The 9th annual Sloan consortium blended learning conference was held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Milwaukee last week and who’s who of online and e-learning environments researchers and consultants were gathered to discuss the latest developments in the field of e-learning and blended learning environment. The theme for this year’s conference was “perfecting the blend” and Dr. David Wiley, the distinguished professor of instructional psychology and technology was selected as the keynote addressee for the conference.
The Sloan-c conference took place over two days and the extensive program offered papers from number of consultants and distinguished international speakers. Similar to previous years, this year’s conference was divided into number of specific sessions:
- Workshop session
- Information session
- Poster presentation
- Plenary session
The sessions were fantastic and i could not stop taking notes! I wanted to attend all the sessions but that was not possible as some of the presentations were conducted simultaneously at different parts of the hotel. I had the privilege of attending the following workshop sessions:
- Blended Learning: The Next Steps
- How to Successfully Evaluate Blended Learning
- Developing Open Educational Program: Blending OER Into Curriculums
I also had the privilege of attending the following information sessions:
- On the Fast Track, Administering a Quickly Growing Accelerated-Blended Learning Program
- Strategic Integration for Developing and Implementing Blended Learning
- Online and Blended Learning: Maximizing the Investment
The poster presentations were held on Monday afternoon (April 23) and i had the privilege of presenting my recent research alongside other international speakers from United States, Canada, and Lebanon. I was one of the only two Canadian presenters that participated in this year’s poster presentation session! The title of my presentation was “The Impact of Lecture Webcasts and Student Self-Regulated Learning on Academic Outcomes”.
Although this was not the first time i was invited to present my masters research (i also attended the 2010 Sloan-c conference) i was much more confident and relax during this year’s presentation. I have spent many months mastering my craft and learning about the principles and theories of e-learning and blended learning environments, and this presentation was an opportunity for me to do my part as a researcher and contribute to the growing field of blended learning environment.
Overall, this year’s conference was a definite success and i had the opportunity to meet and speak with some of the notable directors, deans, and leaders from well known American and Canadian Universities. When minds work together, amazing things can happen, and by gathering international researchers, consultants, and entrepreneurs in one place, the conference provided ideas and inspiration for individuals to “perfect the blend” in their own institution.