IELOL GLOBAL Program Overview

The program is structured around two major phases, the first of which (i.e. the “Core Program”) moves participants through scaffolded leadership development training and the second (i.e. the “Regional Colloquium”) which makes space for participants to contextualize that development locally. The program also features two open and free events where program participants, faculty, and partners come together with the broader community to dialogue around and collaborate on change-work.

Program Outcomes

IELOL Global is designed intentionally around three primary outcomes:

  • Models: Develop and share exemplars of impactful cross-institutional/regional collaboration through global coalitions
  • Communities: Building global communities of practice around transformative and sustainable digital transformation that collect and amplify international perspectives
  • Networks: Curating and disseminating participant-created artifacts, uses cases, and other resources that contribute to connected and aligned global change work

Program Overview

The Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) Global is a unique blended-learning leadership development program sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and in partnership with international collaborators around the world. It serves the development needs of emerging leaders responsible for a variety of online and digital learning initiatives. The two major parts of this program are the Core IELOL Global Program and the Regional Colloquium. Though separate events (with separate costs), they represent two connected and aligned experiences.

In your search for leadership development training, you might have come across the United States-based Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) Program. Please note that this program is separate and distinct from IELOL Global (from goals and outcomes, to specific curriculum, to faculty, to partners, etc.). If you are a previous graduate of IELOL USA and are looking for new and collaborative ways to extend your leadership development, IELOL Global is a great place to start. Likewise, we encourage graduates of IELOL Global to consider applying for IELOL USA as well. In short, both programs offer unique insights into and development around leadership in online, blended, and digital learning and we encourage participation in both. Our one follow-up recommendation would be that you do not participate in both at the same time.

Core Program

Foundations: Blueprinting and Goal Setting

Modality: Asynchronous in Learning Management System
Dates: September 12–30, 2022

Foundations: Blueprinting and Goal Setting will be run as asynchronous and self-paced programming. Program participants will have 4 weeks to complete the programming. Programming will afford participants the space to individually reflect on their own positionality, as well as the institutional and educational spaces they are currently working within. This part of the program is also designed to assist program participants in understanding how their work and their leadership is contextualized not simply in local contexts but also globally. It will also introduce them to fundamental concepts, theories, and practices that new and emerging leaders in the field should be tending to, with particular attention to and focus on global change efforts (i.e. the things leaders in our field need to know, be able to do, and be thinking about). Finally, during this part of the program, participants will begin to network with each other and build relationships.

Discovery: Exploration and Connections

Modality: Synchronous in Zoom + Asynchronous in Learning Management System
Dates: October 3–21, 2022

Discovery: Exploration and Connections will be run across 3 weeks, each week designed around both asynchronous and synchronous programming. During this part of IELOL Global, participants will engage with program instructors and facilitators from around the world in intensive and immersive dialogue. Their collaborative work during this part of the program will center major themes and priorities relevant to global leadership development and change work. They will be positioned to critically explore and reflect as they begin to understand both the challenges and opportunities the world of online, digital, and blended learning faces today. It is during this part of the program that they will also begin to forge much deeper connections to each other and IELOL Global curriculum developers, as well as begin to build connections with our global leadership network.

Design: Collaboration and Contextualization

Modality: Synchronous in Zoom + Asynchronous in Learning Management System
Dates: October 24 – November 18, 2022 

Design: Collaboration and Contextualization opens with the Global Leadership Impact Summit, a free and open 2 day synchronous event where community members from around the world will gather to discuss global initiatives, opportunities for collaboration, as well as the needs and challenges we face both locally and collectively. Across the course of the event, we will also collaborate on the development of a Global Leadership Action Plan, which will serve our network of international partners, as well as the IELOL Global cohort as they plan for the future. Following the Global Leadership Impact Summit, IELOL Global participants will then enter into a 3 week Design Sprint, where they will work in small groups on the development of an action-oriented and change-centered asset. The Design Sprint will be run largely asynchronously, though there will be synchronous touchpoints with IELOL curriculum developers and within the project groups. Along the way, they also receive faculty mentorship related to their project.

Transformation: Storytelling and Amplification

Modality: Synchronous in Zoom + Asynchronous in Learning Management System
Dates: December 2, 2022

The Core Program culminates with Transformation: Storytelling and Amplification. During this part of the program, the IELOL Global cohort will invite the broader global community to an open and free, synchronous event where we can gather to both celebrate and engage with the project work of program participants. As part of their Design Sprint project work, program participants will be asked to meaningfully story their work and prepare to share it publicly. This public storytelling will take place over the course of this day of the program.

Regional Colloquium*


Modality: Online in Zoom
Dates: July 19-22, 2022

The second phase of the program moves IELOL Global participants from cohort-based programming to highly locally situated programming. Extensions begins with a Regional Colloquium, where guest speakers and facilitators (chosen and prepared through collaboration between the OLC and our international partners) will guide program participants through additional leadership development and programming. The Regional Colloquium is followed by the IELOL Global Remix, also facilitated by our international partners. During the IELOL Global Remix, participants will be tasked with picking up the assets developed by the IELOL Global design teams and collaboratively situating them for use within their local contexts. This particular phase of IELOL Global affords space for our partners to take ownership in what is on the agenda for the Regional Colloquium, as well as establish meaningful local ties to the program.

* Please note that this is a separate cost from the Core Program