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Online Learning Focus of CTE Conference

The authors of the acclaimed book Building Online Learning Communities will share their insights on the subject during a Center for Teaching Excellence event on Feb. 13.

Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt will talk to the AU community about effective use of online resources in teaching and learning. The event, organized by CTE’s Online Learning Advocacy Committee, is not just for online faculty, but for anyone using virtual spaces as part of instruction, according to CTE.

“This is the book I use in the faculty training course,” said Jim Lee, CTE’s associate director. “It talks about online learning, but I always thought a lot of this stuff puts technology first rather than pedagogy. This book is really about good teaching practices.”

The event begins at 9:30 with registration and coffee. After a keynote address at 10, participants will break into two groups, one for faculty new to teaching online, another for faculty with experience. One of the coauthors will lead each session.

Both will headline a lunchtime session entitled “Building Learning Communities: F2f, Hybrids, and Online Courses.” The afternoon session will again be divided, with one section designed to help faculty and administrators assess online courses, and the other preparing doctoral students for a world with enhanced use of online learning technologies.

“Faculty need to know about this,” Lee said. “Even though you use a lot of the same tools online, it’s a different beast.”

For more information or to find out how to register for the conference, click here.