There are more conferences for distance education than we have the time or resources to attend, so this is a space to share the great stuff we collect. No traveling required! If you return from an event with resources to add to this collection, please put the info in the contact form at the bottom of the page.
Online Teaching Conference 2017: Register Now!
This is California's biggest DE conference by CCC educators, for CCC educators. This year's OTC will be June 19-21 in Anaheim. See the Online Teaching Conference website for details about the conference and pre-conference sessions. The deadline for early bird registration is April 14--only $275!
Online Teaching Conference 2016
Check out some of the SWC delegation's favorite sessions and resources!
Powtoon: "These animated videos can also be used to focus on study skills or course policies (topics that are somewhat mundane or repetitive). One can make a quick video clip on any writing technique, grammar rule, punctuation, etc. These clips can then be incorporated into the feedback that we provide to our students. Honestly, they can be made to teach just about anything!
How to use it? Set up a free account, create your video, record audio, synchronize animation w/audio, upload to YouTube to caption, and viola!" Here is an example from the presentation:
"The keynote speaker, Dr. Jon Landis, reminded us that technology is “technology” to those who didn't grow up with it. iPads and computers are technology to us because they were invented after we were all grown up. We never used them in schools or college. Yet, the millennials have known them since they were born. They are more comfortable with tablets and using the Internet; therefore, the one way to reach them is to use the tools they are comfortable with. Instead, we tend to resist using technology based on the mentality that we didn't need it in college, they don't need it either. The issue is that when students don't perform to our standards, we assume they are lazy and don't want to be challenged, but that couldn’t be further from the truth."
SmartDraw: "This is a great program for drawing, clip art, etc., so that you can more effectively illustrate your point. We have site license for the school and it is installed in Computer Lab 202, I believe. I used it to illustrate how a deposition is usually set up:
Online Teaching Conference 2015
Did you miss last year's conference? Some sessions were recorded--check out the archives. The slides from my presentations are also online:
Teaching the YouTube Generation: - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
ITC's eLearning 2016
Bonnie Stewart's keynote, Education in Abundance: Network Literacies & Learning
Cool Tools for Schools: a great collection of free tools for productivity, design, presentation, and accessibility
Crossroads Lesson Design: discover a new app or two, and share ways to use them with other educators