OLC Research Summit - Part 3: Research in Action: What Can We Learn from Conferences and Convenings

Concurrent Session 8
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Brief Abstract

In this session, participants will reflect on research in an experiential context by answering the following questions - how we might as a community surface and collect themes that emerge from our collaborations? Focusing on OLC Accelerate as our research setting and context, how might we as a community produce a tangible artifact representing the scholarship, thought leadership, and opportunities arising from our work?

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Pronouns: she, her, hers Twitter: @MaddieShellgren As the Director of Online Engagement, Madeline (Maddie) Shellgren serves as the lead innovator, designer, and project manager of the OLC's portfolio of online engagement opportunities. Known for her love of storytelling, play, and all things gameful, Maddie thrives on facilitating and designing meaningful ways for people to connect, learn, and grow together. Within the OLC, she has served on steering and operations committees for several of the organization’s conferences (including as Technology Test Kitchen and Innovation Studio lead, as well as Engagement Co-Chair) and has had the distinct honor of being the mastermind behind the OLC Escape Rooms. She looks forward to continuing supporting OLC community building efforts, is committed to sustainable, equitable, and anti-oppressive ecologies within education, and is genuinely excited to leverage her interdisciplinary scholarly and professional backgrounds as she helps lead the OLC towards truly innovative and transformative models for what’s possible for online and digital engagement. Maddie joins the OLC from Michigan State University (MSU), where she has served as the lead on numerous student success initiatives related to instructional design and technology, accessibility, and equity and inclusion. Over the past eleven years, Maddie has dedicated her professional life to teaching and learning related initiatives and has strategically sought out opportunities that give her a multi-dimensional perspective on teaching and learning, including working as a Standardized Patient training medical students, serving as Program Director for Teaching Assistant development, taking lead on a number of cross-institutional educator onboarding and professional development projects, and teaching across online and face-to-face contexts. She most recently worked as an Assistant Rowing Coach for the MSU Varsity Women’s Rowing Program. There she was given the opportunity to help redesign a community from the bottom up, story the team's new journey together in fun and multimodal ways, lead in the co-construction of community expectations and norms, help ensure alignment across a variety of stakeholders and initiatives, and develop and operationalize strategic structures for long-term sustainability (such as entirely new social media, marketing, communications, and content management strategies). She had the privilege of seeing the impact of her human-centered and equity-oriented approach each and every day as the team reimagined what it meant to be a Spartan on the MSU Rowing Team. With her move to the OLC, she will continue on as a volunteer coach, still supporting these efforts and the team, and is excited to get back on the water.
Mad scientist specializing in faculty support, student focus, digital spaces and human experience As the interim Senior Manager of Instructional Technology and Development for MSU Information Technology I lead a talented team of staff and postdoctoral scholars to support faculty and academic staff in creating quality, caring, and exemplary digital experiences at Michigan State University. We're builders, tinkerers, researchers, collaborators, fixers, and figurers. Mister Rogers told us to look for the helpers. We took that to heart, and work to be the helpers partnering with you to leverage academic technologies to build the best digital learning experiences for MSU students. I have worked in information technology since 1998, spanning the private and academic sectors. I live in Lansing with my pretty amazing partner Ryan and has spent more perfectly good hours playing video games than I am comfortable admitting in polite company. All that aside, I love thinking, reading, volunteering, rolling around on things with wheels, gardening, tinkering, and learning new things.
Nicole is currently the Director of Learning Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she is responsible for providing vision, leadership, guidance and support in the delivery of innovative, high-quality, pedagogically-sound and technology-enhanced instruction. She has extensive experience in leading student success initiatives, facilitating online and blended faculty development, creating communities of practice around online and blended teaching, and evaluating the effectiveness of emerging learning technologies in higher education environments. Additionally, Nicole has taught face-to-face, blended, and online courses around research methods, community problems, and educational psychology at various universities since 2009. Her research interests lie in emerging technology, social processes, faculty development, course design, and the impact of current higher education practices on first-generation college students, with her work having been published in several books and journals, as well as presented nationally.

Extended Abstract

In this session, participants will reflect on research in an experiential context by answering the following questions - how we might as a community surface and collect themes that emerge from our collaborations? Focusing on OLC Accelerate as our research setting and context, how might we as a community produce a tangible artifact representing the scholarship, thought leadership, and opportunities arising from our work?

This session is one of three parts of the OLC Research Summit, which will begin with an overview and audience-engaged discussion of the current landscape of online education research. In the second session, participants will explore resources, methods of approach, interactive toolkits, and opportunities to share their evidence within and across institutions in support of scaling best practices. Finally, participants will reflect on research in an experiential context by answering the following question - how we might as a community surface and collect themes that emerge from our collaborations? Focusing on OLC Accelerate as our research setting and context, how might we as a community produce a tangible artifact representing the scholarship, thought leadership, and opportunities arising from our work? Ultimately, these three, interconnected sessions at the OLC Accelerate 2020 Research Summit will provide us with new avenues of supporting student success through empirical research that is generative, connected, and impactful.

The Research Summit 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 Research Summit webpage.