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.

DateTopic and Description
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January 22, 2020Making Accessibility Attainable: A Toolkit for Engaging Your Campus
Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center
Southbridge, MA
Do you have trouble finding ways to generate excitement about accessibility at your school? You’re not alone! Join like-minds for a collaborative exploration of ideas, resources, and the tools that work to ease accessibility/UDL (Universal Design for Learning) adoption in higher ed. We know why accessibility is important, but now let’s talk about how to get everyone motivated to make it happen.

What You Can Expect:
The morning will include:
- Trying out some different activities you can easily transfer to your school.
- A panel who will discuss what’s worked, what didn’t work, and what interesting tools they’ve found to easily incorporate accessibility into every day.

In the afternoon, we’ll break into groups and take a deep dive into tools and techniques.
Through hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations, participants should leave with a toolkit that they can implement in their own schools.
January 22, 2020Not Your Average Rubric: Designing Rubrics that Assess Teaching and Learning
Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center
Southbridge, MA
How does quality teaching impact student learning? Around the world, institutions of higher education are engaging in constructive dialogue about meaningful assessments that demonstrate how much and how well students are learning. Rubrics are assessment tools that benefit both faculty and students. They [rubrics] provide a framework for evaluation and assessment of teaching and learning. The carefully designed rubric helps the institution to evaluate student learning outcomes, accreditation, and consistency across programs.

The model for this workshop is two-fold:
1. We will have a structured conversation about rubrics and methods for developing them, and how they are being used to assess student learning, teaching, course design, etc.
2. In the workshop, we will go through the process of designing rubrics for assessment and learning. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of assignments, rubrics, or assessments they are familiar with to the workshop.
February 6, 2020Let Your Online Discussion Data Help Drive Student Engagement - Webinar
Are you an instructor who uses online discussion as part of your curriculum to meet pedagogical needs? Do you ever evaluate the data from these discussions to help shape how you engage with your students? Not sure how to do that? No problem, we can share an approach.

Each instructor approach and focus for online discussion may be different – while some instructors like to promote discussion interactions among students by encouraging or specifically requiring students to read and comment on peers’ threads; others tend to use online discussion as a means to have students share their written reflections, and provide feedback to individual students’ work, which is intentionally designed to be accessible to everyone in the class.

Join us for this webinar, to learn an agile approach of harnessing activity data to inform student participation in online discussions. We will demonstrate how discussion analytics can produce the visual results that are geared to address a particular pedagogical concern; as well as, share tailored info diagrams to effectively help faculty make data-informed interventions and engage students in discussion activities.
February 27, 2020Challenges and Opportunities with WordPress in Higher Ed
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Amherst, MA
This year’s convention theme is Inspired Professional Learning. Inspired Learning Professionals. Inspired denotes the extraordinary quality of the sessions at our convention, and we endeavor to improve ourselves through exceptional professional learning opportunities. Inspired also denotes to fill someone with the impetus or ability to do or feel, especially with creativity. As educators and learning professionals, we hope the convention sessions will inspire you to do and feel, so we desperately need influential, stimulating, exciting sessions that will spark fires in our attendees. We encourage proposals that offer opportunities for AECT members to seek out professional development sessions, occasions for improving pedagogical strategies and technical skills, and engage in professional renewal. Reports of research, practice, evaluations, service, and pedagogy are all welcome. Proposers should attempt to address this theme in their proposals, highlighting where the proposal addresses this theme.
February 27, 2020Hubs, Scorers and Scopes - Oh, MY! "Modern Grading" Systems: The Promise and Peril
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Amherst, MA
Schools are implementing new grading options. Is there an impact on institutional assessment and/or individual course design based on these new grading systems?

This session – which will include technology demonstrations – will explore the risks, rewards, and mechanics of grading technology. You will hear stories of what drove these presenters to explore autograder technology, how they implemented pilots and standards for measurement of success. You will also take a look at the future of autograding technology, both within the landscape and on individual campuses.
February 27, 2020Enhance Your Library with Open Educational Resources (OER)
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Amherst, MA
Looking to explore or expand the use of the Open Educational Resources/Materials in your Library?

