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ITC 2015 Distance Learning Survey Results

2015 Distance Learning Survey Results

What We Have Learned about eLearning:  An Overview

Eleven years ago, the Instructional Technology Council’s (ITC) board of directors created this survey instrument so as to produce data of use to eLearning practitioners.  The survey targeted the ITC membership of predominantly two-year institutions. After all, from the inception of online learning, the community college movement embraced the value of online education to the fullest.  Community colleges recognized the intrinsic value of this mode of instruction - - greatly improved access to higher education.  Today, community colleges enroll the greatest number of online students and have the largest number of online degree programs. 

Over the years, the ITC has tried to retain as many of the practical and relevant questions as possible. The evolution of online learning has of course precipitated the addition – and the occasional deletion – of questions.  The goals of the survey and its accompanying report have always been evident:

$1·         Provide annual longitudinal data that is specifically relevant to distance education practitioners.

$1·         Use the data to determine significant national trends in distance education.

$1·         Use the data so community colleges can more effectively plan and strategize for the future.

$1·         Focus on obtaining results from community colleges that lead efforts to adopt and expand online course offerings, degree programs, and best practices to help online student succeed.

As you review this year’s survey results, it is our hope and expectation that you will find we have remained true to our goals as well as our commitment to provide reliable, practical data of greatest benefit to eLearning administrators, support staff and faculty.  

2016 ITC Leadership Academy

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Registration Is Open!

Registration for the 7th annual ITC Leadership Academy is now open. Each year, the Leadership Academy focuses on essential leadership skills built on the American Association of Community College’s six designated leadership competencies, for eLearning administrators, instructional designers and faculty. The Leadership Academy has graduated more than 120 over the past six years. This year, the three-day Academy will be held in Asheville, North Carolina July 21st – 23rd.

For more information - and to register - please go to:

2016 ITC Leadership Academy 

2016 ITC eLearning Conference Round-up

Last month, attendees gathered at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ for the ITC’s annual eLearning Conference . This year’s conference featured:

- Four Keynote Sessions
- The Grand Debate
- ITC Annual Awards for Excellence
- Outstanding Exhibitors
- Revised sessions schedule that included: 58 45-minute concurrent sessions, 6 20-minute megabyte sessions & 6 10-minute mini-byte sessions
- Social Events (an evening in Old Town Scottsdale and an authentic Arizona Western BBQ)
- And let’s face it, AMAZING WEATHER!

Winners of the 2016 ITC Awards for Excellence

2016 ITC Technology Support Award
Lee Anne Allison
Center for Teaching Excellence Hyperstruction Studio
Lee College Baytown, Texas Lee Anne Allison

2016 ITC Outstanding eLearning Faculty Award
Melanie Morris
Business Law Professor
Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ

2016 ITC Outstanding Fully Online Course Award
Course CLP2140
Sheryl M. Hartman, PhD and Ms. Melisa Rios, MS - MIS
Professor and Senior Instructional
Miami Dade College, Miami, FL

2016 ITC Outstanding Online Student Award
Vanessa Williams
Rio Salado College, Tempe, AZ

2016 ITC Lifetime Achievement Award
Jurgen Hilke
Executive Director of the Center for Distributed Learning
Frederick Community College, Frederick, MD

The Grand Debate

This year’s Grand Debate topic: Analytics: Gift or Trojan Horse?

Resolved: academic analytics is a nefarious and useless intrusion into our students’ privacy and right of self-determination.

Moderator: Dr. Michael Catchpole, Professor of Psychology 
North Island College, Vancouver Island, Canada

Affirmative: Fred Lokken, Professor of Political Science
Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nevada

Negative: Dr. Mickey Slimp
Executive Director 
Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges & Universities