Online Learning Summit
The COVID-19 pandemic, on a global scale, has challenged higher education institutions (HEIs) and students alike to respond swiftly to shifts in learning and teaching. However online and distance learning have been evolving for decades and are not new concepts. We find ourselves asking if online is blended and is blended online; and if umbrella terms such as ‘flexible learning’, ‘online learning’ or ‘blended learning’ effectively represent a shared understanding of pedagogic approaches, principles and definitions across the sector.
Join us as we bring together leaders, practitioners and technologists from the higher education sector to discuss the evolution of online learning and reflect on how the last 18 months has changed our way of thinking. We will explore good practice applied in response to the pandemic, discuss how the sector has responded so quickly to unprecedented change and how our experiences can inform teaching and learning of the future.
You’ll hear from sector experts, renowned speakers, students, learning designers and academics from a wide range of UK and international institutions. Whether you are experienced in online learning or still refining your academic practice - this Summit is not to be missed.
This year, the Summit will involve roundtable sessions, panel events, and plenty of time for networking and exploring the virtual exhibitor booths. It aims to be highly interactive, as we engage in thought-provoking discussion and debate around key themes, challenges and opportunities.
The Summit will open with Professor Kathryn Mitchell
, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, followed by examples from the past and reflections for the future of online learning by Belinda Tynan, former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of RMIT and current Provost of Australian Catholic University. Julie Stone, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor and Director of University of Derby Online Learning will reflect on two decades of serving students at a distance and ten years of online at Derby.
You will not want to miss the roundtable where we ask the provocative question: "Can the learning design process be automated?” Join renowned speakers Donald Clark, Gilly Salmon, Paul Bacsich and Neil Mosley as they present perspectives on the continuum of automation in learning design, prompting you to consider where you sit on this continuum, too.
Our keynote speaker, Dr Gregory Fowler, President of University of Maryland Global Campus, will challenge our assumptions on how we serve students by bringing the right experience to the right learner at the right time, and in the right way. With plenty of time for questions and reflections, this session will encourage us to think outside the box and open our minds to new ways of working, connections and collaborations.
Perspectives from across the sector will be shared in the three-panel sessions and a highlight of the event is always the Roundtable – The Student Voice, where we hear directly from current and past students. Professor Keith McLay
, Provost for Learning and Teaching, University of Derby, will add in closing comments to wrap up what promises to be an insightful and valuable event.
This agenda is subject to change.
||Networking Lounge and Exhibitor Hall: Join, explore, navigate, meet!
||Welcome and Introduction
||Roundtable - Can the learning design process be automated?
||Networking Lounge and Exhibitor Hall
||Panel session one: Principles and standards for online learning
||Keynote: Dr Gregory Fowler
||Networking Lounge and Exhibitor Hall
||Panel session two: Pedagogic research for online learning
||Roundtable - The Student Voice
||Networking Lounge and Exhibitor Hall
||Panel session three: Online learning for professional development
||Networking Lounge and Exhibition Hall
Keynote: Dr Gregory Fowler
"Bringing the Right Experience to the Right Learner at the Right Time in the Right Way."
Dr Gregory Fowler - President of University of Maryland Global Campus
Dr. Gregory W. Fowler became the seventh president of University of Maryland Global Campus on January the fourth, 2021. A distinguished scholar and administrator, he is a leader in developing innovative learning models and experiences for adult and nontraditional populations around the world.
Prior to joining UMGC, Dr. Fowler served most recently as president of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) Global Campus and before that in a dual role as SNHU's chief academic officer and vice president for academic affairs. In almost nine years with the university, he led the institution's efforts in developing online, competency-based and hybrid programs that met the rapidly changing demands of the workforce and global communities, including programs for disadvantaged students in Los Angeles, refugees in Africa and the Middle East, and for learners in Mexico and Columbia.
Dr. Fowler has held senior-level academic and administrative positions at several institutions, including Western Governors University (WGU), where he served as associate provost and dean of liberal arts and ensured student success by overseeing the development of new degree programs for WGU's colleges. He also was chief academic officer and vice president for academic affairs at Hesser College in New Hampshire.
Dr. Fowler was raised in Albany, Georgia, one of eight children; his mother was a secondary school teacher, and other family members included military service members and contractors, nurses, lawyers, coroners and pastors. He realized from an early age the power of education to change the trajectory of lives and impact communities as well as the need to engage with people and help them wherever they are in life. As a teenager working at the Six Flags Over Georgia theme park, Dr. Fowler recognized the importance of teamwork to organizational success, an early lesson that has helped shape his management style.
He completed his undergraduate studies at Morehouse College, which included a year as a Charles A. Dana Scholar at Duke University. He then moved to the Washington, D.C., area and spent nearly four years at the National Endowment for the Humanities. There he worked as an outreach specialist and media affairs officer helping to share the stories and empower the voices of underserved populations, while also earning a master's degree in English from George Mason University.
Dr. Fowler left the NEH and became a lecturer and assistant professor of literature and American studies at Penn State University—Erie while completing his doctorate in English/American Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo. While teaching at Penn State, he was named a Fulbright Senior Scholar, teaching and lecturing in Germany, including at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at Freie Universitat–Berlin.
Dr. Fowler received a second Fulbright Scholar award in 2006 to Belgium and Germany, where he collaborated with scholars on the future of the European Union, including the impact of the Bologna Accords on creating shared frameworks across higher education for the EU.
Dr. Fowler served as a board member and commissioner of the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), where he worked with a team reviewing the shift to remote learning and its impact on the future of higher education. He has also served on several other advisory boards including for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Dr. Fowler also holds an MBA from Western Governors University and has completed several higher education and executive leadership/negotiation programs at Harvard University.
We are excited to have these organisations exhibiting at this year's Online Learning Summit. During the event, you'll be able to visit their virtual booths and discover more about their products and services.
Quotes from previous Online Learning Summits
“There was a real sense of community among the organisers, speakers and delegates.”
“I enjoyed the variety of speakers during the day and in particular the fact that each one only had a short slot as the frequently changing ‘faces’ (voices) held my attention in a virtual environment. “
“I enjoyed the openness and candid nature of all involved. An excellent event, thank you.”