RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- WebAssign, a leading provider of online instructional tools for faculty and students, today announced that WebAssign faculty users Dr. Barbara Illowsky and Michael Lafreniere, will lead sessions at EDUCAUSE Connect in San Diego, January 28-30, 2015. Illowsky and Lafreniere will engage their peers in discussions around open educational resources (OER) and the creation of collaborative learning environments (CLE) respectively. Both professors incorporate WebAssign in their pedagogy.
EDUCAUSE Connect provides higher education, IT professionals with an opportunity to join their peers in networking, discussion, learning, and career development. This 3-day event features interactive sessions that address IT issues specific to higher education with the goal of finding workable solutions.
Dr. Barbara Illowsky, professor of mathematics and statistics at De Anza College and co-author of Introductory Statistics by OpenStax College, will share her experience in the OER movement. This movement provides valuable content at an affordable price for educational administrators while creating new challenges for IT administrators. She will share how and why she develops partnerships with outside companies, including WebAssign, in her talk "The OER Ecosystem: Partnering to Ease Content Distribution." Illowsky will provide participants with applicable learning on how to:
- Ensure secure and continued access to required course materials
- Discover new ways to contribute to lowering student costs
- Partner with outside companies to ensure interoperability
Michael Lafreniere, associate professor at Ohio University Chillicothe Campus, will co-lead a session entitled "How to Create Collaborative Learning Environments Online and Offline to Improve Student Outcomes." This exploration will include:
- Creating collaborative physical and online spaces that enhance student outcomes
- Increasing engagement and participation
- Investigating and learning to use online tools
To learn more about EDUCAUSE Connect visit http://www.educause.edu/events/educause-connect-san-diego
WebAssign is a flexible and fully customizable online instructional system that puts powerful tools in the hands of teachers, enabling them to deploy assignments, instantly assess individual student performance, and realize their teaching goals. More than eight million students have used WebAssign to submit over one billion answers to homework assignments, tests, and assessments.
Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, WebAssign is an independent, employee-owned benefit company dedicated to education technology. For more information, visit www.webassign.com.
Kristi Lee-John, Crossroads PR & Marketing, for WebAssign
Senior Marketing Communications Manager