five Key Takeaways from the Distance Teaching and Learning Conference 2016

Introduction In the first week of August, I spent three days soaking up the latest in technology, strategy, and policy at the 32nd annual Distance Teaching and Learning Conference held at the Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin by–you guessed it–the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Started by distance learning theorist Michael Moore in 1984, today the conference contains over 130 sessions, including keynote speakers, panels, presentations, posters, small-group discussions, and networking events. At the general session and opening keynote, Moore sat at my table. When a slide came up saying that this conference would never have happened without him, we


Chicago Online Learning Summit Reflections

On Wednesday, July 13, the Learning Design team attended the Chicago Online Learning Summit. This summit included a number of speakers from the field, and the team has reflected on what they learned and how it will impact their work at SPS. Jessica Mansbach, Learning Designer Hunt Lambert, from the Harvard Extension School, discussed how the definition of higher education quality has changed over time. Lambert emphasized that when thinking about quality in higher education the focus should be on the caliber of the student who leaves a degree program, as opposed to the quality of the student who enters the