Distance Learning Roundtable

December 1 2022

December 2022: Don’t miss Episode 3 of the Distance Learning Roundtable starring Dr. Jennie Sanders, Vice President of Faculty Experience and Academic Services at Western Governors University

Distance Learning Roundtable
December 2022: Don't miss Episode 3 of the Distance Learning Roundtable starring Dr. Jennie Sanders, Vice President of Faculty Experience and Academic Services at Western Governors University
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December 2022: A Note from USDLA executive director Pat Cassella and Edu Alliance Group exec Dean Hoke — We invite you to tune in for this month’s episode of our podcast and video show, Distance Learning Roundtable, where for 30 minutes, we gain insights from industry experts.

Meet our guest: Dr. Jennie Sanders, Vice President of Faculty Experience and Academic Services at Western Governors University based in Salt Lake City, Utah

Today’s Topic: How Western Governors University was ahead of the Pandemic Curve and how it continues that trend 

Our hosts ask Jennie: 

  • Pat: Let’s start off talking about Western Governors University. I believe it’s one of the oldest online universities in the United States and one of the largest. Tell us about WGU and give us a profile of the institution and students.  How are they different than the students who attend a traditional university?
  • Dean: Jennie, in my years of working with universities, the area of student retention and academic performance has been one of the most challenging issues for any institution. For students who attend primarily online. Reports show retention rates are 20% lower in online courses than in traditional face-to-face courses. You and a colleague of yours recently presented at a conference on how WGU is addressing this issue and getting results. Tell us about it.
  • Pat: WGU has over 4,000 faculty teaching online. Can you tell our viewers and listeners how you work with your faculty to be effective teachers?
  • Dean: During the pandemic, it seemed very few schools were prepared for such an event and struggled for months. Since 2017, Western Governors has had an emergency disaster management student support program.  How did that help you, and what were the key lessons learned in supporting your online students, faculty, and administration?
  • Pat: Distance learning technology has certainly evolved since WG offered its first online classes. Can you provide a glimpse into the technology in use today by both the University and what is required by the student for a successful online learning experience?
  • Dean: Jennie, your academic training is in the field of science, a Ph.D. from Cornell in Bio-Chemistry and Molecular Biology. However, rather than be a traditional professor or working as a science researcher, you transitioned into working for one of the largest online universities in America. What have you brought from the field of science that has impacted your work in online and faculty development?

About our Guest: ​Jennie applies a scientist’s mind with an educator’s heart to reimagine the role of faculty in learner-centered education at scale. As a first-in-family college graduate, Jennie is enthusiastically committed to creating transformative educational experiences accessible to every learner. In her role, she leads initiatives that combine the tools of digital transformation with the skills of human transformation to improve student experiences and outcomes. She holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Cornell University and has over 15 years of experience in higher education serving in leadership, innovation, and instructional roles. She lives in Utah and enjoys hiking, paddling, skiing, and otherwise enjoying the mountains with her husband, three sons, and growing puppy, Camus. Learn more at www.wgu.edu. 

Learn more about the Distance Learning Roundtable!

About the Show: Join us to learn about the future of online education in this powerful podcast series hosted by the US Distance Learning Association.

About USDLA: The United States Distance Learning Association was the first nonprofit distance learning association in the United States to support distance learning research, development and praxis across the complete arena of education, training and communications. Founded in 1987, USDLA’s mission is to be a powerful alliance to meet the burgeoning education and training needs of learning communities via new concepts of the fusion of communication technologies with learning in broad multidiscipline applications. The learning communities that the USDLA addresses include pre K-12, higher education, continuing education, corporate training, military and government training, home schooling, and telehealth. USDLA also brings together distance learning organizations in the US and abroad. Learn more: USDLA.org.

Previous Episodes
Wednesday, April 24th, 2024

Distance Learning Roundtable Webinar: “Implementing Telemedicine in Libraries: Barriers and Strategies for Success,” with Dr. Pam DeGuzman

April 2024: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, communications director, US Distance Learning Association (USDLA) — Please join us for this month’s episode of our new USDLA Free Friday Webinar hosted by USDLA president-elect Valary Oleinik. Meet our guest: Dr. Pam DeGuzman, Nurse Scientist at UVA Health and an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Virginia School of Nursing Today’s Topic: Implementing Telemedicine in Libraries: Barriers and Strategies for Success About the webinar: Public libraries offering telemedicine provide aClick here to listen to the podcast!

