How is emerging tech reshaping the future of faculty development?

presentation slides

During this panel presentation at Sloan Consortium’s 6th Annual International Symposium on Emerging Technologies for Online Learning on Tue, 4/10, 2:30PM (Wilshire A), learn how three faculty from different institutions use podcasts, eBooks, online courses, and Google+ Hangouts to reinvent “faculty development” into a community of learning.

Slides are available here.

Teach a MOOC…what, are you crazy?

Maria H. Anderson, Ph.D.
Director of Learning & Research, Instructure

Canvas Network:
Many of us have experience with SPOCs = Small Private Online Courses
Recommendations: 2-4 hrs/wk, 3-6 weeks

Considerations for Teaching MOOCs

– Assessments
– Resources provided
– Required materials
– Length
– Access to resources


Social Media MOOC –
Request student access to SoMe –

Recommendations from Maria

Resources Provided

  • Wherever possible, provide resources that are freely accessible in most of the world
  • Consider your role to be the curator of the millions of resources on the Internet


  • The assessments should provide another opportunity for learning (ex: design a quiz that is designed for students to fail unless they read the readings, then let students go back and take quiz again after failing first time and then completing the readings)


  • The activities should provide a chance to apply what you’re learning in the real world
  • Activities should provide a way for students to share and delight in what they are learning


  • Discussions provide a place to truly leverage the diversity and life experiences of your participants.
  • Discussions don’t have to be required unless the purpose of participating will be valuable to every student individually

Length of Course

  • MOOC students want to spend fewer hours per week and commit to less weeks
  • This doesn’t mean you teach a less rigorous version of the same course. It means you teach a different course. It might mean you teach three courses instead of one.

My Takeaways

  • MOOCs (massive open online courses) are fundamentally different from SPOCs (specialized private online courses)
  • student-created content are some of the most interesting and valuable components of MOOCs
  • MOOCs can be great venue for experimenting with new learning opportunities for students
  • MOOCs can be considered “service to the community” and are a great way to showcase the institution
  • motivation for offering MOOCs still must be identified
  • “enroll has become the new like button”
  • ongoing availability adds a unique dimension

How to Setup Custom Flipboard Subscription for #ET4Online

If you are looking for an elegant way on your mobile device to follow #ET4Online conversations on Twitter, consider creating a custom section on Flipboard for following the saved Twitter search #et4online. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to do so.

Similar steps could be followed to add other streams of #et4online social media to Flipboard…give it a try!

Sharing My ET4Online Experiences and Takeaways

For the next several days, I’m in Las Vegas for the Sloan Consortium 6th Annual International Symposium on Emerging Technologies for Online Learning. I’ve had the privilege of serving on the steering committee for this conference this year and also will be presenting.

I look forward to accepting the “challenge” of sharing my experience and takeaways of the conference. My blog here will be the primary home for my shared notes and social media, more to follow on my plan to knit my social media tools together to here on my blog and to “mob log” my experiences using just my iPhone.

Let the sharing begin! You’ll find me sharing my et4online experience at the following social media locations.

I'm sharing on Twitter I'm sharing on Google+ I’m sharing on Instagram and Flickr I'm sharing on a blog I'm sharing on YouTube

CFP Open for Emerging Tech for Online Learning Symposium: Submission Deadline Dec. 10

Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Symposium
As a member of the 2013 steering committee, I invite you to submit a proposal for the 6th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium, to be held April 9-11, 2013 at The Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, NV. The Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium, a joint Symposium of Sloan Consortium and MERLOT, is designed to bring together individuals interested in the review and evaluation of online teaching and learning technologies. Proposals for presentations must be submitted by December 10, 2012 at

The ET4Online Symposium offers you an opportunity to study best practices, understand applications, discover new technologies, and connect to others who share a love for and belief in the promise of educational technology. In 2012 the symposium developed a new mission statement designed to emphasize the innovation and invention that is the focus of the conference: A conference devoted to the emerging and innovative uses of technology designed to improve teaching and learning online. Symposium tracks highlight and demonstrate research, application and effective practices and noteworthy technological tools in the following areas:

  • Learning Spaces and Communities
  • Open and Accessible Learning
  • Evidence-based Learning
  • Faculty and Student Development
  • Innovative Media and Tools

Faculty, students, instructional designers, instructional technologists and academic administrators are encouraged to submit proposals which are engaging, informative and interactive. These sessions can be targeted to all attendees or beginners, intermediates, or experts.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for this conference, plan to join us for our FREE webinar “Five Tips on How to Submit a Successful Conference Proposal”. The goal of this webinar is to assist you in submitting a successful abstract to the Call for Presentations.

November 29, 2012 – 3:00pm – 4:00pm (Eastern Time)

For today’s educator, selection as a conference presenter is often required in order to attend a conference. For every online learning conference, educators submit and conference committees evaluate hundreds of proposals in order to create a robust program for conference attendees. The number of proposals accepted for a conference depends on program size, topics covered and quality of abstracts submitted. Join this free webinar to learn from experts on the Sloan Consortium and MERLOT Conference Team what they are looking for in proposal submissions. Topics covered will include the importance of topic selection, what reviewers look for in a proposal submission, and tips from track chairs on how final selections are made. Please login or register to sign up for this webinar.