February 15, 2010
10-028

Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

Carly Floyd

VSU Hosts 2010 Online Lifeline Conference

VALDOSTA -- The 2010 Online Lifeline Conference, which focuses on classroom technology and online instruction for institutional educators and personnel, will be held Feb. 17-19 at Valdosta State University’s Regional Center for Continuing Education.

The three-day educational summit will begin Thursday, Feb. 17, with pre-conference workshops followed by the HUB Social and Technology Showcase at 5:30 p.m. in The Crescent Auditorium, 904 N. Patterson St. The networking event will include an informative poster session and opportunities to trial new interactive technologies.

On Friday, conference participants can attend four of 15 concurrent sessions about the use of technology in course instruction. At 10 a.m., Dr. Melanie N. Clay, associate dean of USG eCore and Extended Degree Programs, will deliver the keynote address, “Online Student Success - It's Meant to Happen.” Dr. Mark Taylor, nationally recognized educator and technology consultant, will give the feature presentation titled, “Effective Use of Clickers,” from noon until 1:15 p.m.

Jon Sizemore, assistant director for distance learning at VSU, said the 2010 Online Lifeline Conference is an opportunity to get together with professional colleagues to learn and share successful strategies for teaching with technology.

“Networking with faculty across the campus and the University System opens dialogs and collaborations that benefit everyone. Participants discover ways to improve instruction, increase access for students, and help ease workloads," Sizemore said. "Today in education, technology is one of the tools of the trade - this conference gives us a chance to develop our technology craftsmanship.”

The conference is open to faculty and staff members from any institution. Registration is $25, and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Presenters and co-presenters can register for $10. Visit www.valdosta.edu/distance/onlinelifeline/forms/registration.php for a full schedule, list of breakout sessions and additional information.