Wednesday, January 10th, 2024

Join us for this month’s episode of the Distance Learning Roundtable featuring Dr. Heather F. Perfetti, president of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and Nicole Biever, the organization’s Chief of Staff

January 2024: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, communications director, US Distance Learning Association (USDLA) — Please join us for this month’s episode of our podcast and video show, Distance Learning Roundtable, when, for 30 minutes, we gain insights from industry experts. Meet our guests: Dr. Heather F. Perfetti, president of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), and Nicole Biever, the organization’s Chief of Staff Today’s Topic: The importance of credentialing for US colleges — and what the futureClick here to listen to the podcast!

Tuesday, August 1st, 2023

August 2023: Join us for this month’s episode of the Distance Learning Roundtable and meet our guest — Gamification Guru Monica Cornetti, Founder and President, Sententia, Inc.

August 2023: A Note from USDLA executive director Pat Cassella and Edu Alliance Group exec Dean Hoke — We invite you to tune in for this month’s episode of our podcast and video show, Distance Learning Roundtable, where for 30 minutes, we gain insights from industry experts. Meet our guest: Monica Cornetti, Founder and President of Sententia Gamification Today’s Topic: The Art of Game-Based Learning Pat and Dean have 10 Questions for Monica: How has gamified and game-based learning evolved inClick here to listen to the podcast!

Saturday, July 1st, 2023

July 2023: Episode 10 of the Distance Learning Roundtable stars Freedom Writers Founder Erin Gruwell

July 2023: A Note from USDLA executive director Pat Cassella and Edu Alliance Group exec Dean Hoke — We invite you to tune in for this month’s episode of our podcast and video show, Distance Learning Roundtable, where for 30 minutes, we gain insights from industry experts. Meet our guest: Freedom Writers Founder Erin Gruwell Today’s Topic: The Power and Impact of Freedom Writers About our Guest: ​Freedom Writers Founder Erin Gruwell — A teacher, author, and activist fighting for socialClick here to listen to the podcast!

Thursday, June 1st, 2023

June 2023: Episode 9 of the Distance Learning Roundtable features a Q&A with Dr. Robert A. Alsop of Waldorf University

June 2023: A Note from USDLA executive director Pat Cassella and Edu Alliance Group exec Dean Hoke — We invite you to tune in for this month’s episode of our podcast and video show, Distance Learning Roundtable where for 30 minutes, we gain insights from industry experts. Meet our guest: Dr. Robert A. Alsop, president of Waldorf University Today’s Topic: Waldorf University’s Master of Education in Social-Emotional Learning About this episode: Waldorf has become a pioneer in online education for educators,Click here to listen to the podcast!

Tuesday, April 18th, 2023

May 2023: Episode 8 of the Distance Learning Roundtable stars Amrit Ahluwalia, editor-in-chief at The EvoLLLution: A Modern Campus Illumination

May 1, 2023: A Note from USDLA executive director Pat Cassella and Edu Alliance Group exec Dean Hoke — We invite you to tune in for this month’s episode of our podcast and video show, Distance Learning Roundtable where for 30 minutes, we gain insights from industry experts. Meet our guest: Amrit Ahluwalia, editor-in-chief at The EvoLLLution: A Modern Campus Illumination Today’s Topic: Bucking Enrollment Trends to Grow in a Challenging Environment About this episode: The higher education space has experienced significantClick here to listen to the podcast!

Wednesday, March 1st, 2023

April 2023: Episode 7 of the Distance Learning Roundtable features Jennifer Williams, Executive Director, Take Action Global and Transformational Leader in Education

April 1, 2023: A Note from USDLA executive director Pat Cassella and Edu Alliance Group exec Dean Hoke — We invite you to tune in for episode 7 of our podcast and video show, Distance Learning Roundtable, where for 30 minutes, we gain insights from industry experts. Meet our guest: Jennifer Williams, Executive Director, Take Action Global and Transformational Leader in Education Today’s Topic: Get Ready for Change – Instructional Design Practices Through Meaningful Uses of Technology About this episode: At the heart of innovationClick here to listen to the podcast!

