Minneapolis—November 2, 2011— Walden University announced today that multiple presentations were accepted for the 17th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning, the premier global conference in online learning, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Nov. 9–11, 2011. Faculty and staff members will deliver presentations highlighting faculty development, online learning and technology use. The conference brings together and engages individuals, institutions and organizations of higher education on topics of online learning.

Nine faculty and staff members from Walden will present at this year’s conference, which is titled “Online Learning, Teaching, and Research in the New Media Ecology.” Presentations include:

  • Dr. Laurel Walsh, Center for Student Success; Dr. Jeff Zuckerman, Center for Student Success; and Amber Cook, the Writing Center, “The Role of Faculty Liaisons in Faculty Development Through Support Services”
  • Dr. Colin Wightman, Dr. Kathy Faggiani and Dr. Karlyn Barilovits, School of Information Systems and Technology, “Attracting and Retaining Underrepresented Students in Computing: Are Online Programs Different?”
  • Jenna Johnshoy and Sally Francis, Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, “Influencing Factors of Online Learning Technology Use and Satisfaction”
  • Dr. Jonathan Cabiria, School of Psychology, “Augmented Reality: The Next Level of Immersive Learning”

In addition to the upcoming presentations, Walden’s research study “Linking Teacher Learning to Student Success” was recently published in the Sloan Consortium’s Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN), Vol. 15, Issue 2. This study of educational outcomes compared the reading fluency of students whose teachers have a master’s degree from Walden against that of students whose teachers do not have a master’s degree from Walden.

The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education. For more information about this conference and its presentations, visit http://sloanconsortium.org/conferences/2011/aln/program.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 46,500 students from all 50 states and more than 120 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 55 campus-based and online universities in 28 countries.

Walden offers more than 60 degree programs with more than 300 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.hlcommission.org.

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