Program - Summit for Online Leadership
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Registration Open
9:00-12:00 p.m. Pre-Conferences:
9:00 a.m. Registration Opens
2:00 p.m. Opening General Session - Jeff Selingo
Jeffrey J. Selingo has written about higher education for two decades. He is the author of three books, the newest of which, There Is Life After College (HarperCollins, 2016), is a New York Times bestseller. Named one of LinkedIn’s “must-know influencers” of 2016, Jeff is a regular contributor to the Washington Post, a special advisor and professor of practice at Arizona State University, and a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities.
3:30 p.m. Coffee and Networking in Exhibit Hall
Sapphire West Foyer
3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
4:00 p.m. Concurrent Session I
Education in the Age of Fake News and Disputed Facts
Lee Rainie, director of Internet, Science and Technology research at the Pew Research Center, will describe the Center’s research about public views related to facts and trust after the 2016 election. He will explore how education is affected as students face challenges finding and using knowledge. In addition, he will cover the Center’s latest research about how ubiquitous technology shapes the new information landscape.
Evolution of Learning Design
Curated by the UPCEA eDesign Collaborative
The growth of online learning models has broadened the skillset required for developing digital learning experiences beyond instructional design. This session will explore structures and frameworks for learning design teams to address the next generation of digital educational challenges; and how user and data-informed design decision making, prototyping, beta and pilot releases can impact student experiences.
The Universe of Alternative Credentials I: Trends and Analysis
Business, industry and changing demographics suggest the demand for traditional four year degrees will remain flat or decline, while alternative credentials will increase. Suppliers of alternative credentialing can come from a number of places, but will higher education keep pace? This presentation is a follow-up to a joint study conducted by UPCEA and Pearson. The 2016 study showed that many institutions were not strangers to certificates, but had only just begun to invest in badging and micro-credentialing and most had not integrated alternative credentialing into their strategic planning processes. In this session, we will present the findings from the 2017 survey and will discuss emerging trends in alternative credentialing.
Opportunities and Challenges of Expanding Internationally
As U.S. universities expand their online and other continuing education programs internationally, regulatory and compliance as well as cultural norms of partner institutions must be managed. Our panelists will share the opportunities and challenges that exist in these new markets.
5:00 p.m. Opening Reception Hosted by Exhibitors and Sponsors
Sapphire West Foyer
8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Registration Open
8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Sapphire West Foyer
For decades, professional and continuing educators have been providing alternative credentials in the form of certificate programs. More recently alternative credentials have become a hot topic due to partnerships between higher education and industry, new non-postsecondary providers, and the immediate need to address the skills gap in today's workforce. Join us for a discussion of how non-traditional credential providers are shaping the alternative credential movement.
10:15 a.m. Concurrent Session II
The Bleeding Edge: What Technology Should You Keep Your Eye On?
Online administrators don't always have time to keep up with the latest innovations and disruptors that will influence our work in the future. Join us for an exploration into the technologies online leaders should keep on their radar.
Credential Engine: Transparency in the Credentialing Marketplace
Credential Engine connects with and complements other initiatives currently underway to improve the credentialing marketplace. Through the work of advisory groups, registry participants, and expert staff, Credential Engine is a key driver in the credential revolution. Join our special guests as they highlight their work on credential transparency and discuss the registry itself and the "WorkIt" app which allows users to search for information on the credentials offered by providers, both within and outside higher education.
State of the (Instructional Design) Union
Curated by the UPCEA eDesign Collaborative
In this session, eDC leaders will review findings from recent surveys and studies focused on instructional design and will lead a discussion on professional development. Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of the professional development needs of eDesign teams.
Legislative and Regulatory Briefing
The administration has been in office for nearly six months and has not yet revealed their plans for higher education. Join our presenters as they discuss the key individuals influencing higher education policy in the Trump Administration and Congress. We will discuss the big issues vexing higher education leaders: HEA, financial aid, privacy, new delivery models and providers, and affordability. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of the political climate and how they can influence higher education policies on the horizon.
11:15 a.m. Coffee and Networking in Exhibit Hall
Sapphire West Foyer
11:30 a.m. Concurrent Session III
Making a 'Significant Difference' in Faculty Research Focused on Online
Occasionally online administrators will observe that research focused on online learning and/or operations lacks rigor and impact. But what role do we have as administrators in seeding research opportunities that are relevant to our work? Are we supporting research collaborations between online team members and faculty? In what ways can we support research projects that can be included in tenure and promotion documents for faculty members and inform our work as online administrators? Join our presenters as they share the ways they encourage online research at their institutions. Participants will discuss how they can take steps to support research collaborations on their campuses.
