Innovation & Trends in Educational Technology - serves as a venue to discuss and demonstrate some of the latest trends, developments, and creative ideas in educational technology. Topics include mobile devices and BYOD (bring your own devices) in the classroom, models of innovative course and program design and delivery, promoting a culture of innovation, social media for learning, agile development, active collaborative classrooms, flipped learning, badges, learning spaces, and personalized learning to name a few.
Best Practices - focuses on well established, proven and applied methods in the field of distance learning. Topics include best practice in teaching and learning, course and program design and delivery, efficient and effective support systems, etc.
Research - Theoretical, methodological, empirical, or application-oriented study of distance learning, blended learning, and educational technology is showcased in this track. Student research is encouraged.
Accessibility & Universal Design - focuses on how to provide equal access and opportunity to people with disabilities through universal design of online courses, websites, and other internet-based resources. Topics include strategies for creating an accessibility evaluation plan & policies, universal design considerations, creating and extending support services, understanding the laws, addressing legal issues, etc.
System Administration, Cybersecurity, and Data Analytics – focuses on how an organization is dealing with cyber security and the implications for a breach along with what data is being used to determine internet integrity, as well as data analytics, which can range from using big data for institutional success to data at the course, student, and/or program level. Topics include showing student retention & persistence, determining at-risk students, evaluating course design, showing faculty or staff engagement, data-driven decision making, analysis and creation of new insights, system administration, etc.
Faculty & Student Support – focuses on concepts related to providing employees, faculty, staff, and trainers appropriate professional development opportunities to help them stay current and productive in their fields including strategies and resources for providing technical and academic support to help distance education students succeed. Topics include identifying training needs, designing programming, training tools and resources, continuing education, incentives, help desk functions, call centers, technical manuals, work flows, self-help tools, written and video-based support resources, identifying student and faculty needs, etc.
PK - 12, Educational Outreach & Workforce Development -focuses on Pre Kindergarten to 12th grades, educational outreach activities, and workforce development opportunities at distance education or heavy technology integration. Topics include strategies for creating distance education courses, managing a distance education program with PK-12 audiences, distance education/blended continuing education certificates, creation of professional development series for employees, citizen science, etc.
Administration, Leadership, & Policy – focuses on how to setup and administer an online or distance education program, including administering quality measures, planning, budgeting, compliance standards (THECB, SACS, HERC), leadership, mentoring, institutional effectiveness, administrative support structures, upgrade management and design plans, legal and policy issues, marketing, public and legislative policy updates and the impact on distance programs, students, and faculty.