The Rowan Online Learning Symposium 2018

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Rowan Online Learning Symposium
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 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.

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
  • Online technology trends

We are also very excited to announce Dr. Kenneth E. Hartman as our keynote speaker. Dr. Hartman is an educational entrepreneur with over four decades of experience, including president of Drexel University Online.

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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.

Keynote Speaker

Announcing our Keynote Speaker for ROLS 2018!

We are very excited to announce Dr. Kenneth E. Hartman as our keynote speaker. Dr. Hartman is an educational entrepreneur with over four decades of experience, including president of Drexel University Online.

About Dr. Kenneth E. Hartman

Dr. Kenneth E. Hartman is an educational entrepreneur, having served the past 30-years as a university president, professor, senior academic administrator, and consultant to companies and investors in the higher education sector. Most recently, Dr. Hartman served as president of Drexel University Online, a for-profit subsidiary of Drexel University, where he was responsible for the overall operational and fiscal performance of a multi-million dollar organization serving nearly 8,000 online adult learners in over 100 fully online degree programs.

Currently, Dr. Hartman serves as the CEO of Degree Quest, an educational technology company with an online platform that helps adult learners identify and rank order colleges that are likely to award them the maximum number of transfer credits for prior learning and work experience (including alternative assessment and military joint service transcripts) towards a specific degree program. Degree Quest has been used by over 200,000 adult learners in the past 16 years.

Dr. Hartman is the author of numerous books and scholarly publications related to educational technology, and is an active presenter at industry conferences. He serves on several boards, including the Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Sloan Consortium). Additionally, Dr. Hartman has served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army, authored a nationally syndicated newspaper column, and could be seen for nearly a decade as the technology reporter for NBC News (WCAU-NBC10) in Philadelphia.

Recent awards and recognition include: Penn Educator of the Year Award from The University of Pennsylvania, Excellence in Education Award from State University of NY at Geneseo, Leadership in Distance Learning Program Administration Award from the United States Distance Learning Association, Drexel School of Education's Faculty Fellow and Associate Award, Daily Point of Light Award from The Points of Light Institute (President George H. W. Bush), and the Department of the Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Medal.

Dr. Hartman founded "Our Community Salutes" in 2009 to recognize and honor graduating high school seniors in Southern New Jersey who plan to enlist into the military immediately after high school graduation. Today, OCS Ceremonies are being conducted in over 20 States and over 50 locations throughout the country, honoring over 10,000 military-bound seniors in 2017.

Dr. Hartman holds an undergraduate degree from The State University of New York at Geneseo, a master's degree from Michigan State University, and a doctorate degree in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Symposium Theme

The face of the online learner has certainly changed over the past 20 years. Students returning to higher education who were previously in the workforce may have had to acquire new skills for using technology to learn - skills which fellow students may have taken for granted. Millennial students were technology ready when they entered the higher education space, already adept at using new devices and technology platforms. They had computers in the K-12 classroom and have lived their lives digitally on mobile devices before ever setting foot on a college campus.

Now, the next wave of incoming freshmen will not only be tech savvy, but many have exposure to online learning modalities, distance education paradigms, and self-directed learning. These students have used Learning Management Systems, may have been part of a one-to-one computer school district, and have employed other digital tools to facilitate or, more increasingly, to replace their face-to-face classroom experience. We call these students “online-ready,” meaning that learning with today’s online technologies will be second nature to them. The theme of this year’s ROLS conference is to explore how instructors are engaging all students on their terms and embracing the “online-ready” student in their online higher-ed classrooms.

Location and Time

The symposium will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Enterprise Center on Rowan University's main campus in downtown Glassboro.


Enterprise Center
Room 506, 5th Floor
225 Rowan Boulevard
Glassboro, New Jersey 08028



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.

Call for Proposals

Rowan Online is seeking proposals for our Rowan Online Learning Symposium 2018 conference from faculty and staff from the higher education community (both Rowan University, our Affiliates, and interested parties from other institutions).

We invite proposals for interactive and engaging presentation sessions that educate and inform participants related to one of the conference’s theme and 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
  • Online technology trends

Length of Presentations

Presentations are 30 minutes in length. 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 2, 2018 at 11:59PM ET.


If your proposal is accepted:

  • Any related registration fees (if any) will be waived.
  • You will be asked to prepare a presentation.
  • You will be asked to upload your PowerPoint slides, all handouts (in PDF file format), or other presentation materials in our ROLS 2018 course by May 9, 2018.


Below is a timeline for proposals (if accepted):

  • Proposals due by March 2, 2018 at 11:59PM ET
  • Notification of acceptance by March 9, 2018
  • Deadline for presenters to accept is March 16, 2018
  • Final presentation upload date is May 9, 2018

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. Rowan Online thanks you for your proposal submission for our Rowan Online Learning Symposium 2018 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:

ROLS Connection Course

As part of your event registration, you will be automatically enrolled into our ROLS 2018 online course in Canvas, which is Rowan Global's learning management system. We will be using this online course as a resource before, during, and after the symposium. Note: This course will be available a couple of weeks prior to the symposium. We will send a notification to all registrants.

Presentation Schedule

On the day of the event, registrants can check-in from 8:15 to 9:00 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 9:00 a.m.

Click on the button below for a detailed schedule for the symposium, including presentation titles, descriptions and start times. Please note that presentation sessions will be approximately 30 minutes in length followed by a 5 minute break. Lunch will be an hour in length.

Special Thanks from Rowan Online

Rowan Online greatly appreciates and values the continued participation and support from the Rowan University community, as well as local colleges and universities, in making the Rowan Online Learning Symposium a success. Without your support, our symposium would not be possible. Special thanks to the following departments and organizations: Rowan Global Marketing and Enrollment Management, The Rowan Faculty Center, Canvas by Instructure, Kaltura, McGraw-Hill, and Proctortrack.

Contact Us

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

View Video Archive from ROLS 2017

The recordings of the symposium sessions in 2017 are available online. So if you missed 2017’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