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Deborah Proctor
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities


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Keynote Speakers from the MERLOT International Conference

Below are links to the video presentation by each Keynote speakers at the MERLOT Conference, August 8-10, 2008. 

* Featured Session - Friday, August 8, 2008 *
A Trailblazer's Perspective on Online Learning, Leadership and Success
Presenters: Darcy Hardy

You have no doubt witnessed the explosive growth of online learning, or as some call it - e-learning. The name continues to evolve but the idea of providing convenient access to education for students around the globe has been constant. How did we get where we are today? What has led to the success of so many e-learning organizations and the demise of so few? Who are the leaders and what did they do right? What did they do wrong and how did they learn from their mistakes? Is success based on enrollments? revenue? quality? All of the above? Which is most important, and which one can you most influence? And because working in the digital world can be stressful, we'll look at how elements such as respect, empathy, appreciation and humor can keep an organization from falling apart.

* Featured Session - Saturday, August 9, 2008 *
What Would Dewey Do?
Presenters: Bernie Dodge

IImagine if John Dewey lived in a time of free learning objects and unlimited access to all of human knowledge? What kinds of lessons would he dream up? One thing is for certain: he would remind us to focus on the creation of challenging, meaningful tasks for learners. Information leads to learning only when we're compelled to DO something with it. This session will survey the kinds of active doing that Dewey would do in today's networked environment.


* Featured Session - Sunday, August 10, 2008 *
eLearning Strategic MERLOT
Presenters: Robbie Melton

Forget being traditional! This presentation will provide proven strategies on how to incorporate MERLOT in an eLearning Strategic Plan for system wide professional development implementation, as a course development tool, and for teaching and learning. In addition, this presentation will highlight "out-of-the-box" creative initiatives on infusing MERLOT with faculty training, mentoring, student support services, and as a tutorial tool for students.