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Campus Technology Distance Learning Summit: Fall 2020

As colleges and universities navigate the ever-shifting challenges of higher education’s “new normal,” they are also looking ahead: How can the lessons learned from the pandemic redefine teaching and learning moving forward? And how can the technology decisions made today impact the future? In thoughtful hour-long editorial sessions, education and IT leaders will share their ideas, experiences and outlook, and engage attendees with a live Q&A.


IT Fallout from the Emergency Move to Online Learning

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and institutions were faced with the sudden need to close campuses and move courses online, let’s face it: A lot of shortcuts were taken, bypassing traditional IT policies. Students, faculty and staff were using their personal devices to access university systems. They were signing up for new learning tools right and left. They were accessing the internet over open (and vulnerable) public WiFi. In this session, Brian Fodrey, CIO for Stevenson University, will discuss what institutions can do to rein in these IT security risks and better protect systems and data.


Online Learning Phase 2: Fine-Tuning Student Engagement for Equity

Students will need more than video lectures if they are going to survive — and thrive — in a digital learning environment. Now that many courses have made the jump from in-person to online, it’s time to make sure students of all demographics are actually being engaged and quality standards are being met. In this session, Dr. Jessica Rowland Williams, director of Every Learner Everywhere and former project director for the University Innovation Alliance’s Completion Grant Initiative, will share strategies for measuring student engagement and boosting outcomes with a focus on equity.


What Will the Fall Semester Look Like?

Higher education institutions across the country are facing a lot of uncertainty as they make plans for fall. While some are reopening campuses with new accommodations for physical distancing, others are keeping most of their courses online or modifying schedules to enable a hybrid approach. In this session, Dr. Elliot Stern, president of Saddleback College, will share how his institution is making these strategic decisions and what kinds of policies and infrastructure they are putting in place to move forward.


Campus Technology Distance Learning Summit — Higher Education's New Normal

In recent months, colleges and universities across the country have been in emergency response mode: closing campuses, moving courses online, slapping together infrastructure to enable teaching, learning and operations to continue virtually. Now that the initial fires have been put out, institutions are faced with strategic planning for a fall semester in uncharted territory. Short term fixes need to transition to long-term solutions. In three hour-long editorial sessions, education and IT leaders will discuss the most critical considerations for managing higher ed’s “new normal” and engage attendees with a live Q&A.


Innovations in Remote Learning

It is challenging to move courses online. However, there are proven next-generation best practices. Modern approaches using the latest technologies are being employed even in STEM courses which may be among the most challenging to move online, due to their reliance on hands-on labs and equipment. In this session, the founders of Virtually Inspired, an online showcase of innovations in online learning, will share some of the ground-breaking ways educators around the world are enhancing teaching with technology and solving challenges of online delivery.


Help! How IT Can Best Train and Support Faculty Making a Quick Move Online

When Louisiana Tech University made the decision to take courses online in response to the COVID-19 threat, the timing couldn’t have been worse: The move coincided with the start of the Spring semester, so faculty and staff had to hit the ground running. In this session, CIO Thomas Hoover will share how his institution went live with online classes in just two days, including a weekend of faculty training and an ongoing rollout of new tools and support to help with the transition.


Tips and Tools for Managing the Sudden Transition to Online Learning

These days, more faculty than ever before have been thrust into teaching remotely — sometimes with little preparation. From overcoming initial hurdles to fine-tuning approaches for the longer term, these expert best practices will help.