Webinar Series

July 10
One Step at a Time: Building an Online Student Success Plan Starts with a Vision

The University of Alabama Online Student Success team started with three team members and a dream to improve the experience of online degree-seeking students at UA. Creating a comprehensive, student-centered plan for online student success continues to take time, patience, and a lot of “failing forward” but at its core is a three-fold vision that goes into every decision that is made.  This vision, based on the mission and strategic priorities of our institution, permeates our efforts even today and served as a guide to us as we created an action plan and communication calendar and built a team focused on one goal: the success and retention of online learners at The University of Alabama.

Presenters:

  • Sonya Dunkin, University of Alabama
  • Claire Slaton, University of Alabama

Presider:

  • Jana Breburdova, University of Central Florida 

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July 17
Where did they go and how do I get them back?

Are your current instructors taking time away and never returning? Are you having trouble finding new instructors when needed? Join us as we discuss ways to entice your former instructors with new strategies to get them to come back and teach with you, as well as gain new instructors to expand your programming. Plus gain tips to retain your current instructors, and how these two strategies can be used together to gain new instructors for you inside and outside of your organization.

Presenters:

  • Leslie Brock, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Presider:

  • Julie Shankle, University of Central Florida 

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July 24
Navigating State Authorization - Managing the New Compliance Regulations

This session will offer a comprehensive overview of the U.S. Department of Educations' regulations concerning professional licensure programs, which take effect on July 1, 2024. It will also detail the strategies utilized by a public higher education institution to engage all stakeholders to implement the necessary changes to ensure compliance.

Presenters:

  • Jana Walser-Smith, EdD, Director, Interstate Compliance and SAN Member Outreach, State Authorization Network a Division of WCET
  • Tammy Moore, EdD, MBA, Manager, Federal, State and Licensure Compliance, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Presider:

  • Mark Murphy, Middle Tennessee State University

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July 31
Creating an Internal Department-Wide Professional Development Conference

The University of Central Florida’s Division of Digital Learning established a Professional Development Committee to promote a culture of learning and provide opportunities for staff to participate in skill or career development sessions at work while keeping a work/life balance. The newest and largest project the committee has undertaken was to host an internal conference for all department staff that showcased employees by presenting sessions based on their expertise or interest. This session will look at how the committee planned and provided a unique opportunity for department staff to be able to learn, collaborate, and share their knowledge and interests with others.

Presenters:

  • Anita Gabbard, University of Central Florida
  • Debra Luken, University of Central Florida

Presider:

  • Mary Ettling, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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August 7
AI’s Role in Elevating Institutional Partnerships and Outcomes

Participants will discuss the intersection of AI with academic collaboration and contemplate how they might develop partnerships between AI, faculty, staff, and administrators to improve organizational and student outcomes. A curated AI assistant will support an interactive dialogue with attendees.

Presenters:

  •  Susan Wegmann, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Craig Engstrom, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Presider:

  • Jonell Hinsey, Middle Tennessee State University

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All webinars will be scheduled for Wednesdays at 1:00-1:50pm EST.