Inspiring Perspectives. Practical Impact.

The Heartland eLearning Institute is a next-generation professional development experience focused on developing practical skills and innovative ideas for elearning faculty, designers, developers, and leaders of higher education. The Heartland eLearning Institute achieves this through a blend of innovation, inspiration, applied learning, and dialogue with thought leaders and colleagues.

Institute at a Glance

This unique institute will be an inspiring and practical learning event, personalized for elearning faculty, designers, developers, and leaders in higher education. The Heartland eLearning Institute will bring together innovative and inspiring perspectives on key elearning topics in a high-impact format that allows participants to quickly and easily use new ideas and skills in their own practice.

  • Institute focus: Blended Learning
  • Online Institute Dates:
         September 22,2014 – October 2, 2014
         and October 6, 2014 – October 16, 2014
  • On-site Workshop Date and Time:
         October 3, 2014; 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • On-site Workshop Thought Leader:
         Dr. Kristen Betts
  • Location of On-site Workshop:
         Devon Energy Center
         333 W. Sheridan Ave., 50th Floor
         Oklahoma City, Ok 73102
  • Institute Applications Due:
          May 31,2014
  • Notification of Acceptance Sent:
          June 10, 2014
  • 2014 Institute Fee: $399 per participant
  • UCO Faculty-Staff Fee:
         Scholarships Available
  • Registrations and Fee Due:
          July 31, 2014


Blended Learning

Blended Learning is a dynamic topic in today’s higher education environment. It is typically described as the process of combining online and classroom-based instructional practices, but the scope of ideas and perspectives about blended learning are diverse and largely unfocused. While popular terms like the “flipped classroom” increase the dialogue about blended learning, these terms also serve to constrain this powerful learning practice. As interest continues to grow in blended learning strategies and techniques, important questions remain about how faculty, designers, developers, and leaders respond to this trend within their own practice.

How it Works

The Heartland eLearning Institute is comprised of three major components: an online pre-workshop, an on-site workshop, and an online post-workshop. Each element of the institute is designed to help you learn about new trends and practices as well as effectively incorporating these strategies into your courses. Our highly interactive program provides the unique opportunity to work on a current or a new blended course prior to, during, and after the on-site workshop.


Begin with a new course idea or re-design opportunity

pre week

One week of online interaction focused on inspiration


On-site workshop putting your ideas to practice and building connections


One week of online interaction helping you apply your new skills

About the On-Site Workshop with Dr. Kristen Betts

This highly interactive, bring your own device (BYOD), on-site workshop provides the unique opportunity to work on a new or current blended course. Online pre-workshop activities provide a flipped-classroom approach so the day of the workshop attendees can actively engage in hands-on and collaborative activities. The workshop shares best practices for instructional design and pedagogy to support student success based on the latest research in elearning and neuroscience of learning including:

  • New Normal: Examining Demographic Shifts in Today’s Student Population & Workforce

  • Concept to Compliance: Proactively Navigating Accreditation, Federal Regulations & Accessibility

  • Online Human Touch: Personalizing Learning Environments from Point of First Contact through Graduation

  • Scaffolding Success: Reconceptualizing Syllabi, Objectives, Rubrics & Discussion Boards

  • Active Learning: Integrating Neuro-Instructional Design and Neuropedagogy to Increase Student Engagement, Meet Course Objectives, and Achieve Program Outcomes

  • High Touch Technologies & Applications: Utilizing Interactive Technologies and Applications to Support Activities and Assessment

  • Exemplar Courses: Designing Courses That Personalize Learning Environments In Innovative Ways

Attendees will learn firsthand how to integrate “high touch” into all aspects of their course design from an interactive syllabus, engaging course content, innovative discussion boards, and assessments that scaffold lower to higher order thinking. Attendees will also experiment with different technologies and applications during the workshop to identify innovative methods for enhancing communication and creating rich multi-dimensional course content. The workshop culminates in a collaborative session in which attendees discuss their courses, key resources, and action items.


Who Should Participate?

The Heartland eLearning Institute is for faculty, designers, developers, and leaders in higher education. All knowledge, skill, and experience levels for elearning are encouraged to participate in the institute.

Benefits of Participating

The Heartland eLearning Institute is a personalized learning experience for elearning professionals in higher education. As such, you will experience many diverse benefits of participating in the institute. For example, you will develop practical elearning skills with experts in the field; you will explore emerging elearning trends and issues and learn how they influence your practice; you will develop your community of learners and your professional network; you will maximize your learning while conserving time; and you will discover and gain access to resources, tutorials, and templates used to support your new knowledge and skills.


The Heartland eLearning Institute creates a community of learners that extends beyond the institute experience. To accomplish this, participation in the Heartland eLearning Institute is limited to a select number of participants. To be considered for participation in the Heartland eLearning Institute you will need to complete the online application. This application process provides a basis for personalizing your learning experience during the institute.

Notification of acceptance to the Heartland eLearning Institute will occur by June 10, 2014 using the email provided in the application.

If selected to participate in the institute, you will be required to register and pay the institute fee of $399 by July 31, 2014. Institute scholarships are provided for University of Central Oklahoma employees.