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02 Jul Sloan-C Research Symposium – Scale 9/6/2012



What Do We Know About Scaling Online Learning? Perspectives from Research and Practice on Industry Growth
This third in the series of Research Symposia will focus on the most recent Sloan Consortium online learning target: Scale.

The availability of the Internet is completely transforming higher education. Large scale usage is already here and the possibilities opened up by online learning are wide-ranging and immediate, according to A. Frank Mayadas, senior advisor to the Sloan Foundation and lead off speaker for this symposium. He notes there are cost-effective ways to build even greater scale onto the strong foundation already in place with great understanding of culture, technology, leadership, public profile and policy.

This symposium will be moderated by Janet Poley, President of the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC) and Sloan C Executive Committee. She will be joined on the campus of the University of Nebraska by Mayadas and Karen Swan, University of Illinois-Springfield. What we know about scaling (the research base) will be synthesized and discussed. Joining that conversation will be Dr. Carolyn Jarmon of the National Center for Academic Transformation. She will focus on transforming and scaling teaching and learning in higher education using technology with particular emphasis on scaling courses. Dean Bill Riffee, University of Florida, College of Pharmacy and Dr. Ian Tebbett, Professor for Forensic Science and Pharmeceutical Chemistry, will present their use of research knowledge in scaling the online programs of the College nationally and internationally. Marie Cini, acting provost and chief academic officer at the University of Maryland-University College will explain how this institution, with over 90,000 distance learners, was able to use research principles to improve quality, increase efficiency and outcomes while scaling to include larger numbers of students. Ed Kelty,Vice-President of Information Services at Rio Salado Community College, now at over 30,000 online enrollments will discuss their action-research and evidence-based institutional model. This culturally-diverse and technology-savy campus was one of three institutions receiving the Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes.

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