Accelerating Innovation in Learning Institute: A hack-a-thon and more for learning advocates!

Concurrent Session 7

Brief Abstract

The HackLD concept is to create a hack-a-thon-like experience for Learning Activists to envision and generate net new innovations to learning challenges.  This blended learning program is conceptualized to provide an intensive professional development experience that produces tangible outcomes that can be operationalized at any institution.

This session will provide an opportunity for insights, input, and feedback on the HackLD model and design.  Participants will also learn how the HackLD program provides a framework for advancing innovations within higher education leadership structure.


Since 2012, Dr. Ragan has served as a Co-Director for the Center for Online Innovation in Learning at Penn State University where he helps direct the Center’s mission of research, scholarship, technology innovation, and leadership development programming. Dr. Ragan has been a part of the creation and management of Penn State’s World Campus since it’s inception in 1998 serving as Director for Instructional Design and Development and Director of Faculty Development. Since 2009, Dr. Ragan has served as Co-Director of the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL). In partnership with the leadership at the Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan-C), IELOL addresses the operational and strategic leadership of the design, development, and preparation of the next-generation of leadership in online learning. Dr. Ragan has served as founding co-director and faculty of the EDUCAUSE Learning Technology Leadership program (2005-2007). He is also active in the design and delivery of international leadership development institutes. In 2011, Lawrence Ragan was recognized as a Sloan-C Faculty Fellow.