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Live EDUCAUSE sessions: Oct. 13-15 schedule

The online EDUCAUSE Conference is scheduled this Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 13-15, and K-Staters are welcome to attend the live-streamed sessions (see below) as time allows. Length of sessions vary. About 20 seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so it’s a good idea to arrive early. All sessions are in 202 Fairchild Hall on the K-State-Manhattan campus.

No registration is needed. Further information about each session and the presenter(s) is available in the conference program.

Live-streaming of the EDUCAUSE sessions is being sponsored by the Information Technology Assistance Center. Questions about the sessions should be sent to Ernie Perez, ern@k-state.edu.

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Registration open for K-State Online conference Sept. 24-25

Registration for the fourth annual Axio Learning/K-State Online Conference is now open! Come join us Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24-25, at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan. The conference will focus on the future of online education, innovative distance learning methods, and K-State Online/Axio Learning.

The conference is free to attend, but pre-registration is encouraged. Register and view the full conference schedule on the Axio Conference website.

Conference highlights:

Allard to retire as director of TELENET 2

Effective June 30, 2009, at the end of this fiscal year, John Allard will end his service as director of the Kansas Regents Network, a.k.a. TELENET 2, and also as the Division of Continuing Education’s (DCE) military liaison with the Fort Riley Consortium of Universities.

For the past 13 years, Allard has served as the Kansas Regents Network director. TELENET 2 is a video and audio conferencing system that connects communities across Kansas, providing credit and professional educational opportunities conveniently for people in the state.
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Hardy’s and other Axio presentations available online

The Sept. 18 presentation of “Sometimes Good is Good Enough – Sometimes It’s Not” by keynote speaker Darcy Walsh Hardy, a nationally known online education expert, is now available for viewing at axioconference.org/videos.

Hardy, who is also assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs and executive director of the UT TeleCampus, a unit within the University of Texas system, focused her presentation on the need for instructors to understand new generations of students and build their courses according to students’ needs. She also emphasized the need for campuses to assist instructors in building online education.

Other presentations from the third annual Axio Conference are available for on-demand viewing:
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Hardy presentation to be videotaped, put online

Darcy Walsh Hardy’s presentation this Thursday will be videotaped and available online at axioconference.org for viewing by the first week of October. A nationally known online education expert, Hardy will present “Sometimes Good is Good Enough – Sometimes It’s Not” at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Flint Hills Room of the K-State Student Union. This event is free and open to the public. During this interactive session, she will discuss the need for:

  • Applying nationally recognized instructional design standards to fully online and hybrid courses
  • Accountability in the online classroom
  • Training and support to develop the highest quality online courses possible

Registration is not required to attend this presentation (which is part of the third annual Axio Learning Community Meeting and Conference). Questions about the event should be sent to Amanda Tross,  atross@k-state.edu, 785-532-4370.

Hardy’s awards and achievements (see more in last week’s article)

  • She serves as Chair Emerita with the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), where she has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1999, is a past president, and is responsible for founding the USDLA International Forum for Women in E-Learning (IFWE).
  • She received the WCET Richard Jonsen award (2005) for “long-standing willingness to nurture and assist others in the distance learning community, significant contribution to the field, and innovative service to distance learning students.”
  • Her most recent publication, Dancing on the Glass Ceiling: Women, Leadership and Technology, which she co-edited with Don Olcott, received the 2005 Charles Wedemeyer Publication Award from UCEA.
  • In 2003, she received the Gayle B. Childs Award from UCEA for “exemplary long-term leadership, scholarship, and applied contributions to the field of continuing and distance learning.”