Exclusive to DET/CHE members, we are offering the 2021 DET/CHE Leadership Program!
To support DET/CHE members in developing essential leadership skills for higher education. Designed using a cohort model, this year-long program will culminate at DET/CHE 2021. Participants will complete the program by attending 8 monthly online presentations and discussions led by CA Higher Ed leaders on the challenges, successes, skills and issues facing today’s ed tech leaders. Participants will complete the program with a final project centered around a real world challenge at their institution or in higher education, more generally.
Monthly meetings (1-2 hours) will be led by California Higher Ed decision makers, thought leaders, information strategists and innovators who will lead a collaborative forum for information sharing and dialog.
All DET/CHE members are encouraged to participate. Formal application to the program is only required by those members interested in earning a Certificate of Completion. Expectations for completion of the program include: attendance at monthly leadership program meetings and a final project demonstrating a leadership plan and presentation to be shared with other participants and optionally at DET/CHE 2021.
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Please join us for the 2021 DET/CHE Leadership Program. Members can participate in a cohort to earn a Certificate of Completion or simply join to learn more about Ed Tech leadership in the CA Higher Ed system.
We encourage you to register for either option.
Fabiola Torres-Reyes, Professor of Ethnic Studies Glendale Community College; Howard Story, Director Emeritus El Camino College; and Henry Burnett, Director of Media Services UC Santa Cruz (Retired); will share their perspectives on the theory of management, leader ship styles, leadership heroes, and leadership successes. These individuals have demonstrated leadership in their respective higher education settings. Membership in DET/CHE has been invaluable for these individuals and their personal and extensive leadership experience will be very intriguing. The session will be highly interactive and also draw from the ongoing experiences from the entire group.
Allan Chen, Vice President for Institute Technology, California Institute of the Arts Orlando Leon, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer California State University, Fresno.
Come hear about theory, practice, and lived experiences relating to the following topics: Collaboration, Partnerships, Influencing, Networking Working effectively with colleagues is an essential leadership skill, and building one’s network – both within and outside one’s own organization – is critical to long-term success and career development. Many of these aspects are intertwined – collaboration leads to partnerships, and you exert influence in many different aspects. But they all boil down to one’s network, and the quality thereof.
Mentoring, Coaching Giving and receiving feedback in an effective manner is an important part of personal and professional development. Leaders need to be able to do both, the giving and the receiving of feedback, effectively to be able to strategically lead an organization. Mentoring and coaching are two mechanisms for feedback and growth, and these can happen in informal and formal settings. Generally speaking, mentoring is a process involving reflection and growth through another person’s lived experiences and insights, while coaching is a process involving self-empowered discovery and growth through the coach’s high quality, powerful questions.
Hussam Kashou, PhD: Assoc. Dean of Online Learning & Educational Technology at Long Beach City College
Strategic Planning: Vision, Foundations, & Leadership for Success Brief Description – Strategic Planning is a leadership and organizational management process/activity used to “set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals, establish agreement around intended outcomes/results, and assess and adjust the organization’s direction in response to a changing environment”. In this presentation Dr. Kashou gives an overview of strategic Planning, the planning Process and Cycle, and role of Strategic Leadership.
DET/CHE presents Women in EdTech Higher Education with these distinguished women representing each of our systems: Marina Aminy, Ph.D., Dean, Online Education & Learning Resources, (Saddleback Community College, Mission Viejo), Jenae Cohn, Ph.D., Director of Academic Technology, Information Resources & Technology, (California State University, Sacramento), Shahra Meshkaty, Senior Director, Customer Support Services, Information Technology Services, (University of San Diego), and Shawna Dark, Chief Academic Technology Officer & Executive Director – Research, Teaching, and Learning, (UC Berkeley).
These influential women will share their experiences and insights on their journey to their leadership positions, lessons learned, mentorship experiences, and challenges/successes navigating as an EdTech leader. This speaker series incorporates a unique blend of presentation and interactive dialogues.
As an educational technology leader in higher education, most of the decisions you make today — the low-stakes ones as well as the really bigs ones — will inevitably impact your organizational performance well into the future. With so much on the line, how do you plan and prepare for innovation confidently? In this session, we will discuss some of the skills, strategies, and sensibilities needed as a leader to lead your campus into uncharted territory. We will explore some of the current trends and new signals impacting the field of educational technology.
Dr. Mike Truong is an inspiring and innovative leader with 15+ years of experience advancing digital learning for startup and mature organizations. His expertise includes technology planning, learning innovations, course design, and online/blended teaching and learning. He has served in leadership positions in national and international organizations. He regularly serves as a presenter and panelist for academic and professional conferences and consults with higher education institutions in the U.S. and Asia. Dr. Truong currently serves as the Director of Digital Learning at Azusa Pacific University, a comprehensive Christian university based in Los Angeles.
Recent occurrences have presented challenges and opportunities to scale online learning and increase collaboration between instruction, student services, and distance learning.
In this interactive session, Arnita Porter will offer insight on the importance of creating welcoming, supportive, student-centered online learning environments to increase belonging and improve student engagement. They will also share equity-based strategies and tools to assist with institutional efforts towards digital bridging to improve online student success outcomes.
Social justice is at the center of Arnita’s practice as an educator, artist/cultural worker, and attorney with a background in public policy, who works for equity at the intersection of race, culture, and gender. A certified Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning (CRTL) Facilitator, Arnita facilitates social justice-based workshops and trainings to dismantle oppressive systems, advance racial equity, and promote personal and organizational wellness and transformation through cultural humility, bridging and belonging, and the healing arts. She develops online course content and facilitates trainings, with a focus on equity-minded inclusive practices for instructional faculty, counselors, advisors, classified professionals, administrators, and students. As the Online Student Equity Specialist for the Student Experience Division of the California Virtual College-Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI), Arnita co-created Equity and Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Online Learning Environment and developed equity modules for Online College Counseling and Online Mental Health Counseling for Non-Clinicians, courses offered by the CCC Online Network of Educators (@ONE). She teaches in the Los Angeles Community College District and the Mt. San Jacinto College District.
Campus leaders today must operate in an environment that is full of uncertainty and accelerating change. Uncertainty can be created by external events or through new, visionary initiatives that disrupt the status quo. Coupled with the pace of technological change, managing people, processes, and technology proactively are essential skills for success in times of digital transformation. Sometimes leaders are asked to take on seemingly impossible challenges. In this session, we will examine helpful leadership skills when launching new programs or changing existing ones, review effective practices for engaging stakeholders, and explore strategies for surviving and thriving in challenging environments.
Dr. Jory Hadsell is Associate Vice Chancellor of Educational Technology Services at the Foothill – De Anza Community College District and has served as the Executive Director of the California Virtual Campus since 2016. The CVC includes a portfolio designed to support online student success and accelerate graduation or transfer, including the state-wide Canvas LMS, CVC Course Exchange, Improving Online CTE Pathways program, @ONE professional development program, and various state-wide educational technologies for the 116 California Community Colleges. Jory previously served in faculty, leadership, and staff roles at Sacramento City College, Drexel University, and Sierra College. He is a CCC graduate, and earned an E.d.D. in Educational Leadership from Drexel University.
- How do you learn about new technology and what factors influence your decision to explore it further?
- What process(es) do you currently use to evaluate new technology prior to acquisition.
- What review and assessment of new technology is conducted and with what frequency?
- How are faculty and student constituencies involved in the adoption of new technology or the review of the existing technologies?
- What is the onboarding process for introducing new technology to the community and how are users (students) trained and supported on the new technology? How are faculty taught how to incorporate it into their teaching?
- How can we partner with other institutions to improve the review and adoption process?