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SIG Online and Blended Learning

The mission of the Special Interest Group for Online and Blended Learning (SIG OBL) is to support educators and students in their work with blended and online learning. SIG OBL provides a forum for online learning, blended learning, mobile learning devices, instructional tools and strategies for teaching and learning online. The SIG OBL community includes members with a broad range of expertise on these topics.

We are planning an exciting year that will include variety of opportunities to explore these topics. It will include regular bimonthly newsletters, MACUL Community articles, webinars, slow chats and who knows what else! Join our SIG (it’s free) to receive newsletters. Visit this page regularly, follow us on Twitter or Facebook and be part of our community.

Upcoming Events

2019 MACUL Conference
March 20 – 22, 2019

This is the 43rd annual conference which is at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI.

There’s No Place Like _____: Bring the Virtual Into Your Reality
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Kyle Maginity, Instructional Technology Coach, Boyne City Public Schools and Alyssa Marcangelo, Elementary French Specialist, Detroit Country Day School

Learning First, Technology Second
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Liz Kolb, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan and Evelyn Daugherty, ESL Teacher, Ann Arbor Public Schools

Space is limited for the workshops, so be sure to register early! They are not included in the main conference package and must be registered for separately.

Register Now


October/November 2018 issue includes:

  • • MACUL 2019 Workshops
  • • Grant Winners
  • • Tech Tool

August/September 2018 issue includes:

  • • Grant Opportunity
  • • Tech Tips for “Back to School”

March 2018 “Conference Edition” issue includes

  • • Valuable advice to help you “Get Ready, Get Set and Go” to the conference
  • • including info about our preconference sessions and how to find our annual meeting.
  • • What’s coming next for the SIG
  • • Can’t make it to the conference? Suggestions to pick the brains of those who did!

January/February 2018 issue includes:

October/November/December “Fall Fest”  » issue includes:

August/September 2017 ‘Happy New Year‘ issue includes:

• Models of Technology Integration, a review by Dr. Andrew Topper
• Self-paced course for Web Accessibility (Section 508 Compliance)
• Opportunities to participate and share!
– Slow Chat discussion on Twitter
– Share Fest monthly topic with prizes
– Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for topics and details

June/July 2017 ‘End of the School Year‘ issue includes:

• Links to 20 OBL focused sessions from the 2017 MACUL Conference
• Introduction to the 2017-2018 SIG OBL Leadership team
• Recommended reading: Learning First, Technology Second: How we know if technology is doing its job in our classrooms article by Dr. Liz Kolb.

March 2017

• Use it Better: Personalizing learning in online/blended settings

January/February 2017

• Find it Faster: Locating, selecting, and using digital media & materials

November/December 2016

• Engaging the Online Learner

Join SIG-OBL to receive this newsletter automatically for updates, opportunities, and input into the running of the SIG. Visit this archive of our recent SIG OBL Newsletters.

Meet your SIG OBL Leadership team for 2018-2019.

Officers were selected from the six member steering committee that was elected at our Annual Meeting in March.

  • Director – Craig Steenstra, Kent ISD
  • Communications – Erin Luckhardt, Michigan Virtual
  • Operations – Bruce Holladay, Taylor Public Schools
  • Lissa Brunan – Owner of Engaging TECHniques
  • Anupam Chugh – Wayne RESA
  • Jackie Dunlap – Southfield Public Schools
  • Jeremy Hyler – Fulton Public Schools
  • Matt Santala – Oxford Virtual Academy
  • Liz Kolb, University of Michigan, College of Education

Goals 2017-2018

  1. Provide value to existing members and grow membership through face-to-face and virtual experiences.
  2. Develop continuous and intentional professional learning experiences for all educators throughout the state.
  3. Focusing efforts and outreach on best practices.