IELOL Meet-Up

Concurrent Session 2

Brief Abstract

Calling all IELOL Alumni and those interested in learning more about the OLC's leadership opportunities! We'll be gathering in the Speed Networking Lounge for casual networking and community building. Like all good learning experiences, OLC is very interested in amplifying the ways that we can engage with new ideas and the community. As such, the onsite meetups are meant to be a direct connection to the findings, ideation, and collaborations happening in the onsite summits during the conference You are encouraged to attend any and all parts of the summits and the meetups, with no requirement to attend the summit to make the most of the meetups, and vice versa. We encourage you to explore both spaces as you can to contribute to the shaping of new collaborations and future calls to action for this special interest group.

Presenters

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.
Dylan Barth is the Director of Professional Learning at OLC. In this role, he is responsible for providing leadership and vision for the Institute for Professional Development, which offers a wide range of virtual programs intended to engage online, blended, and digital learning professionals at every level. Dylan has 20+ years of experience teaching in higher education and 12+ years working in faculty and instructional development. Prior to joining OLC, Dylan worked at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, where he developed and facilitated workshops and offered departmental and individual consultations to instructors teaching online, blended, and face-to-face courses; at UWM, he also taught courses in Women’s & Gender Studies and the Honors College. Dylan graduated from OLC’s Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) program in 2017 and has served as a track chair for several OLC conferences. Dylan holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with an emphasis on masculinities in contemporary post-apocalyptic fiction.
Katie Fife Schuster is the Director of Global Events for OLC. In this role, Katie provides direction and leadership for the logistics and planning of OLC symposiums, the IELOL program, and IELOL Global program. Prior to her current role, Katie held the position of Director, Conferences & Events for OLC, where she worked in conjunction with the Senior Director, Conferences & Events, and the Conference Service Manager towards the achievement of OLC’s annual conferences. With over 20 years of service to OLC, she has also been the Director of Online Learning and the Director of Publications, stepping in wherever her broad range of leadership, organizational, and technology skills are best utilized for the advancement of OLC's commitment to quality in online learning.

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