Conferences and Professional Development

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.

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August 7-9, 2018Distance Teaching & Learning Conference
Madison, WI
Our goal is simple: to provide you with a transformative professional development experience at an affordable price. This conference emphasizes evidence-based practice, educational innovation, and practical applications of theories and research findings in the field of distance education and online learning. There are also many opportunities for you to network, share, and collaborate with peers from around the world. You will head home with new skills, fresh knowledge, and the motivation to apply what you’ve learned.
October 5-7, 2018Magna Teaching with Technology Conference
St Louis, Missouri
The use of technology in higher education—it’s an ever-changing and at times challenging landscape to navigate. How are you staying on top of all the latest trends and advancements and making sure they’re relevant to your teaching practice?

Register today for the 2018 Magna Teaching with Technology Conference, held October 5–7 in St. Louis, Missouri, and learn the newest thinking on leveraging technology to promote improved instruction and learning.

At this two-and-a-half-day event, you’ll gain the skills and confidence you need to improve teaching and learning through the pedagogical use of technology. Learn from innovators whose presentations showcase proven methods and tools that they use with their students.
October 23-27, 2018AECT International Convention Registration: Learning for All
Kansas City, MO
We are looking forward to this year's AECT International Convention, Learning For All. We will bring together participants from around the world, offering practical applications, cutting-edge research, hands-on workshops, and demonstrations of new technologies in teaching and learning. Take this opportunity to connect with your peers! The goal of the convention is for participants from around the world to learn from the experiences and activities of the convention, enriching their professional lives.
October 24, 2018Instructional Design for the Absolute Beginner
Norwood, 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.

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.
October 26-28, 20189th International Conference on Distance Learning and Education
Tokyo, Japan
2018 2nd International Conference on Education and Distance Learning will be held in Nice, France, July 17-19, 2018. It aims to provide a forum for researchers, practitioners, and professinals from the industry, academia and government to discourse on research and development, professional practice in education and distance learning.
October 30- November 2, 2018EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
Denver, CO
The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference calls together the best thinking in higher education IT to become even better at what we do. This is where professionals and technology providers from around the world gather to network, share ideas, grow professionally, and discover solutions to today’s challenges. It’s the largest gathering of your peers…people you can relate to, learn from, and stay connected to throughout the year.

Join us in the mile high city as we converge in Denver for the best of what matters most to you.
November 13, 2018Future Trends in Education and Technology
Norwood, MA
How will education and technology change in the future?

This interactive session takes participants through the leading forces reshaping higher education and the digital world. Some of those powerful and intersecting trends stem directly from educational technology, such as the New Generation Digital Learning Environment (NGDLE) and the impact of developing and emerging technologies, like automation, blockchain, and mixed reality. Other change drivers are found in education’s vital contexts, including maroeeconomics, demographics, culture, and policy. All of these trends are documented.

This session is based on major research projects, including the presenter’s Future Trends in Technology and Education (FTTE) report and his forthcoming book (from Johns Hopkins University Press). It will be thoroughly interactive, mixing presentations with facilitated audience discussion.
November 14-16, 2018OLC Accelerate
Orlando, FL
In 2018, 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 invite you to OLC Accelerate, the premier global gathering covering this field.

We chose the name 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 2017’s OLC Accelerate, the 2018 conference 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. 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 2018.
November 15-16, 2018Future Technologies Conference 2018
Vancouver, Canada
The Future Technologies Conference presents the best of current systems research and practice, emphasizing innovation and quantified experience. FTC has emerged as the foremost world-wide gathering of academic researchers, Ph.D. and graduate students, top research think tanks and industry technology developers.

Researchers, academics and technologists from leading universities, research firms, government agencies and companies from 50+ countries present the latest research at the forefront of technology and computing.
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