The Rowan Online Learning Symposium 2017

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Rowan Online Learning Symposium
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Rowan University
Global Learning & Partnerships
Enterprise Center
Glassboro, New Jersey

The Rowan Online Learning Symposium is an exciting one-day conference sponsored by Rowan Online, a division of Rowan Global Learning & Partnerships, and the Rowan Faculty Center.

Join us as our faculty share their online learning experiences and best practices. The symposium targets faculty members interested in online instruction. There’s something for everyone, from the online teaching novice who is interested in getting started, to intermediate online instructors who have developed and taught online courses. It is open to both Rowan University employees and non-employees.

Topics for the day include:

  • Best practices in teaching and lessons learned in online courses (by faculty and students)
  • Techniques and strategies for engaging online learners
  • Ensuring course quality during development
  • Online technology trends (e.g., Gamification, web conferencing, online exam proctoring)

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Who Should Attend

The symposium is designed for faculty who teach or are interested in teaching online courses, as well as professional staff involved in online course design and related technologies. It is open to both Rowan University employees and non-employees.

Program Highlights

The Rowan Online Learning Symposium will cover a variety of topics including best practices in teaching, techniques and strategies for engaging online learners, trends in teaching and online technology, ensuring course quality during development using the Quality Review, and experiences in online education from both faculty and student perspectives.

Location and Time

The symposium will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Enterprise Center on Rowan University's main campus in downtown Glassboro.


Enterprise Center
Room 514, 5th Floor
225 Rowan Boulevard
Glassboro, New Jersey 08028


Call for Presentations

Rowan Online is seeking proposals for our Rowan Online Learning Symposium 2017 conference from faculty and staff from the higher education community (both Rowan University, our Affiliates, and interested parties from other institutions).

We seek proposals for interactive and engaging presentation sessions that educate and inform participants related to one of the conference’s topics.

Join us as we explore the following topics:

  • Best practices in teaching and lessons learned in online courses (by faculty and students)
  • Techniques and strategies for engaging online learners
  • Ensuring course quality during development
  • Online technology trends (e.g., Gamification, web conferencing, online exam proctoring)

Available Tracks

All presentations should focus on the application of either pedagogical best practices or implementation of technology with the intention of improving online learning in higher education. All presentations should be accompanied by a PowerPoint or multimedia presentation. Below is more information about the available topic tracks for the symposium.

  • Pedagogical Best Practices: Presentations in this track may include topics such as improving online assessments, new or unique instructional methods for increasing student engagement, ideas for online assignments and activities that help create variety in the class, practices to avoid, experiences with various content delivery formats, or other best practices. Presenters should seek to provide the audience with ideas and tools that they consider implementing in their own online courses.
  • Implementation of Technology: Presentations in this track will focus on the use of technology in online learning. Ideally, presenters will introduce newer or lesser known technologies and explain how the technology can be implemented in an online course, including activities and assessments that implement the technology. Presenters should carefully address the do’s and don’ts of using the technology, and take time to consider how their own experience could be improved upon. Screenshots or video demonstrations of the technology in action should be applied where appropriate. Live demos of any technology should be carefully arranged with Rowan Online to ensure availability during the presentation.

Length of Presentations

Presentations are 20 minutes in length. If you have a more in-depth topic, you can request a double session for a 40 minute presentation. Each presentation should include at least 5 minutes for questions, answers, and discussion with the audience within the allotted time for your session.

Know Your Audience

Proposed sessions will be targeted to faculty members interested in online instruction, as well as staff and administrators, instructional support, and technologists in higher education.

Who Can Submit

Presenters in higher education from the following areas are encouraged to submit proposals:

  • Faculty
  • Instructors
  • Staff
  • Administrators
  • Researchers
  • Educational technology leaders
  • Instructional designers
  • Instructional technologists

Deadline for Proposals

Deadline to submit is March 24, 2017 at 11:59PM ET.


If your proposal is accepted, you will be:

  • Automatically registered for the conference and any related registration fees (if any) will be waived.
  • Asked to prepare a presentation.
  • Asked to email your PowerPoint slides, all handouts (in PDF file format), or other presentation materials to by May 12, 2017.


Below is a timeline for proposals (if accepted):

  • Proposals due by March 24, 2017 at 11:59PM ET
  • Notification of acceptance by April 7, 2017
  • Deadline for presenters to accept is April 14, 2017
    • If accepted, presenters will be automatically registered for the event, and any related registration fees (if any) will be waived.
  • Final presentation upload date is May 12, 2017

Provided Equipment

The following standard AV equipment will be provided in the Enterprise Center classrooms:

  • Desktop PC
  • Projector and screen
  • A universal VGA cable and HDMI cable to accommodate both PC and Macintosh platforms
  • Audio output capability for laptops and the desktop PC
  • Podium
  • An Internet connection via ethernet cord or Wifi
  • Microphones will be supplied

Submit Your Proposal

Interested in submitting a proposal? Click on the button below and complete our Presentation Proposal Form today. We appreciate your interest in presenting at the Rowan Online Learning Symposium (ROLS) 2017 conference.


Registration is free for Rowan employees and affiliates, and $25 for non-employees. A non-employee registrant includes any person not employed by Rowan University or its affiliate community colleges. Non-employees are asked to contribute a nominal registration fee for registration to cover the cost of meals provided.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Breakfast includes coffee, juice, baked goods, etc. Lunch includes cold salads and sandwiches, chips, etc. During registration, you can specify if you have any dietary restrictions.

Registration is required for all attendees. Seating is limited and early registration is recommended. To register online, please go to:

Presentation Schedule

On the day of the event, registrants can check-in from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. A light breakfast will also be served during check-in and will also be available throughout the morning. The Keynote Presentation will start promptly at 8:30 a.m.

A detailed schedule for the symposium, including presentation titles, descriptions and start times will be posted closer to the date of the event. Please note that presentation sessions are approximately 40 minutes in length followed by a 10 minute break. (A 40-minute session may be comprised of two 20-minute presentations.) Lunch will be 30 minutes in length.


For All ROLS Attendees

The Enterprise Center has an attached 7-level parking garage with 1200 parking spaces. The first floor is ungated and provides access to over 130 spaces for two hours of free parking. The upper levels are gated and provide paid parking spaces at hourly and daily rates. Please follow signage upon arrival.

View Campus Maps

To learn where this parking lot is located on campus, please review the maps on the Visiting Rowan: Main Glassboro Campus page.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please email or call 856-256-5164 today.

View Video Archive from ROLS 2016

The recordings of the symposium sessions in 2016 are available online. So if you missed 2016’s Rowan Online Learning Symposium or you couldn’t attend every session that you wanted to see, you can now watch the complete recordings. Click on the button below to view the videos.

About Rowan Online

Rowan Global Learning & Partnerships was developed to take some of Rowan University's most in-demand graduate and undergraduate degree programs and make them more affordable and accessible to working adults in the Southern New Jersey region and beyond.

Rowan Online, a division of Rowan Global, develops, delivers, and supports all online and hybrid courses and programs for Rowan University.

To learn more about Rowan Global and Rowan Online, please visit