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Join us for OLC’s spring leadership network event, where we bring together digital leaders from academics, non-profits, and the private sector to discuss digital education strategy in times of great change.  Digital leaders are guiding initiatives at traditional academic institutions and non-profits, attempting to maintain vision through crises, developing new partnerships and approaches within the private sector, and working to establish policies and regulations within government. We see ever increasing demand for cross-sector collaborations led by digital leaders across an increasingly diverse educational landscape. Join us at this half-day event for featured presentations and small group discussions on opportunities for digital leaders, both established and emerging, to create new pathways to student success amidst the rapidly-changing higher education landscape.


Leadership Network Speakers


  • Jill Buban, Fairfield University
  • Angela Gunder, Online Learning Consortium
  • Kristen Fox, Tyton Partners
  • Richard Garret, Eduventures


  • Patsy Moskal, University of Central Florida
  • Jack Suess, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Karen Vignare, APLU
  • Eric Fredericksen, University of Rochester
  • Sasha Thackaberry, Louisiana State University
  • Suzanne Dove, Bentley University
  • Dale Johnson, Arizona State University – Tempe
  • Kate Miffitt, California State University Office of the Chancellor
  • Andy Saltarelli, Stanford University



The Leadership Network event is open to all OLC Innovate participants and held in three parts on Wednesday, March 17. Attendees can attend one or all of the sessions, and are encouraged to bring colleagues from their leadership teams to attend as a connected cohort across the event.

All sessions listed in Central Time Zone.


PART 1: MARCH 17, 10:15AM – 11:00AM US CT

Learning Analytics as a Tool for Equity: Guiding Principles and Practices to Apply

Learning analytics has been heralded as a tool that can powerfully be used to support student success. Administrators and faculty recognize not only the latent value in student data to promote student academic performance, but also the opportunity it provides to assist institutions with implementing changes to close achievement gaps and eliminate race and income as predictors of student success. During this session, we will share the results of two national research initiatives, by APLU and EDUCAUSE and Tyton Partners, on the state of learning analytics, key barriers and challenges that we need to address as a field, and share institutional strategies for implementation.


  • Kristen Fox. Director, Tyton Partners,
  • Jill Buban, Vice President of Digital Strategy and Online Education, Fairfield University


  • Patsy Moskal, Director, Digital Learning Impact Evaluation, Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness, University of Central Florida
  • Jack Suess, VP of Information Technology & CIO, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Karen Vignare, Vice President, Digital Transformation for Student Success & Executive Director,  Personalized Learning Consortium, APLU

PART 2: MARCH 17, 11:30AM – 12:15PM US CT

Post-COVID Online Futures: Clues from CHLOE 6

Managing the COVID emergency is the mightiest distraction higher education leaders have ever faced. Short-term tactical needs are so novel and pressing that long-term strategic planning- always hard to focus on but vital for institutional health- seems impossibly abstract and low priority. Early data from the sixth CHLOE (Changing Landscape of Online Education) survey, an annual study from Quality Matters and Eduventures, delves into the messy realities online learning leaders face in 2021. In this panel, educational leaders will reflect on the design of the CHLOE 6 survey, seeking to both follow trends from prior surveys and illuminate pandemic-specific developments, and distill what early analysis of the results reveals about directions of travel for online learning in the 2020s.


  • Jill Buban, Fairfield University
  • Richard Garrett, Chief Research Officer, Eduventures


  • Eric Fredericksen, Associate VP for Online Learning, University of Rochester
  • Sasha Thackaberry, VP Online & Continuing Education, Louisiana State University

PART 3: MARCH 17, 12:45PM – 1:30PM US CT

Innovation and Visionary Leadership

This session will focus on practical ways to build a culture of innovation that prioritizes strategic thinking and planning for the future as opposed to reactive, operations thinking.


  • Jill Buban, Vice President of Digital Strategy and Online Education, Fairfield University


  • Suzanne Dove, Executive Director, Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, Bentley University
  • Dale Johnson, Director of Digital Innovation, Arizona State University – Tempe
  • Kate Miffitt, Assistant Director of Innovation, California State University Office of the Chancellor
  • Andy Saltarelli, Sr. Director, Evaluation & Research, Stanford University



Registration for this event is included in your conference registration –  there are no additional steps to register for these sessions other than your general conference registration. All sessions will be available for on-demand viewing for one (1) year post-conference.


More Information

Please contact Angela Gunder at angela.gunder@onlinelearning-c.org with any questions.

Leadership Network Planning Committee

Special thanks to the members of the Leadership Network Planning Committee for their efforts organizing this event:

Jill Buban
Jill Buban – Moderator, Vice President, Digital Strategy and Online Education, Fairfield University
Mary Niemiec
Mary Niemiec, Associate Vice President for Digital Education and Director, University of Nebraska Online
Eric Fredericksen
Eric Fredericksen, Ed.D, Associate VP for Online Learning & Associate Professor in Educational Leadership, University of Rochester
Dr Peter Shea
Peter Shea, Ph.D, Associate Provost for Online Learning, University at Albany – SUNY
Angela Gunder
Angela Gunder – Moderator, Chief Knowledge Officer, Online Learning Consortium

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