ETOM Summer 2016 Retreat

June 9 & 10, 2016

Kettunen Center - Tustin, MI
14901 4H Drive
Tustin, Michigan 49688

Register Online

You have completed another academic year – take a break – join us at the 2016 Summer Retreat in a beautiful location and become inspired!  The Summer Retreat has an administrative focus on distance education and educational technology.  It is where, as a director of an online program, an instructional designer/technologist or faculty leader, you can network with your peers.  Learn about what works – more importantly what doesn’t work – get some great ideas to take back as a summer project or to show that faculty member who is very curious.  It is also a place to relax, unwind, and be rejuvenated This year’s presenter is Dr. William Knapp, Chief Academic Technologies Officer at Lakeland Community College in Ohio.  Bill oversees the Library, the Center for Learning Innovation, Technical Customer Services and Distance Learning.  He is going to help us answer the question How Do We Know?  Reflecting on research findings we will identify what we know and what we think we know (assumptions and beliefs) about student success and online learning.  This will be very interactive and you will leave the retreat with a fresh new look at your program.  For more information and to register (by June 1st) go to:

June 9
11:30 am
Registration & Check In
12 Noon Lunch
1:00-5:00 pm How Do We Know?

We will consider the research, literature, an evidence surrounding Online Student Success related to learner engagement, student satisfaction, retention, persistence, and student achievement (GPA). This highly interactive session will include presentations of research material and case studies interspersed with small group breakout sessions. Small groups will reflect on the research findings in an effort to identify what we know and what we think we know about (assumptions and beliefs) student success and online learning. The case studies will reflect innovative approaches to campus initiatives aimed at improving online student success and measuring learning outcomes.

Our presenter is Bill Knapp. Bill serves as the Chief Academic Technologies Officer at Lakeland Community College in northeast Ohio, where he oversees the Library, the Center for Learning Innovation, Technical Customer Services, and Distance Learning. Bill has over eighteen years of experience in supporting the campus community in learning technologies and distance learning. He has presented at national, regional, and state conferences on a wide range of topics related to online teaching & learning.

5:30 pm Dinner
6:30 pm Free Time – Kayak the lake or walk the trails
7:30 pm Annual Membership meeting
June 10
7:30 am
8:30-9:00 am
MCO Update

Ronda Edwards, Executive Director for Michigan Colleges Online will provide an update on MCO initiatives and issues around online learning – including, SARA, HLC accreditation, group technology purchases, MCO OER repository, MCO professional development series for 2016-2017.

9:30 – 10:30 am
Summer Retreat Roundtables
Let’s Talk – Some of our best ideas come from discussions with colleagues. During the Summer Retreat Roundtable we will share some of our best/promising practices, admit to some of our failures, and glean some nuggets of gold to try back at the office. Bring your ideas, stories, and questions for a morning around the table with coffee and friends.
10:45 – 11:55 am Setting up Your Own OER Initiative

During this presentation, Nicole Finkbeiner, Associate Director of Institutional Relations at OpenStax, will utilize her experience working with colleges and universities across the country to outline the key components of a successful OER initiative. She’ll cover key metrics real-world examples of successful strategies, and suggestions on how to adapt an OER initiative to your specific budget and campus culture. Nicole will also preview the new OpenStax authoring tool that makes it easy for faculty to customize their textbooks, and the new initiative with bookstores.

12 Noon Lunch & Conference Evaluation
Cost includes 4 meals and 1 night of lodging
(must register by June 1, 2016 to receive these rates)
Member rate – double occupancy $150
Member rate – single occupancy $170
Non-member rate-double occupancy $190
Non-member rate-single occupancy $210