This summer ended with an incredible professional experience.  Thanks to the efforts of my DAA, Joe McCormick, I won a scholarship to attend The Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) last week at University Park and will be adding my a-ha’s and reflections here when the dust settles from a new semester being underway – Main focus – looking at online learning from a leadership, rather than operational perspective… retention and the #1 issue… pitiful graduation record in US – From Wayne Smutz (Director of Outreach) of 100 9th graders, only 20 make it to college graduation… access to the giants – pioneers – of online learning – their graciousness and willingness to mentor… balancing protecting faculty jobs with understanding the drivers in the market and the need for innovation and skill building with technology…. managing change…understanding local context

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