Research Summit - Part 3: What's Next?

Concurrent Session 3
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Brief Abstract

What burning research questions must we answer to further digital, blended, and online learning? Join OLC Research Center staff as they share the latest efforts of the center to answer key questions for our field and facilitate a brainstorming activity that identifies integral research questions to advance the collective work we all do!    



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.
Dr. Abby McGuire serves as the Director of Research at the Online Learning Consortium where she supports the OLC’s research efforts and advances the reach and impact of the OLC’s Research Center. Abby collaborates with scholars, practitioners, OLC team members, and external partners to design and implement initiatives and publish research that advances online, blended, and digital teaching and learning. Abby loves creating and sharing ideas to deepen understanding and shift perspectives about teaching and learning. She is a bold, creative thinker and educational leader with professional writing, editing, and consulting expertise, and she is a higher education professional with more than a decade of experience in administrative and faculty roles. Abby holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and a Master of Arts in English Composition and Communication from Central Michigan University.

Extended Abstract

We believe the best way to strengthen the Research Center is to partner with our community members, so we’d love your help and expertise! Please join us for this interactive session to uncover possible areas, research questions, and partnerships with individuals, groups, and organizations for the Research Center to explore in the future. During this session you’ll learn about the latest research and publications coming out of the OLC Research Center, as well as studies that are in the pipeline and opportunities we have in the works for collaborations with OLC members.  Since the Research Center is dedicated to answering key questions around digital, blended, and online learning, much of our work is focused on synergistically advancing both research and practice in these areas. Share your ideas; learn about how we work with partners (individuals, groups, and organizations), and even sign up with us to contribute or collaborate!