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Transforming the College Digital Learning Environment (Part One)
Community and technical colleges leverage a variety of learning tools and interactive course content to support—and improve—the teaching and learning process. As your digital learning environment grows to meet the needs of all learners, instructors and instructional designers are challenged to create a seamless user experience without sacrificing innovation or choice. An open standards-based connected learning environment, where your edtech products work well together, gives instructors more flexibility to enhance the learning experience. It enables the institution to scale and sustain its digital strategy. This session will showcase the teaching and learning benefits of pervasive edtech interoperability standards and discuss new community initiatives for accelerating next-generation digital learning environments. Participants will hear examples from institutional leaders about ways they have been able to evolve their digital ecosystem for the best teaching and learning experiences.

IMS Global Learning Consortium is partnering with the League for Innovation in the Community College on this webinar and a second webinar to be held in early February 2020. Part Two will explore digital credentials.

Nov 21, 2019 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Cynthia Wilson, Ed.D.
Vice President for Learning and Chief Impact Officer @League for Innovation in the Community College
Cynthia Wilson is Vice President for Learning and Chief Impact Officer at the League for Innovation in the Community College. She leads the League’s Learning Initiative and has directed major projects focused on a variety of issues related to teaching and learning. She leads the League’s Faculty Voices initiative, a program to engage community college faculty in the national completion conversation, and Community Colleges and Public Health, focused on the emerging role of community colleges in public health education. She has directed projects on the Learning College, learning outcomes, faculty professional development, open education resources, secondary-postsecondary curriculum alignment, and the use of social media to build community at the 2-year college.
Paul Czarapata, Ed.D.
Vice President and Chief Information Officer @Kentucky Community & Technical College System
Paul Czarapata, Ed.D. is Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS). In this role, Dr. Czarapata is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of technology across the system. KCTCS is comprised of 16 colleges and over 70 locations across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He will be the first to tell you he is blessed to have a talented group of people with great ideas surrounding him and the intestinal fortitude to see them through at KCTCS. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Paul came to KCTCS in 1999 after working for PeopleSoft, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), and three small software consulting firms. Before coming to the IMS Board of Directors Paul served on the Higher Education User Group Board of Directors for three years.
Gary Ritter, Ed. D.
Executive Director of Client Services @Central Piedmont Community College
Gary Ritter is Executive Director of Client Services within the Information Technology Services (ITS) department at Central Piedmont Community College where he leads units of talented and dedicated individuals in Technical Support, Technology Asset Management, and Academic Technology Services. Gary joined Central Piedmont in 2004 as an adjunct History Instructor before becoming a full-time instructor and then Faculty Liaison to ITS. As part of the leadership council for ITS, Gary helps the CIO and cabinet in improving the digital learning environment and other technology projects. Current projects include Cloud-based learning/virtualization, Inclusive Access to digital content, search for a future LMS and rollout of Webex Teams to the students, faculty, and staff of the college.