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

Concurrent Session 5

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 17 years. She currently works as an Instructional Designer in OLC's Institute for Professional Development, primarily managing the Instructional Designer Certificate Program and related instructional designer workshops, 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 and is a mentor in the Educause ID2ID cross-mentoring program for instructional designers. 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.
Dr. Laurie Hillstock has been a faculty member and administrator in higher education for over 15 years. Most of her experiences have been in the distance learning arena, focusing on strategic planning, technology research and integration, academic integrity, faculty and curriculum development, and student success. In addition, she has taught a number of credit bearing courses in online, hybrid, and web-enhanced learning environments. She has also administered and/or taught with a variety of LMS systems including Blackboard. She is a member of the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) faculty at Penn State. In addition to her duties as Board Clerk, Dr. Hillstock is actively involved with OLC, serving as a content developer, workshop facilitator and mentor. More specifically, she is the developer and facilitator for the Leadership in Online Learning Mastery Series, Instructional Design Mastery Series and the Advanced Online Teaching Certificate program. She is also a mentor for the basic OLC Teaching Certificate program as well as a content developer and/or workshop facilitator for other OLC workshops. In addition, she is a member of the OLC Effective Practice Awards Selection Committee. Dr. Hillstock holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (Higher Education) and M.A. in Human Resource Development from Clemson University. She also holds a B.A. in English (minor: Computer Science) from Converse College.
Dr. Lora Pilgrim builds institutional capacity in online learning through faculty development training, instructional design support and project management at the University of the West Indies, as an Online Learning Specialist in the Office of Online Learning. Her research interests include online learning leadership, the use of project management in instructional design, programme evaluation and the development of online doctoral programmes.

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!