Post University Online Learning Conference Explores Issues, Trends and Technologies Shaping the Future

WATERBURY, Conn., May 03, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) —
University recently hosted its second annual online learning
conference, “Shaping
the Future: Driving Innovation in Online Higher Education.” Nearly
100 people in the online higher education space came together to share
their perspectives on issues, trends and technologies that are shaping
the future of online higher education in America.

The conference featured education futurist, Steve
Hargadon, and more than a dozen presenters, all of whom are making
an impact in the field of online higher education.

Hargadon has been one of the major voices for technology, education and
learning and was among the first to recognize the value that social
networking can bring to education. He outlined the different cultural
and technological shifts that are influencing the way people think
about, deliver and pursue education. He explained that the
deinstitutionalization of education has resulted in a move from students
as compliant recipients of knowledge delivered in a classroom to
students as creators and agents in their own educational journeys, which
often extend far beyond the classroom walls.

“We look forward to this conference every year because it is such an
important time for leaders in the industry to collaborate and share
their insight, so we can learn from each other and grow to better meet
student needs,” said Frank Mulgrew, President of the Online
Education Institute of Post University. “For many educators, the
discussion is no longer focused on whether it makes sense to offer
online learning options. It does. The challenge now is how to create
online learning environments that can truly respond to student needs and
improve educational outcomes. That’s what this conference was about.”

Among other topics, presenters explored how the principles embedded in
game design can be used in instructional design models to increase
student engagement and achieve learning objectives; how Social Media
helps unleash students’ energy and creative potential while also
building their personal learning networks and enhancing their learning
opportunities; and the importance of educational partnerships in the
mission to better meet student needs. You can follow all of Post’s
coverage of the conference–including videos, podcasts, photos, and
analysis–on its blog as it’s published through the coming weeks.


Video of Steve Hargadon’s keynote presentation:

Photos from the event:

Follow more videos and podcasts from the event:


Founded in 1890, Post University is a student-focused, career-driven
university committed to providing students with the knowledge, personal
skills and experience required to be leaders in their chosen fields.
Located in Waterbury, Conn., Post University is the fastest growing
University and the largest provider of completely online higher
education in the state. It offers a wide array of undergraduate and
graduate degree programs for on-campus and online students of all ages,
and is known for its quality, career-driven academic programs, small
classes, and competitive NCAA Division II athletics. The University’s
more than 10,000 full- and part-time students come from the United
States and abroad, and are supported by faculty whose mission is to
prepare students to compete and succeed in today’s global workplace. To
learn more about Post University, call 800-345-2562 or visit
or .

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