Last week, I attended and exhibited at the University Professional & Continuing Education Association’s (UPCEA) Summit for Online Leadership & Strategy (SOLS) at Coronado Island in San Diego, California. UPCEA is a nationwide organization focused on professional, continuing, and online education. For this conference, UPCEA partnered with the American Council on Education (ACE) in order to bring education professionals together to discuss key areas that are shaping the future of online learning. Those key areas are:
Over 300 thought leaders came together for the three-day conference to share best practices and further develop knowledge about online learning. Conference speakers included Daphne Koller, co-founder of Coursera; Cable Green, Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons; and Ray Schroeder, Director for the Center for Online Leadership and Strategy at UPCEA.
Several common themes emerged during the conference that seemed to excite me and other participants as well. Two topics seemed to stand out to me most: competency-based education and open educational resources.
As an exhibitor, it was an exciting time at this year’s UPCEA SOLS conference and I enjoyed meeting so many like-minded professionals in higher education. I look forward to the UPCEA National Conference in Miami!