Leading the charge of digital learning in higher education today, as we emerge from the global pandemic with greater respect for digital learning, demands a different set of leadership knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics than in the past.
As we see an end to the COVID-19 pandemic on the horizon, institutions are making plans to resume “new normal” operations for fall. As you ponder the future of remote work within your unit or institution, here is what you need to consider.
You’ve experienced the need for dynamic stability if you’ve flown an airplane, steered a boat or ship on the open ocean, driven a vehicle on a windy day, ridden a bicycle, or taught any class with “active learning” methods. You have a course in mind, a path to follow, but you also have the need to constantly adapt to the changing conditions around you.
Professional development frequently suffers when institutional budgets tighten. There is often a temptation, and sometimes even a mandate, to cut professional growth opportunities. I argue that now is not the time to cut back on professional development, but rather it is the perfect time for institutions and online learning units to invest in their most important assets, our people.
We currently sit at a place and time where there are some educational institutions that are well into the 21st-century while others are still reliant on structures developed in the mid-1800s and or technology from the late 90s. One may wonder what contributes to this variance in performance.
No matter your role in your organization or at your institution, as leaders WE need to be ready to pivot. It is essential that WE position ourselves with the future-ready skills and qualities necessary to support the innovation and entrepreneurial thinking needed to move our institutions forward.
For this blog post, we had the chance to sit down with our industry partner, Jeff Chen, Head of Research Partnerships at HP Education, to talk about the grant program that HP Inc. has rolled out as a way to answer key technology funding and assistance needs within the higher education space.
We strive for our conference spaces to be reflective, critical, and generative, yes… but also fun and dynamic. We’ve taken the time to outline a variety of learning pathways and purposefully seek personalized and customized conference experiences for each and every attendee.
Continuing March’s focus on 25 years of research excellence, we’re looking at new research coming out of the OLC space including forthcoming reports, a look at inclusive assessment practices, and more.
In December, we brought together the work of countless educators in our field who are exploring critical questions about diversity, equity, and inclusion in digital learning environments. This work is ongoing and we want your input.