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ETOM Summer 2023 Retreat and Mini-Conference

June 8, 2023 June 9, 2023

RAM Conference Center – Higgins Lake, 104 Conservation Dr., Roscommon, MI 48653

Course Design 2030: The Future of Distance Education

Join us as we discuss high-tech in a low-tech environment (with good WiFi)!

Guest Speaker

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Fred Lokken, Past Chair of ITC and Professor of Political Science at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, NV.


  • Course Design 2030: The Future of Distance Education (Fred Lokken, Past Chair of ITC and Professor of Political Science at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, NV) – In this session, we will discuss the evolving role/capabilities of the LMS (as the platform) and what it can support in relation to course design, the importance of Instructional Designers, the changing nature of what will constitute student engagement (from a curriculum standpoint), AI (how it will be used), the need for a centralized office/staff in support of the online program/curriculum, and making course design more standardized/related faculty buy-in and essential training and support.
  • Extended Reality Powers Immersive Learning Experiences at NMC and GVSU (Terri Gustafson, NMC; Eric Carlson, NMC; Eric Kunnen, GVSU; Hunter Bridwell, GVSU, Jacob Fortman, UofM-Ann Arbor) – In this session, Northwestern Michigan College and Grand Valley State University will highlight how extended reality (XR) is beginning to transform teaching and learning. Come to this session to see two examples of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality experiences in use by faculty and students, contributing to high-impact practices.
  • Establishing an Online/Hybrid Course Peer Review Process (Ryan Bernstein, NMC) – In this session attendees will learn about the first year of NMC’s online/hybrid course Peer Review (PR) process. Topics of discussion include the reasons behind and an overview of NMC’s process, how we went about selecting and training PRs, and helpful tools and resources we developed along the way. Two NMC PRs will also be in attendance to share their experiences.
  • Using Free and Open Source Systems with your LMS (Sarah Peterson, Olivet College) – This session will cover free and open source systems (FOSS) like Google Drive, Social Media, and others, and how institutions and professors should consider the combination of these systems with their institution’s LMS instead of solely relying on their LMS for online courses. The outcomes are to enhance student learning, student engagement, and collaborative learning online. This session relates to the theme of the future of higher ed. and technology because it is looking beyond the costly technology we have through our institution, and looking into the free, more user-friendly technology available.
  • Roll out the Polls! (Kevin Wagenmaker, Montcalm and Garry Brand, GRCC) – In this session, we will be digging into ETOM Quick Polls. As we share the results, we will facilitate discussions on what you are planning in the future.
$140 Registration Fee (Includes meals and room)