n this interactive session, you will explore concrete strategies for implementing and scaling successful innovation within existing institutional structures.  Learn how to leverage your college’s culture and context to implement and scale innovation.  Discover ways of “Showing” before “Telling” to demonstrate how to operationalize imaginative solutions for learning and teaching challenges.  Design learning events to speak to the needs of constituent groups:  faculty, professional staff, and administrators,  in order to gain robust buy-in.  Walk away with resources, collaboratively-created solutions, and a mini-plan for your own unique next steps.

Wednesday, November 11, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Room Lawrence A
Link to WCET Description on Website HERE

Your Presenters:

Luke Dowden HeadshotLuke  Dowden  - Director of Distance Learning , University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Luke Dowden is the Director of the Office of Distance Learning at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  As the founding director, Dowden led the creation and adoption of distance learning policies that support quality course development, program growth, faculty professional development and student success. He is a member of the WCET Steering Committee serving as the outgoing Chair and is the incoming Vice Chair of WCET's Executive Council. Previously, he served as dean of Accelerated Learning at Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana. Dowden earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and earned a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Dowden is 2010 completer of the Penn State and Online Learning Consortium's Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning. He was the inaugural winner of the Bruce N. Chaloux Award for Early Career Excellence in Online Education presented by the Online Learning Consortium in 2014.

Headshot Sasha Thackaberry
Sasha Thackaberry - District Director of eLearning Technologies, Cuyahoga Community College
Sasha Thackaberry is the District Director of eLearning Technologies in the Office of eLearning and Innovation (eLi) at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). She is responsible for three main focal areas – propelling institutional innovation, managing the eLearning technology infrastructure team, and implementing Quality Matters and instructional design and development projects college-wide. She is the Project Lead on Tri-C’s CBE program development with Educause’s Breakthrough Models Incubator. Current focus areas include Competency-Based Education, Prior Learning Assessment, MOOCs for developmental education, and the use of game mechanics to improve student resilience. She is one recipient of the 2014 MOOC Award for CourseWare Excellence as well as the Innovation of the Year Award in 2010. She has published articles in the journals Internet Learning and Distance Learning, eLearn Magazine, and an OLC (formerly Sloan-C) Effective Practice for the Faculty Instructional Design Toolkit. Find more at edusasha.com.