2018 Annual Conference

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Online Learning Ecologies: Connections and Interactions

A space in which learning occurs that operates on the same principles and processes as a natural ecology including connections & interactions.


Learning is about making connections; connections with course content, course participants, and course experiences. This year’s theme, Online Learning Ecologies: Connections and Interactions highlights those spaces in which learning occurs that operates on the same principles and processes as a natural ecology. Join us in exploring this topic and others as we expand scholarship and dialogue. Make plans to join ACCESS in Lynchburg, VA for this year’s 47th annual conference! We’re excited to connect with you and collaborate on learning ecologies.

The mission of ACCESS is to provide leadership in the field of Christian distance education. With that in mind, we seek to highlight ways in which we can apply social networking, faith formation, and online learning to those with whom we interact, be it in the classroom, the church, or the community. Those connections are ways in which we continue to expand our reach. Liberty University has graciously agreed to provide us with their beautiful campus as our venue. Invite your friends to join us for this important time of networking and learning together.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Kaye Shelton  

KeyNoteDr. Shelton is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in the Center for Doctoral Studies in the College of Education and Human Development at Lamar University. Previously as the Dean of Online Education for Dallas Baptist University, she led the development and ongoing operations of their online education programs with over 55 majors and degrees offered fully online. She is certified as an online instructor, teaching online since 1999, and an online education consultant. Dr. Shelton’s education includes an M.S. in Education emphasizing Online Teaching and Learning from California State University-East Bay and a PhD in Educational Leadership (Higher Education) from the University of Nebraska. Winner of the both the Blackboard and eLearning exemplary online course awards, she has published over 40 articles and book chapters in the field of online education, including a book entitled An Administrator’s Guide to Online Education. Dr. Shelton was also awarded a Sloan-C Effective Practice award for her research on the Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Education Programs, the John R Bourne award for Outstanding Achievement in Online Education and the NCPEA Morphet Dissertation award. Involved with research in online education since 1997, she has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops and advised peer institutions regarding the creation of an online education program and the best practices for teaching online and faculty support. She has also served as an advisor regarding online education programs for several peer institutions. Recently, Dr. Shelton has been involved in the international use of the Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Programs as it has been adopted by institutions in Latin America. She is also an Online Learning Consortium Quality Scorecard program evaluator and teaches workshops regarding its implementation.


The theme of this year’s conference is Online Learning Ecologies: Connections and Interactions

Please review the following conference track information as a recommendation for your submission. This year, we’re following a slightly different approach by scheduling two sessions for each track. Following are the requested submission guidelines.

Track 1 – Connection: Proposals submitted for this track should address components of best practices or innovative ideas that would point toward those types of connections addressed above, related to online and distance learning.

Track 2 – Interaction: Proposals submitted for this track should address issues related to types of interactions addressed above within the contexts of online and distance learning.




Fairfield Inn and Suites
3777 Candlers Mountain Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502
Phone: 434-845-1700 Fax: 434-845-1800

We have reserved a limited block of rooms. Please make your reservation by Feb. 28, 2018. Rates: $105/night. Includes breakfast buffet, parking, wi-fi, and airport shuttle.

Reservation code: ACCESS


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Address: 350 Terminal Dr, Lynchburg, VA 24502


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