OLC Leadership Network Event - Part 1: Moving from Traditional to Digital Instruction, the Rules Change: Introducing the “Policy Playbook

Concurrent Session 5
Streamed Session Leadership OLC Session

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Brief Abstract

In response to the pandemic, countless courses moved from a traditional to remote, blended, or online format. Possibly lost in the transition is the many federal, state, and accreditation regulations that are applied differently when using a digital format. A new “Policy Playbook” from Every Learner Everywhere and WCET helps college administrators and faculty navigate the rules around digital instruction.

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Russ Poulin leads the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, which advocates for effective practices and policies for digital learning in higher education. WCET’s members represent institutions, state agencies, corporations, and non-profit organizations from all fifty states. In paying attention to federal, state, and institution policies, he twice represented the distance education and competency-based education communities in federal negotiated rulemaking processes. The Presidents’ Forum, Excelsior College, the National University Technology Network, and the Online Learning Consortium have all recognized Russ for his contributions. He is also partial to movies, cats, and his wife, Laurie. Contact: rpoulin@wiche.edu or @RussPoulin.
Dr. Van Davis joined WCET in March 2021 where he serves as chief strategy officer and also serves as the Services Design and Strategy Officer for Every Learner Everywhere. Prior to these roles, he served as founder and principal at Foghlam Consulting where he worked with colleges, universities, and nonprofits on strategic planning, higher education policy, and research. Van has over 25 years of experience in higher education. During his career he has served as a faculty member and academic administrator, director of innovations at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and associate vice president for higher education policy and research at Blackboard Inc. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in 20th Century United States History with an emphasis in civil rights from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. in History from Southwestern University. Van has devoted his career to improving educational access and affordability for students and has led numerous projects such as the development of Texas’ adult degree completion initiative, Texas’ statewide course redesign project, and the development of the first competency-based baccalaureate degrees at Texas public institutions. Van lives outside of Austin, Texas with his beloved wife where he enjoys hiking, camping, and building LEGO models.

Extended Abstract

Join us for this one of three sessions at OLC’s Fall Leadership Network Event, where we bring together digital leaders from academic institutions, non-profits, and the private sector to discuss strategies for creating and sustaining online, blended, and digital learning leadership that centers student success.  Digital leaders are guiding initiatives at traditional academic institutions and non-profits, developing new products and approaches within the private sector, and working to establish policies and regulations within government, all at a time where access to an equitable and impactful education is challenged for many prospective and matriculated students. 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, in identifying challenges and surfacing practices for digital learning leadership that promotes and accelerates student success.

The Leadership Network Event option is included in your OLC Accelerate Virtual Conference 2020 registration fee. There is no additional registration fee to participate in the event.  Learn more about this session and all of the sessions at the Leadership Network Event page.