On the Road to OLC Innovate: Lightning Talks and Jazz Music


Andrew Shean, Ed.D., Chief Academic Learning Officer, Bridgepoint Education

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This is the second in a series of blogs that features the OLC Innovate Conference Program Committee and Steering Committee members sharing their thoughts on the conference and the great city of New Orleans.  We hope you use this series to plan your days and nights while at Innovate in NOLA in April.

With over 45,000 students and 3,500 full-time and adjunct faculty within Bridgepoint Education universities, it is challenging to evaluate and predict the impact of curricular and instructional enhancements at scale. As employer expectations change, it is also difficult to ensure ongoing relevance of instructional content to workplace requirements.  In order to address these challenges, I have personally found that seeking insights from leaders and innovators in higher education outside the walls of our organization can be hugely beneficial.

For this reason and more, I am extremely excited about traveling to New Orleans in early April for OLC’s Innovate Conference.

I plan to take full advantage of the lightning round speaker sessions, engage with colleagues attending from peer organizations, and bring home key strategies and ideas we can take away and implement. I love the opening reception as well – networking and learning about the innovations in the vendor world is always eye opening. The sessions this year are relevant, interactive, and focused on areas I am particularly interested in. I am not sure what the Innovate Street Party is yet, but I plan to fully investigate it!

New Orleans is home to incredible culture, food, and interesting sights and smells…and of course Jazz music! While gaining insights into how to advance the learning experience for our students and continue to ensure our educational offerings our relevant, I get to also take part in one of our country’s most dynamic and rich cities. Win/win.




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