Sold-out program connects attendees with peers, inspires ideas for the future and sparks institutional initiatives to achieve success in these incomparable times
Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of enterprise teaching and learning platforms, recently hosted the fourth annual highly relevant Executive Program at its eighth annual Users Conference, FUSION 2011: ELEVATE.
Establishing institutional direction to achieve success demands significant insight, understanding and confidence. The Executive Program acknowledged the vital role of online teaching and learning at institutions to enable the achievement of organizational missions and goals. Participants were able to build valuable networks with colleagues to assist in information-gathering and decision-making as they strive to lead their institutions through unparalleled times of budget constraints, limited resources and increased competition. Institutions of all forms are under similar constraints and need to demonstrate vision, leadership, and conviction to be successful.
Participants, of the sold-out Executive Program, attested to its value for the individual as well as their organization, commenting that valuable networks with global associates enable the usefulness of the program to extend well beyond the day-long program. The program’s 30 attendees comprised the largest Executive Program in the history of FUSION.
ELEVATING and Maximizing Institutional Success was facilitated by Maggie Jesse, Director, ITS-Instructional Services, University of Iowa, and featured renowned speakers:
- Arleen Arnsparger, Leader of the Initiative on Student Success, Center for Community College Student Engagement, The University of Texas at Austin
- Linda Baer, Senior Program Manager, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Postsecondary Success
- Denis Stratford, Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Associate Professor of Interprofessional Studies, MGH Institute of Health Professions and Massachusetts General Hospital
- Vincent Tinto, Professor and Senior Scholar, Syracuse University and Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education
There is no higher goal than to ensure the success of our students and faculty. Working toward that goal is certainly my daily motivator, as I know it is for my colleagues across the country and beyond, stated Jesse. However, dramatic sometimes disruptive technology change and increasing demands for accountability can be overwhelming at times. This year the Desire2Learn Executive Program provided an exceptional gathering of leaders and an excellent opportunity for the participants to reflect, engage, and connect with colleagues who are struggling to ensure institutional success. I continue to find great value in this outstanding annual event.
“Institutions of all forms face similar issues. Our ability to affect change is more powerful when done in collaboration together,” said John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “Through the Executive Program, a select group of international decision-makers and visionaries have been able to determine what information they need most and what they need to undertake within their institutions to lead them forward. We’re thrilled to once again support the development of this important network of leaders by hosting the Executive Program.