2020 Distance Learning Conference


2020 Virtual Distance Learning Conference2020 Distance Learning Conference
The Quest for Engagement: Let the Games Begin
Keynote: Dr. Karl Kapp
June 23, 2020 (8:30 to 4:30)

PSCC’s Distance Education, OLT, PACE, and Mobile Fellows are pleased to announce the second annual Distance Learning Conference on June 23, 2020.

Registration is free! To register, complete the DL Conference Registration Form.

Registration is required to attend and a valid email address must be provided.


8:30 AM – 10:00 AM EST: Introduction and Keynote
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM EST : Session 1
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST: Session 2
12:30 PM –  1:00 PM EST:
Lunch Break
1:00PM – 2:00PM EST:
Session 3
2:15 PM  – 3:15 PM EST:
Session 4
3:30 PM – -4:30 PM EST:
Final Keynote with Dr. Kapp and “Door” prizes

There will be 6-7 choices for each session time.


Zoom (Keynote and session links will be emailed prior to June 23 – the week before)

Who Should Attend:

Any faculty, staff, administrator in Higher Ed or K-12, Instructional Designer/Technology Specialist, and Distance Education Administrators


As we face a time of great uncertainty, let’s get together (virtually, of course) with other scholars, educators and experts in the field of online teaching/learning to share ideas that will shape the future of distance education.

Keynote: Karl M. Kapp, Ed.D

Dr. Kapp is an international speaker, scholar, writer, and expert on the convergence of learning, technology and business with a focus on game-thinking, games and gamification for learning. He serves as a professor of Instructional Technology at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. where he teaches several graduate courses and serves as the Director of the university’s Institute for Interactive Technologies. The institute works with businesses, non-profits and other organizations to help them create interactive and meaningful instruction. Dr. Kapp is an award-winning professor and author or co-author of eight books including the bestselling “The Gamification of Learning and Instruction” and “Play to Learn” as well as the newly released “Microlearning: Short and Sweet.” Dr. Kapp is currently a senior researcher on a grant sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which involves the intelligent us of microlearning. He has served as Co-Principle Investigator on two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants.

Website: www.karlkapp.com

Solving the Case of the Disengaged Learner

Engaging students is a difficult task. They are constantly confronted with distractions and demands on their time. So how can we create instruction that pulls student into the content and helps them gain the knowledge required to be successful? How do we grab and hold attention? How do we motivate students to engage with the content we are teaching? Participate in this keynote and engage in solving this mystery in this interactive presentation.

This decidedly nonacademic presentation will present research findings and resources related to creating engaging instruction using the same techniques as video games. The presentation discusses using game elements appropriate for presenting learning content and how using only a small part of techniques lead to increased learning motivation.

And, yes, you will play a polling game in this session. Discover firsthand how research-based practices and game-thinking are used to engage learners, increase learning, and lead to increased engagement.

Session topics will include:

  • Online teaching pedagogical strategies
  • New trends in online teaching/learning
  • Student engagement for online environments
  • Gamification/game based learning
  • Technology tools
  • Making the transition from face-to-face to online

Registration is free! To register, complete the DL Conference Registration Form.

Registration is required to attend and a valid email address must be provided.

For questions, please contact Stephanie Shipley, Instructional Technology Specialist/OLT Member, slshipley@pstcc.edu or (865) 539-7031

or Paul Ramp, Distance Education Director, pframp@pstcc.edu, (865) 694-6691.