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2016 Summer Retreat

June 9 & 10, 2016

Kettunen Center
Tustin, MI
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picture of BIll Knapp

June 9
11:30 am

Registration & Check In
12 noon Lunch 
1:00-5:00 p.m.

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 p.m.

6:30 p.m. Free Time - kayak the lake or walk the trails 
7:30 p.m. Annual Membership meeting 
8:30 p.m. Bonfire at the lake 
June 10
7:30 a.m.
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

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 a.m.
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 a.m.

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 
Center Lake

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


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