2018 IELOL Information Session

In this informational session, the co-directors will share more about the 2018 IELOL program.


Laurie Hillstock, Ph.D, Online Learning Consortium Board Liaison and Director of Community Engagement

Dr. Laurie G. Hillstock has been a faculty member and administrator in higher education for over 16 years. Most of her experiences have been in the distance learning arena, focusing on strategic planning, technology research and integration, academic integrity, and both faculty and curriculum development. In addition, she has taught a number of credit bearing courses in the online, hybrid, and web-enhanced learning environments. She has also administered and/or taught with a variety of LMS systems including Blackboard.

She is a co-director and faculty member of the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL). In addition to her duties as Board Liaison, Dr. Hillstock is actively involved with OLC, serving as Director of Community Engagement, and a content developer, workshop facilitator and mentor for the Institute. More specifically, she is the developer and facilitator for the Leadership in Online Learning Mastery Series and the Advanced Online Teaching Certificate program.

Dr. Hillstock holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (Higher Education) and M.A. in Human Resource Development from Clemson University. She also holds a B.A. in English (minor: Computer Science) from Converse College.

Karen Pederson, Ph.D, Online Learning Consortium Chief Knowledge Officer

Dr. Karen Pedersen serves as the Chief Knowledge Officer for the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). In this role, she has responsibility to gather, curate and leverage the intellectual capital created by and disseminated through the organization to create and enhance services and resources provided to the OLC community. She works in five key areas including learning innovation, quality enhancement, community engagement and development, product development leadership, as well as publications, research, and policy.

Prior to joining the Online Learning Consortium, Pedersen served as the Associate Vice President for Extended Campuses at Northern Arizona University. In this role she was responsible for leading a system-wide enrollment management transformation as well as managing marketing, technology, and academic operations. She led a network of over 35 campuses in Arizona, developing new business and market opportunities, actively collaborating with and growing community college partnerships, as well as developing scalable, integrated and lean business processes/workflows. The scope of her responsibilities included coaching and mentoring 180+ full and part-time staff members in addition to supporting over 750 faculty members.

For eleven years Pedersen served as the Vice President for Professional Studies at Southwestern College (SC). In that role she was responsible for envisioning and building an online program from the ground up and launching over 25 innovative online programs. While there Pedersen expanded military partnerships and engaged in strategic infrastructure projects while successfully positioning her institution in an enrollment growth trajectory. SC participated in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) through its regional accreditor (The Higher Learning Commission) and Pedersen participated in two strategy forums during her tenure. In addition, she served as an evaluator with the Kansas Award for Excellence and utilized the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence in her operations.

Pedersen also held the academic associate and dean roles at Upper Iowa University’s Extended University for four years. In these roles she was responsible for curriculum development, enhancing learner success initiatives, as well as faculty hiring, training, and evaluation. She also built the foundations for an online operation and traveled internationally to develop partnerships in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia.

Prior to starting her administrative career, Pedersen served as a faculty member at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a doctor of philosophy degree from Oklahoma State University. Pedersen has numerous international leadership experiences having worked collaboratively with the Indonesian National Police and the US government to provide professional expertise for a major distance education initiative as well as serving as an international keynote speaker.


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