Past Webinars + Recordings

Past webinar recordings are available to UPCEA members. Interested in membership or unsure if your institution is already an UPCEA member? Learn more about membership. To see our current roster of webinars, visit the events page. This page contains the most recent UPCEA webinars, to access historical webinar recordings, click here to access all recordings.

Webinar: Federal Policy Update: Insights from DC

A part of UPCEA Webinar Series: Leadership and Strategy in Challenging Times
Originally held May 14, 2020 

UPCEA Webinar Series: Leadership and Strategy in Challenging Times Sponsored by MindMax and Wiley Education Services Please join us for a session that will discuss the varied and busy education agenda in Washington. The Department of Education has recently released regulations regarding major issues of importance to the distance and adult education community. Congressional actions on the Covid-19 crisis, and other higher ed initiatives will be discussed. Hear from legal and policy experts on a host of issues in governance and regulation, and walk you through what to watch, and how to advocate for your students and institutions.

Panelists:

  • Chris Murray, Thompson Coburn
  • Jordan DiMaggio, UPCEA

Moderator:

  • Jay Hatcher, Wiley Education Services

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Webinar: Positioning PCO for the Future

A part of UPCEA Webinar Series: Leadership and Strategy in Challenging Times
Originally held May 7, 2020

This essential briefing provides UPCEA leaders a chance to gather critical intelligence on the most pressing topics facing Higher Education today and to discuss ways we can be best positioned for the future. Underpinning the briefing is cutting-edge benchmarking data, fueled by the UPCEA Center for Research & Strategy, followed by a lively panel discussion featuring senior PCO leaders representing various types of institutions. Faced with the disruption resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to help leaders not only think about today but how to navigate the new future of tomorrow in a post-pandemic environment.

Panelists:

  • Jim Fong, UPCEA
  • Karen Sibley, Brown University
  • Andrea Carroll-Glover, St Mary’s University of Minnesota
  • Rich Novak, Rutgers University

Moderator:

  • Susan Catron, University of California, Davis

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Webinar: A Community Conversation on Mental Health Support for Online Learners

A part of UPCEA Webinar Series: Leadership and Strategy in Challenging Times
Originally held April 30, 2020

Even prior to COVID-19 and the changes it has brought to higher education, faculty and student services providers working closely with online populations at our institutions were voicing concerns about online student access to mental health and other wellness services. Specifically, concerns included: identifying and working with “students of concern” (SOC) in online populations; perceived increases in SOC in online populations without close or easy access to physical campuses; apparent gaps in university documentation, guidelines, and training related to SOC in online populations; and a lack of clarity in student and faculty facing materials and resources on the availability of mental health services to online populations.

In today’s new landscape, how might we address the ever-critical need for mental health services and wellness programming for online (and newly-online) students? Join a participant-driven discussion on the challenges, limitations, and opportunities for designing mental health and other wellness services for online learners. Participants will be encouraged to share their research, models, challenges, and differences of opinion. Notes and other contributions made to collaborative documents will serve as a takeaway item for participants as well as a basis for future conversations. This presentation will focus on transferable strategies and tips and not a particular model or service.

Presenters:

  • Mitchell Farmer, Indiana University
  • Tiffany Peterson, University of Maine
  • Andrea Carroll-Glover, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

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Webinar: Rethinking Study Abroad: Alternative Models Offering Greater Accessibility & Affordability

A part of UPCEA Webinar Series: Leadership and Strategy in Challenging Times
Originally held April 23, 2020
Sponsored by Symbiosis

Study abroad is a transformational experience for most students: the opportunity to gain a global perspective that can be applied to multiple situations is an essential element of higher learning and critical thinking. Given the new reality of the pandemic, wherein the scope of international education is changing massively, what does study abroad look like into the future? What financial models exist in this new normal? How can institutions plan for new and alternative models that address the current landscape? A panel consisting of UPCEA International Network leaders will share alternative affordability models that can be operationalized in various institutional contexts. Consideration will be given to policies and planning, infrastructure, global partnerships, external grants, and community engagement, especially in light of recent policy changes. The panel will share best practices, answer questions, and engage in discussion with attendees on action steps for implementation.

Presenters:

  • Marissa Lombardi, Education First (EF)
  • Terry Borg, Northern Illinois University 
  • Breeda McGrath, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Moderator: Adam Fein, University of North Texas 

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Webinar: The Online Student's Needs and Expectations: Are Students and Staff Aligned?

A part of UPCEA Webinar Series: Leadership and Strategy in Challenging Times
Originally held April 16, 2020 

Sponsored by EMSI

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, UPCEA and InsideTrack surveyed nearly 6,000 online students and 500 staff from 25 participating institutions in an effort to better understand what support is most important for online learners, along with preferred communication formats, satisfaction, challenges and demographics. Given the new reality of most learners being remote, the study’s objective couldn’t be more urgent: to enable institutions to better understand how aligned they are with the needs and preferences of online learners. Critical analysis of common gaps, strategies to close them and insights shaped by the current landscape will be shared.

