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 A Bold New Approach

A bold new approach to teaching, learning, and collaboration


Learn to provide practical and useful examples of current trends and tools used in adult, continuing, and higher education.  Successful facilitation of adult education is an ongoing process of learning.  The capacity of the online and virtual learning environments continues to grow.  Update your skills by participating in this web conference where you will learn to implement many current trends and tools while encouraging learner interaction and collaboration.


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                                 2)  For groups of 5 or more - Click here

WHEN:          Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 10:00am – 3:30pm CST

WHERE:        Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing platform

FEE:              $40 Registration Fee, $50 after March 31, $25 Student Registration Fee

CEUs:            5 hours of instructional time or 0.5 CEUs, $20 Fee (in addition to
                      Registration fee)

NOTE:  Registration for this event will close at noon (CST) on Monday, April 22.


Conference Objectives

Technological change in the learning environment means we must go beyond traditional approaches when educating adult professionals.  This essential, one-day conference, designed specifically for educators, trainers, instructional designers, higher education administrators and students, showcases the most popular trends in adult, continuing, and higher education.


This conference will provide insights into Social Media in education, accessibility, instructional strategies and design, and Massive Open Online Courses.  By the end of the conference, you will identify:


  •  How to implement specific examples of educational technology trends in your online classroom
  • How to use social media in the online classroom and apply best practices in this learning format
  • Instructional strategy models and the relationship between learners, process, and format
  • Strategies for implementing a plan to address accessibility concerns for all learners

Program Schedule



10-10:15 am

Welcome  & Opening Remarks

10:15–10:50 am

Innovative Disruption: What this Means for Educators – Bruce Maas

11-11:50 am

An Incremental Approach to Universal Design and Access for All – Aura Hirschman

12-12:50 pm

Social Media for Educators – Tanya Joosten

12:50-1:20 pm


1:30-2:20 pm

Hyper-Engaging Instructional Strategies for Any Class Size: Low-Risk, Low-Cost, Low Time  – Curt Bonk

2:30-3:20 pm

MOOCs and More: A Call for Connected Learning in Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education – Amy Collier

3:20-3:30 pm

Concluding Remarks 

Conference Activities

Book Sale
:  The UWM Bookstore will conduct an online book sale for the conference, in which some of the presenters' books will be offered at a special discount.  Click here to view and purchase these books.

Prizes & Gifts:  At the conclusion of the conference, there will be game prizes which will include books and gift bags.

Conference Team

C Lia Coryell, Brooke Ekvall, Jennifer Filz, Christina Johnson, Melissa Kalbus, Rebecca Murphy, Anita Samuel, Todd Southern, and Masaya Xiong.


CONFERENCE MANAGER: Simone C. O. Conceição

Conference Twitter: https://twitter.com/logonpluginfire

Conference Blog: http://logonpluginfireup.blogspot.com/

Speaker & Session Titles


Bruce Maas

Innovative Disruption:  What this Means for Educators

Bruce Maas is the CIO and Vice Provost for Information Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has served the University of Wisconsin System in a diversity of roles over a career of more than 30 years, including Campus Budget Manager, Assistant Dean for Business Affairs, PeopleSoft Student System Project Manager, Deputy CIO, UW System Service Center Transition Coordinator, and CIO at two UW institutions.

Bruce has served as the Director of the EDUCAUSE Leadership Institute, a faculty member of the institute, and as chair of the Midwest EDUCAUSE conference. Presently, he is serving a 4-year term on the EDUCAUSE Board from 2012 to 2016. Bruce is a member of the Internet2 External Relations Advisory Committee, and serves as the co-PI of two NSF infrastructure grants. He is an active presenter at EDUCAUSE conferences, and believes strongly in the importance of organized employee development. He is a strong advocate for central and distributed IT collaborations and partnerships. Bruce is focused on the core mission of teaching, learning, service and research at the University of Wisconsin and believes it is a distinct privilege to serve that mission.

