Developing a Unified Content Strategy in the Time of Adaptive, Digital and OER

December 14, 2016 | 12:00pm EST

With more instructional design departments developing programs to spur adoption of OER and faculty experimenting with adaptive solutions, schools are grappling with how to discover the best resources, improve adoption rates, and best practices for implementation. Most institutions have pockets of digital, personalized learning tools, traditional textbooks and an array of OER options — and while going digital is on the radar, few have crystallized a vision for it nor have they mapped out how to get there. Before getting tangled in a web of questions, tackle an overarching one first : Where do you want your institution’s content strategy (or mix, or model) to be in four years? Then decide the who, the what and the how.

Join Jill Buban, OLC Senior Director of Research and Innovation, as she moderates a panel to discuss content strategy considerations including discovering and implementing OER, faculty incentives and support, evolving from print to digital and student inclusive access at scale, and the change management and training needed to achieve success.

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Speaker Bio



Nick White, Director Competency Based Learning Solutions, Capella University

Nick White is the Director of Competency Based Learning Solution at Capella University. Nick’s constant goal is to find ways to make learning more effective and efficient for adult learners through innovative design practices and the smart use of technology. He leads a team of curriculum specialists, instructional designers, and project managers that work collaboratively with faculty members to design exceptional online programs and courses. Nick has a master’s degree in instructional design, is an award winning instructional designer and administrator,  and is a frequent speaker at national conferences.


Sarah Riddlebarger, VP Solutions and Services, Ed Map

Since joining ED MAP in April 2008, Sarah has continued a career fundamentally grounded in customer service supporting client growth and retention activities. As vice president of solutions and services, Sarah is responsible for supporting ED MAP’s client relationships. She oversees all aspects of client-facing ED MAP activities including ED MAP ADVISOR, client management teams and student support. Her teams support clients in developing content strategies as well as all aspects of course materials acquisition and distribution – with a special focus on strategic course materials management, digital migration planning and project management.


Dr. Andrew Shean, Chief Academic Learning Officer, Bridgepoint Education

Dr. Shean, previously the Vice Provost of Provost of Curriculum and Innovation at Ashford University, now leads the centralization of resources across all Bridgepoint universities to drive greater productivity related to learning resources in order to better position and deliver even HIGHER quality education through consistency of best practices in instructional design, innovative use of educational technology, and successful student outcomes.

Andrew joined the Ashford University team in 2011 as the Executive Dean of the College of Education. Dr. Shean was responsible for academic, curricular, and co-curricular policies, as well as the academic programs of the college. His duties included coordination of campus deans, chairpersons, and faculty in various academic environments, and interaction with accreditation agencies. He supported the University provost and president in the achievement of University goals. Before assuming the position of Executive Dean, Dr. Shean was an Associate Professor in Ashford’s College of Education and the Council Chair for Ashford’s Education Leadership and Technology program.


Dr. Jill Buban, Senior Director of Research & Innovation, Online Learning Consortium

In her role, Dr. Buban works with institutions to disperse online and blended learning research as well as conducts research projects commissioned by organizations and institutions. Prior to joining the Online Learning Consortium, Dr. Buban was the Assistant Provost for Research & Innovation at Post University. In this role, Buban instituted university-wide initiatives with a forward thinking, student-centered focus. These initiatives included, but were not limited to, the university’s transition to digital course materials, the creation of an online academy for high school students, competency-based learning initiatives, credentialing, articulation agreements, enrollment management, oversight of all academic publications, as well as a variety of teaching and learning initiatives.

Prior to joining Post University, Dr. Buban worked in Academic Affairs at SUNY Empire State College. She collaborated on a variety of online learning initiatives including the implementation of ePortfolios, open learning access initiatives, and prior learning assessment practices.

Dr. Buban continues to study and present on topics surrounding effective technology use for adult learners in online environments. She holds an PhD in Adult Learning, Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction and a Bachelor of Arts in History. Dr. Buban is a recipient of an OLC Best in Track Award, the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood Graduate Emerging Scholar Award, and Lesley University Graduate Student Award. She sits on a variety of boards that serve her local community.