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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September 28, 2016Blackboard User Group Fall 2016
College of the Holy Cross
Hogan Campus Center Third Floor
College Street Gate 7
Worcester, MA
The NERCOMP Blackboard User Group is designed to address the needs of the local learning management systems user communities and provide a joint forum for networking and the sharing of ideas, best practices, and innovative approaches. Attend this session to connect with other Blackboard users in the area and exchange ideas with Blackboard representatives.

Featured sessions include:
• Blackboard roadmap and feature updates
• Blackboard strategic direction
• Feedback and idea exchange
• Colleague conversations

Session Outcomes:
• Network and make connections with colleagues
• Learn innovative uses of Blackboard from peer presentations
• Expand your knowledge of Blackboard
• Hear from Blackboard about the latest enhancements in the learning management system
• Interact with Blackboard representatives
October 19, 2016Taking Steps Towards Accessibility
College of the Holy Cross
Hogan Campus Center Third Floor
College Street Gate 7
Worcester, MA
Accessibility of online courses can seem daunting at times. Learn the reasoning and laws behind accessible course content delivery, and the steps you can take in developing online courses that are accessible to all. We will share feedback from a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) course, demonstrate tools and discuss steps we are taking to improve accessibility.

Understand how the 5 W’s of accessible online content delivery are being used:
- Who is affected by your content delivery
- Why you should care
- What you can do
- When you should take action.
- Where you can go for support
The afternoon will include a planning activity based on information presented.

Session outcomes:
- Identify laws that impact accessibility of online learning
- Identify practical/useful tools available to develop universally designed content.
- Identify methods of informing faculty of tools to implement UDL in online courses.
October 19, 2016Leveraging Emotional Intelligence To Improve Your Presentation
College of the Holy Cross
Hogan Campus Center Third Floor
College Street Gate 7
Worcester, MA
Have you ever wondered how to get your message across to an audience more effectively, and make your presentations more impactful? Or, how you can better understand your audience’s perspectives and reactions while you prepare your presentation, and while your presentation is happening? This hands-on session will provide you with the opportunity to learn more about how understanding and utilizing emotional intelligence can help you to develop and adapt a presentation to have the biggest impact on your audience. You will have opportunities to discuss these topics, try out different presentation methods, and brainstorm ideas on how to apply what you have learned to current projects you may be working on.

Session Outcomes:

- Define what emotional intelligence is and learn more about how it can impact us when working with other people.
- Learn how to leverage our knowledge of emotional intelligence more effectively to help us design presentations that will capture our audience’s attention.
- Learn how to utilize emotional intelligence to adapt a presentation on the fly when your audience is not responding to your current approach.
November 14, 2016Instructional Design for Everyone
College of the Holy Cross
Hogan Campus Center Third Floor
College Street Gate 7
Worcester, MA
Instructional design is a discipline, a body of knowledge, a profession, a set of practices, and a role. Instructional designers can help plan online courses, contribute to educational software design, consult on projects, courses, lessons, and even degree programs.

But what is instructional design as a service in higher ed? What value does it bring? And how can you draw on instructional design as part of your learning technology services–even if you aren’t an ID or don’t have one on staff?

Maybe you are playing the role of ID but without extensive training or experience. Maybe you studied ID but haven’t had enough opportunities to connect theory and practice. Or you do learning technology and work with faculty but don’t have ID or ed psych training. Or you were faculty and now work with learning technology, and you’d like to know more about the science and practical methods specialists use.

This workshop will bring together ID’s and other learning technology staff to create mutual understanding about how to help faculty using ID principles, methods, theories, and research. The bulk of the day will be made up of group problem-solving, interspersed with short presentations by a panel of experts, who will also facilitate the group activities.

Topics include: understanding who the learners are, defining learning goals and processes, strategies and teaching methods, models and theories, aligning tools with goals, assessment and evaluation, and the science of learning.

After attending the workshop, participants will be able to answer the following questions.
• What questions should I ask a faculty member?
• What theories or methods should I be familiar with?
• What might I borrow from educational and cognitive psychology?
• Are there a few key pieces of research I can draw on?

Additional discussion topics will include:
• Tools That Wag the Learning Dog,
• The Care and Feeding of Faculty Clients,
• Interviewing To Get The Right Details Upfront
• Will These Processes Increase My Overhead?

Participants will develop cases based on their actual experiences. Instructional designers will work through sample problems and give feedback to workshop participants who work in groups on the problems they bring with them. By the end of the session, each participant will have answered these questions for a real challenge they have faced.

Attendance is welcome from: IT, ed tech, library, and instructional design staff and administrators, as well as interested faculty.

Enrollment limited to 50 people.
November 14-16, 2016E-LEARN 2016 - World Conference on E-Learning
Washington, D.C.
E-Learn--World Conference on E-Learning is an international conference organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) and co-sponsored by the International Journal on E-Learning.

This annual conference serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the exchange of information on research, development, and applications of all topics related to e-Learning in the Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education sectors.
November 16-18, 2016OLC Accelerate 2016
Orlando, FL
In 2016, you won’t be able to have a dialogue about higher education without discussing, in part, online learning. It’s one of the fastest growing sectors in education today, and as the pace of growth accelerates, we’d like to introduce you to OLC Accelerate, the premier global gathering covering this field.

As you might have guessed, OLC Accelerate is the new name of the Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference, now in its 22nd year. We chose OLC Accelerate because this conference is devoted to driving quality online learning, advancing best practice guidance and accelerating innovation in learning for academic leaders, educators, administrators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world.

Following the success of 2015’s annual conference, OLC Accelerate 2016 will be the ultimate event to network with—and learn from—thousands of your eLearning peers.

As always, this international conference promises outstanding keynote speakers, expanded programs, and engaging workshops. And our ever popular Technology Test Kitchen and Discovery sessions will once again deliver the opportunity to interact with experts in new and emerging eLearning technologies and topics, reinforcing why online educators worldwide affirm that OLC Accelerate is the premiere conference for online learning professionals.

Our curation of conference tracks and exhibits promises a cross section of timely eLearning topics, offering something for everyone involved in providing the highest quality educational experiences in 2016.
December 6-7, 2016Future Technologies Conference 2016
San Francisco, CA
FTC 2016 attracts researchers, scientists and technologists from some of the top companies, universities, research firms and government agencies from around the world. The conference is predicated on the successful conferences by The Science and Information (SAI) Organization that have been held in the UK since 2013.

Conference Program includes:
Keynote Talks
Paper Presentations
Poster Presentations
Project Demonstrations
Industry Exhibits
February 23-24, 20172017 Winter Global Online/Distance Education Symposium
Riverside, CA
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.
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.
Facilitate networking among online/distance educators, practitioners and administrators.
Share program resources via technology (e.g., print, audio, video, multimedia, and the internet).
May 26-28, 2017Thirteenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society
Toronto, Canada
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
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