Wednesday, March 1st, 2023

March 2023: Join us for episode 6 of the Distance Learning Roundtable — Meet Kate Colbert and Joe Sallustio, authors of the hottest book to hit higher ed, Commencement

March 1, 2023: A Note from USDLA executive director Pat Cassella and Edu Alliance Group exec Dean Hoke — We invite you to tune in for episode 6 of our podcast and video show, Distance Learning Roundtable, where for 30 minutes, we gain insights from industry experts. Meet this month’s guests — Kate Colbert and Joe Sallustio, authors of the hottest book to hit higher ed, Commencement Today’s Topic: The New Era of Education Dean and Pat ask the authors:  Dean: Let’s startClick here to listen to the podcast!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

February 2023: Dr. Peter Noonan, superintendent Falls Church City Public Schools, VA, stars in Episode 5 of the Distance Learning Roundtable

A Note from USDLA executive director Pat Cassella and Edu Alliance Group exec Dean Hoke— We invite you to tune in for this month’s episode of our podcast and video show, Distance Learning Roundtable, where for 30 minutes, industry experts come together to discuss the future of online education. Today’s Topic: How K-12 educators dealt with the pandemic and what the future of learning looks like for America’s superintendents Dean and Pat ask Peter:  Dean: Tell our viewers and listeners about theClick here to listen to the podcast!

Sunday, January 1st, 2023

Happy New Year! January 2023: In Episode 4 of the Distance Learning Roundtable meet our truly amazing guest — Lee Gambol, Distance Learning Coordinator at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

January 2023: A Note from USDLA executive director Pat Cassella and Edu Alliance Group exec Dean Hoke — We invite you to tune in for this month’s episode of our podcast and video show, Distance Learning Roundtable, where for 30 minutes, we gain insights from industry experts. Meet our guest: Lee Gambol, Distance Learning Coordinator at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History Today’s Topic: How Lee is embracing the idea of “Backslash Forward” by celebrating the past and embracing the future of distanceClick here to listen to the podcast!

Thursday, December 1st, 2022

December 2022: Don’t miss Episode 3 of the Distance Learning Roundtable starring Dr. Jennie Sanders, Vice President of Faculty Experience and Academic Services at Western Governors University

December 2022: A Note from USDLA executive director Pat Cassella and Edu Alliance Group exec Dean Hoke — We invite you to tune in for this month’s episode of our podcast and video show, Distance Learning Roundtable, where for 30 minutes, we gain insights from industry experts. Meet our guest: Dr. Jennie Sanders, Vice President of Faculty Experience and Academic Services at Western Governors University based in Salt Lake City, Utah Today’s Topic: How Western Governors University was ahead of the PandemicClick here to listen to the podcast!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2022

November 2022: On Episode 2 of the Distance Learning Roundtable meet Elliott Masie, the man who coined the phrase e-Learning

November 2022: A Note from USDLA executive director Pat Cassella and Edu Alliance Group exec Dean Hoke — We invite you to tune in for this month’s episode of our podcast and video show, Distance Learning Roundtable, where for 30 minutes, we gain insights from industry experts. Hello and welcome to the November episode of our monthly podcast and video show starring Elliott Masie, the founder of MASIE Innovations. Based in Saratoga Springs, NY, Elliott focused on how organizations can support learning and knowledgeClick here to listen to the podcast!

Saturday, October 1st, 2022

October 2022: Check out Episode 1 of the newest Inkandescent Radio Show — Distance Learning Roundtable, where experts gather to discuss the future of online education

October 2022: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, producer, Inkandescent Radio — Hello and welcome to the first episode of the Distance Learning Roundtable show on the Inkandescent Radio Network. As the show’s producer, I am thrilled to introduce you to the hosts of our newest program — Distance Learning Roundtable, the podcast and video show where experts gather to discuss the future of online education. Today you will meet the show’s hosts: Pat Cassella, the executive director of the United StatesClick here to listen to the podcast!