Digital Innovation Moving Texas Forward
Concurrent Session 1
This session introduces the Division of Digital Learning (DDL) at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The mission of the DDL is to provide leadership and advocacy for digital learning in higher education and promote, sustain, and advance a quality digital learner experience positioning Texas as a world leader.
Providing a holistic digital learning ecosystem is of growing importance in an increasingly digital world. Digital learning has become common place in higher education over the past several decades. Notwithstanding the advancements in digital learning, definitions and standards vary greatly making it difficult for educators and institutions to effectively discuss and implement effective policies and best practices.
Over the past two years the COVID-19 pandemic has brought digital learning to the forefront of higher education. Multiple research methods are being employed to better understand the effects of the pandemic, including state-wide surveys and a design research engagement. These initiatives inform effective resources for educators and students, including a digital clearinghouse. This digital clearinghouse will serve as a primary means to enhance pedagogical innovation, stimulate digital transformation, promote digital solutions, connect communities, encourage scholarship, share resources, and make possible holistic, quality digital learning experiences.
Levels of Participation:
This session will provide an interactive forum for conversation regarding the state of digital learning today and innovations coming in the near future. Attendees will participate in a discussion regarding the scaling of best practices, creating programs for institutional capacity building, and promoting sustainable partnerships.
Targeted research initiatives demonstrate the importance of creating a diverse digital ecosystem which supports students, educators, and administrators. Digital Learning provides the opportunity to create equitable and inclusive spaces. The presenters will discuss ways in which they are driving innovation, change, and equity through partnerships and networking.