Virtual Speed Networking Lounge: The Innovation Studio

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Brief Abstract

Pop into our virtual breakout room and join the Co-Chairs of the Innovation Studio in fun and collaborative activities which will playfully introduce you to storytelling, get you thinking about how stories impact educational design, and onboard you to design thinking methods and process. Not only will there will be fun conversations and opportunities to network with other virtual attendees, but a prize will also be given away!


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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.

Extended Abstract

If you have been to the conference before and have stopped by the Innovation Studio, you might be expecting a few days of highly engaging programming in a face-to-face environment. Responding to the needs of the OLC and you all, we have moved to Innovation Studio to be a fully digital and fully asynchronous program this year. This means that you can pop into and out of the Innovation Studio space as your schedule permits (and at any hours of the day). Better yet, the Innovation Studio online space will live on beyond the conference, giving you access to the many activities and resources that this year’s Co-Chairs have designed for you. Keep in mind, though, that OLC Innovate is not a passive conference experience and this year in the Innovation Studio is no different!  

If you’re looking for synchronous opportunities to connect, though, look no further! While the Innovation Studio itself is fully asynchronous this year, you can join your two Innovation Studio Co-Chairs (Maddie and Dan) in the Speed Networking Lounge for conversations around the Innovation Studio’s design this year and to engage in story-centered activities which will onboard you to Design Thinking methods and process.

Check out the fun and fully asynchronous Innovation Studio space to learn more!