Over the next two days (thanks to a lot of hard work by Joyce Kincannon), VCU will host its third Online Learning Summit. The Online Learning Summit invites participation from colleges and universities across the Commonwealth of Virginia, and at last count, we expect about two hundred to participate. The Summit theme of “Connections and Community: From Course to Commonwealth” reflects the need to engage in critical conversations within Virginia (and elsewhere), and to debate the role of online learning and the future of higher education. This summit provides a timely opportunity to consider and share important ideas about teaching and learning online, as well as issues related to program development, strategic planning and institutional and state policy.
Alec Couros will be our keynoter. He is conducting a workshop tomorrow morning and then delivering his keynote Wednesday morning. We are looking forward to hearing his perspective the next two days!
Tomorrow, among other activities, I will be one of three panelists delivering short 10-minute presentations before our combined Q&A session. My portion is “Discourse in the Open”.
Looking forward to reconnecting face-to-face with good colleagues from around the state and hearing about experiments in learning that are occurring both on this campus and around the state!