OLIS is a cross-campus professional development unconference focused on innovation in online learning, to be held on January 26, 2018.
OLIS participants will share experience and best practice surrounding online learning and teaching technologies, in order to improve student outcomes. Innovation in online teaching will be recognized and honored at this key university-wide event. OLIS 2018 will feature a keynote address by Alexandra M. Pickett, Director of the SUNY Center for Teaching Excellence, which serves the 64-campus SUNY system.
The College of Continuing Studies Bama By Distance, College of Arts and Sciences, New College Life Track, and the College of Communication and Information Sciences are co-hosting OLIS 2018, organized cooperatively by Dr. Jennifer Roth-Burnette (CCS Innovation Team) and Dr. Nathan Loewen (CAS ETech).
8:00-8:30 - Registration with coffee and tea
8:30-9:30 - Welcome session
9:45-10:30 - Unconference session 1
10:45-11:30 - Unconference session 2
11:30-12:30 - Lunch provided to those who registered for the full-day unconference
12:30-1:30 - Keynote by Alexandra Pickett
1:30-2:15 - Keynote Q&A with closing remarks
2:30-4:00 - Hands-on Technology Petting Zoo: try out new tech equipment, experience new pedagogical software applications. Bring your laptop!
OLIS 2018 is designed on an “unconference” model. Instead of the formal presentations and showcasing typical of academic conferences, OLIS will be an opportunity for faculty and staff from across UA to come together for brainstorming, problem-solving, and purposeful conversation around online teaching and learning.
OLIS registration will be limited, as we work to cultivate a group large enough for significant impact, but small enough to allow for the brainstorming and idea-sharing we plan to foster through breakout sessions and huddle discussions.