Leading in a Time of Change and Transformation: Enhancing Your Leadership Capabilities

Concurrent Session 3

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

The Leadership in Online Learning Mastery Series provides current and growing leaders in the field with hands-on experience defining objectives, strategies, organizational structure, policy and finances surrounding the creation and upkeep of an online learning program. Come and talk directly to the current facilitator and an alumni of the program to learn how to take your leadership skills to the next level!


Elisabeth Stucklen has worked in online higher education and instructional design for over 15 years. She currently works as an Instructional Designer in OLC's Institute for Professional Development, primarily managing the Instructional Designer Certificate Program and Mastery Series Program, and provides support to the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) Program. Prior to joining OLC, she worked as the Senior Instructional Designer at Mount Washington College in Manchester, NH, where she was responsible for creating new online courses, providing training and support for faculty, and assisting the director in monitoring the course development process. Before MWC, she worked at Lesley University providing professional development and course design assistance to faculty. In addition to her role with the OLC, Elisabeth also teaches online for Brandeis University in their Masters in Learning Experience Design program. Elisabeth holds a Masters of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from Emporia State University and a Bachelors of Science in Visual Communication Technology from Lesley University.

Extended Abstract

It is clear that higher education is in an era of change as institutions adjust to new realities around budgeting, differentiating in a highly competitive landscape, and external pressures at the state and/or federal levels. Higher education leaders need a solid strategic plan focused on distance learning to ensure institutional success in the marketplace. The Institute for Professional Development at the Online Learning Consortium has responded to this need by developing the Leadership in Online Learning Mastery Series. Through this 9-week series, you complete three workshops focused on defining objectives, strategies, organizational structure, policy, and finances, with reflection and application periods between each workshop. This allows for engagement with a community of peers, but also provides you with a learning experience targeted to your specific needs. Stop by to learn more, and hear from the facilitator of the program as well as a program alumni on how this series has helped her take her leadership skills to the next level!