We are excited to announce that WebAssign users Dr. Barbara Illowsky and Michael Lafreniere will be leading sessions at EDUCAUSE Connect in San Diego, taking place January 28-30, 2015.
EDUCAUSE Connect provides higher education, IT professionals with an opportunity to join their peers in networking, discussion, learning, and career development. This 3-day event features interactive sessions that address IT issues specific to higher education with the goal of finding workable solutions.
Barbara will be participating in a panel discussion about open educational resources (OER) on Wednesday, January 28th from 2:15-3:15 p.m. PT. Barbara, a professor of mathematics and statistics at De Anza College and co-author of Introductory Statistics by OpenStax College, will share her experience in the OER movement. This movement provides valuable content at an affordable price for educational administrators while creating new challenges for IT administrators. She will share how and why she develops partnerships with outside companies, including WebAssign, in her talk “The OER Ecosystem: Partnering to Ease Content Distribution.” Barbara will provide participants with applicable learning on how to:
- Ensure secure and continued access to required course materials
- Discover new ways to contribute to lowering student costs
- Partner with outside companies to ensure interoperability
Michael will be discussing collaborative learning environments on Friday, January 30th from 8:30-11:30 a.m. PT. Michael, an associate professor at Ohio University Chillicothe Campus, will co-lead a session entitled “How to Create Collaborative Learning Environments Online and Offline to Improve Student Outcomes.” This exploration will include:
- Creating collaborative physical and online spaces that enhance student outcomes
- Increasing engagement and participation
- Investigating and learning to use online tools
Are you going to be attending EDUCAUSE Connect this year? Let us know in the comments below.