The OLC Exposition Foundry: Battle of Best Practices

Concurrent Session 2
Streamed Session

Brief Abstract

In this session, OLC's Madeline Shellgren will facilitate an interactive discussion with industry partners around a series of best practices across the field of online, blended, digital, and flexible learning. Styled as a "Point / Counter-point" debate, each industry partner will be joined by an academic partner and have time to respond to a provocative prompt, affording them space to speak into their perspectives as well as provide insight into possible solutions to the ubiquitous challenges we face today as a global learning community. Audience members will be a key stakeholder in this lively conversation, offering provocations of their own and helping to synthesize the experience through co-created takeaways. A key goal of this session (and all Exposition Foundry programming) is to facilitate space for buildinga more intentional community across academic and industry sectors alike. Join us in our bridge-building efforts and for your chance to help drive the dialogue.


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.
I am a multilingual Agile Instructional Designer, project manager, and foreign language faculty. I am also passionate about learning languages and helping people learn and helping faculty and institutions create engaging learning experiences and lowering barriers for all learners. In addition to collaborating with faculty on course mapping, ideating, and building courses and interactives. I value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and iteratively integrate these values across all of my project collaborations and courses that I teach. When I am not designing, presenting, or collaborating with colleagues, you can find me running, traveling, or continuing my learning through reading, writing, or coding activities.

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