Frontiers of Distance Learning in Business Education
Conference held at Fordham University, June 8-9, 2012
 

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

Distance education and online learning are interchangeable terms used to describe the delivery of educational content whereby the student and the instructor are separated by geography, time, or both.  It is estimated that over one-third of all business schools offer fully online business programs and the number of online credit hours completed by students is expected to grow steadily over the next decade.  Considerable attention is therefore now being given by business educators to fine-tuning pedagogical approaches in distance learning in the various sub-disciplines of business.  Research on best practices to improve students' learning experiences is growing in both volume and depth.  The objective of this conference hosted at Fordham University's Westchester campus is to consolidate state-of-the-art knowledge on distance learning methods, best practices, and research findings as they relate to business education.  The conference will provide business educators and administrators with insights on how best to deliver distance learning programs to their students.  Research on pedagogical approaches used by distance educators will be the focus of the conference.  
 

CONFERENCE LOCATION

Fordham University
400 Westchester Avenue
West Harrison, NY 10604
Tel: (914)367-3202 and (914)367-3333



 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

FRIDAY, June 8th (Room 230)

9:00am-10:30am: Effects of Student Learning Styles on Business Students' Learning Experiences (Chair: Steven D'Agustino)

EFFECTS OF E-LEARNING SYSTEMS, SELF-EFFICACY AND SELF-REGULATED LEARNING ON LEARNER SATISFACTION AND SYSTEM EFFECTIVENESS
Sean Eom (Southeast Missouri State University)

STUDENT SATISFACTION AND LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN HYBRID-ONLINE AND PURE-ONLINE COURSES
Hooman Estelami (Fordham University)

STUDENT LEARNING STYLES AND PERCEPTIONS OF ONLINE MARKETING COURSES
Nicole Kirpalani, Susan Baxter, Holly Davenport and Amy Wolfe (LIM College)


11:00am-12:00pm: Course Development (Chair: Sean Eom)

TOWARDS A COURSE CONVERSION MODEL FOR DISTANCE LEARNING
Steven D'Agustino (Fordham University)

ANALYZING THE GOOGLE ONLINE MARKETING CHALLENGE AS A LEARNING TOOL
David Martín-Consuegra, Estrella Díaz, Juan A. García and Arturo Molina (University of Castilla-La Mancha)
 

12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch


1:00pm-2:00pm: Globalizing Business Education through Distance Learning Methods (Chair: Nicole Kirpalani)

BLENDED LEARNING: ONE APPROACH TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE GLOBAL WORKPLACE
Mary Risner (University of Florida)

THE BENEFITS OF SHORT-TERM STUDY ABROAD AS A BLENDED LEARNING EXPERIENCE
Michael Slotkin, Christopher Durie and Jarin Eisenberg (Florida Institute of Technology)
 

2:30pm-4:00pm: Interactivity in Business Schools (Chair: David Martín-Consuegra)

TEACHER COMMUNICATION PREFERRED OVER INTERACTION: STUDENT SATISFACTION WITH DIFFERENT TOOLS IN A VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Felicity Small (Charles Sturt University), Peter Simmons (Charles Sturt University) and David Dowell (Aberystwyth University)

MANAGEMENT AND METHODS: ENHANCING ONLINE INTERACTIVITY AND COMMUNICATION
Nola Stair (University of Greenwich)

TWITTER AS A LEARNING TOOL: THE USE OF SOCIAL NETWORKS IN DISTANCE LEARNING
Arturo Molina, David Martín-Consuegra, Mar Gómez and Estrella Díaz  (University of Castilla-La Mancha)

 

SATURDAY, June 9th (Room 230)
(Virtual sessions broadcasted online for registered participants)

9:30am-11:30am: Technology and Business Students' Learning Outcomes (Chair: Hooman Estelami)

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE IN ONLINE EDUCATION: RETAINING HIGH QUALITY STUDENTS WITH A COLLABORATIVE CURRICULAR DESIGN
Darin Kapanjie (Temple University)

UTILIZING TECHNOLOGY EFFECTIVELY TO IMPROVE MILLENIALS' EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCE
Maria Aviles and Jacqueline Eastman (Georgia Southern University)

AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF THE DRIVERS OF STUDENT LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN HYBRID-ONLINE AND PURE-ONLINE MARKETING COURSES
Hooman Estelami (Fordham University)

 

HOTEL LOCATION

Hyatt Summerfield Suites
101 Corporate Park Drive
White Plains, NY 10604
Tel (US callers): (800)517-8548
Tel (International callers): (618)998-2375
Tel (local): (914)251-9700
Link to the hotel website





 

TRAVEL INFORMATION TO WESTCHESTER COUNTY

The Westchester campus and Hyatt Hotel are located in Westchester County, NY, about 20 miles north of New York City.  Taxi service is available from all the major airports in the area.  For information on taxi service and typical fares for each airport, please follow the links below:

John F. Kennedy International Airport
LaGuardia Airport
Westchester Country Airport
Newark Airport


LOCAL TRAVEL INFORMATION

Conference participants staying at the Hyatt Suites can take the 8:20am shuttle van on Friday morning (June 8th) to the Fordham campus.  The return shuttle van will be at 4:30pm at the end of the first day of the conference.  Participants can arrange for alternative transport times if needed.  To arrange for transport service on Saturday morning please RSVP to Hooman Estelami (estelami@fordham.edu) by June 2nd.

The conference location is within a 35-minute train ride (on the Metro North train line) of New York City.   Conference participants who are interested in visiting New York City can use the van service at the Hyatt Hotel (free of charge) to board the Metro North trains (going to Grand Central Station) at the White Plains train station.  The Metro North train schedule can be found at this link.  For New York tourism information please click here.

In addition, cab service can be requested at the hotel or by contacting Splendid Taxi at (914)949-1333 or Arrow Taxi at (914)644-8811.

Conference participants from the New York area traveling via Metro North can take a local cab from the White Plains train station to the Fordham campus (400 Westchester Avenue).  Participants traveling by car can park in the Fordham University parking lot (no prior registration or parking fees apply).

For driving directions click here.

 

LOCAL MAP
For driving directions click here
 

 

 
REGISTRATION AND HOTEL INFORMATION

For hotel information, please follow the link to the Hyatt Summerfield Suites

Registration for the conference will take place on the day of the conference at the Fordham location listed above.  The registration fee is $345 and includes lunch and a copy of the conference proceedings. 


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For additional information or questions, please contact Prof. Hooman Estelami (estelami@fordham.edu) or call (914)374-5938.