Resources for Faculty Teaching ONline
- The MiraCosta Online Education website includes important resources for students and faculty, including a page on strategic planning, accreditation, and governance for distance education.
- The MOE Online Class Quality Guidelines "were developed by the MiraCosta Online Educators committee to inform online faculty of required elements for Distance Education classes, offer a means for instructors to develop and redesign online classes, foster conversation in departments about online instruction, and provide a foundation for improved faculty support." The document was approved by the Academic Senate in March 2016.
- The MiraCosta Teaching/Technology Innovation Center (TIC) website includes
- technical tips, guides, and videos for the core online education technology suite at MiraCosta, as well as information on the special technologies and resources available to faculty in the TIC.
- resources from Flex workshops about online education, including archives of workshops conducted online.
- monthly Online Education "News You Can Use" updates
- The Program for Online Teaching (POT) has been led by MiraCosta faculty for many years and provides a variety of tips, resources, in-person, and recorded workshops. You can also view a syllabus for a class on pedagogical preparation for online teaching.
Conferences Worth Considering
Note: the following list is not intended to be exhaustive; rather, it lists key educational technology and online education conferences that MiraCostans have attended and found useful, or have confidence that they offer quality learning opportunities. This list does not include conferences which may include technology and distance learning as topics, but are focused more broadly on college teaching, student success, etc. Comments/suggestions are welcome - please send them to MOE chair Jim Julius (email@example.com).
- ITC eLearning – Typically moves west-central-east. 2016: Scottsdale, AZ. National scope, community-college-focused, distance-education-focused, very practical. Small-to-mid-sized.
- EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative annual meeting – Typically moves west-central-east. 2016: San Antonio. ELI is smaller and more tightly focused on teaching and learning than the big EDUCAUSE conference in the fall. Sometimes can feel a bit overly cutting edge and impractical, but very stimulating. Possible to participate online. Mid-sized.
- Computer-Using Educators – Always in Palm Springs.. Very k-12 focused but some MiraCostans have attended and found it useful. ADEC (Alliance for Distance Education in California) has a co-located 1-day conference during CUE, also k-12 oriented.
- Online Learning Consortium Innovate – 2016: April 20-22, New Orleans. Heavy representation of 4-year colleges, mix of research and practice, lots of good online ed stuff but not exclusively focused on online. Mid-sized.
- Open Education Consortium Global conference – Moves around the world. 2016: April 12-14, Krakow. Much more ideological, political, and big-picture, but lots of cool ideas and connections could come out of this conference.
- Online Teaching Conference – Used to move north-/south- but seems to be settling in San Diego. 2016: June 16-17. California Community College-run and -focused. Very practical with lots of faculty in attendance. MiraCosta has lately been sending 10-15 faculty. Small-to-mid-size.
- AACE EdMedia - Moves around the world. 2016: June 27-30, Vancouver BC. Focus on multimedia and distance education. Large.
- ISTE Annual Conference - Moves around the US. 2016: June 26-June 29, Denver. Largest national K-12 educational technology conference. Includes top keynotes, lots of practical sessions, and some research. Plenty of application to higher education.
- Blackboard World – typically Las Vegas but moves around occasionally. 2016: July 12-14, Las Vegas. Obviously very Bb-focused but conference is big enough to find useful presentations and make some good connections. Large.
- Distance Teaching & Learning Conference – Always in Madison, WI. 2016: Aug 9-11. The “classic" distance ed conference, very research-oriented.
- EDUCAUSE annual conference – Moves east-central-west. For 2016- Anaheim; 2017- Philadelphia; 2018- Denver. Broadly focused on IT in higher education, huge conference. Possible to participate online.
- WCET – Moves around the west. 2016: Oct 12-14, Minneapolis. Good mix of CC and 4-year. Primarily distance/online-ed focused. WCET as an organization does a lot of legislative advocacy work so there is more emphasis on the regulatory side of things than other conferences, with also a nice mix of research and practice. Mid-sized. (Sometimes in November.)
- AACE e-Learn - 2016: Nov 14-16, Washington, DC. eLearning practice and research in education and beyond (business, medicine, government). Large. (Sometimes in October.)
- Annual International Online Learning Consortium Conference – Always Orlando. For 2016: Nov 16-18. Huge conference, strong reputation, mix of research and practice. (Sometimes in October.)
- Directors of Educational Technology/California Higher Education (DET/CHE) Alternates north-south in CA, week after Thanksgiving. For 2016: Los Angeles. Small, single-track conference with a broad emphasis on applied instructional technology and leadership in higher ed. Attendees are pretty evenly split between CSU and CCC folks, with a good representation from the UC and 4-year California privates as well.