You’ve come to the right place! This session is by Librarians for Librarians (and instructional designers or faculty development staff) to learn how to gain buy-in from administration and start the OER planning process at your institution. This hands-on workshop will provide you with a toolkit to craft an OER strategy that works within your context.
March 23-25, 2020NERCOMP Annual Conference
Providence, Rhode Island
The NERCOMP Annual Conference plays a pivotal role in bringing together a community of higher education IT and library professionals to build expertise and share information on the latest issues in the field. This conference is the place to connect with peers, share successes (and struggles), and enhance our collective learning.
April 22, 2020Designing and Planning Your Own Summer Faculty Institute
Union College
Schenectady, NY
Are you an instructional designer, technologist, administrator, librarian or faculty development partner interested in creating full day and/or multi-day workshop and summer institute for your faculty institutions? If so, this workshop is for you!

Learn from the panel, how they launched initiatives to create innovative and interesting summer institutes for their faculty. Topics will include the budgets, strategic planning, timelines, resources, partners, events, logistics, and outcomes for faculty involved in their campus faculty summer institutes. Panelists will show a range of budgets and workflows and discuss how their programs have evolved for their faculty and faculty development initiatives. During the hands-on planning session, attendees will determine why (or why not) a Summer Institute might be the best fit for their organization. Attendees will learn strategies on how they can start small and let their visions grow over time.
April 22, 2020Evidence Put Into Practice: How the Science of Learning Can Inform Effective Instructional Strategies
Union College
Schenectady, NY
Are you an instructional designer, learning engineer, faculty, librarian, or training specialist? If so, you’ll want to join us for a day filled with workshops on the science of learning and how this can be leveraged to produce effective instruction.

Is learning so complex that it cannot be engineered? Or can we create learning experiences that maximize opportunities for effective learning? Over the years, researchers have compiled a large body of research on how individuals process information, create knowledge structures and develop mastery while remaining engaged and motivated. In addition, there is also ample research on effective ways of imparting instruction (science of instruction).

Using evidence-based principles to inform how we teach and how it is received at the learner’s end, impacts the effectiveness of your instruction. We need to get our students’ attention, help them organize and retrieve knowledge, facilitate the achievement of mastery, all the while helping them remain engaged and motivated to learn more.

Come join your colleagues in learning more about this research and get a broad understanding of the current science of learning, as well as with practical instructional strategies informed by the science of instruction.
May 19, 2020Effective Online Library Instruction Through Buillding Connections and Creating Effective Content
Middletown, CT
Librarians regularly engage with students online whether it be in fully online programs, hybrid programs, and on-campus programs that use a learning management system. Using in-person instruction methods for our digital classroom prove to be challenging and often leave both students and instructors feeling disengaged from one another. The videos or tutorials we create to foster interaction online can help but it may be difficult to assess if they are meeting students’ learning needs. This day-long workshop will explore how librarians can use active learning strategies effectively in an online learning environment and better build authentic connections with students.
May 22-25, 20205th International Conference on Distance Education and Learning (ICDEL 2020)
Beijing, China
Distance education has been changing its nature and gaining momentum in the past couple of decades, under the influence of ICT and learning sciences' developments, up to become an established part of the current education world. The engine of this growth has been the technological development of diverse, two-way communication channels apt to support interaction and joint work in different ways, effectively removing time and place constraints.

Such development has contributed to change the field: not only there is currently a major focus on distance education at most institutions around the world, but also fostering students' active involvement and self-regulation has been receiving growing attention, increasingly moving courses away from traditional face-to-face approaches. Distance education is prone to further evolution and diffusion, following the changes of technology and culture. We can expect, in particular,

• more personalized and adaptive learning, allowing students to blend, at individual pace, varied resources distributed across settings and institutions;
• convergence of multiple technologies in a single device, creating a new level of functionality and interaction;
• development of more effective approaches and regulations for accreditation;
• attempts towards courses' automation.
June 11, 2020Student Development Theory 101 - Webinar
IT and Library staff work with students every day, yet may not be aware of the theories of college student development. This webinar will provide some background and understanding of basics as college students grow and change throughout their time at the university. Whether you work with students directly or indirectly-this webinar will inform your work, decision-making and/or overall goals. A discussion of current challenges will also be addressed.
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