Planning Your Remote To Quality Journey

Pre-Conference Workshop Session 1
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Brief Abstract

Thinking about how to leverage what your institution learned from remote teaching to develop a cohesive blended and online learning strategy that centers on quality? Join us to reflect on what we have learned during the pandemic, apply quality practices to our work, and leave with a plan you can enact to advance online and blended courses, programs, and institutional strategy based on your role!   


Virtual pre-conference master classes (Friday, September 17) can be added to your conference registration at a price of $125 for one or $220 for a two workshop combo deal.

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Dr. Nicole Weber is the Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Learning at the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). In this role she works closely with OLC staff and global partners to advance professional development opportunities, continuous improvement efforts, and research in support of quality digital, blended, and online learning. Before joining OLC, she served as the Director of Learning Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she led online and blended faculty development efforts, technology training for the digital learning ecosystem, and emerging learning technology exploration and evaluation, collaborating across the institution to support student learning and success. Nicole received her PhD in Urban Education specializing in Social Foundations of Education with an emphasis on designing engaging learning environments in 2012.
Tina Rettler-Pagel is a Faculty member and Chief Online Learning Officer at Madison College, in Madison, Wisconsin. Tina holds a B.S in Education with an emphasis on Emotional Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.S. in Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has an Ed.D. in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Tina has completed an Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Online Teaching Certificate, as well as participated in OLC's Institute for Engaged Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) in 2017. Her research interests include retention and persistence in the online classroom, the success of women of color in online learning spaces, women in higher education leadership and governance, digital equity, and community college approaches to teaching and learning. Tina's hashtags? #Mom #Partner #CommunityCollegeProud #OnWisconsin #A11yAdvocate #OnlineTeaching #Includer #Kindness #Connector #OnlineLearning #TechNerd #Resilience #StrongGirlsStrongWomen #Hockey #Fishing #AnythingSummer #JamMaker #Perseverance #SayYesToNewAdventures #ComeAsYouAre #StartWhereYouAre #ImpostorPhenomemon #Access

Extended Abstract

As many of us quickly came to learn in March 2020, emergency remote teaching is very different from quality online and blended learning. Since then instructors, instructional development professionals, and leaders alike have been adapting to ever-changing situations and reacting to the evolving needs from those they serve to provide academic continuity during a difficult time in our history. Now, as we enter a post-inoculation era, many instructors, instructional development professionals, and leaders are thinking about how to leverage what was learned during the pandemic to enhance quality blended and online courses, programs, and strategy at their institutions.

This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to plan their remote to quality journey, taking important time to reflect on where they have been, where they are, where they want to go, and how they can get there. In support of building their plan, participants will examine research-driven effective teaching practices for blended and online courses and programs, as well as be introduced to tools (e.g., the OLC Quality Scorecard Suite) that can be used for self-checks, to guide instructional development programming, and frame quality initiatives at their institutions.   

During this workshop, participants will:

  • Reflect on what they have learned about themselves and their institution during the pandemic;
  • Examine quality online and blended learning practices, why they are important, and how quality online and blended learning differs from remote learning;
  • Explore where they might be on their quality journey; and
  • Develop a plan to advance online and blended courses, programs, or institutional strategy based on their role and influence.