Distance Education Conference Scheduled for Nov. 7

Distance Education Conference Nov. 7, 2018

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Continuing Education & Special Programs at the University of Northern Iowa will host its annual Distance Education conference, “Designing for Success: Tips, Strategies, and Tools to Help Students Succeed in Distance Education,” on Wednesday, November 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Maucker Union on UNI’s campus.

Held annually, the Distance Education conference aims to bring distance educators (including faculty, staff, and administrators) together to explore best practices, new technologies, and resources related to enhancing student success in online courses.  Sessions are designed to be both informative and dynamic, with time built in for meaningful discussion with participants.  The conference strives to promote camaraderie among UNI’s Distance Education faculty and staff, and provides a venue for them to share valuable first-hand experience designing and teaching online.

This year, the keynote speaker will be Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, associate professor and associate director of fellowship programs in family medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and director of Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching. Dr. Zakrajsek is the co-author of the popular books The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain and Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Educational Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success.  

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear from UNI faculty and staff experts on topics related to student success in distance education. Session themes and presenters include:

  • Collaboration with Research Librarians to Enhance Student Success – Bill Downs and Anne Marie Gruber, UNI faculty
  • Reflections on Revising Course Content using Quality Matters – Jenny Becker, Larry Escalada, Michelle Kosalka, and Anne Woodrick, UNI faculty and staff
  • IDEAs (Intentionally Designed Educational Activities) – Dr. Zakrajsek
  • Library Resources – Anne Marie Gruber, Ellen Neuhaus and Angela Pratesi, UNI faculty and staff
  • Rethinking Online Exams – Kim Groninga, Qingli Meng, and Gayle Rhineberger-Dunn, UNI faculty and staff
  • Universal Design and Accessibility – Carolyn Dorr, Kelly Fiddelke, Caran Howard, and Jenny Lynes, UNI staff

There is no cost for attending the sessions or lunch. Participants are encouraged to attend individual sessions as schedules allow.

For more information or to RSVP for lunch, visit continuinged.uni.edu/distance-ed-conference-2018.