ITC Leadership Academy 2017 Instructional Technology Council (from left to right), Roy Bartels, Andres Lopez, Luvon Hudson, Tammy Douglas, Lavita McMath, Jennifer Veloff, (second row) Loraine Schmidt, Kandace Knudson, Amy Jo Swing, Colin Stapp, DW Wood, Ronda Edwards, (back row) Alison Consol, Susan Long, Robert Sparrow, Catherine Schleichert, Mickey Slimp, Martin Hoffman, Jeanine Lum (not present)

Thanks to a scholarship from the Oregon Community College Distance Learning Association, three people from Oregon Community Colleges participated in the 9th annual Instructional Technology Council Distance Education Leadership Academy, which was recently held in Portland, Oregon. DW Wood (Clackamas Community College), Jeanine Lum (Umpqua Community College), and Colin Stapp (Chemeketa Community College) were joined by ten others from Community Colleges across the United States.

The Academy originated as an opportunity to bring together eLearning professionals to develop and expand their leadership skills. It builds on the American Association of Community College (AACC) leadership competencies with the expectation that participants will return to their campuses with an individual learning and leadership plan.

The Academy is a three-day event that is facilitated by eLearning champions who also serve on the ITC board of directors. Participants complete a Strengthsfinder Assessment prior to the Academy to identify leadership styles and strengths. Event activities included presentations by Academy faculty, small-group activities, scenario-based case studies, and culminated with participants drafting a learning and leadership plan. Following the academy, participants are assigned a mentor to complete the leadership plan specific to the participant’s institution. Some favorite focus topics in our group included the Data-Informed Decision Making and Influencing Campus Dynamics to Build Your Program. 

ITC Academy competencies and highlights can be found in this Google Presentation 2017 ITC Leadership Academy

Special thanks to the Academy faculty—who also serve as leadership mentors to the participants—were eLearning champions, Roy Bartels (Western Texas College), Howard Beattie (Holland College), Ronda Edwards (Michigan Colleges Online), Dr. Martin A. Hoffman, Sr. (Rowan College), Fred Lokken (Truckee Meadows Community College), Dr. Jean M. Runyon (Front Range Community College), Loraine Schmitt (Portland Community College, and Dr. Mickey Slimp (Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities).

Next year’s Leadership Academy is scheduled to be in St. Petersburg, Florida. We encourage you to apply as it is bound to be another good one.

Co-Written by DW Wood, Jeanine Lum, and Colin Stapp