(March 28, 2014) -- Marni Baker Stein, chief innovation officer in the University of Texas System Institute for Transformational Learning, will be the keynote speaker at this year's Innovations in Online Learning (IOL) Conference May 21-23 in San Antonio,. The theme of the event is "Sparking Innovation for Education."
With 20 years of experience in developing innovative higher education programs, Baker Stein helps promote a culture of educational innovation across Texas and expanding access to educational programs that improve learning and reduce costs.
A catalyst for innovation, the Institute for Transformational Learning works to establish the nine universities and six health institutions of the University of Texas System as world leaders in developing and implementing best-in-class resources for online learning.
With a $50 million fund, the institute works to improve learning outcomes, develop blended and online degree and certificate programs and courses, and discover innovative teaching tools that promote interactivity.
Co-hosted by UTSA and the University of Texas at El Paso, the conference will highlight innovations at UT System and other schools. Educators from throughout the state and leaders from across the UT System will meet at the Hyatt Regency hotel on the San Antonio River Walk to explore innovative ways in which educational visionaries such as Stein are transforming the field.
"Conference organizers are offering interactive and engaging presentations related to changes and innovations in online education," said Mayra Collins, co-chair for this year's event. "Presenters will address the unique challenges and opportunities that come with the delivery, support, evaluation and management of online teaching and learning."
Seminar sessions will focus on best practices, innovative research and trends in technology.
IOL is designed for higher-education faculty, staff and students engaged at any level of online learning. Early bird registration ends April 4. For more information, visit the IOL Conference website.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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