14.0784 conferences: commercialisation of science, online learning

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 784.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: Trevor Murrells <trevor.murrells@kcl.ac.uk> (45)

       [2] From: anthony.picciano@hunter.cuny.edu (84)
             Subject: Call for proposals: The 7th Sloan-C International
                     Conference on Online Learning

             Date: Sat, 07 Apr 2001 09:14:56 +0100
             From: Trevor Murrells <trevor.murrells@kcl.ac.uk>


    A one day conference organised under the auspices of the Council for
    Academic Autonomy and the Council for Academic Freedom and Academic

    Universities in a democracy traditionally serve society as providers of
    research that is independent of market forces, and as a source of expertise
    that is independent of powerful vested interest.
    Recent governments have placed heavy emphasis on the "need" for science to
    serve the economy, and have introduced structures to ensure that "relevance
    to industry" is a major criterion in the funding of university research.
    Problems emerging from this increasingly close association of university
    science with industry call into question whether the ability of universities
    to fulfil their vital independent role is being compromised.

    These issues are explored in this Conference.

    Wednesday 2nd May, 2001
    10.15 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.
    The British Academy, 10, Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH.

    Cost: 15 including coffee and tea.
    Details from:

            Best wishes,

                   David Packham
    David Packham,
    Materials Research Centre,
    University of Bath,
    Bath BA2 7AY,
    Somerset, U.K.
    Tel. +1225-826570
    Fax +1225-826098

    Trevor Murrells
    Nursing Research Unit
    Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery
    King's College London
    Room 4.27a
    James Clerk Maxwell Building
    57 Waterloo Road
    London SE1 8WA

    Tel: 020 7848 3058
    Fax: 020 7848 3069
    NRU web page

             Date: Sat, 07 Apr 2001 09:27:35 +0100
             From: anthony.picciano@hunter.cuny.edu
             Subject: Call for proposals: The 7th Sloan-C International
    Conference on Online Learning

    The 7th Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning:
    Emerging Standards of Excellence in Asynchronous Learning Networks

    This Call for Proposals is being sent electronically only.
    Please share this information with colleagues who may be interested.

    We invite you to submit a proposal to The 7th Sloan-C International
    Conference on Online Learning (last year called the 6th International
    Conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks sponsored by the Alfred P.
    Sloan Foundation), to be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Florida,
    November 16-18, 2001.
    Last year's conference attracted over 500 people to more than 100 sessions
    as well as exhibits, pre-conference workshops, a keynote address, and a
    variety of other special events. Planning is underway to make this year's
    gathering more comprehensive and dynamic than ever.

    This year's theme, Emerging Standards of Excellence in Asynchronous
    Learning Networks, reflects the maturing of online learning from an
    experimental approach to a rapidly growing and integral component of higher
    and post-graduate education.

    Choose one of the links below to learn how you can participate.
        1. Submit a Proposal
        2. Proposal Selection Criteria
        3. Timeline
        4. Proceedings
        5. Publications
        6. General conference Information
    1. Submit a Proposal by completing the electronic submission form

    Step 1: Choose the program track that best fits your topic.

    - Emerging Standards of Excellence for Faculty Development and Participation.
    The establishment of clear and commonly held expectations of the faculty
    member's role in the development an delivery of on-line instruction is a
    key to the long-term acceptance of on-line learning.
    This track will provide opportunities to share experiences about the
    faculty member's role and expectations regarding overall workload, course
    development processes, interaction with students, and the emergence of
    standards of practice. Also encouraged are proposals that relate to
    faculty recognition and reward.
    This track will explore the varied faculty development projects and
    programs that have been beneficial to fostering a strong learning environment.

    - Emerging Standards of Excellence in Online Technology.
    Technology creates the virtual presence of an online learning environment.
    How we use technology reflects our basic assumptions about the learning
    community and the teaching and learning environment.
    This track will provide opportunities to share innovations in the structure
    and use of technologies that support online learning.
    This may include new authoring tools, new features for course management
    software, effective applications of various technologies to improve the
    efficiency and effectiveness of the learning environment, and measures for
    evaluating the value of software packages.

    - Emerging Standards of Excellence for Learning and Pedagogy.
    What defines an online learning course? As the field moves toward
    establishing standards, it is important to develop a common understanding
    of what is and is not an online course.
    This track will provide opportunities to explore these issues from a
    variety of perspectives: new approaches to pedagogy, standards and
    expectations for interaction, content delivery, student learning
    experiences, particularly powerful mixes of technologies and more.
    This track also will be useful for those who want to compare and contrast
    the use of ALNs on campus and off campus.

    - Emerging Standards of Excellence in Assessment and Evaluation.
    This track provides opportunities for institutions to share experiences
    regarding assessment and evaluation of different facets of online learning:
    course design and pedagogy, faculty and student performance and
    satisfaction, student services, administrative procedures, cost efficiency
    and effectiveness, and technology.

    - Institutional Best Practices.
    This track provides opportunities to share institutional best practices in
    the following areas:
            . Academic/Faculty Policies
            . Measuring the Costs and Benefits of Online Programs
            . Accreditation Standards
            . Student Services
            . Marketing and Recruitment

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    For additional information about the conference arrangements, contact:
        J. Patrick Wagner
        Assistant Vice President
        Division of Continuing Education
        University of Central Florida
        12424 Research Parkway, Suite 265
        Orlando, FL 32826-3269
        Phone: (407) 207-4920
        Fax: (407) 207-4930

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