Online Strategy: Opportunities and Alignment with Institutional Mission
Leaders are always reflecting on past decisions as they build better online enterprises. We make the best decisions given ambiguous or nonexistent data and pivot when necessary to create opportunities for our institutions and learners. Join three leaders who will share how they strive to align their online units with their institution’s mission and goals – beyond mere enrollment growth. We will focus on four areas of the Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership (Advocacy and Leadership, Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Faculty Support and Student Support) to provide context and guide our discussion on the opportunities to position online units for new opportunities.
Show & Tell: Budget Models and Org Charts
At tables, participants will share the opportunities and challenges of their operational and budget models. Participants should be prepared to provide context to their operations by sharing a recent version of their org chart, relevant operational data (SCH, # of degree programs, # of faculty teaching) and a 2-5 minute elevator speech regarding their budget model and any unique attributes that make their budget model particularly advantageous or challenging for their operations.
Redesigning Faculty Development Through Adaptive Leadership
Capella University launched a re-envisioned model for faculty development that creates the conceptual map for professional development/training, performance management, and recognition/career pathways with integrated metrics and applicable, to varying extents, to all faculty – full-time, part-time, and adjunct. Join us for an interesting and thought-provoking conversation on faculty development that focuses on the role of faculty and the dynamic and transparent conversations necessary to create an impactful schema for understanding and advancing the roles of online faculty. Discussion will include how tenants of adaptive leadership (Heifitz, Harvard Kennedy School) informed the bottom-up process of creating this schema. Participants will leave this session with a blueprint for rethinking how to re-enliven their faculty development program and a deeper understanding of faculty roles and data necessary to align professional development with faculty goals. Check out our resource list for some pre-reading on these partnerships http://bit.ly/2017SOLFLIPPED
12:30 p.m. Lunch and General Session - Sheena Iyengar
Sheena S. Iyengar is the inaugural S.T. Lee Professor of Business in the Columbia Business School. She has taught on a wide variety of topics, including leadership, decision making, creativity, innovation, and globalization.
Considered one of the world’s leading experts on choice, Dr. Iyengar’s core research focusses on the psychology of choice and decision-making, addressing how humans face challenges in a world where they are inundated with options. Her book, The Art of Choosing, explores topics such as, why choice is powerful and where its power comes from, the ways in which people make choices, and the relationship between how we choose and who we are. Dr. Iyengar has also turned her attention to tackling issues in the business world through the lenses of network analysis and diversity-inspired research.
2:00 p.m. Concurrent Session IV
Debunking Online Quality Myths: Using Data to Inform and Promote Growth
Despite the rapid growth in online education over the past decade, many faculty and academic leaders still perceive online classes as less rigorous and academically inferior to face-to-face education. Growing your institution’s portfolio of online classes and programs is impossible without faculty support. In this presentation we will discuss how the Indiana University model for online education allows us to compare key metrics and trends between students who participate in the online space and those who do not. We consider three common myths regarding online student demographics, measures of online student success (including retention and graduation rates), and online course completion rates. After sharing our data-driven approach to measuring the effectiveness of our online programs and courses, we’ll open the floor for a broader discussion of how data and business intelligence tools can inform your campus community about the value and place of online education within the larger context of enrollment management, enrollment growth, and student success.
The Event Horizon of Higher Education: Conversations with Leaders on the Learners of the Future
UPCEA and its members can plan for what it will take to succeed over the next five years or so. Can we anticipate what years 5-20 will look like? The macro demographic global trends of AI, education, technology connectivity, and knowledge work suggest that in 20 years from now (or less) the USA will have a very small percentage of the global education market. Join our panelists as they discuss who we are serving and what we are serving them with in 2040 when the majority of working age learners will be outside the United States. We will discuss the infrastructure and leadership needed in anticipation of the learners that are rapidly becoming a reality for higher education. Further, we will discuss what impact today’s opportunities will have on tomorrow’s challenges (if any).
Using Adaptive Learning to Personalize the Learner Experience
Adaptive Learning is being adopted throughout campuses—face-to-face, blended, competency-based, extension, and online. The versatility of the technology is that it can personalize learning for students not matter how or where they learn. Understanding what students know and what they need to learn is fundamental to scaffolding knowledge and assessing learning. Learn from multiple examples of universities who are scaling adaptive learning from entry level courses to graduate programs Join us as we discuss adaptive learning and the resources necessary to implement adaptive learning on your campus.
