NU Campus Conversations Spring 2016

Social and Academic Integration as Important Components of Engagement in Distance and Blended Classes 

Join Us for a Luncheon and Talk

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When: 11:30-1:00, Tuesday, February 23, 2016
(Lunch served at 11:30, talk commences at noon)
Where: Colonial Room, Nebraska City Campus Union

Over the last 50 years, research in student engagement has examined relationships between engagement and student outcomes such as attrition, retention, learning, and satisfaction. Most recently, social and academic integration have been the central focus, especially in contexts where students and faculty are distanced by time and space, such as in online and blended courses. In this presentation, Tanya Joosten will discuss how to design such courses and gather evidence of their effectiveness.

Speaker Bio


Tanya Joosten is the director of eLearning Research and Development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) where she works to guide strategic eLearning efforts at the campus, state, and national levels, to develop innovative programming for the UWM campus, and to lead a team of researchers to advance the field of eLearning. She is the co-director of the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancement (DETA), which is supported by the U.S Department of Education to conduct cross-institutional data collection with 2-year and 4-year Institutions of Higher Education. The primary objective of the DETA Center is to identify and evaluate effective course and institutional practices in online learning and competency-based education for all students, including those who are economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities and nontraditional students. In conjunction with this overarching aim, DETA worked to advance and circulate a national research model for online education.

 Tanya Joosten has been recognized by the Sloan-Consortium (now OLC) as a fellow for her work in blended and online learning. She is a teacher of tech-enhanced, blended, and online courses in the field of communication for over 15 years, including online courses in human communication and technology and organizational communication at UWM, published author in communication technology in teaching and learning, including her recent book, Social Media for Educators, and chapter in, Blended Learning: Research Perspectives, a social scientist researching technology-mediated pedagogy and its impact on student outcomes, and a well-known speaker and consultant across the globe.

Registration closed for luncheon. 

Co-sponsored by UNL's Office of Online & Distance Education and NU Online Worldwide as part of Campus Conversations, a speaker series on key topics in distance education. Campus Conversations are hosted throughout the year on each campus and also web-streamed live for faculty and staff across the university system.


If you have questions, please contact Marie Barber at or 472-4354.

For links to previous Campus Conversations, see below:

November 4, 2016 |  University of Nebraska at Omaha
Driving Evidence-based Practices through Research Ensuring Student Success in Blended and Online Education
Tanya Joosten, PhD, Director of eLearning and Development, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

September 28, 2015 | University of Nebraska–Lincoln
New Developments in "Social Presence" Research: Implications for Online Instructional Strategies and Course Design
Aimee Whiteside, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Tampa

April 9, 2015 | University of Nebraska at Kearney
Neuroscience + Learning Research + Education Technology = Education 3.0
Jeff Borden, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer, Saint Leo University

March 12, 2015 | University of Nebraska at Omaha
Developing Quality Indicators for Online Learning
Kaye Shelton, PhD, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Lamar University

November 4, 2014 | University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Terms of Engagement: Understanding Student Engagement in Today's University Classroom
Elizabeth F. Barkley, Professor of Music at Foothill College, Los Altos, CA

April 24, 2014 | University of Nebraska at Kearney
Student-to-Instructor Interaction and Communication
Jill Schiefelbein, Arizona State University

February 24, 2014 | University of Nebraska at Omaha
Is Your Persona Showing? Personas and Engagement in the Online Learning Environment
Bill Phillips, PhD, Instructional Design Team Lead, University of Central Florida Center for Distributed Learning

November 12, 2013 | University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Instructional Innovations 'ROI': Assessing the Impact of Instructional and Class Changes
Charles Dziuban, PhD, Director, University of Central Florida Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness

August 23, 2013 | University of Nebraska Medical Center
The Impact of MOOCs in Higher Education

Dr. Anthony Rostain, professor of psychiatry