The Big Easy played host to the inaugural conference geared to education leaders, faculty, system administrators, and course designers in pursuit of quality online learning.
Attendees were invited to challenge existing barriers to innovation and re-imagine the learning experience. Through diverse sessions, workshops, and labs, the conference fostered dialogue and networking around emerging ideas in instructional design, pedagogical innovation, mobile technology, accessibility, online learning and course delivery, adaptive learning, and many more.
Thinking beyond the course
In partnership with Learning Objects, Cengage Learning hosted the lively session: Thinking Beyond the Course in Curriculum Design.
The hosts, Natalie Skadra, Director of Instructional Design at Cengage Learning, and Michael Atkinson, Senior Learning Engineer at Learning Objects, kicked things off by challenging the audience to reflect on the depth of student skills and the ability to demonstrate knowledge or mastery. The disconnect between what students self-report and how prospective employers view their abilities is dramatic. Knowing that mapping capabilities has traditionally been flat and incomplete, the hosts discussed the variety of learning that occurs in and outside of the academic environment and introduced innovative new ways to design program experiences for the “whole learner” including valuable competency alignment and assessment tools.
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