Panelists:

  • Jim Fong, UPCEA
  • Dave Jarrat, Insidetrack

Moderator:

  • Robert Wagner, Utah State University

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Webinar: Designing Professional Development in Digital Teaching and Learning

Originally held March 4, 2020

With rising student expectations of digital learning and the ever-present pressure on academic staff time, designing meaningful professional development for faculty can be challenging. Blackboard’s Digital Teaching and Learning Series consists of three certified professional development courses focusing on developing academic staff digital capabilities and application to practice. So far it has been delivered to over 1,200 participants in 16 countries and is available in 6 languages. In this webinar we'll share some of our lessons learned from the design and development of this program. Particularly, we'll discuss:

  • Designing a curriculum with the academic community at the center
  • Promoting reflective practice and collaboration in the different delivery modes of the program (f2f, blended and fully online)
  • The advantages of applying product management practices to course design
  • The challenges of standardized assessment and certification in a global context

Presenters:

  • Joel Armando, Blackboard Inc.
  • Valeria Moschetta, RECLA

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Webinar: Get ON BOARD: How to Fully Utilize Your UPCEA Membership and Benefits

Originally held February 27, 2020 

View this presentation to learn the ins and outs of what is included in an UPCEA membership and how to get the most out of UPCEA!

Attendees of this webinar will learn:

  • Information about UPCEA’s website
  • How to use your member portal and member benefits it provides
  • Facts about UPCEA conferences and what members receive
  • Details on how to use CORe, UPCEA’s networking platform and home to UPCEA research
  • Where to find your “professional home” in an UPCEA Network and how to join
  • Volunteer leadership opportunities within UPCEA and how to grow within the Association
  • How to showcase your department or an individual with our highly respected Awards Program

Presenters:

  • Brandan Kaiser – Director of Membership and Corporate Engagement, UPCEA

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Webinar: Apprenticeships and Higher Education

Originally held February 26, 2020

Hosted by the UPCEA Community and Economic Engagement Network

Hosts Laurel Hogue, Vice Provost of Extended Studies, University of Central Missouri, and Gale Spak, retired New Jersey Institute of Technology Associate Vice President for Continuing and Distance Education, will focus the discussion on apprenticeships at 4-year institutions. Key speakers include:
  • Eric Seleznow, Senior Advisor, Jobs for the Future Center for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning
  • Nick Toth, Assistant Director in the Office of Apprenticeships, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Jeanne Caldwell, Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning Manager, Office of Postsecondary Policy, Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development

     

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Webinar: Building an Online Learner Community: What to Stop, Start, and Continue

Originally held February 18, 2020 at 12:00-1:00 pm ET

Hosted by Mentor Collective

Online students are considered the “new traditional student” and come to an institution with a specific set of challenges. The drop out rate is much higher and program engagement lower because, while juggling a course load, they must often balance an already full personal and professional life. In fact, getting a degree may be a distant third priority to family and career. Building an Online Learner Community: What to Stop, Start, and Continue is a webinar for provosts, deans, and other senior leaders of online programs. Panelists Bob Hansen, CEO of UPCEAJulie Thalman, Executive Director and Dean of Undergrad at West Virginia University Online, and Brian Fleming, Vice President, Innovation and Strategy at Southern New Hampshire University will offer a variety of perspectives on how to increase sense of belonging and community among online learners.

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Webinar: Recruiting and Training Online Faculty Members

Originally held February 12, 2020 at 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Hosted by the UPCEA Online Administration (OA) Network

Recruiting, screening, and hiring high quality online faculty comes with unique challenges: teaching online requires new skills, potential online faculty are located around the country, and adjunct faculty cycle in and out of the role each semester as their availability shifts. To address these challenges, Columbia University School of Social Work created a five-week Institute on Pedagogy and Technology for Online Courses. This Institute prepares future instructors and teaching assistants (TAs) to become excellent educators with our Online Campus, which offers a fully online MSW degree. This session will share the details of this Institute, and how it serves as a tool to both recruit and train online faculty members.

Presenters:

  • Matthea Marquart, Columbia University
  • Johanna Baez, Columbia University

Webinar: GO ON - A pedagogical, technologically friendly approach
Originally held September 18, 2019, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Hosted by the UPCEA International Network and RECLA
Bloom's taxonomy (to remember, to understand, to apply, to analyze, to evaluate and to create), the VARK model (visual, audiovisual, reading / writing and kinesthesia) and the ICT criterion (“ICT: Technology, Information and Communication” interaction, accessibility and reliability), are the fundamental criteria that govern the “GO ON” methodology, which through the research model (design, planning, implementation and evaluation) present an action plan that demonstrate how to apply it in face-to-face, virtual or mixed classes.

