The Future of #OnlineLearning Leadership

Four online learning leaders, each from different institution types (a private research university, a public research university, an HBCU, and a very large minority serving community college district) will discuss the future of online learning leadership by exploring these themes and more:

  • The future is more entrepreneurial. Leaders must continue to be entrepreneurial and even more so than before. Stacking, blending, and aggregating learning experiences and helping learners own the evidence of their skills is the future of the teaching and learning ecosystem.
  • The future is more staff inclusive. Leaders will need to focus on deepening partnerships between faculty and staff and ensuring that institutions of higher education can compete with industry in attracting top faculty and staff talent.
  • The future is global. Leaders will need to grapple with the demands of a global marketplace as higher education becomes increasingly globalized.
  • The future is more diverse. A diversity of leaders will emerge in the online learning space and lead efforts into new directions.

Register today for "The Future of #OnlineLearning Leadership" on October 21 at 11:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM MDT / 1:00 PM CDT / 2:00 PM EDT.

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" "Andrea Jones-Davis, Executive Director of JSUOnline, Jackson State University 
Andrea Jones-Davis currently serves as the executive director of JSUOnline at Jackson State University. She oversees the planning, development, and implementation of all distance learning activities, including marketing, enrollment management, advising, instructional design, and regulatory and accreditation requirements. JSUOnline was developed under Andrea’s leadership through extensive collaboration with the campus community and has demonstrated substantial growth in student engagement, faculty development, and academic quality. Andrea is a 2020 graduate of the Online Learning Consortium’s Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) and currently serves on the Changing Landscape of Online Education’s (CHLOE) Advisory Board.

" "Lergia Olivo, Instructional Design Manager, FIU Online, Florida International University
Lergia Olivo is an instructional design manager at FIU Online, Florida International University’s centralized distance learning unit. She oversees a team of over 20 learning design professionals who together are responsible for the design and development of online and hybrid courses. Lergia has a bachelor’s in English, a master’s in linguistics, and is currently working towards her doctorate in teaching and learning. She is a 2019 graduate of the Online Learning Consortium’s Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL). In addition to her role at FIU Online, Lergia also teaches in FIU’s English Language Institute.

" "Melissa Kaufman, Director of Academic Innovation, Drexel University
Melissa Kaufman is the director of academic innovation for the Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University (DSPH). There she oversees the school’s online programs as well as curriculum development and assessment including developing new programs and ensuring all programs meet accreditation standards. Melissa received her EdD in Education Leadership and Management in September 2021. She has presented at numerous conferences, including the 2020 Quality Matters National Conference and the 2020 ASPPH Conference. She has also published articles in the Journal of Health Administration Education and the Journal of Educators Online.


" "Luke Dowden, Chief Online Learning Officer / Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Success, Alamo Colleges
Luke Dowden is the chief online learning officer and associate vice chancellor of academic success at the Alamo Colleges District. Through Alamo Colleges Online, he leads and supports capacity-building initiatives at all five Colleges so they may gain a greater market share of online learners in their respective service areas. Alamo Colleges Online was a finalist for the 2020 Bellwether Award for Community College Excellence in the area of planning, governance, and finance. Luke is a member of the Quality Matters Board of Directors. In 2014, Luke received the inaugural recipient of the Online Learning Consortium Bruce N. Chaloux Award for Early Career Excellence in Online Education.