1. Online Learning Today

We begin the week with an orientation to where online learning fits into higher education today. Online learning can be traced to the early days of computer assisted instruction. In the late 1960's and early 1970's the advent of widespread terminal-based learning systems such as the early PLATO system created foundations for what has evolved over the intervening half century. Online learning as we recognize it today emerged shortly after the advent of the Web in the early 1990's.

Join the discussions on online learning today.  Discussions will continue in the days after the panel discussion.  

PDF of the slides prepared for the Online Learning Today presentation:  http://goo.gl/VJy4c 

Live Presentation
On Thursday, June 30, 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 1st.
RECORDING of the session: http://goo.gl/CzfLO
Joining us for the session:
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.
Bob Hansen, Chief Executive Officer, University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)
Bob Hansen is the Chief Executive Office of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association. He formerly served as Associate Provost for University Outreach at USM, a regional public university serving 10,000 students. Before that he spent six years at Saint Xavier University of Chicago, as Assistant to the President and Secretary of the Corporation, and then as founding Executive Director of Orland Park Campus and Off-Campus Programs. Hansen also served two years in the administration of a popular governor of Illinois, Jim Edgar. Hansen earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois, an M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Notre Dame.
Bruce Chaloux, Director, Southern Regional Education Board Electronic Campus and Student Access Programs and Services; 2008-2010 President of the Sloan Consortium
Dr. Bruce Chaloux is director of Student Access Programs and Services at the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, he oversees a number of programs designed to help students start or continue their education, from the Academic Common Market and Regional Contract Program for Health Professions to adult learning and degree-completion programs. He founded and continues to direct the sixteen-state Electronic Campus initiative of the SREB. The Electronic Campus, the South’s “electronic marketplace” for online learning courses, programs, and services, has grown to include more than 28,000 credit courses and 800 degree programs from 300 colleges and universities in the region.
Witt Salley, DirectorOzark Technical Community College System Online and 2010-2011 President of the Missouri Distance Learning Association 

Witt Salley is director of OTC Online, the virtual college within the Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) system. Salley has more than four years of regional accreditation experience through the Higher Learning Commission. Salley's teaching experience comprises more than eight years of traditional and online instruction in English, education, and political science. He has taught not only at the undergraduate level in community colleges but also at the graduate level in the California State University system. Salley serves on the board of the Instructional Technology Council (ITC) as the South Central Representative and as the current President of the Missouri Distance Learning Association (MoDLA). He is a graduate of the Sloan Consortium's Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning as well as ITC’s Distance Learning Leadership Academy.

Live Sessions

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
The #edumooc 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.

You are encouraged to visit these resources as we examine the topic of the week. Our weekly lists are not comprehensive, but rather they are a sampling of the range of resources available for each weekly topic. All of the sites we list are open; that is, they do not require paid subscriptions. Please take advantage of your eduMOOC Google Group to discuss these sites and recommend additions.

Wikispaces Study Groups
Disrupting Trends - Online Learning
Ezines, Journals and Articles

Online Learning Update - 3 new items/day