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A Phased Approach to Online Student Onboarding
Originally held August 14, 2019 @ 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Hosted by the Marketing, Enrollment, and Student Services Network
This webinar will discuss various approaches that Southeast Online at Southeast Missouri State University utilizes to increase retention and student persistence. We will share strategies for creating wrap-around student services through a student’s on-boarding process. Focused discussion will occur regarding the use of a two-part online orientation, communication matrix, and website. Participants will walk away understanding the importance of a streamlined on-boarding process and how to provide just-in-time information to meet new students where they are.

Presenters:

  • Leah Michel, Southeast Missouri State University
  • Andrea Thompson, Southeast Missouri State University

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Agile and Scrum at University of Washington Continuum College (UWC²) 

Originally held August 7, 2019 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

UWC² (University of Washington, Continuum College) began using elements of Scrum in projects as early as 2012 and it's first fully Scrum project began in the fall of 2014. Our broader adoption of Agile principles has followed from the use of Scrum to include a strong focus on pragmatic project management and more recently portfolio management. In this talk, I will explain our emphasis on distinguishing between Agile and Scrum, provide additional detail on our journey, and discuss some of the key learnings we’ve had along the way.

Presenter:

  • Chris Powell, University of Washington, Continuum College

Moderator:

  • Nicole Westrick, Temple University

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How to Submit a Killer Awards Nomination/Session Proposal

Originally held May 15, 2019 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST

What makes an award nomination or a concurrent session proposal “killer”? In this specially-crafted webinar, gather tips, resources, and best practices directly from UPCEA members who excel in this arena: chairs of our regions and our Association Awards committee, as well as members of our events committees such as the Annual Conference and Marketing and Enrollment Management Seminar. Hear their stories, learn about upcoming opportunities to submit, and ask questions of these extraordinary volunteer leaders. Don’t miss this chance to learn how to showcase your own ideas and to spotlight your organizational awesomeness!

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Re-positioning and Re-engineering the Liberal Arts Degree
Originally held April 17, 2019   2:00 - 3:00 PM EST

As our education ecosystems continue to emphasize and push people toward STEM degrees and training and away from the liberal arts, what can and should liberal arts programs do? Do liberal arts programs have a place in our skill-based economy? It is well-known that demand for technical skills that come from STEM programs is high, but can liberal arts colleges and programs better position what they offer to better position students for success? Recent research indicates that the demand exceeds supply for jobs related to artificial intelligence, robotics and analytics, professions requiring a liberal arts degree may be decreasing. UPCEA and Emsi are conducting research with recent liberal arts graduates and employers to determine new strategies for the future liberal arts graduate in the new economy.

Presenters:

  • Jim Fong, UPCEA
  • Rob Sentz, Emsi

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Previewing the UPCEA 2019 Annual Conference
Originally held March 20, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Are you new to UPCEA? Is this year’s Annual Conference your first? Interested in knowing more about the content featured at UPCEA’s largest event to date? Join UPCEA President Sandi Pershing, Annual Conference Chair Rovy Branon, and other volunteer leaders as they share their favorite elements of the upcoming 2019 Annual Conference. Whether attending or just curious about the content, this preview is filled with insider tips on getting the most out of the conference.

Presenters:

  • Sandi Pershing, University of Utah
  • Rovy Branon, University of Washington
  • Asim Ali, Auburn University
  • Karen Bull, Syracuse University
  • Bob Hansen, UPCEA

Moderators:

  • Amy Heitzman, UPCEA
  • Jacqueline Romero, UPCEA

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Best Practices in Cultivating International Partnerships
Originally held March 13, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Hosted by the UPCEA International Network

Establishing and managing successful partnerships with universities is a key aspect of internationalization for many institutions. As continuing education programs find future growth overseas, and increase global student mobility, they quickly discover that cultivating partnerships often takes longer than expected and there are many speed bumps along the way. In this webinar, members of UPCEA's International Network will showcase lessons learned from partnerships with universities and secondary schools in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and Australia, as well as share a case study on developing strategic partnerships to increase global student mobility at US institutions. No two partnerships are the same and every institution has different policies and procedures for Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) and Memorandum of Agreement (MOAs). So, whether you've been tasked with forging a partnership for the first time or you've done a few, this informative webinar will provide helpful strategies.

Presenters: 

  • Breeda McGrath, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Terry Borg, Northern  Illinois University
  • Marissa Lombardi, Education First
  • John Caron, Endicott College

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Get ON BOARD: How to Fully Utilize Your UPCEA Membership and Benefits

Originally held February 21 + 25, 2019 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Join this presentation to learn the ins and outs of what is included in an UPCEA membership and how to get the most out of UPCEA!

Attendees of this webinar will learn:

  • Information about UPCEA’s website
  • How to use your member portal and member benefits it provides
  • Facts about UPCEA conferences and what members receive
  • Details on how to use CORe, UPCEA’s networking platform and home to UPCEA research
  • Where to find your “professional home” in an UPCEA Network and how to join
  • Volunteer leadership opportunities within UPCEA and how to grow within the Association
  • How to showcase your department or an individual with our highly respected Awards Program

Click here to view the video recording.

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