Where Are We Going, Instructional Designers?

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Kasey Ford, Instructional Technology Manager, Value Institute for Health and Care, University of Texas at Austin

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Not long ago, a colleague and I found ourselves in the midst of an organization that was undergoing significant structural changes. As part of this process, we were asked to participate in conversations about what our new team would look Read More >

Instructor Presence: A Sustainable Practice for Improving Student Success, Retention, and Satisfaction in the Online Classroom

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Dr. Michelle Rosser-Majors, Program Chair, Dr. Sandra Rebeor, Associate Professor, Dr. Christine McMahon, Program Chair & Associate Professor, and Dr. Stephanie Anderson, Assistant Professor, Ashford University

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Receiving the 2019 Effective Practice Award by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is an honor – thank you, OLC! The Instructor Presence Initiative has evolved tremendously from our original plan and efforts to the current state. Most importantly, we are Read More >

A Call-to-Action for Conscious Leadership in Online Organizations

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Bettyjo Bouchey, MBA, Ed.D., Associate Dean & Associate Professor, College of Professional Studies and Advancement; Director of Online Academics, National Louis University; Megan Kohler, Learning Designer with the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, Penn State; and Tina Rettler-Pagel, full time faculty member and Chief Online Learning Officer at Madison College

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As online leaders, we often find ourselves working with multiple institutional stakeholders in a day–traversing levels, constantly zooming in and zooming out.  It is mainly our pleasure since we work for complex and vibrant communities in our institutions, though we Read More >

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The Concierge Support Model: Promoting Doctoral Student Self Efficacy, Persistence, and Matriculation in an Online Program

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Dr. Lori Kupczynski, Professor, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

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Understanding the demands on doctoral students who work full-time, have families and other responsibilities, and are enrolled in a doctoral program, provides programs with an opportunity to help these learners succeed. The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) Read More >

Big Data in Education: Illuminating Knowledge to Support Students

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Dr. Barbara Zorn-Arnold, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Adam L Selhorst, Executive Dean, College of Liberal Arts

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As technology supporting online education develops, so does the ability for educational leaders to collect and use that data to shape institutional policies.  While large data sets can provide us with a wealth of knowledge they also come with a Read More >

5 Reasons to Attend the OLC Instructional Design Summit

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Jennifer Paloma Rafferty, MA MEd, Director of the OLC Institute for Professional Development
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Instructional designers have no shortage of opportunities for professional development, both at their institutions and through organizations and conferences. At OLC Accelerate this year, we’ll be offering an Instructional Design Summit, developed especially to provide professional development that addresses a Read More >

The Evolving Nature of Online Organizational Structures in Higher Education Institutions

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Bettyjo Bouchey, MBA, Ed.D., Associate Dean & Associate Professor, College of Professional Studies and Advancement; Director of Online Academics, National Louis University & Erin Gratz, Ed.D., Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Orange Coast College

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Does structure matter? In a word: yes, and it matters A LOT .     The structure of, and around an online unit within a college or university matters.  It matters so much that everyone we talk to that works in online Read More >

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Community College Conversations at OLC Accelerate

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Kate Jordahl, Director of Academic Affairs and Consortia, CCC California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI)

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Calling all Community College Colleagues! The Online Learning Consortium Accelerate Conference (November 19-22, 2019, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Lake Buena Vista, Florida) has so much to offer practitioners from our segment of higher education. Our particular concerns for Read More >