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Leading the e-Learning Transformation in Higher Education

Gary Miller (Sloan Consortium, USA) - Panel Co-Moderator
Michael Moore (Pennsylvania State University, USA) - Panel Co-Moderator
Lawrence Ragan (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Ray Schroeder (University of Illinois Springfield, USA)
Karen Swan (University of Illinois Springfield, USA)
Meg Benke (Empire State College, USA)
Wayne Smutz (UCLA Extension, USA)
Session Information
November 21, 2013 - 1:15pm
Leadership, Values and Society
Areas of Special Interest: 
None of the above
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Featured Session
Southern Hemisphere 2
Session Duration: 
80 Minutes
Information Session 9 & 10 (combined)
Virtual Session

The authors of a new book on leadership in online learning discuss their perspectives on leadership issues in different Sloan-C Pillars of Quality.

Extended Abstract

The transformation of higher education has been fueled, in part, by the emergence of e-learning into the mainstream of college and university programming. This transformation creates great challenges, and opportunities, for academic leadership. The recent release of a new book—Leading the e-Learning Transformation in Higher Education: Meeting the Challenges of Technology in Distance Education—provides a backdrop for a conversation regarding leadership development in elearning. The book is an outgrowth of the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL), a collaboration between Sloan-C and the Penn State World Campus, which has, over the past five years, worked to develop the next cadre of leaders around many of the concepts outlined in the book. Join the authors in this interactive session focusing on leadership and the skills needed by emerging leaders.

Lead Presenter
Gary Miller

Gary Miller (Sloan Consortium, USA)

Gary E. Miller is Executive Director Emeritus of the World Campus at The Pennsylvania State University. He previously served as Associate Vice President for Outreach and Executive Director of Penn State Continuing and Distance Education. He was the founding Executive Director of Penn State World Campus, the University’s online distance education program.

From 1987 to 1993, Dr. Miller served as Associate Vice President for Program Development and Executive Director of the International University Consortium at the University of Maryland University College. In 2004, he was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. He received the 2004 Weidemeyer Award from the University of Wisconsin and The American Journal of Distance Education, the 2007 Irving Award from the American Distance Education Association for his contributions to distance education, the 2008 Distinguished Service Award from the National Telecommunications Network, and the 2008 award for Most Outstanding Achievement in Online Teaching and Learning by an Individual from the Sloan Consortium. In 2009, he received the Prize of Excellence for Lifelong Contributions to the Field by the International Council for Open and Distance Education and the Outreach Pioneer Award from The Pennsylvania State University. He was named a Sloan Consortium Fellow in 2010. Dr. Miller earned a Doctor of Education in Higher Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of The Meaning of General Education: The Emergence of a Curricular Paradigm and numerous articles and book chapters on distance education.

Michael Moore

Michael Moore (Pennsylvania State University, USA) - Panel Co-Moderator

Michael Grahame Moore is Distinguished Professor of Education Emeritus at the Pennsylvania State University. Known for developing the theory of distance education in the early 1970’s, he is the founder (1986) and editor of The American Journal of Distance Education. Publications include Distance Education: a Systems View, (Third edition, 2012), also published in Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and Korean, and The Handbook of Distance Education, (Third edition, 2013). From 1996-8 he was a Visiting Scholar in the Human Development Department at the World Bank where he contributed to policy on distance education and served on operational missions to South Africa, Russia, Brazil and Egypt. Moore has also been a consultant with UNESCO, the International Monetary Fund, and the Commonwealth of Learning and a number of foreign governments. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University of Guadalajara in recognition of services to Mexican distance education, and was appointed Senior Fellow of the European Distance Education Network (EDEN). He has also held appointments as Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge in England, and as Visiting Professor at the United Kingdom's Open University.

Larry Ragan

Lawrence Ragan (Penn State, USA)

Dr. Ragan directs the design and development of a wide range of faculty development services and systems for Penn State's Academic Outreach. Academic Outreach serves learners via online (the World Campus), Continuing Education, and the video learning network. Dr. Ragan designs and delivers professional development programs, establishes a faculty development learning community, and conducts research including the articulation of strategies to help faculty manage the online workload (SMOW) and the definition of competencies for online teaching success (COTS).

He has served in leadership roles as co-director of the EDUCAUSE Learning Technology Leadership program (2005-2006), and currently co-directs the PSU/Sloan-C Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning. Dr. Ragan is a 2011 Sloan-C Faculty inductee.

