EKU Online Well Represented at 2014 Kentucky Convergence Conference

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Eastern Kentucky University staff shared expertise and award-winning courses at the 2014 Kentucky Convergence Conference demonstrating that EKU has some of the best online degree programs available.

Eastern Kentucky University ranks among U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Programs.

Eastern Kentucky University ranks among U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Programs.

EKU is definitely a state leader in the number and quality of online programs offered and on the cutting edge in use of teaching technologies.

Eastern Kentucky University was well represented at the 2014 Kentucky Convergence Conference held at the University of Louisville, November 13-14. Multiple staff members from the EKU Online Instructional Development Center served as presenters and panel experts throughout the event.

Convergence, an annual conference involving both state and private Kentucky universities and colleges along with the Council on Postsecondary Education, attracts hundreds of faculty, instructional designers, IT personnel, and other support staff from around the state to share the latest in technology and its impact on higher education.

EKU Online instructional designers Jennifer Perkins, Mikah Pritchard, Chris Daniel and Kara Renfro presented the latest in mobile apps and software applications for online courses. Additionally, Perkins and Scott Townsend, associate professor in the EKU Department of Curriculum and Instruction, presented a workshop entitled “Engineering an Online ‘Engineering-in-Education’ Course.” Their work was recognized with a Blackboard Catalyst “Director’s Choice” Award earlier this year.

The conference steering committee also gave special recognition to Mona Isaacs, who is retiring as EKU’s associate vice president of IT. Isaacs served on the committee for a number of years and was honored in the event program as “an integral part of information technology in the state of Kentucky.”

Steve Dwinnells, director of EKU’s Instructional Development Center, said such events “demonstrate that EKU is definitely a state leader in the number and quality of online programs offered and on the cutting edge in use of teaching technologies. Plus, it gives us an opportunity to learn from others and think about ways to build even better courses for our students.”

Dwinnells served on an online course accessibility panel during the event with representatives from the University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University and Northern Kentucky University.

This year’s conference theme was “Back to the Future,” emphasizing the need to refocus attention on educational technologies to help faculty and universities move forward. The theme was made complete with an original DeLorean on site.

Consistently recognized as having some of the nation’s best online degree programs, Eastern Kentucky University strives to make quality education accessible to everyone. EKU is an accredited, brick-and-mortar institution celebrating more than 100 years of student success. EKU Online offers more than 25 undergraduate and graduate degree options in a variety of fields, representing Arts & Sciences, Education, Justice & Safety and Health Sciences. To learn more, visit http://go.eku.edu/convergence.

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