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09/18/2017

Annual ITC Leadership Academy Builds Campus Leaders 

Annual ITC Leadership Academy Builds Campus Leaders 

One of the premier professional development events hosted by the Instructional Technology Council is the annual Leadership Academy.  Planning for the future and motivating a team are the hallmarks of a successful leader.

The ninth annual ITC Leadership Academy held in Portland, Oregon in early July hosted fifteen campus leaders.2017 LA Participants

Alison Consol, Wake Technical Community College

Tammy Douglas, Kellogg Community College

Luvon Hudson, Central Piedmont Community College

Kandace Knudson, Sacramento City College

Susan Long, Richland College/Dallas County Community College District

Andres Lopez, El Paso Community College

Jeanine Lum, Umpqua Community College

Lavita McMath-Turner, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College/CUNY

Catherine Schleichert, Mt. Hood Community College

Robert Sparrow, Seminole State College of Florida

Colin Stapp, Chemeketa Community college

Amy Jo  Swing, Lake Superior College

DW Wood, Clackamas Community College

Using group activities, both in the learning sessions and during social outings, the Academy incorporates hands-on and scenario-based activities throughout the three-day event. Under the guidance of nationally recognized eLearning champions, participants will return to their campuses with individual learning and leadership plans.

Specific topics covered include:

  • Leadership Styles and Strengths—What is my Role as a Leader? - Transformational leaders must have the knowledge and skills necessary to guide, direct and respond to an ever-changing educational landscape. These individuals must collaborate with others at their college to define a vision for the future, while they foster and sustain a culture that supports collaboration, change, growth and continuous improvement. 
  • Distance Education Politics and Advocacy - The need to be an effective advocate for distance education is, or should be, part of your position description. You are an expert, you have done your homework, and you know what is needed for your program. This responsibility for advocacy begins on your campus, but as distance education continues to evolve and grow, it is essential for you to also pay attention to what is happening beyond your campus—and to find ways to influence the possible outcomes.
  • Data-Driven Decision Making—Moving the Institution Forward - Data-driven decision making is the gold standard for today's 21st-century college administrator. You should not make any major decisions without first identifying, generating and reviewing the key data. What data do you need? What data is available? Do you conduct annual surveys of your students and faculty? We will answer these and other pertinent questions as we explore the wonderful, fun-filled world of data!
  • Keep Up—Move Foward - Communicate! - Distance education has changed, is changing and will keep on changing. As a leader, you will be seen as having “all the answers”—from new technology and its uses, to pedagogy changes, to how to install an App on a tablet and everything in between. How will you keep abreast of all the changes, know what is viable and valuable for your institution, and influence those in your institution to embrace change? We will explore options for keeping up with the change and through scenarios and role-playing help with the message and dealing with laggards.
  • The Completion Agenda - As institutions consider online learning to be a central means of achieving their mission to provide adults with access to high-quality learning opportunities, colleges face increasing demands to ensure their online learners can successfully achieve their academic, professional, and personal enrichment goals. Dynamic, competent leadership is central to creating an effective program that results in successful online students. We will uncover research that points to student success strategies and devises ways to support those plans.
  • Strategic Planning - Educators create and use strategic plans to communicate their organizational priorities and guide their use of resources toward common goals. A well-developed planning process provides the foundation for a successful plan. We will review key elements of the planning process, examine your program’s strengths and weaknesses, weigh relevant data, address key themes, consider leadership and stakeholder involvement, and unveil barriers that can prevent you from moving forward.

Prior graduates have become campus leaders, and have served the ITC in various ways, including webinar hosting, eLearning Conference breakout session leadership, and mentorship.  Attendance includes an application process, and seats are limited to ensure individual attention to each participant.  Help ITC celebrate ten years of preparing community college leaders by planning to attend the Leadership Academy in July 2018. Contact deputydirector@itcnetwork.org for additional information.

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