Trends in Educational Technology - This track serves as a venue to discuss and demonstrate some of the latest trends and developments in educational technology. Topics include mobile devices and BYOD (bring your own devices) in the classroom, social media for learning, gamification, agile development, flipped learning, badges, learning spaces, analytics, and personalized learning to name a few.
Innovative and Best Practice - This track is focuses on creative and transformational ideas in learning technology and programmatic initiatives as well as established, proven and applied methods in the field of distance learning. Topics include theory, models of innovative and best practice in teaching and learning, course and program design and delivery, efficient and effective support systems, promoting a culture of innovation, etc.
Research - Theoretical, methodological, empirical, or application-oriented study of distance learning and educational technology is showcased in this track. Student research is encouraged.
Accessibility - This track focuses on how to provide equal access and opportunity to people with disabilities through accessible design of online courses, websites, and other internet-based resources. Topics include strategies for creating an accessibility evaluation plan, universal design considerations, creating and extending support services, understanding the laws, addressing legal issues, etc.
Cybersecurity and Data Analysis - This track focuses on two different areas. Focus on how an organization is dealing with cybersecurity and the implications for a breach along with what data is being used to determine internet integrity. The other focus is on data analysis, which can range from using big data for institutional success to data at the course level; topics include showing how students are progressing, determining who are at-risk, evaluating course design, showing faculty or staff engagement, etc.
Faculty and Student Support - This track focuses on concepts related to providing employees, faculty, staff, and trainers appropriate professional development opportunities to help them stay current and productive in their fields and strategies and resources for providing technical and academic support to help distance education students succeed. Topics include identifying training needs, designing programming, training tools and resources, continuing education, incentives, help desk functions, call centers, technical manuals, work flows, self-help tools, written and video-based support resources, identifying student and faculty needs, etc.
Administration and Policy - This track focuses on how to set up and administer an online or distance education program, including administering quality measures, planning, budgeting, compliance standards (THECB, SACS, HERC), institutional effectiveness, administrative support structures, upgrade management and design plans, legal and policy issues, marketing and the latest information and issues regarding public policies and legislation and the impact it is having on distance programs, students, and faculty.
Discover Your Superhero Deep Down Inside You! - What do you want to share, demonstrate, present, and collaborate on that falls outside of the above tracks? This area is to show or discover your SUPERHERO within. Is there a story you should tell or provide context to a topic, then this track is for you! Think outside the box and bring it on!