Columbus State to Host Distance Learning Conference

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Educators and other professionals interested in instruction and communication via distance technology have an opportunity for national-level professional development as Columbus State University hosts a distance learning conference Sept. 29-30.    

The Thursday and Friday conference at the Cunningham Center, themed "Making Connections: Instructional Strategies and Online Technologies for Distance Learning," will feature academic experts from throughout the Southeast, corporate leaders and leading technology experts in the fields of online instruction and video production.

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by lunch, networking and vendor exhibits. Later, remarks by Columbus State President Tim Mescon will precede a keynote address by Lloyd Rieber, director of Innovation in Teaching and Technology for the College of Education at the University of Georgia.

The main second-day speaker is Thomas B. Cavanagh, assistant vice president of distributed learning at the University of Central Florida. He has written and managed numerous multimedia programs for Fortune 500 companies, the federal government and military. Breakout sessions will cover strategies and technologies that promote these connections:

• Instructor to individual student

• Student to small or large group

• Student to content

• Student to resource

• Student to self-reflection

A vendor fair, featuring industry leaders, will run throughout the conference.

The conference is presented by Columbus State's Distance Learning Committee, University Information and Technology Services and Department of Distance Learning, Design and Delivery.

Registration deadline is Sept. 23. The cost, also covering three meals, is $75 per person or $30 for CSU faculty and staff and $10 for CSU students and other college students.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Radebaugh, chair of CSU's Distance Learning Committee, at 706-565-3555, or go to