The School for Professional Studies (SPS) at Elmhurst College was chartered on 07/01/12 with a goal of having online programs offered for non-traditional students by the Elmhurst College Online Center in Spring 2013. Faced with a challenging timeframe for the implementation and set-up of a learning management system and development of faculty training, courses, student orientation, and appropriate processes and policies to support faculty and student success, SPS married best practices in online learning, course development, and student affairs with the mission and core-values of the college to create a high-touch learning experience for students and faculty members.
The session will incorporate the use of polls, a running chat for sharing additional ideas and best practices, the ability to ask ongoing questions, and an opportunity for participants to connect with each other after the event to continue the discussion.
Donna Liljegren, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL, USA
Donna Gardner Liljegren is Director of the Elmhurst College Online Center and Manager, Instructional Support for the School for Professional Studies of Elmhurst College. In these roles she is responsible for the administration and growth of the Online Center as well as instructional support, including faculty recruiting and development, for online, onsite, and hybrid programs in the School for Professional Studies. She has worked in higher education for 22 years and distance learning for 17 years in both faculty and executive leadership roles. Her experiences have included for-profit and private universities. Dr. Liljegren earned BA and MA degrees in English from Governors State University and an Ed.D. in Adult Education from Nova Southeastern University.
Jen Propp, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL, USA
I have been working in higher education for 15 years, first as an English Professor and then as a Faculty Developer. I have a master’s degree in English with a focus on teaching college writing and am in the final stages of my doctoral work in higher education and organizational change.