Professional Development

In addition to posting information about MxCC training, we will post information on conferences and events related to Distance Learning and Educational Technology. This includes system-wide training as well as regional and national conference opportunities. For reimbursement procedure of attending a regional or national conferences, contact your department secretary.

DateTopic and Description
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January 19, 2016Current Trends in OER
Southbridge, MA

https://nercomp.org/forms/meeting/Microsite/OERTrendsSp17
Given the growing expense of college for undergraduate students, it has become vital for higher education institutions to do whatever they can to increase affordability. One area which has shown great promise is the use of open access textbooks and other materials which faculty and students can locate on the World Wide Web and use freely in place of textbooks and other curricular materials created by commercial publishers. The Open Educational Resource (OER) movement has grown considerably over the past decade, resulting in millions of dollars being saved for students.

In this workshop, Peter Shea (Director of Professional Development at Middlesex Community College) and Peter Hess (Learning Technologies Administrator at Boston College) will discuss the ways in which open educational textbooks and other materials are evolving to include interactive media which makes full use of the dynamic learning environment of the Web, resulting in more engaging learning experiences for students.

Learning Objectives:
- Acquire knowledge of the open and free-to-use interactive learning media that is currently available to supplement open access textbooks & other materials
- Develop strategies for successfully integrating interactive learning media with open educational resources
- Develop ideas for creating their own open interactive learning media
February 23-24, 20172017 Winter Global Online/Distance Education Symposium
Riverside, CA

http://www.uofriverside.com/conferences/education-conferences/global-onlinedistance-education-symposium/2017-winter-global-onlinedistance-education-symposium/
Teach
Discuss critical success factors and innovative practices in online/distance education and training.
Examine the key components of effective applications: needs analysis, course design, teaching methods, active learning, learner support, management, policy, and evaluation.
Share successful approaches, strategies, and techniques.
Identify active teaching/learning methods for effective engagement, motivation, and performance outcomes.
Discuss major issues, new developments, and trends.
Learn
Reflect on progress made in online/distance education.
Consider future possibilities for online/distance education.
Increase knowledge about teaching/training related to online/distance education.
Connect
Facilitate networking among online/distance educators, practitioners and administrators.
Share program resources via technology (e.g., print, audio, video, multimedia, and the internet).
February 28, 2017Classroom Design for Teaching & Learning
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610

https://nercomp.org/forms/meeting/Microsite/ClassroomDesignSp17
In many cases, classroom design isn't keeping pace with changes in technology and pedagogy. What worked with VHS tapes and a “sage on the stage” doesn’t work so well in today’s classroom. Aimed at the educational technologist or anyone who supports academic facilities, we will explore the components and structure of a good learning environment, applicable industry standards, and ways of evaluating existing spaces. Case studies from Brandeis, MIT and The College of the Holy Cross will be presented, and there will be an opportunity to go to a classroom for a demonstration of test equipment and a practice evaluation. We will wrap up with a discussion of technology that is currently on the horizon and offer time for a group discussion of issues everyone is facing.

Session Outcomes:

* Design elements of a learning environment to support teaching and learning

* Existing industry standards and how they apply to the design of a learning environment

* Real-world test and evaluation skills that participants can use at their home institutions
February 28, 2017Designing Accessible Online & Technology Enhanced Learning Activities: Challenges, Opportunities and a Plan
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610

https://nercomp.org/forms/meeting/Microsite/Designingsp17
It takes a proactive village to build an online and/or technology-enhanced learning environment that has been universally designed to serve the needs of all of our students; but - Where do you start? Who should you partner with? How do you keep the focus on learning? How can you assess your progress? Our group of instructional designers and disability service professionals will share strategies, insights, and lessons learned.

Session Oucomes:
· develop an awareness of the UDL framework for the purpose of optimizing the technology-enhanced learning environment for all of their students
· identify the challenges, next steps, stakeholders and internal and external resources for their own institutions
· identify a universally designed course structure that works for them
March 7-10, 20176th International Conference on Educational and Information Technology (ICEIT 2017)
Clare College, Cambridge UK

http://www.iceit.org/
ICEIT 2017 will provide an excellent international forum for sharing knowledge and results in theory, methodology and applications of Educational and Information Technology. The Conference looks for significant contributions to all major fields of the Educational and Information Technology in the oretical and practical aspects. The aim of the conference is to provide a platform to the researchers and practitioners from both academia as well as industry to meet and share cutting-edge development in the field.
March 10-12, 20175th International Conference on Management and Education Innovation (ICMEI 2017)
Paris, France

http://www.icmei.org/
ICMEI 2017 aims to bring together researchers, scientists, engineers, and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of Management and Education Innovation, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted. The conference will be held every year to make it an ideal platform for people to share views and experiences in Management and Education Innovation and related areas. For more details of the conference schedule, please feel free to contact us at icmei@iedrc.net. The full version of program will be given on Mid. February.
March 12-16, 20172017 International Conference on Education
San Diego, California

http://cieducationsandiego.com/
The conference provides a forum for faculty and administrators to share proven and innovative methods in teaching at all levels of education. In addition to the Education Conference, we are also hosting an Academic Conference on Business that will be held on the same days, at the same venue. One registration fee will allow you to attend both conferences.

March 27-29, 2017NERCOMP Annual Conference
Providence, RI

http://www.educause.edu/events/nercomp-annual-conference/2017?utm_source=Informz&utm_medium=Email+marketing&utm_campaign=EDUCAUSE
When we come together, we can do transformative things. The NorthEast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) has brought together our innovative and committed community for more than 60 years. From the frontline staff all the way up to the CIO, we have created communities of faculty, researchers, learners, and institutions.

