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TxDLA Conference 2012: 5 Must-see Panels

Posted in Knerds on April 6, 2012 by

The annual Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA) Conference brings together educators, administrators, and academics to discuss research, innovations, and emerging trends within the Texas distance learning ecosystem. We’ll be there presenting on why education has reached its “Internet moment,” and how personalization of content is creating even greater opportunities for engagement in distance learning.

We’re also looking forward to hearing from some of the most respected voices in Texas education on topics ranging from blended course design to student perceptions of web-based lectures. Check out our top panel picks for the conference, which will take place in Dallas from April 15 – 18:

1. Distance Learners to Persistant Learners

Presenter: Margo Hernandez
Track: Teaching and Learning
Date/Time: Monday, 2:30-3:20pm
Location: Dallas A1
Abstract: “This session will assist the facilitators of Distance Learning in organizing a program that will support persistance learning. Tips and tools for maintaining an effective program will be shared.”

2. Tools, Tips & Techniques for Student Retention and Success

Track: Management, Administration, and Support
Date/Time: Tuesday, 11:00 – 11:50am
Location: Dallas D2
Abstract: “As the Director of an eLearning program that has experienced significant growth over the past three years, Brian St. Amour will provide an overview of eTools, Tips, Techniques, and operational practices which have contributed to student retention and success.”

3. Best Practices for Designing Effective Blended Courses

Presenter: Patricia Ritschel-Trifilo
Track: Instructional Design
Date/Time: Tuesday, 1:30 – 2:20pm
Location: Dallas A3
Abstract:  “Blended courses utilize elements of both face-to-face and online learning but require a new look and a new design from scratch to be most effective. Best practices regarding interactions, active learning techniques, time on task, modularization of materials, and feedback will be discussed.”

4. Student Perceptions of WEB Based Courses at a Regional University

Track: Teaching and Learning
Date/Time: Tuesday, 1:30 – 2:20pm
Location: State 3
Abstract: “SRSU-Rio Grande College is an upper level regional university serving students in three distinct campus locations. Course delivery has been significantly expanded over the past ten years to curtail student travel. An assessment of WEB courses was conducted during the fall semester to asses student satisfaction within this modality.”

5. Which Way is it Going Now? K-12 Online Learning Trends

Track: Teaching and Learning
Date/Time: Wednesday, 9:00 – 9:50am
Location: Dallas 1
Abstract: “Take a national look at evolving K-12 online learning trends as well as how those trends compare to what’s happening in Texas. What legislation in other states is groundbreaking? What are the visionaries predicting? Which organizations and groups are on the forefront in crafting recommendations and standards for online learning?”

Finally, here’s the info for the session we’ll be leading:

Adaptivity! How Knewton is Transforming Education with Data

Presenter: Karim de Coster @knewtonkarim
Track: Teaching and Learning
Date/Time: Tuesday, 11:00 – 11:50am
Abstract: Until now, meaningful innovation in education has been stunted by structural impediments to digital transition. This session will discuss why education has finally reached its “Internet moment,” and how Knewton is leading the transformation with the world’s most powerful adaptive learning engine.

Looking forward to a great conference. See you in Dallas!