Thought Leaders Blog

We are grateful to all of the individuals that contributed to the TLC Thought Leaders Blog. In these blogs, contributors offer their take on sessions beginning with the 2017 TLC. Click on "Read More" below to view the full content of each blog.

November 9, 2017

This session was presented by Jeff Meyerholz and Lynn Olson that started with a few statistics about our typical student body that includes:

-The majority of ages fall between 25 and 50 – in that age range, these students are involved with many things such as family, at...

November 9, 2017

A shout out to everyone who had a part in bringing Dr. Carlos E. Cortés to Ashford! His session, “Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity: Opportunities and Challenges for Ashford University” was timely, inspirational and refreshing. One of many quotes from his presentation w...

November 9, 2017

The Deans shared information in several areas:

New Programs, courses and course development

17 new programs launching as soon as January 2!  Rest will have staggered launch through June of 2018.

Love the innovation in course development! How exciting with all the new prog...

November 9, 2017

The opening day of the TLC Conference was very encouraging. The opening session had a deep focus on being equity minded. The presentation by Dr. Yolanda Harper, Morgan Johnson, Jacquie Furtado and Poppy Fitch pointed out that as educators and support teams we all have...

November 9, 2017

Each year the TLC conference gets better and better, and this year is no exception!  Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a presentation and workshop with Dr. Larry Ragan, of Penn State University, who helped us to tease apart some of the nuances and conditions ne...

November 9, 2017

The session titled Brand Building Through Diversity and Inclusion included a wealth of information about the student and faculty demographics at AU and the gap between numbers of white male instructors and black female students. 


We learned about the AU Diversity and I...

November 9, 2017

To steal a phrase from Dr. Craig Swenson’s keynote, “Time is out of joint” (Hamlet), we live in a world where we see increasing innovation happening in all facets of life – from AI, machine learning, unbundling of education, the rise of online education in traditional...

November 8, 2017

I had the opportunity to attend three sessions and listen to a keynote speaker during the first day of the TLC 2017 here at Ashford University, and I was delightfully impressed.  All of the sessions were well planned, solid in expertise, rooted in resources, reached ou...

November 7, 2017

I really enjoyed this morning at TLC.  The first three sessions I chose, along with the morning keynote, had me thinking about students and how best to connect with them.  I’ve always been tech-forward and started using email to connect with students in the late 80’s....

November 7, 2017

In many ways, the online modality is a more intimate and a far more rewarding learning environment than the traditional brick and mortar classroom. Like many faculty, I started my professional career standing at the lectern in front of 125-250 students. I lectured, the...

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