The Learning House, Inc. ( recently announced that it will host its fourth annual Connect conference on July 10 and 11, 2012, in Louisville, Ky. Learning House is an online education solutions partner that helps colleges and universities develop and grow high-quality online degree programs and courses. More than 200 professionals from every segment of higher learning—including presidents, deans, faculty members, marketing staff and more—will attend to discuss topics ranging from how to start an online program to online student recruitment and retention.

“Open collaboration and shared ideas are essential to a successful classroom environment,” said David T. Richardson, President and CEO of Learning House. “At Learning House, we intend our Connect conference to be just that: a space where leading practitioners from colleges and universities can come together to look to the future of online education and share best practices. Our breakout sessions offer both niche technical training and big picture program planning. It’s a win–win for attending professionals and their organization.”

Last year’s conference celebrated Learning House’s 10-year anniversary and, like the previous two years, was primarily invite-only. Due to the success and positive feedback of previous Connect conferences, Learning House is taking this year’s conference to a new level. This year, Learning House offers open registration for higher education professionals interested in learning more about how to create, manage and grow online programs. The conference’s theme, Full Speed Ahead, highlights the addition of well-known, forward-thinking experts in the education field. Keynote speakers include Dr. Kenneth C. Green, founding director of the Campus Computing Project, Jonathan Grayer, CEO of Weld North, LLC and former chairman and CEO of Kaplan, Inc., and Doug Lederman, editor and founder of Inside Higher Ed. The keynote sessions include “Seven Challenges for Succeeding Online,” “Fireside Chat” and “Technology-Driven Disruption: Separating the News From the Noise,” respectively.

Other highly anticipated sessions include “How to Build a High-Quality Online Course,” led by Dr. Bruce Gillies and Cindy Grether of California Lutheran University; “Using Social Media as a Recruitment Strategy,” presented by Patrick Dezort from Brescia University, Tim Hooper of Campbellsville University and Sara Smith of Highland Community College; and “State Authorization and Joint Ventures,” by Washington, D.C., attorney Michael Goldstein.

“A standout component of the Connect conference is the variety of tracks we offer participants,” said Dr. David Clinefelter, Learning House’s Chief Academic Officer. “Whether you make high-level decisions or tweet with potential students, we have a session designed specifically for you. Connect also enables participants to meet industry experts and their colleagues from colleges and universities across the nation, creating lasting professional and personal connections.”

To find out more details or to register, please visit the Connect 2012 website. For more information about Learning House and its services, visit

About The Learning House, Inc.
The Learning House, Inc. is an online education solutions partner that helps colleges and universities develop and grow high-quality online degree programs and courses. Partnering with more than 100 colleges and universities, Learning House offers a business model that enables institutions to efficiently and affordably achieve their online education goals. Learning House provides a comprehensive solution to success, including curriculum development and management, faculty training and professional development, marketing and lead generation, admissions and enrollment management, student retention, 24/7 technical support, learning management systems, and management and consultation.

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