Resources for Faculty Teaching ONline
- The MiraCosta Online Education website includes important resources for students and faculty, including a page on strategic planning, accreditation, and governance for distance education.
- The MiraCosta Teaching/Technology Innovation Center (TIC) website includes
- technical tips, guides, and videos for the core online education technology suite at MiraCosta, as well as information on the special technologies and resources available to faculty in the TIC.
- resources from Flex workshops about online education, including archives of workshops conducted online.
- monthly Online Education "News You Can Use" updates
- Online Class Quality Guidelines which "were developed by the MiraCosta Online Educators committee to inform online faculty of required elements for Distance Education classes, offer a means for instructors to develop and redesign online classes, foster conversation in departments about online instruction, and provide a foundation for improved faculty support." The document was approved by the Academic Senate in March 2016.
- Guidelines for Departments: Preparation of Online Faculty which was approved by the Academic Senate in March 2017 to guide departments in their responsibilities for determining the readiness of faculty to teach online.
- The Program for Online Teaching (POT) was led by MiraCosta faculty for many years and has an archive with a variety of tips, resources, in-person, and recorded workshops.
Conferences Worth Considering
Note: the following list is not intended to be exhaustive; rather, it lists key educational technology and online education conferences that MiraCostans have attended and found useful, or have confidence that they offer quality learning opportunities. Comments/suggestions are welcome - please send them to MOE chair Jim Julius (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- ITC eLearning – Typically moves west-central-east. 2018: Tucson, AZ. National scope, community-college-focused, distance-education-focused, very practical. Small-to-mid-sized.
- EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative annual meeting – Typically moves west-central-east. 2018: New Orleans. ELI is smaller and more tightly focused on teaching and learning than the big EDUCAUSE conference in the fall. Sometimes can feel a bit overly cutting edge and impractical, but very stimulating. Possible to participate online. Mid-sized. (sometimes late January)
- Computer-Using Educators – Always in Palm Springs.. Very k-12 focused but some MiraCostans have attended and found it useful. ADEC (Alliance for Distance Education in California) has a co-located 1-day conference during CUE, also k-12 oriented.
- Online Learning Consortium Innovate – 2018: Nashville. Heavy representation of 4-year colleges, mix of research and practice, lots of good online ed stuff but not exclusively focused on online. Mid-sized.
- Open Education Consortium Global conference – Moves around the world. 2018, Delft. Much more ideological, political, and big-picture, but lots of cool ideas and connections could come out of this conference.
- Online Teaching Conference – Anaheim. California Community College-run and -focused. Very practical with lots of faculty in attendance. MiraCosta has lately been sending 10-15 faculty. Small-to-mid-size.
- AACE EdMedia - Moves around the world. 2018: Amsterdam. Focus on multimedia and distance education. Large.
- ISTE Annual Conference - Moves around the US. 2018: Chicago. Largest national K-12 educational technology conference. Includes top keynotes, lots of practical sessions, and some research. Plenty of application to higher education.
- InstructureCon - Keystone, CO. Annual Canvas user conference. Fun vibe, large sessions, lots of CCC attendees.
- Teaching & Learning Conference – Always in Madison, WI. The “classic" distance ed conference, very research-oriented.
- EDUCAUSE annual conference – Moves east-central-west. 2017- Philadelphia; 2018- Denver. Broadly focused on IT in higher education, huge conference. Possible to participate online.
- WCET – Moves around the west. 2017: Denver. Good mix of CC and 4-year. Primarily distance/online-ed focused. WCET as an organization does a lot of legislative advocacy work so there is more emphasis on the regulatory side of things than other conferences, with also a nice mix of research and practice. Mid-sized. (Sometimes in November.)
- AACE e-Learn - 2017: Vancouver. eLearning practice and research in education and beyond (business, medicine, government). Large. (Sometimes in October.)
- Annual International Online Learning Consortium Accelerate Conference – Always Orlando. Huge conference, strong reputation, mix of research and practice. (Sometimes in October.)
- Directors of Educational Technology/California Higher Education (DET/CHE) Alternates north-south in CA, week after Thanksgiving. 2017: Costa Mesa. Small, single-track conference with a broad emphasis on applied instructional technology and leadership in higher ed. Attendees are from CSU, CCC, UC and 4-year California private institutions..