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Connecting Online for Learning (CO09-CO15)


Connecting Online

Why do you connect online? Is it for entertainment, socializing, teaching, or learning? ‘Connecting Online‘ online conference started in 2009 as a response to why we connect online. Presenters of CO09 shared why and how they connect online. The conference has been taking place for the past 5 years on the first or second weekend of February. Connecting Online will celebrate its 6th anniversary next year, on February 6-8, 2015. You’re invited to join as a presenter.

Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (CCK08)

The name Connecting Online was coined in 2009 as an inspiration from the writer’s experiences in the first ever MOOC in 2008 organized by Stephen Downes and George Siemens.  The MOOC of 2008 was called ‘Connectivism and Connective Knowledge’ (CCK08). According to George Siemens, PhD, registration reached 2300 students. As a result of the high numbers, “Dave Cormier and Bryan Alexander dubbed the course offering a “massive open online course” or MOOC. The term has stuck since and both Dave and Bryan will eventually be inducted into the EdTech hall of fame for great word invent age” (elearningspace).

Audience in Connecting Online

Connecting Online was created and (is) organized and moderated by Dr. Nellie Deutsch with the support of WizIQ. The presentations are mostly by educators, for educators. However, anyone who uses the Internet to share information and/or learn online is invited to present. The audience in CO14 included university professors and students. Some instructors required students to attend the conference, while others recommended it. Over 2220 participants attended CO14. Registration is still open to anyone who wants to watch the recordings, continue the discussions, and/or access the content (Text, Audio, Video) of the presentations.

CO14 Presenters

Themes for Connecting Online

Connecting Online to Improve Instruction and Learning: Online Learning and Instructional Experiences
* Experiences with technology in face-to-face and online classes. What worked and what didn’t work for you?
* How do you use technology to promote your online workshops, consultation, and communities?
* Research conducted on e-learning
* Books written on e-learning

Recordings of CO11-CO14

You’re invited to watch the recordings from previous years:


We also publish a book based on the presentations for those interested. Here’s the book from CO12 in printed form and in a Kindle version

Connecting Online for 2014 (CO14)

CO14 had 2220 participants with more joining everyday even after the end of the event. You can join, watch the recordings, view the content and engage with the team of moderators for CO14. The content of CO14 and previous conferences are available and open to everyone.

We had amazing presenters in 2014. All of the presenters are experts in their fields and are passionate about learning and sharing. I would like to thank them for volunteering their time to present at CO14 and hope they will join us in CO15.

List of Presenters for CO14

The list of speakers included Stephen Downes, Dr. Curt Bonk, Vicki Davies (USA), Dr. Robert N. Diotalevi (USA), Jason R. Levine (USA, France), Eduardo Lina (Israel), Stephan Hughes (Brazil), Lenandlar Singh (Guyana), Jennifer D. Klein (USA), Drs Fahriye Altınay Aksal and Zehra Altınay Gazi (Cyprus),  Dr. Ludmila Smirnova (USA),  Ronen Geisler (Canada), Steve Tuffill (USA), Dr. Glen Gatin (Canada), Brenda Mallinson (South Africa), Dr. Nancy Zingrone (USA),  Dr. Ramesh Sharma (India), Dr. Anitha Devi (India), Dr. Maria Droujkova (USA), Carissa Peck (Mexico, USA),  Robin Stevens Payes (USA), Dr. Jackie Gerstein (USA),  Dr. Revathi Viswanathan, Cheeli Bhagya Prabhashini (Saudi Arabia), Dr. Jozef Colpaert (Belgium), Vance Stevens (Dubai), Dr. Antonio Tovar (USA), Dr. Phil Harris (USA), Dr. Abhilash Nayak (India),  Shelly Terrell (USA), Karen Blumberg (USA),  Dr. Christel Broady (USA),  Andrew Weiler (Australia), Janet Biachini (Italy, UK).

CO14 Landing Page



Connecting Online Conference in 2015

You’re invited to join the 6th annual Connecting Online CO15 (see conference area). The theme of the current free conference is connecting for collaborative work that will include learning, research, instruction, book authoring, and business.

The themes for the presentations are:

* Connecting online to improve instruction and learning
* Online learning and instructional experiences
* Experiences with technology in face-to-face and online classes.
* Best practices: What worked and what didn’t work for you?
* Challenges involved in teaching and/or learning online
* How do you use technology to promote your online workshops, consultation, and communities?
* Research conducted on e-learning
* Books written on e-learning
* Collaborative online learning
* Research on collaborative learning
* Conducting collaborative research
* Collaborative book writing
* Collaborative online teamwork

Hope to see you all in CO15!

Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Dr. Nellie Deutsch is an education technology and curriculum consultant, faculty at Atlantic University in the MA transpersonal and leadership studies, teacher trainer, researcher, and writer. She organizes Moodle MOOCs and online conferences. She earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix Her dissertation research (available on ProQuest & Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world. Nellie offers free teacher training courses on teaching with technology, action research and Moodle for teacher courses to new, veteran, and future teachers who wish to teach online, face-to-face or in blended learning formats. She also provides online courses to teachers and ICT people on how to be administrators of Moodle websites. She integrates Moodle and WizIQ live virtual classes in all her courses.

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