April 24, 2020
Reimagining Quality Pathways
Every day online learning is changing. In response, you are Reimagining Quality Pathways — continually seeking new ways to provide online learners with quality learning environments that support success. Get the inspiration you need at the 2020 East Regional Conference in New York City. Through pre-conference workshops and dozens of sessions, explore how your peers are meeting the needs of today’s learners and leave with new ideas, best practices and research-supported innovations that you can put into action at your organization.
- Expanding Impact by Re-imagining Pathways in Work, Career, and Life
Friday, April 24
Creating quality online learning experiences for students, and communities of practice for faculty and designers, is dependent upon the continuing commitment of leaders within and between institutions. Growing your career can support our collective commitment to quality for students by putting more designers and faculty in positions to direct strategy, craft institutional priorities and policies, and designate resources. Come explore how you can re-imagine your contribution to the field through leadership progression through a variety of pathways. Discover mechanisms for advancing without losing your mind while staying mission-driven.
Presented by: Sasha Thackaberry, Vice President for Digital and Continuing Education at Louisiana State University
Dr. Sasha Thackaberry is a higher education leader in innovative learning models and the effective use of eLearning systems. She holds the role of Vice Provost of Digital and Continuing Education at Louisiana State University. Before her current role, she served as Assistant Vice President for Academic Technology and New Learning Models at Southern New Hampshire University. She was previously the District Director of eLearning Technologies for the Office of eLearning and Innovation (eLi) at Cuyahoga Community College, responsible for both operational support for eLearning technologies and for innovative learning projects. In that role, she led the administration and front end support for Blackboard Learn, as well as other academic technologies. She also led Quality Matters initiatives at Tri-C, including serving as the QM Coordinator. She has consulted for higher education organizations, for corporations in their eLearning efforts and in the K-12 sector.
Concentrations and Sessions
Click on the concentration headings below to see a description and list of sessions.
- Low-Cost Options and Quality
Discover how to fulfill the promise of quality in an online learning environment that is shifting to free and low-cost options. Sessions in this concentration explore related topics, including the use of open educational resources and how technology is used to work smarter and engage learners. Plus, see what other fresh ideas, tools and resources your peers are implementing to ensure quality in today’s value-focused education climate.
- Academic and Student Support for Online Learners
Dive into the world of online support services and uncover how institutions like yours are creating pathways to success for all learners. Choose from multiple sessions that showcase innovative services for online learners as well as actionable ideas on how to meld campus and online services to support all students. Topics covered include academic coaching services, QM Program Certification for Online Learner Support and services for under-served populations such as veterans, rural residents and ESL learners.
- Memorable and Meaningful Assessments
Find out how you can create memorable, meaningful and authentic assessments. Look inside other courses and see how your peers are tying assessments to real-world applications and workforce preparedness. Plus, learn more about the tools being used to assist with academic integrity. Sessions also explore the flip-side of assessments. Get inside information on how institutions use student feedback to improve instruction, including how they implement feedback and use it to create pathways to quality.
- Quality Student Experiences
Make the connection between design and delivery and find out how you can bridge the gap. Attend sessions in this concentration to gain information on issues that impact both design and delivery such as UDL and accessibility. Find out how you can apply QM principles to various course formats and how you can use course evaluations to craft professional development plans. Plus, uncover unique ideas that will help you reimagine the design-delivery relationship.
- Approaches to Using the Updated Rubric
Jump into the QM Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition, and explore the innovative ways institutions are using the Rubric to support their quality assurance efforts. Topics in this concentration will explore how institutions address changes between the Fifth and Sixth editions, how they apply the Standards to their courses, and how they use the Rubric to re-imagine quality pathways and support student success. Juxtapositions in the Specific Review Standards and approaches to reconciling them will also be examined.