The OLC Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning - Meet & Greet

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Brief Abstract

Are you interested in strategies and proven methods for expanding your leadership capabilities? Are you looking for a cross-institutional peer network to broaden your perspective and help you solve local challenges?  Then this is the session for you!  

Join several faculty from The OLC Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) and get a sneak-peak into this unique leadership development program. IELOL Co-Directors and faculty will discuss the program structure and outcomes, and alumni will share success stories.   Designed to build healthy peer cohorts while developing projects to pitch to senior higher ed leaders, the program provides access to a prestigious cadre of faculty who bring a diverse wealth of knowledge about leadership in digital learning.  In its 13th year, this premiere OLC program has prepared over 380 leaders representing diverse institutions of higher education from across the globe to position themselves to take the next big step in their careers.  As higher education continues to evolve and change rapidly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our field needs more leaders who are prepared to address the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of us.

OLC will develop and host the 2021 program in partnership with Arizona State University, named the Most Innovative University by the US News and World Report for six years in a row. ASU’s approach to digital education, unique programs like Starbucks College Achievement Plan, Uber educational benefit, and adaptive education have significantly contributed to the ranking. 

 

Presenters

Jennifer Paloma Rafferty ( Pronouns: she, her, hers) provides leadership in researching, scoping, managing, and evaluating a full range of professional development solutions for multiple audiences within the OLC Institute for Professional Development. She has worked since 1999 supporting online learning initiatives in higher education and in the adult basic education system. Jennifer assumed this role at OLC after working for over seven years as an instructional designer at Quinnipiac University Online in Hamden, Connecticut. During her time at Quinnipiac University, Jennifer was also responsible for spearheading the development of the first online Spanish course at the University. She continues to teach this specialized curriculum for the School of Nursing and presents both nationally and internationally on the topic of online foreign language instruction. Prior to working in higher education, Jennifer was the project manager for the Massachusetts Adult Basic Education Distance Learning Project. In this role, she collaborated with the Massachusetts Department of Education and Project IDEAL to research and identify best practices for distance learning programs serving adult GED and ESL students. Jennifer holds a Masters of Education in Instructional Design from UMASS Boston, a Masters of Arts in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an undergraduate degree in Romance Languages from Mount Holyoke College.
Amanda Major, Ed.D., CPLP, PMP enjoys contributing to instructional design initiatives and leading projects to enhance online higher education. Dr. Major has experience delivering results in a variety of learner-focused and client-oriented environments. Prior to arriving at UCF as an instructional designer Amanda taught online courses, oversaw online program management, participated in strategic planning efforts, developed policies, offered instructional design assistance, and improved business processes to contribute to quality online programs at a large, public, research-intensive University. Actively contributing to the field of online learning, she has presented at national and international conferences and has peer-reviewed publications about organizational development, as well as e-learning operations and projects in higher education. Dr. Major holds a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institution (PMI) and a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance certification from the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Additionally, she has earned certifications from the Online Learning Consortium and Quality Matters focused specifically on online learning in higher education. Her academic credentials include an Ed.D. in educational leadership, policy and law; an M.A. in industrial organizational psychology; and a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in social psychological issues.
Dr. Brian Beatty is Associate Professor in the Instructional Technologies MA program at SF State. He received his Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University Bloomington. His areas of interest and academic research include social interaction in online learning, content analysis of CMC discussions, supporting self-regulating behavior in self-paced online education and training courses, and developing instructional design theory for web-based and hybrid learning environments. Since 2005, he has been working on the Hybrid-Flexible (aka HyFlex) course design process and evaluation.
Dr. Moore is currently the Director of the Research Academy for Integrated Learning (RAIL) at University of DC. He also serves as an adjunct Assistant Professor Temple University’s Teaching in Higher Education Certificate program in the College of Education. He has a Doctorate of Education in Urban Education from Temple University and a Masters of Arts from The Ohio State University in Higher Education Administration. His dissertation investigated how exemplary college faculty employ Universal Design for Learning principles in their teaching practices. Carl has been teaching for over 12 years and has created and instructed a variety of courses in education at Temple, Cabrini College, and Arcadia University in both face-to-face and online formats. He also frequently an invited speaker and consultant on inclusion, leadership, and teaching and learning related topics. Prior to his current role, Carl was the Assistant Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at Temple University. He also served in a number of student services roles that focused on providing individual and institutional support to retain and advance learner success. These roles include: at the Community College of Philadelphia, Director of Student Success Initiatives; at Temple, Associate Director of Fox Advising, Assistant Director of Multicultural Education; at Kutztown University, Upward Bound TRIO Program Director. As a self-described social justice advocate and "techie," the sum Carl’s passion lies in the development of programs on teaching with technology and inclusion in higher education."