The 411 on OPMs
Join us for a candid conversation among UPCEA members focused on the topic of Online Program Managers (OPMs). We’ll discuss the current trends with regard to these partnerships, the considerations a leader should have when exploring partnerships with OPMs, and key factors institutions should consider before entering into an agreement. Presenters will share a decision tree, a list of things to consider or include in OPM contracts, and discuss the pros/cons of these relationships. Check out our resource list for some pre-reading on these partnerships http://bit.ly/2017SOLFLIPPED
3:00 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 p.m. General Session - Charles Isbell
Dr. Isbell’s research interests are varied, but recently he has been building autonomous agents that engage in life-long learning when in the presence of thousands of other intelligent agents, including humans. His work has been featured in the popular media, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, as well as in technical collections where he has been recognized with two best paper awards. Charles also pursues reform in computing education. He was a developer of Threads, Georgia Tech’s structuring principle for computing curricula and one of the key developers in Georgia Tech’s new MOOC-supported Masters of Science in Computer Science. Both efforts support his interest in accessibility of higher education.
6:00 p.m. Dinner Groups
Meet in hotel lobby
8:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Registration Open
8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
8:00 a.m. School Spirit Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
Sapphire West Foyer
At this breakfast, we encourage you to wear something from your current institution (or your alma mater)! This is a great way to get to know other attendees and show your school spirit! If you prefer, feel free to represent your college or university by wearing school colors. Friday is a casual day.
8:30 a.m. Concurrent Session V
Fostering International Student Success in Online Learning Environments: Effective Strategies and Best Practices
While there has been ample research on the international student experience in on-ground classrooms, we have much to learn regarding the online experience of international students. This session explores international students' experiences with, and the perceptions they have, of online instruction and learning.
Building an Accessibility Infrastructure
Building infrastructure for online course accessibility is an important step in moving from a reactive to proactive strategy for online course accessibility. In this session, presenters will share how they built their infrastructure and lead a discussion on the opportunities and challenges they faced at their own institutions.
The Universe of Alternative Credentials II: Institutional and System Perspectives
For decades, professional and continuing educators have been providing alternative credentials in the form of certificate programs. More recently alternative credentials have become a hot topic for online educators in part due to the MOOC movement, partnerships between higher education and industry, and the immediate need to address the skills gap in today's workforce. Join us for a discussion of the opportunities online educators have to collaborate on new initiatives.
9:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:00 a.m. Concurrent Session VI
Quality Matters (it really does!)
Online administrators care about quality online learning experiences but often we are not in a position to discuss quality with faculty, deans, and department heads. In this session the presenters will discuss why you need to have these difficult conversations on your campus, and how you can create an environment that fosters future discussions on teaching and learning at your institution.
Think Your Students Are Learning? How Do you Know? Approachable, Science-Based Tools for Teaching Adult Learners
How do you know your students are actually learning? This interactive session offers powerful teaching strategies that leverage the unique ways in which the brains of adult learners work. Dr. Friederichs shows how these strategies, rooted in recent discoveries of neuroscience, can be easily adopted by instructors in post-traditional programs to maximize their effectiveness in online teaching. No prior knowledge of brain science is needed to understand and apply these techniques! Participants will leave this fun and exciting workshop with a toolkit of useful tips designed to enrich their post-traditional teaching practice, and—more importantly—ensure that learning is taking place!
Your Online Degree Marketing Playbook
Identifying and attracting qualified prospective students in online programs and retaining them is a challenge for most institutions. Join UPCEA’s corporate partners, experts in marketing and strategic enrollment management, for an engaging session focused on some of the critical factors that can make or break an online program. We’ll discuss goals, budgets, conversion rates, retention strategies and a host of other topics that will help you reframe the discussion of marketing and enrollment on your campus. Take this opportunity to talk with UPCEA’s partners and your peers about ideas that you can implement immediately.
11:15 a.m. Closing General Session - Arthur Levine
Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and president emeritus of Teachers College, Columbia University, is nationally known for his work on the preparation of school leaders, teachers, and education researchers. He has also written and spoken widely on the undergraduate experience, the changing nature of teaching and learning, access to higher education, and equity in the schools. His work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times; The Los Angeles Times; The Wall Street Journal; Education Week; Inside Higher Education; and The Chronicle of Higher Education. The most recent of his 12 books is Generation on a Tightrope, A Portrait of Today’s College Student (with Diane R. Dean).
12:15 p.m. Adjourn