To Innovate for Students, Innovate at Home

Our students and their expectations are changing, and higher education institutions need to transform to meet the "new normal" students where they are. We need to internally build cultures not only open to change, but enthusiastic about change. In order to generate enthusiasm and buy-in, however, success often needs to be demonstrated. To break this chicken-and-egg constraint towards building a culture of innovation, a variety of concrete strategies can be used to help drive cultural change.

In this keynote, Dr. Thackaberry will explore how some of these strategies have been used successfully across different institutions, and what opportunities we have to learn from those successes to innovate ourselves.

About Dr. Sasha Thackaberry

Sasha Thackaberry

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.