5. Public, Private & Open - Online Learning

Is higher education "worth it." Online public, private, profit and open learning initiatives are all impacted by the public perception that higher education is over-priced and less relevant than it should be to today's job markets. What role does online learning play in this continuum of opportunities to learn? Can online learning save higher education from bursting the bubble? Ray Schroeder will lead a panel from diverse institutions in discussing the new realities in higher education.

Live presentation
On Thursday, July 28, at 2:00 pm Eastern, 1:00 pm Central, noon Mountain; 11:00 am Pacific time in the U.S. - 7:00 pm London time, we will host a live Web conference on the weekly topic. We plan to provide hundreds of streams of the "live" Thursday sessions in both flash format and non-flash (mobile) format so that participants can view the panels.  A Twitter back channel will also be encouraged for ongoing discussion of the panel.  The hour-long conversation will be recorded and the URL for the recording will be made available the following day, July 29.

Joining us for the live session will be:
Ray Schroeder, Moderator, Director, Center for Online Learning, Research and Service, University of Illinois Springfield
Ray Schroeder is Professor Emeritus of Communication, and founding director of the Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service at the University of Illinois Springfield. Ray has published the popular Online Learning Update and Educational Technology blogs for the past decade. He was a Sloan Consortium Distinguished Scholar in Online Learning 2002-2003, recipient of the 2002 Sloan-C award for the “Most Outstanding Achievement in ALN by an Individual,” University of Southern Maine “Visiting Scholar in Online Learning” 2006-2009, and co-founder of the New Century Learning Consortium. Most recently, Ray was named the inaugural 2010 recipient of the Sloan Consortium's highest Individual award - the A. Frank Mayadas Leadership Award. Schroeder is an inaugural Sloan Consortium Fellow.
Cable Green, Director Global Learning, Creative Commons
As Director of Global Learning, Cable Green leads the Education projects at Creative Commons. He mixes digital technologies, open licensing, standards and policies to significantly improve access to quality, affordable, open educational resources. Cable is a strong advocate for open policies that ensure publicly funded education materials are freely and openly available to the public that paid for them. Previously, as Director of eLearning & Open Education for the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges, he led a project to build and share highest enrolled courses under a CC BY license, the "Open Course Library."
Larry Ragan, Director of Faculty Development, the Penn State World Campus
Larry Ragan directs the design and development of systems and services to meet the professional training needs of the online and blended educator. Dr. Ragan has taught in the online classroom for nine years and has experience with integrating a wide range of electronic media technologies into the instructional process in order to create dynamic, student-centered learning systems. Dr. Ragan is a frequent workshop coordinator and has presented internationally on the topics of instructional design, multimedia development, faculty development issues and instructional design for distance education. He is the co-founder of the PSU/Sloan Consortium Institute for Emerging Leaders in Online Learning and has also served as the co-director of the EDUCAUSE Institute for Learning Technologies Leadership Program.
Jeff Newell, Director for Distance Education at the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB)
Jeff Newell is the Director for Distance Education at the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) and also is the Director of Illinois Community Colleges Online (ILCCO). At ICCB Mr. Newell is involved with distance education for the community college system, assessing the technology capabilities of Illinois community colleges and adult education providers, promoting effective use of technology in instruction, the development and implementation of grant programs to serve the colleges, and leadership in statewide organizations for distance learning and faculty development. As the ILCCO Director, Mr. Newell works with a consortium of colleges to provide leadership for online learning in Illinois, faculty and professional development, and course and program sharing between the colleges.  Mr. Newell is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois at Springfield teaching educational technology courses for K-12 faculty in the online Master in Teacher Leadership program. Courses include Foundations for Technology in the Curriculum, Technology in the Curriculum, and Technology Strategies for Teachers.

Live Sessions

Recording of Live Session: http://goo.gl/Ue7yR

Live panel discussion sessions will be held each Thursday at 2:00 pm eastern daylight, 1:00 pm central daylight, noon mountain daylight, 11:00 am pacific daylight and 7:00 pm London time. They may be viewed live online at:

Your screen will look like this:  

The audio of the panel and slides will appear on the left of the screen.
For this session, we will be using the Twitter hashtag #edumooc5.  The #edumooc5 twitter back channel feed will appear center screen.
A Twitter compose gadget will appear on the right for those with Twitter accounts to upload tweets.

The session will be recorded and be made available online for those who wish to view later.
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