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22st Annual OLC International Conference
November 16-18, 2016 | Orlando, Florida | Walt Disney World Swan/Dolphin Resort

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What's The Story? Media's Influence On The Future Of Online Learning

Karen Pedersen (Online Learning Consortium, USA) - Panel Moderator
Goldie Blumenstyk (The Chronicle of Higher Education, USA)
Carl Straumsheim (Inside Higher Education, USA)
Devon Haynie (U.S. News & World Report, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 9:15am
Leadership, Values and Society
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
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Session Type: 
Featured Session
Southern Hemisphere III
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 5
Virtual Session

What is the media's role in the advancement of online learning? Why do some issues and approaches garner headlines while others languish in obscurity? This panel of journalists will examine media's impact on policy, public discourse, educator awareness and innovation.

Lead Presenter
Karen PedersenDr. Karen Pedersen recently stepped into the role as Chief Knowledge Officer for the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). Prior to joining OLC, Pedersen served as the Associate Vice President for Extended Campuses at Northern Arizona University. In this role she was responsible for leading a system-wide enrollment management transformation as well as managing marketing, technology, and academic operations. Previously, she served as the Vice President for Professional Studies at Southwestern College (Kansas) for eleven years. Her responsibilities included envisioning and building an online program from the ground up (including seeking regional accreditation approval) and launching over 25 innovative online programs. Additionally, Pedersen had responsibility for expanding military partnerships, engaging in strategic infrastructure projects, as well as positioning the institution in an enrollment growth trajectory. Pedersen also held the academic associate dean and dean roles at Upper Iowa University’s Extended University. In these roles she was responsible for curriculum development, resolving academic issues, supporting learner success, as well as faculty hiring, training, and evaluation. She also built the foundations for an online operation and traveled internationally to develop partnerships in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia while at UIU. Prior to starting her administrative career, Pedersen served as a faculty member at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Pedersen holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a doctor of philosophy degree from Oklahoma State University. She has been active with the OLC Quality Scorecard, deploying it at two institutions and serving as an OLC instructor and reviewer.
Goldie BlumenstykGoldie Blumenstyk is one of the nation’s most respected higher-education journalists. As a reporter and an editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education since 1988, she has covered a wide range of topics, including distance education, the Internet boom and bust, state politics, university governance, and fund raising. She is nationally known for her expertise on for-profit higher education, college finances, and university patents and the commercialization of academic research. Blumenstyk has reported for The Chronicle from Peru, China, and several countries in Europe, and her stories have received numerous awards, including first prize from the Education Writers Association for 2011 for beat reporting on the Business of Higher Education and as a contributor to the The Chronicle‘s package,”The Gates Effect,” awarded first prize for investigative reporting in 2013. She has also written for The New York Times and USA Today, and has appeared as a guest on C-SPAN and National Public Radio.
Blumenstyk's book, American Higher Education in Crisis? What Everyone Needs to Know, (Oxford University Press, 2015) is a Washington Post best seller and has been widely acclaimed.. Before joining The Chronicle, she covered government issues and City Hall at The Orlando Sentinel. She has a B.A. (History) from Colgate University, and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Carl StraumsheimCarl Straumsheim, technology reporter, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2013. His work has been featured in The Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Slate.
Devon Haynie

Devon Haynie is a Washington, D.C.-based reporter with experience writing for newspapers, magazines, wire services and digital news organizations. She has lived in Albania, worked as a foreign correspondent in South Africa, and written stories that have appeared in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and numerous other publications. She is currently a reporter for U.S. News & World Report, where she covers online education and international education trends.