We spent the day in Kansas City.

February 24, 2015

OLC held its first regional event, OLC Collaborate, on February 24, 2015 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center in Kansas City, MO, with our academic partner. UMKC.  


Spend the day with us in Kansas City.

We had a great day focused on emerging trends and challenges in online learning.

Online learning professionals, educators and administrators spent the day to hear from the experts and collaborate on solving the challenges we all face in online higher education today. The day included the opportunity to hear from regional experts regarding current and emerging trends in online learning, collaborate and network with regional peers during group discussions on top-of-mind challenges that may impact the future of online learning – and careers  

Kansas City

Engaging speakers, relevant topics, and dynamic discussions

We’ll took a deep look at the challenges and impact of online learning in higher education today and work together to collaborate, define and help shape the changing university.

Presentations were followed by facilitator-led discussions to allow participants to delve into each topic in greater detail.

Innovation and RegulationExploring
the co-existence
of technology
and evolving

Learning AnalyticsInnovative Tools
catalizing and
managing change
within our

Competency-based EducationDeconstructing
the traditional
university model
with new

Education in 2025Shared
observations for a
regional response
serving as a
catalyst for change

We’ve welcomed online learning thought leaders in your region

to share their knowledge on key topics affecting the changing university.

Innovation and Regulation
Breakout Groups and Topics:
  • Can and should regulations drive innovative change in higher education? – Paseo
  • Getting the word out: Tackling compliance as a way to catalyze institutional change – Troost
  • Intent versus neglect: Are good faith efforts enough for authorization and compliance? – Bush Creek


Marshall Hill

How New Technological-driven Models of Education and Evolving State and Federal Regulations Coexist

Marshall Hill

Executive Director
National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

Higher Education needs a new way for states in the U.S. to oversee the delivery of postsecondary distance education. The current process is too varied among the states to support quality assurance and assure consistent consumer protection and too cumbersome and expensive for institutions that seek to provide education across state borders. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is a voluntary agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs, improves efficiency, and lowers institutional costs. This presentation will provide an overview and progress report on the SARA initiative. As of December 2014, 18 states have joined.

Learning Analytics
Breakout Groups and Topics:
  • How can learning analytics help us with learning and teaching? – Paseo
  • What issues in shared governance, data privacy and ethics are raised by the use of learning analytics? – Troost
  • Can learning analytics help us with future regulatory issues and compliance requirements? – Bush Creek


John Whitmer

Using Learning Analytics to Create our ‘Preferred Future’: Vision, Proof Points & Trends

John Whitmer

Director of Platform Analytics and Educational Research

One certainty about the future of higher education is that online technologies will play an increasingly central role in the creation and delivery of learning experiences, whether through mobile apps, MOOCs, open content, ePortfolios, and other resources. As adoption increases, the ‘digital exhaust’ recording technology use has increasing potential to understand student learning. The emergent field of Learning Analytics analyzes this data to provide actionable insights for students, for faculty, and for administrators. What have we learned in Learning Analytics to date? What challenges remain? How should we apply Learning Analytics to create our ‘preferred’ future’ that supports deep and meaningful learning?

Breakout Groups and Topics:
  • Is Competency-Based Education right for your students? – Paseo
  • How can we prepare faculty and administrators for the future? – Troost
  • Is Competency-Based Education right for your institution? – Bush Creek


Angie Besendorfer

How Competency-Based Assessments Tied to the Use of Technology Provide a New Educational Framework

Angie Besendorfer

Missouri Chancellor
Western Governors University

Western Governors University’s competency-based education model has been called the great disruptor in higher education. Since 1997, the university has grown from just an idea to the current enrollment of 53,000+ students. The online university has a unique delivery framework that pairs competency-based education with an unconventional faculty model. The innovative approach is resulting in student success particularly among the targeted audience of underserved adults seeking bachelor’s or master’s degrees. An overview of the WGU model and current results will be shared.

Devon Cancilla
Kathleen Ives, D.M.

