Teaching and Learning: Innovative and effective designs, methods, resources and strategies that promote best practices in teaching and learning in the online environment. Topics include videoconferencing, flipped classrooms, student engagement, academic honesty, collaborative learning, higher-order thinking, pedagogy, andragogy, and similar concepts that can be adapted to a wide variety of disciplines.
Student Support: Strategies and resources for providing technical and academic support to help distance education students succeed. Topics include help desk functions, call centers, technical manuals, work flows, self-help tools, written and video-based support resources, identifying student and faculty needs, etc.
Instructional Design: Effective instructional design strategies, tools, and resources for development of instructional materials and courses for the distance education environment. Topics include design theories, lesson planning, course planning, media selection decisions, universal design, copyrights, intellectual property, etc.
System Administration: Highlights the programming and setup of instructional technology and computing systems. Topics include LMS system administration, SIS system integration, videoconferencing set-up, networking, database administration, and the like.
Professional Development: This track focuses on concepts related to providing employees, faculty, staff, and trainers appropriate professional development opportunities to help them stay current and productive in their fields. Topics include identifying training needs, designing programming, training tools and resources, continuing education, incentives, etc.
Program Administration and Management: How to set up and administer an online or distance education program, including administering quality measures, planning, budgeting, compliance standards (THECB, SACS, HERC), institutional effectiveness, administrative support structures, upgrade management and design plans, legal and policy issues, marketing, etc.
Public Policies and Legislation: Presents the latest information and issues regarding public policies and legislation and the impact it is having on distance programs, students, and faculty.
Research and Academic Papers: A showcase of the theoretical, methodological, empirical, or application-oriented study of distance learning. Student research is encouraged in this category.