Ray Schroeder

Ray Schroeder (University of Illinois Springfield, USA)

Ray Schroeder is Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning at the University of Illinois Springfield and Director of the Center for Online Leadership and Strategy at the University Continuing and Professional Education Association (UPCEA). Schroeder has numerous national presentations and publications in online and technology-enhanced learning. Ray has published the popular Online Learning Update and Educational Technology blogs for the past decade. He was a Sloan Consortium Distinguished Scholar in Online Learning 2002-2003, recipient of the 2002 Sloan-C award for the “Most Outstanding Achievement in ALN by an Individual,” University of Southern Maine “Visiting Scholar in Online Learning” 2006-2009, and co-founder of the New Century Learning Consortium. Ray was named the inaugural 2010 recipient of the Sloan Consortium's highest Individual award - the A. Frank Mayadas Leadership Award. Ray received the 2011 University of Illinois Distinguished Service Award. Schroeder is an inaugural Sloan Consortium Fellow and the 2012 Innovation Fellow for Digital Learning by the UPCEA.

Karen Swan

Karen Swan (University of Illinois Springfield, USA)

Karen Swan is the James J. Stukel Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and a Research Associate in the Center for Online Learning, Research, & Service (COLRS) at the University of Illinois Springfield. Karen’s research has been in the general area of electronic media and learning for the 25 years since she received her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her current research interests center on online learning Karen has authored over 125 journal articles and book chapters, produced several hypermedia programs, and co-edited two books on educational technology topics. She has directed projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education and the New York City Board of Education, as well as several corporate foundations, and is currently involved in WCET’s Predictive Analytics Reporting Project and ACE’s MOOCs as Game Changers Projects. Karen is the Special Issues Editor for the Journal of Educational Computing Research, and serves on the review boards and/or steering committees for many educational technology journals and conferences, and is the Chair of the American Educational Research Association’s Special Interest Group on Online Teaching and Learning. She is on the Sloan-C Board of Directors and the steering committees for the Blended Learning and Online Learning conferences. Karen was awarded the Sloan-C award for Most Outstanding Achievement in Online Learning by an Individual in 2006 and was inducted into the inaugural group of Sloan-C Fellows in 2010. In 2010 she also was given the Distinguished Alumni award by her alma mater.

Meg Benke

Meg Benke (Empire State College, USA)

Meg Benke  Meg benke is professor and coordinator of the graduate programs in emerging technology and adult learning at Empire State college, state university of New York. These programs showcase Empire State College's innovative models in higher education. Prior to this position, she served as Acting President of the College. As executive officer, Benke was responsible for more than 35 locations throughout the state, eight international locations, 20,000 students, 63,000 alumni, more than 1,700 employees and an annual all-funds budget of $90 million. Benke also served as provost and vice president for academic affairs, where she oversaw the academic enterprise of the college. Benke first joined the college in 1991 and has advanced her leadership roles by focusing on collegewide programs and initiatives such as prior-learning assessment, online education and blended-learning programs.

During her tenure as dean, she worked to build the college’s Center for Distance Learning into the largest provider of online courses within the 64-campus SUNY system and one of the nation’s foremost and innovative systems for online learning and education.

Benke has taught in the areas of human systems and behavior, performance measurement, learning organizations, organizational change and training and adult education in both the graduate and undergraduate programs of the college.
She is president of the board of directors for the Sloan Consortium and was honored by the board in October 2010 by being named to its inaugural class of Sloan-C Fellows for her distinguished service and leadership in the field of online education. In 2007, she was recognized with the Most Outstanding Achievement in Online Learning by an Individual.

Benke was elected a commissioner of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and serves on the Blue Ribbon National Commission on Regulation of Postsecondary Education, which was formed by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.
Benke co-authored the chapter, "SUNY Empire State College: A Game Changer in Open Education," for the book “Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies,” published by EDUCAUSE, and is the co-author of a book on leadership in distance learning published this fall. In addition to Benke’s recognition by Sloan-C, her other awards include Outstanding Administrator from Ohio University and Outstanding New Professional by the Ohio College Personnel Association.

Benke holds a Ph.D. in student personnel from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Science in business from Youngstown State University. Benke serves on the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York.

Wayne Smutz

Wayne Smutz (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

Wayne Smutz is Dean of Continuing Education and UCLA Extension at the University of California-Los Angeles. Prior to assuming this role in fall 2013, he served as Executive Director of the World Campus and Associate Vice President for Academic Outreach at Penn State, where he oversaw all credit programs (90+ degrees and certificates) offered through Penn State Outreach whether online, face-to-face, via video, or in blended modes. The World Campus reaches learners in all fifty states and seventy countries.

Dr. Smutz embraces a learner centric approach for adult part-time learners with a focus on enhancing access to quality educational programs. He is committed to ensuring that adult part-time learners have the support necessary to succeed. He was instrumental in strengthening relationships with academic colleges in order to better serve adults and in enhancing the visibility of the World Campus within Penn State. As a leader, he is dedicated to creating an organizational culture of authenticity and empowerment. Dr. Smutz serves on the boards of Sloan C and the American Distance Education Consortium. He received a B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in political philosophy and a Ph.D. in higher education both from Penn State.