Preparing for Fall: How Higher Education Administrators Are Planning for a New Normal

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Fall 2020 was unprecedented in higher education as the world navigated teaching and learning during a global pandemic. Emerging models such as HyFlex were adopted. The remote experiences of Spring 2020 transitioned from emergency teaching to higher-quality digital learning. Issues such as student access and equity were springboarded to the forefront. Now, as we enter Fall 2021, higher education administrators are preparing for what the next normal will be and putting pre-pandemic structures, processes, and legacies aside.

Join our panelists for a moderated conversation about what is on the heart and minds of higher education administrators as they enter the fall term. Jeff Borden, Chief Academic Officer at D2L, will lead a conversation with panelists around these topics and more:

  • Remote worker policies for staff and faculty.
  • Student’s expectations for online and face-to-face courses.
  • Delta variant concerns.
  • Supporting staff and avoiding burnout.
  • Behavioral health and wellness for students.
  • Digital learning’s capacity for increasing access and completion.

Register today for "Preparing for Fall: How Higher Education Administrators Are Planning for a New Normal" on August 25 at 11:00 AM PDT / Noon MDT / 1:00 PM CDT / 2:00 PM EDT.

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The webcast will be recorded and available on the webpage shortly after the live session.


" "Mordecai Ian Brownlee, President, Community College of Aurora
On July 15, 2021, Mordecai Ian Brownlee became the sixth president of the Community College of Aurora in Colorado. With campuses in Aurora and Denver, CCA is a Hispanic-serving institution providing instruction to nearly 12,000 students throughout its 350-square mile service area. Prior to this appointment, Mordecai served as the vice president for student success at St. Philip's College in San Antonio, Texas. Along with the presidency, Mordecai continues his work as a higher education columnist for EdSurge. He was recently featured by EdTech Magazine as one of the 30 most interesting voices in higher education who are shaping the conversation around IT and edtech.

" "Thomas Cavanagh, Vice Provost for Digital Learning, University of Central Florida
Thomas Cavanagh is vice provost for digital learning at the University of Central Florida. In this role, he oversees the distance learning strategy, policies, and practices of one of the nation’s largest universities. A national leader in digital education and academic innovation, he has been recognized with numerous awards from organizations such as the Online Learning Consortium, the United States Distance Learning Association, the IMS Global Learning Consortium, and WCET. He is active in the higher education community and serves on several national boards. He is also an award-winning author of several mystery novels.

" "Patricia James, @ONE Course Facilitator, California Community Colleges Virtual Campus & Online Education Initiative
Pat James was the initial executive director of the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative (OEI). Currently, Pat is a project consultant for the OEI and for Pat James Consulting, an Online Network of Educators (@ONE) facilitator for CVC, an instructor at Evergreen Valley College, and a part-time consultant for Instructure. She is a creative, experienced online educator in the areas of program planning, course design, implementation, professional development, budget development, and program management. She is the recipient of multiple grant awards and holds awards for her leadership work from OLC Leadership, Pearson Excellence in Academic Leadership, Mt. San Jacinto College, and the California Community Colleges.


" "Jeff Borden, Chief Academic Officer, D2L
Jeff Borden is currently the chief academic officer at D2L, a professor of communication and education, a Davis scholar in residence with the Akilah Institute, and a speaker/consultant/leader across higher education. A passionate teaching and learning expert and a lifelong advocate for effective eLearning, Jeff works to generate and communicate the best possible ideas, strategies, and philosophies to transform learning at scale. Through award-winning "learning ecosystem" creation, brain-based education strategies, large-scale alternate reality games for education, and other creative endeavors, Jeff has implemented effective learning techniques for thousands.