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Repost – Academic Leadership: 3 C’s to Ensure Success in the Classroom

On September 25th we’re gathering a panel of experts to talk about their institution’s approach to student success at InnovateEDU 2014. The following is an entry written by Dr. Connie Johnson, one of our partners who serves at Colorado Technical University’s Chief Academic Officer and Provost. Her post originally appeared as part of a series on the PlattForm blog to give a preview of what’s to come. We hope to see you there!

Seelio Partner Panelists at InnovatEDU

Academic Leadership: 3 C’s to Ensure Success in the Classroom 
By: Dr. Connie Johnson

Most people share their challenges, yet few give as much attention to their success. Of course, we can grow and learn from challenges, but there is just as much growth and learning available when we examine our success.

Annually, the American Council on Education conducts its Chief Academic Officer (CAO) program which I was honored to participate in. The event drew academic administrators and faculty from institutions around the country, representing traditional four-year universities, community colleges and private institutions. These leaders came together to discuss academic success, and more important, the actions and behaviors that led to that success. It was certainly a fun, lively and engaging conversation!

After the event, I couldn’t help but wonder: Where is CTU seeing success in classrooms – both online and ground? What actions and behaviors enabled that success?

I posed these questions at a meeting with CTU’s academic and student affairs leaders. What ensued was yet another lively conversation that resulted in the following factors that contributed to our success with students, faculty and colleagues:

  • Community: CTU is known for its community of collaboration, communication and feedback by and between students, faculty and staff. The statement, “It takes a village…” isn’t just a cliché phrase here. Rather, it’s a team-based belief that underlies everything we do at CTU.
  • Clarity: If you’ve ever driven or walked in the fog, you know the uncertainty that sits in the pit of your stomach. We never want that feeling to happen at CTU. That’s why we set clear goals that tie to a unifying vision. This vision starts with leadership and engages everyone from students to staff members. It’s with this intentionality and focus that we are able to make strong decisions that produce successful results.
  • Creativity: One thing we know for certain: close-minded and autocratic styles do not work when it comes to academic life. Students and faculty are inherently creative, problem-solving beings who thrive in the openness and possibility we provide at CTU. It’s this level of creativity that drives success in the classrooms, and eventually in the workplaces where our students flourish.

As we continue to explore exciting and innovative ways to approach education, let’s enjoy, share and grow these moments into more success.

Interested in hearing more from Dr. Johnson?  Register now for this premier event for education leaders, held September 23-25 in downtown Kansas City.

Dr. Connie Johnson is Colorado Technical University’s (CTU) Chief Academic Officer and Provost, working with both online and ground degree programs. She has oversight of academic and student affairs, including faculty, curriculum, student advising, registrar’s office, prior learning assessment and learning center. Connie has served in higher education for 20 years with extensive experience in teaching, administration, regional accreditation, curriculum implementation, and faculty training and development. She is a trained peer evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission, is participating in the ACE Chief Academic Officer program, and is a member of the CTU Board of Trustees.


Join us at the AAEEBL 2014 Annual Conference!

We’re getting excited for the AAEEBL 2014 Annual Conference on Engaged Learning and ePortfolios: Advancing Learning-Centered Cultures in a Multi-Modal Age.

On 7/29 we’ll be co-presenting two workshops with our partners at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work and the University of Toledo about how we’re working together on learner-centered approaches to portfolios. You can find more information about the workshops below. We hope to see you there!

JULY 29, 2014

8:30AM-9:20AM: FS: TA5 Building Adaptive Expertise: Exploring ways to integrate learning and enhance social work professional development with Dr. Mary Ruffolo and Megan Sims-Fujita from the University of Michigan School of Social Work

This session will engage participants in examining how one social work school developed a web-based capstone course that promoted integrative learning strategies and peer-to-peer collaborations in the development of professional portfolios.  During the session, participants will have an opportunity to join the Seelio online portfolio platform and engage in small group exercises that illustrate how students uncover tacit knowledge and build adaptive expertise.

3:00PM-3:50PM: PD: TP23A A New Approach to Experiential Learning: How The University of Toledo Combines ePortfolios with Other Technology Tools for Students’ Professional Development with Lawrence Burns, Vice President of External Affairs at the University of Toledo

In this session, the University of Toledo will share how it is embracing technology to create a classroom environment of the future that supports engaged learning  and career preparedness. Detailing the use of a new showcase ePortfolio technology &  the “flipped classroom” concept, presenters will explain the process of how the University is engaging students in experiential learning in a way that enhances the value of a degree & prepares students for their future.

 If you’d like to meet with us while we’re there, contact us at educators@seelio.com!


Webinar: Career Preparation as a Differentiator for your University

UPDATE: Couldn’t make the webinar? Find a copy of our webinar presentation below.


When & Where:

July 17, 2014 at 1PM EST


Join us to learn how the University of Toledo is enabling its students to showcase their experiential learning and stand out in their internship and job search with Seelio. Throughout the webinar, gain a better understanding of the need for career preparation, as well as the steps you can take to improve the career success of your graduates.


  • Larry Burns, Vice President of External Affairs, University of Toledo
  • Moses Lee, CEO and Cofounder, Seelio; Faculty, University of Michigan
  • Aaron Edwards, Senior Vice President of Enrollment Partnerships, PlattForm

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