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A last minute reminder in case you've not seen the below call for presentations yet. 

I'm the track chair for Open and Accessible Learning and I'm looking forward to developing a program which will promote discussion around many of the changes we've seen in the past year around Openness. As I mention in the call below, I'm hoping you'll submit proposal's that let us build a conference track in which we can consider together the intersection of open, accessible, and affordable from a learner's perspective.

The 6th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium (April 9-11, - Planet Hollywood Resort- Las Vegas) a joint Symposium of Sloan Consortium and MERLOT, is designed to bring together individuals interested in the review and evaluation of online teaching and learning technologies. 

Proposals for presentations must be submitted by December 10, 2012 at .


The ET4Online Symposium offers you an opportunity to study best practices, understand applications, discover new technologies, and connect to others who share a love for and belief in the promise of educational technology.  In 2012 the symposium developed a new mission statement designed to emphasize the innovation and invention that is the focus of the conference: A conference devoted to the emerging and innovative uses of technology designed to improve teaching and learning online.  Symposium tracks highlight and demonstrate research, application and effective practices and noteworthy technological tools in the following areas:


  • Learning Spaces and Communities
  • Open and Accessible Learning 
  • Evidence-based Learning 
  • Faculty and Student Development
  • Innovative Media and Tools


Faculty, students, instructional designers, instructional technologists and academic administrators are encouraged to submit proposals which are engaging, informative and interactive. These sessions can be targeted to all attendees or beginners, intermediates, or experts.

The 'Open and Accessible Learning' track will explore three key issues in online and blended learning: openness, accessibility, and affordability. It invites papers which share evidence and practice through discussion of these issues in relation to Open Educational Resources, OpenCourseWare, Open Textbooks, MOOCs, Open Practice or relevant topics of your choice. 

This year a focus on the impact of these issues and topics on the learner’s experience is encouraged. Suggestions include:

  • Which emerging open practices work in everyday instruction? How open is open?
  • What evidence-based practices exist concerning the inventive uses of open content or open content adoption to improve outcomes in learning, accessibility, affordability, faculty satisfaction, or student satisfaction?
  • What tools do we have to evaluate the sustainable impact of emerging trends in openness, accessibility, and affordability?
  • What benefits, risks, and costs are there for an institution in using open content?
  • What emerging practices or technologies can make credentialed education more affordable today?

Please note, it is the intent of this track to have a balanced program to promote the discussion of how these three issues intersect.

Kind regards,



R. John Robertson
ePortfolio and Online Learning Support
Learning Technologies
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Twitter: @kavubob 
Skype: rjohnrobertson

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