About the Conference

Welcome to the Fourth Annual SHSU Online Teaching and Learning Conference. The Teaching and Learning conference is designed to bring together faculty interested in utilizing tools, best practices and emerging technology to improve and advance online teaching and learning. Thanks to the large turnout at the last conference, this year’s event has been expanded across two days, and will be held March 26-27, 2015 in the Lowman Student Center at Sam Houston State University.

Sam Houston State University is incredibly rich in tradition, and the theme of this year’s conference is “Building Our Future on the Legacy of the Past.” It will be an event that celebrates and honors our history, and how that history informs the future of online education. In keeping with that theme, SHSU is proud to announce that it has engaged renowned futurist Bryan Alexander to deliver the conference keynote. Dr. Alexander has also agreed to lead a breakout session and give a conference wrap-up.

We hope you will join us this spring for an event to remember. Registration is now open, sign up today!

Building Our Future on the Legacy of Our Success.

Check out our wrap-up of last year's Teaching & Learning Conference

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bryan Alexander

Researcher, futurist, speaker, writer, consultant, educator, homesteader. Author of The New Digital Storytelling.

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Bryan Alexander is a futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. He completed his English language and literature PhD at the University of Michigan in 1997, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry.

Then Bryan taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana. There he also pioneered multi-campus interdisciplinary classes, while organizing an information literacy initiative. From 2002 to 2014 Bryan worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies. With NITLE he held several roles, including co-director of a regional education and technology center, director of emerging technologies, and senior fellow. Over those years Bryan helped develop and support the nonprofit, grew peer networks, consulted, and conducted a sustained research agenda.

In 2013 Bryan launched a business, Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC. Through BAC he consults throughout higher education in the United States and abroad. Bryan also speakswidely and publishes frequently.


Below are just a few of the many breakout sessions that will be featured at the Fourth Annual SHSU Online Teaching & Learning Conference:

  • Getting an ‘A+’ in Netiquette Dr. Stephanie Bluth
  • Creating Online Environments that Encourage Diversity and Social Justice Discussion Dr. Ricardo Montelongo
  • The Ties That Bind: Using a Website to Build Community Dr. Peggy Holzweiss
  • Collecting Face to Face Data in an Online Class: How Did You do That? Dr. Page Glave and Dr. Jennifer J. Didier
  • Geographic Affiliation and Sense of Place: Influences on Incoming Online Students' Geological and Meteorological Content Knowledge Jeanne Sumrall
  • Facilitating Student Learning in a Fully Online Environment: Best Practices Dr. Nara Martirosyan
  • ’Oh Won't You Stay With Me?’ Keeping Your Course in the Minds of Students Dr. Nancy Stockall
  • Teaching with the East Texas History App Dr. Jeff Littlejohn
  • Bringing Synchronicity Back in Online Courses Dr. Jason Enia
  • Using Blackboard Wikis to Facilitate Group Work Steven Koether

More details and sessions will be announced soon. Don't miss out, register for this year's Teaching and Learning Conference today!

Register for the 2015 Teaching & Learning Conference, March 26-27, 2015

Register for the 4th Annual Online Teaching and Learning Conference presented by Sam Houston State University (SHSU) Online. This is the can’t-miss event for anyone involved with online education and is free for Texas State University System (TSUS) faculty. From the informative and inspiring sessions to the helpful networking, attendees will walk away with the skills, connections and resources needed to take an online course to the next level. The conference will be held on the campus of Sam Houston State University in the Lowman Student Center (LSC) on March 26-27, 2015. Register Today!

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