Redesigning Higher Ed with the Digital Student First

How can higher education leverage lessons from consumer technology in order to build student-centric universities?
In this keynote, Dr. Thackaberry will review examples from a variety of learning institutions and environments to discover options for designing intentional processes and learning experiences to improve student outcomes. Using lessons from the way we interact with everyday technology, and how we are nudged into consumer habits, explore ways in which higher ed institutions can truly become more student centric.

About Dr. Sasha Thackaberry

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Dr. Alexandera "Sasha" Thackaberry

Dr. Sasha Thackaberry serves as the Vice Provost for Digital and Continuing Education at Louisiana State University. She leads fully online programs, support for online and blended courses, and continuing education that encompasses professional development, K-12 and community programming. Previous to her current post, she was the Assistant Vice President for Academic Technology, Course Production and New Learning Models at Southern New Hampshire University. She is on the Executive Committee for WCET, is a member of the National Council for Online Education Advisory Board for UPCEA, and is on the 7 Things Advisory Committee for EDUCAUSE.

She has served as a consultant for K-12, community college, non-profit and corporations in instructional design, professional development and elearning ecosystems. She has also held a variety of roles spanning the field of elearning and innovation, including as the Director of eLearning Technologies, Manager of Next Generation Learning and Senior Instructional Designer at Cuyahoga Community College, and as the Online Learning Coordinator at WVIZ/PBS ideastream, a designated edtech agency for the state of Ohio where she ran online programs for professional development of in-service K-12 faculty statewide.

Dr. Thackaberry has published articles in Inside Higher Ed, EDUCAUSE Review, eLearn Magazine, Distance Learning, e-Literate, WCET, evoLLLution, and the League for Innovation’s Learning Abstracts. She is the co-recipient of the 2013 MOOC Award for Excellence through the Open Education Consortium, and a 2010 Innovation of the Year award through the League for Innovation. Sasha holds a PhD in higher education administration with a research focus in Competency-Based Education as well as an MAT from Kent State University. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance is from the University of Akron.