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Discussion will examine how colleges can use online tools in emergencies

March 16, 2007

Contact: Ray Schroeder, 217/206-7531, rschr1@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD -- Ray Schroeder, director of the Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning at the University of Illinois at Springfield, will take part in a Live Chronicle of Higher Education Brownbag on "Avoiding Disaster with the Help of Online Education" beginning at noon (EDT), on Thursday, March 22. The discussion will be available at http://chronicle.com/live/. Participants who log in at the time of the program will be able to submit questions during the live discussion.

An expert on the use of technology in higher education, Schroeder will talk about what colleges can do to prepare for different types of emergencies and how they can use web-based learning to continue classes without interruption.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Schroeder was instrumental in working with the Sloan Consortium to develop the Sloan Semester, whereby college students left homeless by the storm had the chance to continue their education online, no matter where they relocated. He later chaired a national workshop, held New Orleans, on using online learning in an emergency.

For those unable to join in while the program is in progress, a transcript will be available at the same website later.

UIS' Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning is dedicated to promoting faculty use of the Internet and allied developing technologies to enhance learning, scholarship, and service. For more information, contact Schroeder at 206-7531 or go to http://otel.uis.edu.

 

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