In keeping with my leadership theme this week, I wanted to share some noteworthy takeaways from this week’s Online Learning Consortium (OLC) annual meeting. In an invitation-only session on Wednesday, I joined several other senior online leaders in exploring common issues and topics we face on our campuses, in our institutions and in our nation.
Strategic focus and savvy time management are key leadership success criteria. Over the next several months, through the first quarter of 2017, we will be focused on several critical supporting priorities for APUS, including the topic of today’s post, leadership onboarding and development, along with leadership “Listen and Learn” and strategic planning. Other key institutional priorities such as curriculum quality, teaching excellence and strategic enrollment and relationship management will be addressed in future posts.
Recently, I was privileged to attend an APUS-sponsored “Persistence and Resistance Roundtable,” hosted by Dr. Gwen Hall. Both full- and part-time instructors, current students and alumni offered their perspective on what is needed to ensure the students’ experience is not only enjoyable and fulfilling, but one that ensures that their educational and professional goals are fulfilled. Although several suggestions and proposals were offered, a few seemed more prevalent than others.
On July 1, 2016, I became just the third, and first woman, president of American Public University System. This week, APUS celebrates my inauguration, commonly understood as “the beginning or introduction of a system, policy, or period,” "the formal admission of someone to office,” and ”a ceremony to mark the beginning of something.”
By: Dr. Vernon Smith, Senior Vice President & Provost
Change can be exhilarating when it is perceived as positive, renewing and transformative. Change can also be scary when it is perceived as negative, a process of decay, or a variation from the way we hoped or expected things to turn out. One thing is certain, things will change.
By: Karen Vendouern-Srba, Associate Vice President of Academic & Instructional Technology
The Academic & Instructional Technology team is a small and focused group with many diverse responsibilities and expertise. One of those focused areas is providing instructional pedagogy and learning theory to courses to enhance student learning. The team responsible for this is the eLearning team within Academic & Instructional Technology and multimedia developers.