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One Year Later – Higher Education Students, Faculty, and Institutions Reflect on Digital Learning
Nearly a year after the pandemic created a massive shift to online learning, how have students, professors, and institutional leaders managed the new academic normal? How have best practices and feelings toward digital learning changed throughout the past year? Starting in April 2020, Bay View Analytics, OLC, Cengage and other leading learning organizations began releasing the findings of quarterly surveys to understand the changing landscape of digital learning throughout the pandemic. The first three surveys, focusing on faculty and administrators, showcased the insights and needs of those two groups. This fourth installment reveals the student perspective as well. Leaders from Bay View Analytics and OLC examine how the responses have shifted throughout the year and how the students’ perspectives compare to those of faculty and administrators. Additionally, one higher ed administrator and one student will describe their personal digital learning experience over the past year.

Participants will:

• Hear how views and practices of digital learning have shifted throughout 2020 and 2021
• Analyze predictions and optimism for the future
• Learn top strategies for the continuation of digital learning during and post-pandemic

Please join us for a webinar on Wednesday, 4.28 at 2PM ET with Jeff Seaman, the lead researcher and Director of Bay View Analytics, Jennifer Mathes, CEO of the Online Learning Consortium, Dr. Bernard Polnariev, Union County College Associate VP for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Scotch Plains Campus, and Nia Williams, an Ivy Tech Community College student.

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Apr 28, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Bernard Polnariev
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean @Scotch Plains Campus at Union County College
Bernard Polnariev is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Scotch Plains Campus at Union County College. For over 20 years in higher education, Bernard has continually proven himself to be a tireless academic administrator, researcher, and faculty member. He takes great pride in successfully teaching students, leading teams, building consensus, and communicating effectively with students, colleagues, and senior officials. His mission is improving student-success vis-à-vis supporting faculty members in numerous ways, and by strengthening collaboration across divisional and departmental boundaries.
Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D
Chief Executive Officer @Online Learning Consortium
Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D serves as the Chief Executive Officer at the Online Learning Consortium. In this role, she provides the strategic direction for the organization and supports the development of key projects and programs to support OLC members. Dr. Mathes has 25 years of experience in both public and private education where she has continuously supported digital learning initiatives. In addition, Dr. Mathes is the author of the ICDE Report Global Quality in Online, Open, Flexible and Technology Enhanced Education: An Analysis of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (2019) and co-editor of the OLC Quality Scorecard Handbook: Criteria for Excellence in Blended Learning Programs (2017). She continues to write and present on key topics in online, blended and digital learning.
Dr. Jeff Seaman
Director @Bay View Analytics
Dr. Jeff Seaman is Director of Bay View Analytics (formerly the Babson Survey Research Group), which conducts regional, national, and international research projects, including survey design, sampling methodology, data integrity, statistical analyses, and reporting. Dr. Seaman also serves as the Director of Analytics for the Canadian Digital Learning Research Association. Dr. Seaman has worked in education information technology for over 20 years and has taught, served as a consultant and on numerous advisory boards including Apple, IBM, and Microsoft.