Fusion Summit - Part 1: A Panel Discussion on "Creating Fertile Ground For Digital Transformation"

Concurrent Session 3
Streamed Session HBCU

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Brief Abstract

Join us for a panel discussion around digital learning strategies and their impact for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Hear from HBCU leaders, as they share about the many challenges and opportunities for aligning their institutional mission to digital strategy, as well as what they have learned along the way while engaging in this work.

Extended Abstract

On June 25, 2021, the Online Learning Consortium and Cengage partnered in bringing to our community “Creating Fertile Ground for Digital Transformation,” a workshop event designed for leaders at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This collaborative workshop aimed to: 

  1. Support higher education leaders in the integration and alignment of digital strategy with institutional strategy in support of digital transformation.
  2. Support leaders in leveraging digital pedagogy, empirical evidence, and effective practices in the design, development, and continuous improvement of initiatives that support exceptional learning experiences in any modality. 

The workshop was designed to support leaders at HBCUs:

  • Identify opportunities to leverage digital strategy in support of institutional transformation
  • Implement a framework for digital transformation
  • Create a process for iterative improvement of digital strategy
  • Contribute to a community of practice through ongoing collaborative activities and networking

In this panel-style session (the first session of our multipart Fusion Summit), we welcome back colleagues from that event to discuss the experiences with building out a digital learning strategy for their institutional contexts. Specifically, we will explore the challenges and opportunities that surfaced around the implementation of a digital strategy and the complexities of building capacity to support a digital learning strategy. We will also dedicate time and space to the storying of where each panelist (and institution) is at in the process and what they’ve learned along the way. Session attendees will leave with a better understanding of the potential impact(s) of operationalizing digital learning strategies within higher education institutional contexts (specifically HBCUs), as well as benefit from the critical guidance and expertise the panelists (and session facilitator, Dr. Crisi Ford) bring to the session.

About the Fusion Summit: The success of the field of online, blended and digital learning is bolstered by the dimensions of diversity present across our community, centering practices of sharing and collaboration in support of student success. The Fusion Summit spotlights the diverse thought leadership and visionary actions of prominent voices from the respective communities of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AAPISIs), providing guidance and strategic vision for the entire community. 

Focusing on the quality characteristics of online learning as well as digital strategies prioritized by these visionaries through their work in online education, this multipart summit uses actionable design practices and collaborative work to create a community of practice supporting work well beyond the conference.