Superhero Leadership

Speaks VOLumes 2015 centered on the qualities that are inherent in every online learning “super leader.” Some of these qualities may come naturally, whereas other qualities must be developed. Superhero leadership is not meant only to be studied, but is only useful when put into action! Register today!!

The upcoming 6th Annual speaks VOLumes July 25 - 29, 2016 conference audience is anyone with an interest in online teaching and  learning and a vision of the future.

There is NO COST to participate in these three days.

What We Have To Offer

Superheroes have goals. Saving the world is not easy, but they marvel  at the idea one day at a time. Dreams require faith, imagination, and the knowledge that they can make dreams come true for themselves and others.

Dynamic presenters will allow you to delve deeper into the place of online teaching and learning in K-12.Whether you’re an administrative or an instructor, if you’re in search of a stronger foundation upon which to build expertise in online course design, development, instruction, accessibility, and assessment you will benefit from these practical, innovative online events. The speaks VOLumes conference brings a community of hundreds of educators worldwide – right to your desktop for interactive online sessions, discussions, hands-on learning, strategy swapping, and networking.

The speaks VOLumes conference is the place to connect with and learn from colleagues. Attendees will interact directly with speakers, moderators, and peers. Take part in live polls, answer real-time discussion questions, and ask questions and converse with peers via live chat during the sessions. Attendees will keep in touch with the community via the conference internal messaging system and the "Latest News" filled with tips and tools.

Can’t attend your favorite session live?
It's not easy being a superhero. Even superheroes have good days and bad days. But, superheroes don’t give up. They must exhibit the courage to persevere in any circumstance.

Unable to attend the conference live, don't despair, speaks VOLumes conference has a feature that allows you to attend the recorded sessions and earn CPE credit. All sessions are recorded and posted almost immediately for those who can’t attend, or for those who want to review a session after the conference. Attendees have access to the asynchronous recordings for up o a year after the live event.

For more information on earning CPE credit for recorded sessions please visit the" CPE Record of Attendance for Recorded Sessions" under the "Resources" heading, to access any time and as often as needed throughout the year*. Credit will be applied automatically to your conference Certificate of Attendance each time you update this record.

Conference Highlights

Attend from Anywhere:
Forget the costs and hassles of travel – the 3-day conference is completely virtual. Meet and interact with the experts and your peers, share information, expand your professional network, and learn from talented colleagues, all from the convenience of your desktop. Overwhelmingly, participants in the speaks VOLumes conference report that the virtual experience is extremely meaningful and valuable – if not more so – than attending a face-to-face conference.

Engaging Speakers:
The speaks VOLumes conference features an incredible line-up of dynamic speakers and authors. During the conferences, presenters not only share scores of online teaching and learning techniques from their own practice, but facilitate a lively dialogue with a community of participants. The results are stimulating sharing of practical take-aways that each participant can immediately integrate into their own online teaching, and an instant network of peers that serves as an ongoing resource to all members of the online learning community.

Learning with the Authors:
Dynamic authors that are respected practitioners in the field and present during the speaks VOLumes conference.

Virtual Labs:
A virtual lab is a two hour hands-on session that allows for guided practice time during the session. Virtual labs are by reservation only using the Virtual Lab Reservation day forms. Seating is limited!

Talk On Corner:
The Talk On Corner is an instructor-led course accessible by all conference registrants at no charge. Offered as a Small Private Online Course (SPOC) course, it works as a prequel to the conference. Presented as a precursor to the conference, the Talk On Corner is intended to be an uninterrupted succession or flow; a coherent whole that speaks to the speaks VOLumes conference program. The course opens the first Thursday thru the last Thursday of June. It is divided into three levels for a total of 7 CPE hours. Each level of the course completed is awarded a CPE badge providing verification of the number of professional development hours credited. A course badge and certificate, separate from the conference certificate, is awarded upon successful completion of the course. All that is needed for participation is a conference account!

Professional Networking:
Even superheroes need to ask for help and form alliances to achieve their goals. The TxVSN team strives to create a culture of sharing and produces the conferences with an array of tools and events that foster relationship-building with peers and the growth of professional networks. Participants cite the connections they made with others in attendance online as among the most valuable elements of the online conference experience.

Live Interactive Sessions:
The speaks VOLumes conference team crafts a jam-packed three days with access to top speakers, great content and exceptional networking opportunities. Each day of the conference includes numerous live online sessions facilitated by leading experts and moderators. Participants will hear and interact with workshop leaders and other attendees on topics designed to offer practical strategies for improving online learning courses and programs.
Each lecture session will last about one hour, each hands-on virtual lab session between 2 to 3 hours, and will feature live two-way web-based audio, visuals, and real-life demonstrations of best practices at work.

Full Session Recordings:
All presentations are recorded and posted almost immediately to the conference community site so that participants unable to attend live or who wish to review can experience the sessions when it is most convenient. Access to the session recordings is available for up to a year after the conference concludes. No matter what time zone you are in, you can still enjoy and benefit from the online conference experience. The conference is meant to adapt to your schedule. Other conference activities are asynchronous, so you can participate in those elements whenever it suits you best. All registrants will have access to all conference resources — and a network of colleagues and authors.