A Message from CAP’s Director

Dear Colleague:

Welcome to CAP’s new website! Many of you have written and called about it – thank you. We were hit with hosting service issues as well as domain name issues.  We’re back on track again, thanks to the technical help from Colleen Brown and Davis Berryman from Southern Nazarene University. Did we mention that Davis is CAP’s Board Vice Chair? You’ll be seeing much more of him in the coming months.

Even though our site has been down, CAP has been up and running more actively than ever!  We have many exciting things happening within our organization, and we hope you are able to join us for one, many, or all of them!

First – the National Conference.  This year we bring our event back to Denver July 18th (pre-conference events), and July 19th & 20th (Main 2-day conference).  Our focus is:  Students First: Why Accelerated Teaching Modalities are the Future of Higher Education.  Our plenary speakers are amazing this year:

  • John Donohue from Synergis Education will open up with an incredible discussion about why change in higher education is so difficult;
  • David Lyons from Instructure will help facilitate a panel discussion about transitioning LMS platforms; and,
  • Doug Lederman from Inside Higher Ed will be closing our conference by discussing a Higher Education SWOT Analysis.

In addition, there will be two plenary workshop sessions you don’t want to miss:

Elisa Robyn, Dean of the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies at Regis University in Denver, will discuss why Contemporary students are here to stay, our very own CAP Board Chair, Tammy Shelton, will be leading a session that will address the CAP Quality Standards and the Definition of a Credit Hour.

Our pre-conference day is full of great sessions as well!  For the first time, CAP is offering a Faculty Development Certification Course for those teaching in accelerated programs. This course includes research-based techniques that are based on the CAP Quality Standards, and includes training for classroom-based and online courses. This all-day course will provide faculty tools and skills that CAP has identified as the most critical in teaching accelerated courses. EACH PARTICIPANT WILL BE AWARDED A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION, AND WILL BE LISTED ON CAP’S WEBSITE AS BEING CERTIFIED IN CAP FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PRACTICES. In addition to this Certification, CAP will be publishing a journal that will specifically address Faculty Development best practices.  Stay tuned!

 Other great pre-conference sessions include:

  • Accelerated Programs 101 (For those newer to accelerated learning)
  • The benefits of Utilizing Open Educational Resources (OERs) in an Accelerated Program
  • Should You Consider Using and Online Service Provider?

For additional information about the conference, including registration and hotel information, please click HERE.

In addition to the National Conference, CAP has a series of webinars planned, as well as a Road Show Event in Philadelphia with one of our partner organizations, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).

The June 21st webinar will be facilitated by Dr. Elisa Robyn from Regis University, and will address the Contemporary Student and how Badging will be an important part of the future of Accelerated Programs. The August 1st – 3rd Roadshow with CAEL will include three different workshops by CAP, including: CAP Standards for Accelerated Programs; Understanding Accelerated Learning: The Whys and Hows; and, Faculty Development in Accelerated Programs. More information will be available on this site soon!

Other exciting things happening at CAP include:

  • 2017 CAP Award winners will be announced at the National Conference on July 19th!
  • Nominations for the 2017/2018 CAP Board will be accepted soon! Look for the announcement!
  • The CAP Faculty Development Certification Course can now be brought to your institution, and is available with both face-to-face and online components. Inquire through Jeannie at jmccarro@regis.edu

Lastly, as some of you know, I lost my husband of 24 years last July. His passing was sudden and unexpected; he died of a heart attack in his sleep. I want to thank my amazing Board of Officers and Regis University for sticking by me, and for allowing me the time and flexibility to grieve and take care of myself and my family. My three sons and I are getting to know our new normal, and we continue to carry hope and gratitude in our hearts each day.

Thanks, again, for visiting our site. I hope your Spring has been beautiful – and I hope to see as many of you as possible in Denver in July.

Please stay in touch!

Kind regards to all,

Jeannie McCarron, CAP Director

Jeannie McCarron, CAP Director