Like many in-person events, the residential Institute, scheduled for June 2020, had to be postponed due the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing the vital need to sustain and continue to build the MOLLI network during this unprecedented event, MarylandOnline (MOL) is sponsoring a summer webinar series to address and discuss the challenges facing us during this time.

Uncharted Waters: Online Learning Leadership Series

In 2020, the COVID-19 virus has caused colleges and universities to adapt instructional delivery and student services overnight. This webinar series offers insight into the leadership challenges associated with this rapid shift from multiple perspectives: higher-level state and institution leaders, faculty leaders, and leaders addressing the operational challenges of ensuring equity of access during a change to remote instruction.

To register, after you use the link for each session click on the calendar date of the event and the time and click ‘confirm.’ You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered.

Webinar 1: Leading in Times of Unprecedented Crisis

Monday June 22 at 11:00 a.m.

Two Maryland leaders give their unique perspectives on the extraordinary and ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on higher education, in Maryland and across the country. How does a leader mitigate the damage from an unforeseeable calamity?  How does a leader respond to the impact of the virus on the students, faculty, and staff?  How does a leader manage the existential threat to our institutions?  What are the policy implications of the upheaval of our traditional instructional model and the overnight transition to an online learning mode? What is the future of higher education in Maryland?

Join this session to engage with other Maryland higher education professionals in a discussion of crucial leadership strategies for survival and ultimate success.

  • Dr. James D. Fielder, Jr., Maryland Secretary of Higher Education
  • Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, , President, Prince George’s Community College

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To register, after you use the link for each session click on the calendar date of the event and the time and click ‘confirm.’ You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered.

Webinar 2: Leadership Strategies During Sudden Change

Thursday July 9 at 2:00 p.m.

No college or university was prepared for the massive impact of the pandemic. Survival was a best-case result. As institutions prepare for more turbulence in the near future, we look to two change leaders for their advice on preparation and planning for truly disruptive change. How can Maryland institutions provide the training, support, and technical tools for their faculty, students, and staff to succeed in education in a time of pandemic?

Join this session to discuss the tools and support that your institution will need to succeed and prosper.

  • Dr. MJ Bishop, Associate Vice Chancellor and Director, Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland
  • Dr. Christina Sax, Provost and Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs, Maryland University of Integrative Health

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To register, after you use the link for each session click on the calendar date of the event and the time and click ‘confirm.’ You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered.

Webinar 3: Reflections on a Quick Transition to Remote Learning: Faculty Perspectives

Wednesday July 15, 11:00 a.m.

The critical link in any learning system–face-to-face, remote, or online–is that between the teacher and the learner. Increased pressure is placed on this link when the transition time does not allow for adequate preparation and pre-planning. What lessons (good and bad) have been learned from the recent COVID-19 experience? What became the priorities and what did we learn was not so important? In this session we’ll reflect on the take-aways with several instructors who made the transition.

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To register, after you use the link for each session click on the calendar date of the event and the time and click ‘confirm.’ You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered.

Webinar 4: Mind the Gap: Addressing Equity of Access During a Crisis

Thursday July 23, 11:00 a.m.

Remote and online learning became the “go-to” reaction for many institutions in order to provide continuity of educational services during the COVID-19 crisis. What quickly emerged in this response was the disparity of access for students due to the technical and support requirements for connecting to education. Whether a lack of personal devices, inadequate or nonexistent bandwidth, and limited technical support, the size of the gap between students with adequate resources and those without was exposed. How do institutions address the needs of all students in order to provide equal opportunity for educational success?

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To register, after you use the link for each session click on the calendar date of the event and the time and click ‘confirm.’ You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered.