Emerging Trends & Best Practices

Knowledge in action to impact our mission

October 10-12, 2017

Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan

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Many Adventist institutions have recognized that online education makes it possible to expand the reach of the Adventist educational system into the homes and workplaces of Adventists unable to attend a residential campus. New communication technologies are taking online education into directions that are more accessible, instructionally enriched, and interpersonally connected. As a matter of fact, the growth of communication technologies can present both new and creative opportunities but also challenges for faculty to keep up.

The objective of this conference is to create a space to explore and discuss current trends and best practices in online education. Participants will share ideas and projects that will enable us to make best use of the online environment, aligning technology to needs of the Adventist church in its mission and defining ways to collaborate and share effective practices.

Benefits to participation in this event

Expand your knowledge in new fields of application in online education

Explore areas of opportunity for fulfilling the mission of the Church

Build your skills and techniques as an online instructor

Develop technical skills in tools essential for online education

Explore how resources can be shared from campus to campus

Extend your network of contacts for increasing the possibilities of collaboration



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We welcome educators engaged in Adventist online learning at any level and from any country. Come to share and network. Leave inspired and equipped to improve your educational ministry.

Registration Period Dates International and Virtual Cost US & Canada
Early registration April 30 to July 5, 2017 $30 USD $75 USD
Registration open July 6 to September 26, 2017 $35 USD $80 USD
Late registration September 27 to October 12, 2017 $40 USD $85 USD


Registration provides access to all conference events, including three breakfasts, three lunches, and two dinners. Attendees will be responsible for all other meals and personal expenses.


Blocks of rooms have been reserved for the nights of Monday October 9, 2017 –Thursday October 12, 2017 in the Andrews University Campus Center and University Towers, Hilton Garden Inn, and Comfort Inn and Suites. Contact the desired location to reserve your room. All prices are USD.


Andrews University is a two-hour drive from Chicago airports and 30 minutes from the South Bend, Indiana, Regional Airport. Cars may be rented at any airport. International guests may email sde@andrews.edu to arrange transport to/from the South Bend Airport.

Coach USA runs shuttle busses to and from Chicago’s Midway and O’Hare airports and South Bend airport. Reservations are recommended.
Phone: 800-833-5555 (Mishawaka, IN)
Website: coachusa.com
Cost: $42.00 USD one way

Optional Adventist Heritage Tour

Attendees have the opportunity to visit the Adventist Heritage Village in Battle Creek, Michigan, after the conference on Friday, October 13. The cost for this optional activity, $25, is paid in addition to the conference fee, at the time of registration. The cost includes transportation, a box lunch, and the tour.
When: October 13, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Begin and end in the Chan Shun Parking

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Time Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Thursday, October 12, 2017
8:30-9:00 Worship Felix Cortez (Andrews University) Worship Worship
Jared Briggman (Andrews University online student alumnus)
9:00-10:15 Opening Keynote
Larry Blackmer (North American Division)
Daryl Gungadoo (Adventist World Radio)
Adam Fenner (Adventist Learning Community)
Nancy Lamoreaux (General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)
10:30-11:20 Breakout Sessions Breakout Sessions Workshops
12:30-2:00  Lunch Lunch
Student Panel Keynote
2:00-3:00  Show ‘n’ Tell: Collaboration Showcase Workshops Breakout Sessions
3:15-4:15  Breakout Sessions Speedy Slides Sessions
4:30-5:30  Speedy Slides Sessions Fun Run / Walk 5K Poster Sessions
5:30-6:30 Welcome Reception and Posters Dinner Roundtable Conversations (Dinner on your own) Collaborative Project Reports
6:30-8:00 Dinner and Keynote
Darcy Hardy (Blackboard Consulting)
Dinner and Closing Keynote
Ismael Castillo (Universidad de Montemorelos)
Online Teacher Consecration



July 5, 2017

We invite your proposals for presentations, panels, workshops to be shared at our conference. We want to provide opportunities for Adventist educators to network, as well as draw on the wider fields of Christian and public online education. Our attendees expect quality sessions sharing best practices, experiences, research, or models that work; and sessions projecting trends in Adventist, Christian, and online education with practical suggestions for meeting current and future challenges and opportunities.

