The field of online learning is rapidly changing due to advances in technology. New, powerful opportunities have emerged in higher education, including MOOCs, analytics, assessment models and flexible learning programs designed to facilitate degree completion.
Those who understand the developing trends and can master the strategic use of these technologies will flourish in the coming years. The ACE-UPCEA Summit for Online Leadership & Strategy pulled together the best experts in the field to discuss, assess and forecast potential future pathways for online learning in higher education.
Organized into two tracks, the Summit addressed the needs of both senior leaders (presidents and chief academic officers) charged with strategic decision-making regarding online education, as well as those who directly manage the business of online programs, such as deans, online unit directors and practitioners.
In addition to customized concurrent session tracks, attendees shared in four high-level plenary sessions on the most critical topics which cut across functional areas: MOOCs and academic credit, flexible learning systems and degree completion, analytics and adaptive learning in online programs, and assessing competency for credit at a distance.
Universities were encouraged to send teams to the Summit with the goal of developing, together, a common understanding of these critical issues, as well as to gain more detailed expertise about how these issues affect their roles in strategy and implementation. A broad range of vendors attended, and significant opportunities for vendor and peer networking were woven into the framework of the Summit.