Elisabeth Stucklen has worked in online higher education and instructional design for over 17 years. She currently works as an Instructional Designer in OLC's Institute for Professional Development, primarily managing the Instructional Designer Certificate Program and related instructional designer workshops, and provides support to the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) Program. Prior to joining OLC, she worked as the Senior Instructional Designer at Mount Washington College in Manchester, NH, where she was responsible for creating new online courses, providing training and support for faculty, and assisting the director in monitoring the course development process. Before MWC, she worked at Lesley University providing professional development and course design assistance to faculty. In addition to her role with the OLC, Elisabeth also teaches online for Brandeis University in their Masters in Learning Experience Design program and is a mentor in the Educause ID2ID cross-mentoring program for instructional designers. Elisabeth holds a Masters of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from Emporia State University and a Bachelors of Science in Visual Communication Technology from Lesley University.
J. Garvey Pyke, Ed.D., is the Director of the the Center for Teaching at UNC Charlotte. His work involves fueling the enrollment growth at the university through online course development, creating high impact student success programs using personalized and adaptive learning, promoting faculty success and scholarly teaching through innovative faculty development programs, and overseeing the provision and support of enterprise academic technologies. Garvey is also an alumnus of OLC's IELOL program (2010) and has remained an active member of this professional community of practice and served as co-director of IELOL 2018 and as a faculty member of IELOL from 2019 - 2021. He has served on various conference committees for OLC Accelerate and has served on the Steering Committee for OLC Innovate.
Dr. Karen Pedersen has a long history serving in various administrative positions in both public and private higher education institutions and is currently in the role of Dean for Global Campus at Kansas State University. Previously she worked as the Chief Knowledge Officer for the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) where she served as a thought leader and fostered initiatives related to learning innovation, quality enhancement, leadership development, and institutional transformation. She has expertise leading award-winning online and off-campus units, working with faculty institution-wide, expanding partnerships, engaging cross-institutional academic operations, and pursuing integrated marketing solutions to realize significant enrollment growth and retention outcomes. Other experiences include serving on the launch team for a competency-based education initiative, leading a system-wide enrollment management transformation, and building academic collaborations in Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brazil. Prior to starting her administrative career, Pedersen served as a faculty member at the University of Nebraska. She holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a doctor of philosophy degree from Oklahoma State University.
Peter van Leusen is the Manager of Instructional Design with focus on scalable and adaptive projects for EdPlus, Strategic Design & Development at Arizona State University. Over the past 16 years, he has worked at multiple large research-focus universities in the US with the goals to foster student success and truly have an impact. His recent instructional design projects include collaborating on adaptive curriculum and courseware development, designing MOOCs in a foreign language, and spearheading innovative digital educational experiences for broad audiences. Before joining ASU, Peter worked as the Assistant Director in the Office of Instructional Consulting in the School of Education at Indiana University and previously taught middle and high school German. Peter holds a PhD in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, Bloomington. His research interests include Faculty Development, Instructional Technology, Instructional Design, and Innovative Teaching & Learning in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats.
Dr. Tina Parscal is the Executive Director of Colorado Community Colleges Online (CCCOnline), the online consortium of thirteen community colleges that comprise the Colorado Community College System. In this role, she provides strategic leadership and administrative direction for CCCOnline’s operational, academic, educational, and technical activities. She also chairs the Learning Technology Council for the Colorado Community College System. Dr. Parscal has more than 25 years of experience providing academic and administrative leadership in higher education and has served in such roles as provost/chief academic officer, dean, program director, and faculty. Tina has published and presented in the areas of educational leadership and online learning as well as served as the Executive Editor of an award-winning peer-reviewed journal. She was honored as a “2014 Women Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Magazine for her leadership in creating inclusive learning environments. Tina brings a breadth of experience that supports CCCOnline’s strategic priorities including online teaching and learning, instructional design and innovation, open educational resources, accreditation, strategies for assessing learning outcomes, and models for enhancing the student learning experience. Tina and her husband live in Highlands Ranch. They are wine enthusiasts who love travel and photography.

Additional Authors

Jason Rhode, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Instructional Technology and Executive Director of Extended Learning at Northern Illinois University (NIU). In his role he serves as chief online learning officer, oversees NIU's Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, and provides strategic leadership and long-range vision for development and delivery of academic credit-bearing online and off-campus courses and programs.

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