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Online Teaching, Learning Institute at UM March 11-12

The second annual Extended Learning Institute will be held Thursday and Friday, March 11-12, at The University of Montana. 

The institute aims to promote the exchange of knowledge, effective practices and research relative to online teaching and learning. The event is free and open to all faculty, administrators, librarians, staff and technology personnel within the Montana University System. 

Participants are asked to register online at Institute events will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Conference packets can be picked up at the registration table in the James E. Todd Building beginning at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, March 11.

Susan Ko will deliver the keynote address at a luncheon on Thursday, March 11. She also will facilitate an interactive workshop for experienced instructors interested in giving their online courses a “tuneup.” Ko is the executive director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Maryland University College. She is co-author, with Steve Rossen, of the book “Teaching Online: A Practical Guide.”

The Extended Learning Institute is sponsored by MUS and supports statewide eLearning strategic goals in the areas of faculty development, expanding online student services, developing collaborative online programs and fostering a community of practice for the new Montana Virtual Academy. The event is endorsed by Thomas Gibson, director of eLearning Business Development in the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education.

Online and distance education continue to grow across MUS, with more than 6,000 students enrolling in nearly 500 courses each semester and more than 50 degree and certificate programs offered online.

For more information, e-mail the Extended Learning Institute at or visit their Web site at