A WCET Closer Conversation: Mentoring Women in Digital Learning

Mentoring is essential to our growth as leaders and professionals. How can we leverage the WCET community to create connections and support women in higher education digital learning to grow and thrive? How has the global pandemic and the prevalence of video platforms changed how we lead, and what opportunities do these tools provide for mentoring women in digital learning? Bring your stories and experiences and join our discussion leads for a Closer Conversation on the topic of mentoring women in digital learning.

Register today for "Mentoring Women in Digital Learning" on March 26 at 12:00 PM PDT / 1:00 PM MDT / 2:00 PM CDT / 3:00 PM EDT.

Registration is free and open to current WCET and SAN members. WCET Closer Conversations take place via Zoom Meeting, and all participants are invited to interact via video and/or chat. The audience size is limited to 50 participants; you will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link once your registration is approved.

Live captioning is provided by our sponsor, VITAC. The conversation will be recorded and available to members.

Discussion Leaders:

MJ Bishop, Associate Vice Chancellor and Director, Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland
MJ Bishop is associate vice chancellor and director of the University System of Maryland's Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, which works to enhance and promote USM's position as a national leader in higher education academic innovations. The Kirwan Center conducts research on best practices, disseminates findings, offers professional development opportunities for institutional faculty and administrators, and supports the 14 public institutions that are part of the system as they continue to expand innovative academic practices. Author of numerous national and international articles, Bishop's research interests include exploring how various instructional media and delivery systems might be designed and used more effectively to improve learning and teaching. 

Leah Chuchran-Davis, Vice President of Learning Design, iDesign
Leah Chuchran-Davis is the vice president of learning design of iDesign, a partner to universities that wish to build, grow, and support online and blended course program offerings. She focuses on creating design teams that are highly collaborative and innovative in design and communication. Her current research interests include competency-based education (CBE) and workforce skills development, building learning communities, and humanizing the online classroom. She currently resides in western North Carolina on 36 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains as she, the farmer, and four children enjoy outdoor life on a biodynamic farm.

Whitney Kilgore, Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer, iDesign
Whitney Kilgore is co-founder and chief academic officer of iDesign, a partner to universities that wish to build, grow, and support online and blended course program offerings. iDesign provides concierge, white-glove instructional design support to faculty partners and ensure that faculty feel comfortable, informed, and in control throughout the process of creating online learning experiences for their students. Kilgore is currently working on research related to care theory in online learning and the impact to practice of humanizing online teaching and learning. She resides in North Texas with her husband, their four children, two dogs, and a cat. They enjoy hiking, swimming, and wearing their masks.

Cali Morrison, Interim Dean, Center for Professional & Continuing Education, American Public University System
Cali M.K. Morrison is interim dean, Center for Professional & Continuing Education at American Public University System. Previously, Morrison was assistant director, communications and analysis and project director of Transparency by Design at WCET, where she studied adult learners and accountability. Her current research interests include competency-based education and the future of credentials. Morrison lives in Belgrade, MT with her four-legged officemates, homebuilder hubby, and daughters where she is active in the community, supporting the One Valley Community Foundation, Montana Science Center, and Thrive.