OLC Leadership Network Event

Pre-Conference Workshop Session 2
Leadership OLC Session

Brief Abstract

Join us for OLC’s spring leadership network event, where we bring together digital leaders from academics, non-profits, and the private sector to discuss new pathways to digital partnerships. Increasingly, the changing educational landscape along with the rise of alternative educational providers has opened new pathways and opportunities in digital leadership, research and collaboration. 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. 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 emerging opportunities for digital leaders and the skills needed to develop as a well-rounded leader.


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There is a fee for this Pre-Conference Workshop: $225 Early Bird / $250 Full Price. Select both an AM and a PM pre-conference workshop to receive special combo package pricing of $395 Early Bird / $445 Full Price (total savings of $55).

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Devon A. Cancilla, Ph.D., is the Chief Knowledge Officer with the Online Learning Consortium. Prior to this, Devon was the Vice Provost for Academic Innovation at UMKC. Devon also served as Dean and then Associate Provost for Learning at American Sentinel University, a fully online institution. He was an Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Director of Scientific Technical Services (SciTech) at Western Washington University (WWU) where he led the development of the Integrated Laboratory Network (ILN), an online laboratory initiative funded by the National Science Foundation. Devon has received both the Sloan-C (now OLC) Outstanding Achievement Award for Online Education and an Effective Practice Award for his research into the development and use of online laboratories. He attended the University of Iowa, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and UCLA, where he received his doctorate in Environmental Health Science. Devon’s current research interests relate to the use of analytics in the design and development of online courses. Devon lives in Bellingham, Washington.
Julie Uranis serves as the Vice President for Online and Strategic Initiatives at UPCEA. In this capacity she manages the Center for Online Leadership (COL) and leads the planning efforts for both the Summit for Online Leadership and the Online Leadership Roundtable. Prior to joining UPCEA she lead the distance learning and continuing and professional development teams at Western Kentucky University as the Director of Distance Learning and Innovation. Since 2012, Uranis has taught the Intro to Adult and Continuing Education course at Eastern Michigan University. She began her career at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) where she held both teaching and administrative positions. Uranis has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, a Master of Science in Technology Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Community College Leadership from EMU. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
John is the Senior Director for Data Science and Analytics for ACT, Inc. In this role, he leads a team of data scientists, psychometricians, and learning analytics researchers to conduct foundational research and to develop operational algorithms. These algorithms are embedded within ACT products and also power partner institutions and application. Prior to joining ACT, John led learning analytics research and development at Blackboard, the educational technology company and also led large-scale educational technology initiatives for the Chancellor's Office for the California State University and California Community Colleges. Underlying this technology work is a commitment to serving underserved and marginalized students. John holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UC Davis and a Master's Degree in Sociocultural Anthropology from UC Davis.
Shannon is the Director of Distance Learning for Carolina Biological Supply Company. She is responsible for all facets of development, product selection and product marketing for all college level science online courses and products. With Master’s degrees in both Biology and Education, Shannon joined Carolina in 2015 with more than 15 years of higher education experience, 10 of which were spent in the online learning community as both an administrator and instructor. Her experience includes curriculum development, instructional design, and compliance and accreditation. She and her team have helped hundreds of colleges and universities adapt their science courses to the online learning environment.
Dr. Page Chen is President and Chief Innovation Office for Remote-Learner. Which she considers the best job in the world, getting to partner with clients to innovate, design, and implement out of the box learning solutions. For the last decade she has focused on combining UX design, social psychology, and digital marketing techniques with established pedagogical elements to examine how they can strategically be integrated into digital learning environments to positively impact learner mastery. Her research lead to the development of persuasive design strategies that produce transformational impacts on the learner experience that reaches beyond good courses and into designing engaging and fully integrated learning experience environments. She is a sought after international speaker, writer, and consultant on learning experience design . Having worked with Fortune 500 companies, global non-for-profits, and hundreds of community colleges and universities all seeking to "Unlock the potential of technology to improve lives through learning."
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.

Extended Abstract

 Schedule and Agenda

12:30pm - 1:00pm    Registration/Check-in

1:00pm - 4:00pm     OLC Leadership Network Event

1:00pm - 1:10pm     Set the Stage: Pathway to Leadership        Julie Uranis, UPCEA

1:10pm - 1:35pm     Breakout Workshop       Participants

Breakout Abstract: The path through a profession is often circuitous with the average individual having multiple positions with multiple organizations over the course of a career. Increasingly, professionals are “swirling” between traditional academic institutions and private, non-profit or government sector and in many cases, having affiliations with multiple organizations simultaneously. Joint collaborations across sectors provide new avenues for digital leadership.  What are the skills, knowledge and values necessary for successful leadership across mixed digital working environments?

Workshop Guiding Questions:

What is the most important competency a leader should possess? Is that depending on context or is it universal? What constitutes leadership in online learning?

What can we learn from data and what can can only be learned from relationships?

Myth Busting - Can a digital leader work across organizations?

1:35pm - 2:20pm     Panel: Pathway to Leadership     Page Chen, Shannon McGurk, Russ Poulin, John Whitmer, Moderator: Julie Uranis

2:20pm - 2:30pm     Break

2:30pm - 2:40pm     Setting the Stage: Pathways to Partnerships     Devon Cancilla, OLC

2:40pm - 3:05pm     Workshop

Breakout Abstract: Partnerships form the basis of collaboration where the sum of what individuals or organizations bring to the partnership is greater than what the individuals or organizations can accomplish alone.  Higher education is a prime example of where strong partnerships can lead to productive collaborations. But how are partnerships formed across sectors such as universities and the private sector or non-profits?

Workshop Guiding Questions:

RFP: Friend or Foe to partnerships?  Partner or Vendor:which is which? What are Strategies for building partnerships across sectors., What are the ethical considerations to partnerships? Understanding the needs of potential partners: What are the challenges of partnerships:  What enables a strong partnership? Mythbusting - Does implicit bias across sectors limit potential partnerships?

3:05pm - 3:50pm     Panel: Pathways to Partnerships     Page Chen, Shannon McGurk, Russ Poulin, John Whitmer, Moderator: Devon Cancilla

3:50pm - 4:00pm     Wrap-Up