Aura Hirschman

An Incremental Approach to Universal Design and Access for All: Two-Minute Interventions for Student Success

Aura M. Hirschman has over 30 years of vocational rehabilitation experience that includes teaching, research, outreach, program management, career development, job placement, counseling, case management, job analysis, and legal consultation. Her experience includes work in higher education, hospital and rehabilitation centers, VA, and private vocational consultancies. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Disability Management Specialist, and Licensed Professional Counselor.  As the Outreach and Training Coordinator for the Rehabilitation Research Design & Disability Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she coordinated two U.S. Department of Education (DOE), Office of Postsecondary Education, Demonstration Projects promoting Universal Design in Higher Education and two federal assistive technology training grants.

Hirschman has been engaged in training teams at several institutions of higher learning in universal design of education, in the development and promotion of two resource websites with over 700 resources offering strategies for accessible campuses and communities, and in the development and creation of several universal design resources. She has been integral in the development and writing of Equivalent Text Description protocols. She has presented dozens of workshops around the United States on accessibility and universal design, including at the Association for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (RESNA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN).

Tanya JoostenSocial Media for Educators

Tanya Joosten is the Director (Interim) at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Learning Technology Center (LTC).  She is the author of Social Media for Educators and her work and expertise on social media, virtual worlds, and other emerging technologies has been highlighted in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Ed Tech Magazine, eCampus News, EDUCAUSE Review, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, and other news and media publications.  

Tanya is active in blended and online learning where she has taught online and blended classes for over a decade, co-chairs the UWM Online Program Council (OPC), is the campus liaison for online and blended programming, is a mentor for the Sloan-C certificate in online teaching, and is the 2013 chair of the Sloan-C Blended conference (#blend13) in Milwaukee (http://sloanconsortium.org/blended).  


She is also a State of Wisconsin Superintendent's digital learning advisory council member, EDUCAUSE Evolving Technologies Steering Committee, EDUCAUSE IT Status committee, NMC Horizon Project Higher Ed Advisory Board, and Sage Publications digital media advisory board member.


Curt BonkHyper-Engaging Instructional Strategies for Any Class Size: Low-Risk, Low-Cost, Low Time 

Curt Bonk is Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University and President of CourseShare. Drawing on his background as a corporate controller, CPA, educational psychologist, and instructional technologist, Bonk offers unique insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology. A well-known authority on emerging technologies for learning, Bonk reflects on his speaking experiences around the world in his popular blog, TravelinEdMan. He has authored several widely used technology books, including The World is Open, Empowering Online Learning, The Handbook of Blended Learning, and Electronic Collaborators.

Amy CollierMOOCs and More: A Call for Connected Learning in Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education


Amy Collier is the director for technology and teaching for the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning. In this capacity, she works with Stanford faculty to develop online and blended courses, including flipped courses and MOOCs. She leads a team of Instructional Designers and doctoral students who develop and iterate on designs for online and blended learning. Amy provides outreach for the Stanford Online initiative, speaking with individuals, departments, and external groups about Stanford's work. Before coming to Stanford, Amy was the Director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Texas Wesleyan University where she and her team implemented nationally-recognized faculty development programs for online learning and learning space redesign.

About the Conference Team


Simone Conceição, Ph.D.  - "The students in this Administrative Leadership 767 class are phenomenal as this innovative conference is their response to the question, 'What do you see as current trends in adult and continuing and higher education?'.  The class worked as a team to select conference focus and speakers, develop marketing strategies, plan conference logistics, implement the conference, and evaluate outcomes.  This class is being offered totally online through synchronous and asynchronous meeting." 

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We would like to acknowledge the James C. Fisher Adult Education Fund; at the UWM Foundation, for providing financial support for this conference.  If you would like to assist the James C. Fisher Adult Education Fund in sponsoring conferences like this in the future, make your gift to the James C. Fisher Adult Education Fund by check to:

The UWM Foundation Earmarked for: the James Fisher Adult Education Fund (#45120)

and mail it to:

Paul Ross
Hefter Conference Center
3271 N. Lake Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53211-3460
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