A Regional Response:  Culmination of the Day’s Thinking and Invitation to Continue the Collaboration

Devon A. Cancilla, Ph.D

Vice Provost for Online and Distance Learning
University of Missouri – Kansas City

Kathleen Ives, D.M.

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Significant changes are coming to higher education. From balancing the need for educational innovation against regulatory realities, to using data driven approaches to better understand and manage change, to a new model of the university built around competency-based assessments at Western Governors, these are just a few of the factors driving change.  The day’s final session brings together the thoughts and conclusions generated from the OLC Collaborate – Kansas City discussions to formulate a regional response to the changing educational environment.  Topics gathered by OLC facilitators and scribes during breakout sessions along with those posted online by participants during the day will be used to guide this interactive final session.  Led by Devon Cancilla of UMKC and Kathleen Ives from the OLC, each of the day’s keynote speakers will have the opportunity to address the collectively generated questions and topics and place them in the context of the broader changes occurring in higher education.  The OLC Collaborate – Kansas City response will become the first contribution to a national discussion as the OLC Collaborate sessions continue across the country. 

The Changing University: A Regional Discussion Extraordinary Change Is Coming

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2025?  How much should today’s faculty and administrators do to prepare for this future? There is no question that extraordinary change is coming.  The question is, how much of that change is within our powers of prediction, and how should we proactively prepare for the future?

Participate in the first regional OLC Collaborate discussion on the “Changing University” and share in an open dialogue with other colleagues from around the region.

Keynote speakers will offer insightful views of the changing university through short, focused presentations. This will bring together how the use of technologies, the dictate of economic realities, increasing regulatory oversight, the need for constant innovation, and new societal expectations of what colleges can and should be are bringing change to higher education.

Presentations will be followed by facilitator-led discussions to allow participants to delve into each topic in greater detail.  OLC Collaborate scribes will document the discussions throughout the day, culminating in a collaborate regional response to the changing university . 

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2025?

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2025?

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2025?



REGISTRATION AND CHECK-IN, Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
GENERAL SESSION:  Innovation and Regulation
How new technological-driven models of education and evolving state and federal regulations coexist 
Marshall Hill, Executive Director, NC-SARA
GENERAL SESSION:  Learning Analytics
Using learning analytics to create our ‘preferred future’: Vision, proof points & trends
John Whitmer, Director of Platform Analytics and Educational Research, Blackboard
LUNCH AND POLL: Everyone voting on forum topic selection
GENERAL SESSION: Competency-based Education
How competency-based assessments tied to the use of technology provide a new educational framework
Angie Besendorfer, Missouri Chancellor, Western Governors University
OLC COLLABORATE PANEL: Education in 2025
A regional response: Culmination of the day’s thinking and invitation to continue the collaboration – An open forum on topics predetermined by attendees during lunch

Devon A. Cancilla, Vice Provost for Online and Distance Learning, University of Missouri – Kansas City
Kathleen S. Ives, Executive Director & CEO, Online Learning Consortium
Marshall Hill, John Whitmer, Angie Besendorfer

General Sessions are 30 minutes long, followed by a 45 minute Breakout Session.  

Attendees will select one of three Breakout Sessions to attend following each general session.

All sessions are considered BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). There are 15 minute breaks between concurrent sessions.

All sessions are in the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. All Sessions are in Central Time (CT).

The Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, MO 64110  

The Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, MO 64110

Hotel options in the Country Club Plaza area (near Kauffman Foundation Conference Center) can be found in the downloadable travel document.






If you are an education technology or distance learning company, this intimate one-day session will give you the chance to collaborate with educators, administrators, and online learning professionals – your potential clients in discussion forums, at lunch and in our small exhibitor showcase. 


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Join Devon A. Cancilla to learn about OLC Collaborate Regional Event
Live Streamed on January 7, 2015 
Devon A. Cancilla, Ph.D.- Vice Provost for Online and Distance Learning at University of Missouri Kansas City talks with the OLC community about the 1st OLC Collaborate Regional Event being held February 24, 2015 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center in Kansas City, MO.  Join us to learn more about this exciting event. View Video.