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Dates: August 2−3, 2017 | Register here
Prices: starting from USD 245,-
Location: Bloomington, The United States

Minnesota eLearning Summit 2017

Open. Online. Opportunity.

The Minnesota eLearning Summit is the premiere event of the Minnesota Learning Commons and a gathering place for K-12, college, and university educators and innovators in the Midwest who are committed to effective online and blended learning.

The Summit will include:

  • Concurrent sessions focused on elearning tools, resources, services, and best practices
  • Opportunities to meet, collaborate, and contribute ideas for the effective use of instructional technology in and out of the classroom
  • A shared vision for utilizing resource-rich tools that reach 21st-century learners

What to expect

  • 400+ educators, innovators, and presenters
  • About 80 concurrent breakout sessions covering topics of eLearning including blended, flipped, digital learning
  • Bring-your-own-device learning sessions
  • Presentations for all skills levels, including experienced educators, as well as those new to digital learning
  • Exhibitors showcasing the latest resources and tech solutions
  • Opportunities to network with professional colleagues
  • Certificate of attendance for CEUs

The Excellence Awards

The Excellence Awards will recognize teachers, faculty, administrators, and staff engaged with exceptional elearning experiences, practices, or projects. The awards are open to individuals or teams who are affiliated with Minnesota-based E−12 or higher education institutions. Self-nominations are welcome.

Finalists and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony during lunch on the first day of the MN eLearning Summit, Wednesday, August 2. Award winners are expected to register for the conference and need to be present to receive the award.

Nominations should identify the award category for which the entry is submitted and include background information about why the submission is worthy of receiving an award. Nominators are encouraged to include other documentation or attachments that best illustrate the nominated projects (e.g., web links, screenshots, images, PDF, Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files). Links to video or audio files and letters of support can also be submitted.

Award Categories

Innovation

Given to organizations or individuals who demonstrate exceptionally creative methods or technologies to address important student needs. The drive for creative and continuous improvement is paramount to innovation.

A nomination to this category should demonstrate a break with conventional processes to address needs and go beyond marginal improvements. This innovation can be within a course, a program, or project at the individual, institutional, or community level.

Collaboration

Given to organizations or individuals who demonstrate exceptional collaboration within a course, department, institution/school, or system of institutions. Collaboration denotes communication among learners, instructors, administrators, internal and external experts/mentors, researchers, or community members.

A nomination to this category could include creative collaboration within a course, department, or institution; collaboration could also involve external agencies, corporations, K−12 schools or school districts, colleges and universities, or consortiums. Especially welcome are nominations for collaborations between secondary and post-secondary institutions and systems.

Impact

Given to organizations or individuals who, through their work, construct or reflect an extraordinary impact on teaching and learning or other desired outcome. High, significant, or extraordinary impact on teaching and learning, service to students, institutional effectiveness, and leadership are paramount to this award category.

A nomination to this category should be able to be replicated by others either internally to the nominee’s institution or externally. It should have wide influence and scope. Additionally, it should be worthy of being considered an effective practice with broader implementation.

Ideas for Submissions

You should consider submitting a nomination if you or a team on which you have been a member have:

  • Used a collaborative approach to develop curriculum for use across departments or institutions or in partnership between K−12 and higher education
  • Incorporated technologies you believe impact learning effectiveness in the online or blended course
  • Built a community of learners or learning circles in eLearning that can be considered a best practice for replication
  • Launched an online course everyone said couldn’t be done and have results to prove its effectiveness
  • Used a technology platform in unique ways to plan projects and effectively communicate within your institution
  • Developed customized learning paths in a course or have “gamified” aspects of your course
  • Played a critical role in the development of a strong accessibility plan at your institution
  • Completed an eLearning pilot project that can be replicated across disciplines or institutions for greater impact and reach
  • Implemented a particularly useful technology integration or innovation that assists faculty and students in the teaching and learning process

Nominations deadline: June 14, 2017 | Nominate here

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