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Engage and Learn with Next Generation Learning Challenges this Summer

Learning Abstracts

July 2011, Volume 14, Number 7

By Carie Page

This summer, you're invited to join your colleagues and Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) for a "Summer Learning Series" – a schedule of webinars dedicated to the transformative role that technology can play in fostering student success and improving college completion. NGLC is a collaborative, multiyear initiative that was created to address the barriers to educational innovation and tap the potential of technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States. Webinars will feature both grantees from the first wave of NGLC funding and key thinkers in the field.


The series kicked off on June 28 with Louis Soares, director of the Postsecondary Education Program at the Center for American Progress. In a webinar now archived on the NGLC website, Soares shared key insights and observations from “Disrupting College,” a recent report coauthored by Clayton Christensen, Michael Horn, and Louis Caldera that examines higher education through a lens of disruptive innovation. Rather than offering answers, Soares challenged participants to consider new strategies for an educational system focused on success. Throughout the summer, subsequent webinars will explore the critical role that technology can play in expanding the use of educational models designed to promote engagement, flexibility, and collaboration from the first wave of NGLC grantees.


The Series

No advance registration is required to participate. Each hour-long webinar is free and open to the public and session archives will be posted on the NGLC homepage the following day.


Topic: The Open Learning Initiative

Speaker: Candace Thille, Director, Open Learning Initiative

Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET


Topic: Using Openness to Bridge to Success

Speaker: Patrick McAndrew, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University

Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET


How to Join

Each webcast will be hosted inside the NGLC Adobe Connect webconferencing roomTo join, simply enter the URL (http://educause.adobeconnect.com/nglc) and select "Enter as a Guest," type in your name and affiliation (e.g., John Doe, American High School), and click "Enter Room."


Once inside the room, audio will be provided through your computer speakers and presentation slides will advance on your screen. You can interact with fellow attendees and presenters using the chat feature inside the room.


Each web seminar is free and open to all, but virtual seats are limited. Attendance is first come, first served. Each session will be recorded and archived for later viewing.


Technical Requirements

Whether you've participated in an NGLC online event before or you're joining us for the first time, please run the Adobe Acrobat Connect Connection Test before the event. View the Adobe Connect technical requirements.


Note: If you experience difficulties during the web seminar, you can listen to the audio via a toll-free conference call line at: (877) 944-2300, access code 99290#.


Archived Webcasts


Topic: Disrupting College

Speaker: Louis Soares, Director of the Postsecondary Education Program, Center for American Progress

Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET


Topic: Blended Learning at the University of Central Florida

Speaker: Thomas Cavanaugh, Assistant Vice President, Distributed Learning

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Topic: The Gamification of Education

Speakers: Steve Ritter, Carnegie Learning; Chris Sprague, OpenStudy; and David Gibson, SimSchool

Date: Thursday, July 28, 2011

Posted by The League for Innovation in the Community College on 07/15/2011 at 8:37 AM | Categories: Learning Abstracts -