Event Summary

The American Distance Education Consortium and UCLA Extension are pleased to announce the 2016 EdFuture Conference. This annual conference brings together stakeholders in higher education (faculty, instructional designers, support staff, and administrators) to engage in a 2-day conference at the Luskin Conference Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. The focus of the conference will be on the uses and challenges of integrating technology both in the face-to-face and online classroom. Read More
Today, technology is increasingly pervasive in our daily professional and personal lives, and learning and teaching at all levels have been certainly impacted by recent advances in the ways in which we access information and interact with one another. Courses are increasingly brought entirely or partially online, with faculty integrating various technologies into their classes to enrich the experiences in teaching as well as the learning experiences of students. Such tools and platforms can be combined in unique and interesting ways, addressing concerns such as student engagement with the material, institutional policy around learning data and their security, accessibility of platforms, and the development of novel pedagogical approaches for online learning, among others. ADEC and UCLA Extension seek to bring together attendees to exchange ideas and share best practices, challenges, and solutions to technology integration inside and outside the virtual and face-to-face classroom.

Call for Abstracts

The EdFuture 2016 conference committee is led by Dr. Andrew J Lau (UCLA Extension) and Dr. Oliver Grundmann (University of Florida). Abstract submission for paper and poster presentations are open and should center around the use of technology, focusing on one or more of the following topics:

  • Case studies of online education programs from faculty and instructional designers
  • Student perceptions, attitudes, and behavior in relation to the integration of technology into the virtual and blended classroom
  • Using technology to enrich student-to-student and student-to-instructor communication
  • Designing, building, and fostering knowledge communities in online and blended classroom scenarios
  • Utilizing learning analytics for learner engagement and/or data-driven decision making
  • Integration of third-party applications with existing LMS and CMS platforms, including the best practices for developing and sustaining learning ecosystems
  • Addressing the unique challenges of international online courses and programs
  • Establishing partnerships and opportunities for information exchange between institutions
  • Best practices that transcend face-to-face and online use of technology
  • Accessibility concerns in designing inclusive online and blended learning environments

To submit abstracts for paper and poster presentations, please send them directly to Oliver Grundmann at chair@adec.edu.

In addition to paper and poster presentations, ADEC’s EdFuture 2016 is an excellent way to meet peers from other institutions across the United States and the globe. Breakout sessions and roundtable discussions will provide unique networking opportunities along with deeper knowledge exchange.

The conference is open to both ADEC member institutions and non-member institutions. Register today to ensure your institution’s participation and engage with your peers.

The deadline for submissions is July 29, 2016.

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