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Online Learning ConsortiumIt’s not too late to be an early bird for the 8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium (ET4Online 2015), being held April 22 through April 24 in Dallas, TX.


Discounted pricing for early registration is available until Feb. 25, for virtual as well as on-site attendees. Low-cost exhibitor pricing is also available to education-technology startups through the Launch Pad program.

ET4Online 2015, presented by the Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan Consortium) and MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching), will feature two brand-new program tracks, an increased emphasis on hands-on learning, the addition of Teacher Tank, and a high energy “pitch-style” session for Launch Pad startups.

Featured speakers will offer provocative and meaningful insight about how emerging technologies are impacting higher education.

  • Dr. Mimi Ito, UC-IrvineKeynoter Dr. Mimi Ito will share her groundbreaking work about Connected Learning. Ito is Professor in Residence in the Department of Anthropology and Department of Informatics at University of California, Irvine, and an international expert on mobile technologies and new digital media in everyday life.

  • Bonnie Stewart will address the compelling friction and opportunities networked identities present to higher education. Stewart is an educator and social media researcher at Canada’s University of Prince Edward Island.

  • Dr. Gardner Campbell will discuss what the phrase “Thought Vectors In Concept Space” suggests for higher education and the future of online learning. Campbell is Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Student Success, and an Associate Professor of English, at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Additionally, several new program features will debut at his year’s event:

  • The “Technology Test Kitchen” will provide with hands-on learning experiences with emerging technologies that you can implement into your online teaching and learning efforts.Emerging Technologies for Online Learning 2015

  • A new track on Organization, Leadership and Challenges for Innovation will provide a unique venue for campus managers and senior leaders from Academic Affairs and IT (provosts, CIOs, deans) to engage in a collaborative dialogue about practices and strategies for innovating in higher-ed organizations, as well as participate in a learning experience with participating faculty, instructional designers, and other attendees.

  • Teacher Tank is a high-energy session in which ed-tech startups from the ET4Online Launch Pad will share their pitch and receive shark-like feedback from a select panel of educators.

For information and to register, visit the ET4Online conference website.

Crista Souza is a CCC TechEDge News Contributing Editor.