About That Next Opportunity: Is the Grass Always Greener? Advice from the Trenches
Concurrent Session 6
Have you been considering your online learning career trajectory? Are you looking for a new opportunity? Would you like to do so? Have you been recruited recently? How are you building your network and shaping your personal brand? Do you feel stuck in neutral and want a framework for how to progress? If so, join our discussion, receive some tips, share your challenges, and network with others seeking a change in perspective, location, title, culture and/or experience. Panelists will:
- Examine emerging roles of digital learning leaders (e.g. Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Online Learning Officer, etc.);
- Share strategies to acquire competencies needed to lead new digital learning initiatives;
- Engage in open discussion about deciphering future opportunities, evaluating the benefits and challenges of the next opportunity, and maintaining objectivity throughout the process.
An explosion of executive leadership roles in online learning, innovation, and digital learning has invited many in our community to reconsider their career trajectory. The shifting landscape and increased competition our institutions are facing have led to new opportunities to lead digital learning initiatives. Others are entering the field from non-traditional higher education career paths. While all this is going on, information overload abounds, with a new report, article, video, blog, podcast or some other amazing content published each minute, hour, day, or month. In the midst of all of this activity, how are you positioning yourself as a leader in the field? What do you want out of your next stop? What are the competencies needed? How do you acquire these competencies?
These are some of the questions a team of online learning leaders will candidly address in this panel session about growing as an online, innovation, research, and/or digital learning leader. Our team will share strategies for doing a self-assessment of your competencies and give inside tips on what each does to enhance and expand their own competencies and skills to anticipate future opportunities. We will spend time discussing networking and the power of your network in helping to decipher opportunities, evaluating the benefits and challenges of the next opportunity, and maintaining objectivity throughout the process.
If you are coming to this session and are recruiting talent at the middle manager or executive level, we have advice to share.