#BbWorld17 – General Session: How to Partner for Success

Join us in the general session theater as two panels take the stage. You’ll first hear from clients about how they are overcoming challenges around student access and student success. This will be followed by a panel discussion on the intersection between technology, education and policy as we work to understand what the future holds.


  • Technology is not an ‘add on’ it’s integral and embedded in the solution from the very beginning.
  • Being proactive around accessibility and mobile-first. All videos have captions and share best practices with faculty for universal design.
  •  The Art and Science of Memory: 5 Keys to Learning
  • GU 360 – centralize programs at Georgetown University. Faulty, Student, Staff, and Advancement across all campuses. Enrollment and student success begins in the beginning.  “GU360 is a Georgetown-branded, scalable technology interface that will add greater flexibility to the way Georgetown Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni, communicate and interact with one another on a daily basis.”

Promoting a sense of social community though the digital space contributes to meeting student needs.

  • Students can blend the online and classroom – a fluid approach. Yet we still need to build digital communities across both. “Online Happy Hours” and students can meet virtually.
  • Provide online orientations and online advising and online tutoring to meet students flexibility needs for the work and life. Many ways for students to connect with the institution.
  • Data democratization at Coppin State University. Every single staff member at Coppin has the same data dashboard as the president via a dashboard. This is updated daily at 11am. Inclusive data for all. Break down the data silos. Shared resources and a common language. 
  • Common syllabi provides an element of standardization and share resources across courses.
  • Cobadge and coteach across institutions, is this possible?

  • TechKNOW Squad at Coppin is a group of students that are focused on finding what the University is doing around technology and then they share with the rest of campus via social media. “Request the TechKNOW Squad to visit your classroom and discuss campus technologies with your students. The 20-minute presentation features a variety of topics including… Bb, Tegrity, etc.”

  • Most pressing issues: high quality education, access and affordability, reaching populations of learners that don’t have highered in their communities. 
  • How do we ensure quality?
  • Challenges of support for distance education. 
  • Do we have too much emphasis on the bachelor degree? 
  • In what ways is technology a potential solution for our education needs?
  • Technology needs to be based on the learners attitude and aptitude. If students don’t have these they will struggle. Students need to be evaluated and oriented and prepared to use technology for learning.
  • It’s not about the technology it’s about student learning. Can we use it though to acquire skills and knowledge and to engage them. 
  • Technology can elevate the teaching profession also. Professional learning for faculty members is key.
  • Technologies that provide personalization will help us further down the road. 
  • Technology is not about a cheaper way to get students through.
  • Education needs to be flexible in meeting students needs through the changing demographics.
  • SBIR Grant programs are available (often underutilized) to help with research and spur innovation via the Higher Ed Innovation, Department of Education.
  • A focus on outcomes is key. There is a lot of challenges with the credit hour and seat time and this can create limits vs focused on the outcomes is important.
  • State Authorization can be a challenge too – this has required states to put in extra time and effort to offer education across the states, causing delays in innovative online program development.

“It’s not ok for students to have a shotty education experience and it’s up to us as highered professionals to change that.”

– Leah k. Matthews, Ph.D., Executive Director Distance Education Accrediting Commission


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