Last week several faculty and staff from Chemeketa traveled up to the 10th annual Northwest eLearning Conference. NW eLearn is a regional conference that attracts teaching professionals from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and beyond. This year there were some very noteworthy keynote speakers and breakout sessions with five of those presented by our own Chemeketa Faculty.
Salem to Olympia
Traveling to a local conference with colleagues provides opportunities for rich discussion and networking. There were two separate vans that departed from the Green lot at Chemeketa bound for the state capital of Washington. The 2015 NW eLearn was being hosted at the Red Lion in Olympia, WA. Last year the conference was held in Boise, ID and then in Spokane, WA the year before that.
Chemeketa Presents x 5
Several Chemeketa Faculty & Administrators presented on a variety of teaching and learning topics.
- Incorporating accessibility in course design practices (Teresa Prange & Sage Freeman)
- Ways to successfully integrate social presence in the online classroom (Colin Stapp)
- Strategies to encourage autonomous faculty innovation (Annie Shaw, Beth Hale,Kellie Schellenberg & Mark Rediske)
During the morning gathering on the last day Kevin Smith and GwenEllyn Anderson both gave Lightening Talks which are short 5-10 minute presentations.
- Designing projects that foster technological, visual, and ecoliteracy
- Ways to connect online students to feeling part of the greater campus
That evening after the conference several of us gathered for dinner at Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill at Northpoint. Fortunately we had Michael Adams from Chemeketa Wine Studies join us. We had some great conversations about local wines and food. Be sure to check out the Joe Palmer House in Dayton, OR for terrific wines and mushroom dishes!
That's A Wrap
On day two of the conference Dr. Cable Green from Creative Commons gave a moving presentation on Open Education Resources. In his keynote Cable emphasized that “Education is fundamentally about sharing” and “Open does not equal free”. Last year Dr. Green visited Chemeketa at our Salem campus and presented on Open Education Resources.
There were several great take-aways from the conference this year and many left feeling energized and eager to apply what they had learned to their own teaching and learning. At the conclusion of the conference the planning chair announced that next year the conference would be held in Oregon.