IELOL Master Class

Workshop Session 1
OLC Session

Brief Abstract

Staying abreast of leadership developments in the field of digital learning is imperative to foster your institutions’ relevance, to realize its potential to flourish. Join current and past IELOL graduates to stay current with the latest digital learning leadership innovations and projects, as well as career progressions/pathways.

This Master Class is the culminating phase of the 2019 Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) program. Members of the 2019 IELOL cohort and all IELOL alumni are welcome to register. All IELOL alumni and IELOL Digital Learning Council Members are invited to attend the Project Showcase & Reception starting at 10:45 am at no cost.

***This is an invitation-only event, open to graduates, former faculty, and current 2019 participants of the IELOL program***


Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Ciabocchi currently serves as associate provost for academic affairs at Adelphi University. In this role, she oversees all curricular offerings, working closely with each of the University’s deans, faculty and administrative offices to implement, manage and revise the curriculum, including interdisciplinary offerings. She also serves as the primary Adelphi University liaison with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), the New York State Education Department and the U.S. Department of Education. With more than 25 years of experience in higher education, Liz most recently served as vice provost for digital learning and executive director of online learning and services at St. John’s University, where she led academic initiatives to develop digital learning strategies for programs offered in fully online and hybrid formats. Prior to her time at St. John’s, she served in various roles at Long Island University, such as associate vice president for online learning, and also in areas including instructional technology, academic planning and academic affairs. She previously worked at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and the New York College of Health Professions. Author of two book chapters, Liz has published peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented her research on leadership and e-learning in higher education and other topics at dozens of conferences. Her teaching experience includes graduate-level courses in St. John’s University’s School of Education and undergraduate courses and graduate thesis supervision at the New York College of Health Professions. She has been extensively involved in committees and evaluation teams for Middle States reaccreditation and has held board and committee positions with the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), which named her a fellow in 2015. Liz earned her EdD in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University; a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Scranton. She holds certifications from the OLC in Online Teaching and Leadership in Online Learning.
Amanda Major, Ed.D., CPLP, PMP enjoys contributing to instructional design initiatives and leading projects to enhance online higher education. Dr. Major has experience delivering results in a variety of learner-focused and client-oriented environments. Prior to arriving at UCF as an instructional designer Amanda taught online courses, oversaw online program management, participated in strategic planning efforts, developed policies, offered instructional design assistance, and improved business processes to contribute to quality online programs at a large, public, research-intensive University. Actively contributing to the field of online learning, she has presented at national and international conferences and has peer-reviewed publications about organizational development, as well as e-learning operations and projects in higher education. Dr. Major holds a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institution (PMI) and a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance certification from the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Additionally, she has earned certifications from the Online Learning Consortium and Quality Matters focused specifically on online learning in higher education. Her academic credentials include an Ed.D. in educational leadership, policy and law; an M.A. in industrial organizational psychology; and a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in social psychological issues.

Extended Abstract


7:45am - 9:00am Optional Breakfast Window: Breakfast will be served in the Northern Hemisphere Foyer. You are encouraged to take your plates with you into the room, sit down, and enjoy eating breakfast as the Master Class begins.

9:00am - 9:30am - General Welcome & Introduction 

9:30am - 10:30am - Panel Presentation "Journey into Leadership"

10:30am - 10:45am - Break 

10:45am - 11:45am - Small group facilitated conversation about projects

11:45am - 12:00pm - Closing Thoughts / Debrief