OLC Opens Registration for the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning 2018 Cohort

Entering its 10th year, IELOL is a unique leadership development program that features a blended-learning format, including an Immersion Experience on the campus of the program’s 2018 academic partner, Washington State University.Entering its 10th year, IELOL is a unique leadership development program that features a blended-learning format, including an Immersion Experience on the campus of the program’s 2018 academic partner, Washington State University.

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (Nov. 1, 2017) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) today announced registration is now open for the 2018 Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online (IELOL) program. Now entering its 10th year, IELOL is a unique leadership development program designed for those in positioned-for-senior-leadership roles, with responsibilities related to online or digital learning initiatives. 

“IELOL participants enter the program with different levels of experience, representing a range of higher education roles,” said Kathleen S. Ives, D.M., CEO and executive director, Online Learning Consortium. “After completing the program, IELOL alumni are better positioned to drive institutional goals, navigate change and innovation, as well as advance their organization’s online learning strategy.”

More than 325 emerging leaders have successfully completed the IELOL program since it first launched in 2009. The program draws from a wide and diverse field of institutional types including for-profits, non-profits, community colleges, military educational services, religious affiliated institutions, privates, and publics from small institutions to large, consortia and systems. Up to 50 participants are accepted for each annual cohort.

Blended-Learning Format Includes On-Campus Experience at WSU
IELOL is a four-part program that runs from mid-July to mid-November annually, and requires a variety of individual, group, and team project work, including a team-based case study. 

The blended learning format includes an Immersion Experience which will be held in August, on the campus of IELOL’s 2018 academic partner, Washington State University. This faculty-led intensive experience will take full advantage of WSU’s new state-of-the-art, digital classroom building called “The Spark,” which can accommodate formal and informal learning spaces for small and large group learning.

A post-immersion project allows IELOL participants an opportunity to plan an institution-specific project that will showcase their leadership.  The program culminates with the IELOL Masters Class, a pre-conference workshop at the OLC Accelerate 2018 conference held in November, in Orlando, Florida.

“The IELOL program has greatly enhanced my leadership skills and professional network,” said IELOL alumnus Tony Farrell, Executive Dean, College of Education, Ashford University. “I continuously use and refer back to the learning that took place during the institute. I would highly encourage anyone who wishes to grow as a leader to apply.”

Distinguished Faculty
The IELOL program maintains a fresh perspective year over year with a rotating group of faculty comprised of distinguished online learning leaders. Faculty for the 2018 IELOL cohort are:

  • Chris Bustamante, Ed.D., President,
  • Rio Salado CollegeElizabeth Ciabocchi, Ed.D., Vice Provost for Digital Learning and Executive Director of Online Learning & Services, St. John’s University
  • Marie Cini, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Center for Innovation in Learning and Student Success, University of Maryland University College
  • David Cillay, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Outreach and Innovation, Washington State University
  • Laurie Hillstock, Ph.D., Online Teaching and Leadership Consultant, Online Learning Consortium
  • Karen Pedersen, Ph.D., Chief Knowledge Officer, Online Learning Consortium

IELOL registration is open from Nov. 1, 2017 through March 30, 2018. OLC is offering an early bird discount for applications completed before Jan. 31, 2018. Details are available online at https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/learn/ielol.  

About Online Learning Consortium
The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is a collaborative community of higher education leaders and innovators, dedicated to advancing quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner – anyone, anywhere, anytime. OLC inspires innovation and quality through an extensive set of resources, including, best-practice publications, quality benchmarking, leading-edge instruction, community-driven conferences, practitioner-based and empirical research and expert guidance. The growing OLC community includes faculty members, administrators, trainers, instructional designers, and other learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies and corporate enterprises. Visit http://onlinelearningconsortium.org for more information.