Research Summit Meet-Up

Concurrent Session 4

Brief Abstract

Join the Research Summit presenters for a conversation about research in online learning spaces. Bring ideas about research questions you would like to pursue, current research you are working on, and problems of practice for this engaging dialogue!  Join thought leaders and researchers to talk more about the burning questions of our community and the field of digital, blended, and online learning. 



Dr. Nicole Weber is the Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Learning at the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). In this role she works closely with OLC staff and global partners to advance professional development opportunities, continuous improvement efforts, and research in support of quality digital, blended, and online learning. Before joining OLC, she served as the Director of Learning Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she led online and blended faculty development efforts, technology training for the digital learning ecosystem, and emerging learning technology exploration and evaluation, collaborating across the institution to support student learning and success. Nicole received her PhD in Urban Education specializing in Social Foundations of Education with an emphasis on designing engaging learning environments in 2012.
Tina Rettler-Pagel is a Faculty member and Chief Online Learning Officer at Madison College, in Madison, Wisconsin. Tina holds a B.S in Education with an emphasis on Emotional Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.S. in Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has an Ed.D. in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Tina has completed an Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Online Teaching Certificate, as well as participated in OLC's Institute for Engaged Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) in 2017. Her research interests include retention and persistence in the online classroom, the success of women of color in online learning spaces, women in higher education leadership and governance, digital equity, and community college approaches to teaching and learning. Tina's hashtags? #Mom #Partner #CommunityCollegeProud #OnWisconsin #A11yAdvocate #OnlineTeaching #Includer #Kindness #Connector #OnlineLearning #TechNerd #Resilience #StrongGirlsStrongWomen #Hockey #Fishing #AnythingSummer #JamMaker #Perseverance #SayYesToNewAdventures #ComeAsYouAre #StartWhereYouAre #ImpostorPhenomemon #Access
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.

Extended Abstract