Distance Education Symposium

NOVEMBER 09, 2018

9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Highland Campus

As part of activities marking National Distance Learning Week, the Office of Distance and Alternative Education invites you to a half-day symposium and recognition ceremony on November 09, 2018. This year's symposium will include a special awards ceremony to recognize and honor faculty who have taught distance education for 5, 10, 15, or 20 years at ACC.

The symposium will provide learning opportunities for distance education faculty and staff to:

  • Share ideas on application of new and emerging technologies in online and digital learning environments
  • Exchange ideas on evidence-based approaches in distance education
  • Discuss success factors and best practices in distance education and teaching
  • Engage with digital learning representatives regarding new tools, products, and services
  • Network with ACC faculty and staff

Keynote Speaker Dr. Sharon Jumper

Dr. Sharon Jumper earned a B.A. in Government from Wofford College, a J.D. from Wake Forest University, a Master's in Public Administration and Post-Graduate Certificate in Applied Project Management from Walden University. As a committed lifelong learner, she is currently completing a Master of Art in Education Technology and Instructional Design from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Jumper has over 20 years of progressive leadership experience higher education, with expertise in development, implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement of challenging and inspiring curricula. She has taught at several universities in the United States, United Arab Emirates, China, and Argentina. In addition to her role as Provost at Saint Kolbe University, she maintains faculty status at the University of California – Los Angeles (Extension) and University of Maryland’s University College. She has published extensively in the areas of post-war political and economic development, microfinance, civil rights, classroom management, online teaching, and higher education policy.

After enlisting in the United States Army at age 17, Dr. Jumper served as a Signals Intelligence Analyst in the Republic of Korea and at the National Security Agency. Like many students she has taught over the years, she had to balance work and family commitments with the pursuit of higher education – she uses her own experience at overcoming these challenges to mentor students and help them succeed. After completing her BA and JD, and prior to entering academia, Dr. Jumper practiced criminal defense, civil rights, and corporate litigation in state and federal courts. In addition to trying cases at both the trial and appellate levels, she counseled business owners and managers on risk management strategies, tax planning, entrepreneurship, succession plans, and estate planning. She has also owned or co-owned several businesses and is able integrate “lessons learned” from her own professional experiences into each course she teaches.

As an academic leader, Dr. Jumper focuses on three primary goals: (1) Providing students and faculty with the support and tools needed for success; (2) Managing the development and delivery of a challenging, competency-based curriculum that provides students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and workforce skills currently in demand in the global business environment; and (3) Creating a welcoming, engaging, and robust online learning environment in which students and faculty can flourish.

For questions, please call 512-223-0422, or email pamela.montalbano@austincc.edu.