The NERCOMP Annual Conference plays a pivotal role in bringing our community together--connecting peers, sharing successes (and struggles), and enhancing our collective learning.

In 2017, you can expect to see additional opportunities to collaborate and network with your colleagues, as well as new features to increase your knowledge take-aways:

Communities of Practice meetings held before the conference on Monday afternoon. Topics include: Women in IT; IT Communications; Information Security; Digital Librarians; Student Employees; and Teaching and Learning.
Two new conference tracks: Transforming the Student Experience and Data-Driven Decision Making
Inclusion of "featured speakers" tied to specific tracks
A first-timers table (Tuesday breakfast) where newcomers to the conference can meet and network. In addition, a Program Committee or Board member will join the table to offer tips to help first-timers optimize their conference experience.
April 5-7, 2017OLC Innovate 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana

https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/innovate/
Innovations in Blended and Online Learning - A Joint Conference Presented by OLC and MERLOT

Education innovation. It’s how we, as a community, continue to thrive in this rapidly changing learning environment. It’s how we respond to, revolve around, and guide student success and satisfaction. Whether embracing emerging tech, incorporating intelligent learning management systems, or designing blended classrooms, now more than ever it is imperative that academic leaders, faculty, and administrators alike come together to ensure that our pedagogies are progressive, organic and continually break new ground.

Advancing education innovation requires continuous visionary leadership from all disciplines. And that’s why we’re inviting you to join us in New Orleans this coming April. Together we will challenge our teaching and learning paradigms, reimagine the learning experience, and ideate on how disruptions in education today will shape the innovative classroom of tomorrow.

At OLC Innovate, we will conduct a series of engaging hands-on workshops aimed at fostering organic interactions and collaborative cross-disciplinary problem solving. Together we will build new foundations for stronger, better higher education environments. And because innovation scales best when ideas are shared, our work sessions will explore emerging technologies and adapted teaching behaviors aimed at informing policy, inspiring leadership, and evolving practice at all levels impacting institutions, universities and colleges.
April 7-9, 20173rd International Conference on Learning and Teaching - ICLT 2017
Jeju Island, South Korea

http://www.iclt.org/
This conference aims to bring together researchers, scientists, engineers, and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of Learning and Teaching, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.

The conference will be held every year to make it an ideal platform for people to share views and experiences in Learning and Teaching and related areas.
April 14-15, 2017International Academic Conference on Teaching, Learning and E-learning (IAC-TLEl 2017
Budapest, Hungary

https://www.conferences-scientific.cz/inpage/conference-budapest-iactlel-2017/
International Academic Conference in Budapest 2017 is an important international gathering of scholars, educators and PhD students. IAC-TLEl 2017 in Budapest will take place in conference facilities located in Budapest, the touristic, business and historic center of Hungary.

Conference language: English language

Conferences organized by the Czech Institute of Academic Education z.s. and Czech Technical University in Prague.
May 11-14, 2017The Asian Conference of Technology in the Classroom
Kobe, Japan

http://iafor.org/conferences/actc2017/
Conference Theme: “Educating for Change”
“Technology” and “change” are two of the most commonplace words in education today. For educators, learners, policy makers, and researchers the questions and concerns frequently revolve around managing constantly changing technology, claims for improvements that technology will bring to the classroom and beyond, and changes that learners and teachers must accommodate themselves to. However, “educating for change” is not about any of these concerns. “For” forces us to examine the changes we wish to create first. What are our purposes? Why do we value certain changes over others? And then, how do we apply technology for the purpose of realising those changes?

This conference, part of IAFOR’s global conference series on education in its broadest sense brings together teachers, researchers and distinguished professors from around the world to share their insights. The goal is to broaden awareness of different contexts in the pursuit of synergies and solutions. We look forward to your active participation in this vital field of future-oriented academic activity of The International Academic Forum.

The Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2017 (ACTC2017) will be held alongside The Asian Conference on Language Learning (ACLL2017). Registration for either of these conferences will allow participants to attend sessions in the other.
May 26-28, 2017Thirteenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society
Toronto, Canada

http://techandsoc.com/2017-conference
The Thirteenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society features research addressing the following annual themes and the 2017 Special Focus.

Theme 1: Technologies and Human Usability
Theme 2: Technologies in Knowledge Sharing
Theme 3: Ubiquitous Learning
Theme 4: Technologies in Society 2017
Special Focus: The Future of Cities: Augmenting Urban Innovation
June 10-12, 2017 International Conference on Information and Education Technology
Barcelona, Spain

http://www.isindex.org/PES
The ICPES: International Conference on Pedagogical and Educational Sciences aims to bring together leading academic scientists, professors, researchers, students and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences.
June 14-16, 2017International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace
Columbia University, New York City, New York

http://www.icelw.org/
Compelling Topics
The ICELW program will explore a broad spectrum of topics relating to e-learning in the workplace and the use of technology to improve job performance. Our aim is to present the most relevant and promising ideas in research and practice, then build on them to bring about excellence and innovation in workplace e-learning.

Engaging Formats
To convey e-learning knowledge and show its application in the workplace, ICELW uses a variety of engaging formats: demonstrations, mini-seminars, case studies, interviews, debates, presentations, panel discussions, and more! By offering this "active" structure for the conference, we hope to encourage lively discussion among participants, as well as inspire meaningful action.

Who Should Attend
If you have a background or an interest in workplace e-learning, then we invite you to join the ICELW community. We're seeking presenters and participants with a variety of viewpoints, a depth of experience, and a passion for e-learning excellence. So whether you're a researcher or an educator...an e-learning consultant or specialist...or a corporate trainer, manager, or director...ICELW welcomes your perspective and participation.
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