All sessions should fit within one of the following three strands:

Online Education Administration: Trends and Practices, for example:
  • The impact of Adventism on online education in home, church, and school systems
  • Providing a uniquely Adventist online education
  • Fulfilling the Adventist mission through online education
  • National and international regulations impacting Adventist online education
  • Technology and communication trends: LMS, video, communication tools
  • Business models for Christian online education
  • Affording Adventist online education: innovations increasing access financially
  • Adventist online education practices that grow quality Adventist institutions
  • Implementing online program evaluation
  • Partnering with other schools to deliver online education
  • Homeschooling
  • Program models to expand access and flexibility
Teaching, Learning and Assessment Online: Trends and Practices, for example:
  • Teacher-student relationships online
  • Collaboration for training leaders and members of the local church
  • Tools for evaluating online courses
  • Blended learning trends
  • Instructional design
  • Designing online mission-oriented programs
  • Teaching digital natives in the global classroom
  • Teaching the digital immigrant: reaching adult learners
  • Facilitating faith integrated learning
  • Implementing service learning online
  • Creating and evaluating online assessments of student learning
  • Tools and online resources to support teaching, learning and assessment
  • Learning analytics for supporting success
Student Services Online: Trends and Practices, for example:
  • Marketing and recruiting into uniquely Adventist online programs
  • Empowering faculty and staff to mentor online students holistically and redemptively
  • Institutional, program, and course orientations
  • Strategies and resources for online student faith development outside the online classroom: prayer/chapel, spiritual emphasis week, ministry online
  • Strategies and resources for online student success support: tutoring, counseling, career guidance, library, helpdesk
  • Tools to build online student community such as social media, communication plans, complaint resolution processes, video conferencing
  • Collecting and analyzing data to promote student success

When you submit your proposal, you will indicate the following options:

Level of presentation:
  • K12, elementary/primary, secondary/high school
  • Higher education, college, university
Presentation language:
  • English (Primary language of the conference.)
  • Spanish (Note that we are currently exploring options to provide translation at the conference.)
The format of your session:
  • Poster (Prepare a standing tabletop poster or a digital poster to be shown on a monitor you provide. Describe your research, a project, a supportive process, etc.)
  • Speedy Slides (Present a fast-paced overview with 20 slides in 6 minutes. Presentations will be timed. )
  • Breakout session (Present a thoughtful, high quality interactive session, sharing experiences and/or practical advice.)
  • Workshop (Facilitate a 3 hour workshop, providing in-depth learning.)
  • Research paper (Present an original research paper on an online learning topic.)
The location of your presentation:
  • Presenting onsite (preferred)
  • Presenting remotely via videoconference
You will provide the following:
  • Contact Information: Full contact details for lead presenter and any co-presenters
  • Session Title: a succinct descriptive title; ten words maximum
  • Abstract: 50-words or less - The abstract will be used in the conference program. Please ensure that it accurately represents your session and entices the interest of the conference attendees.
  • Content: Provide a clear summary of learning objectives and session content in no less than 300 words, not to exceed 500 words.
Technology: Projector, screen, wireless Internet provided. If you need sound please bring your own speakers.
  • I am bringing my own laptop.
  • I will bring my own speakers.

Recording: You will indicate your willingness for your presentation to be recorded: yes/no

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:
  • Topic relevance to distance learning and the conference theme
  • Quality of the presentation: substance, clarity and consistency between the title, abstract, and content within the proposal; proposal organization
  • Measurable outcomes of the presentation
  • Evidence of innovation and effective practice
  • Audience breadth, engagement, and likelihood of future application

See proposal requirements

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Phone number

(269) 471-6570 or (800) 782-4769