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Innovation Insights: A Keynote Panel with Cheryl Dowd, Phil Hill, and Eddie Maloney

Navigating Regulatory Change and The Future of Online Learning

Date & Time

March 19, 2024, 1:00 PM - March 19, 2024, 2:30 PM


Center for Academic Innovation – 317 Maynard Street

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Recent and anticipated federal policy updates targeted at online learning may drastically change how and with whom higher education institutions can educate learners at a distance.

In this Innovation Insights Keynote Panel, join leading voices on higher education policy to discuss the 2023-24 Department of Education negotiated rulemaking on online learning. Panelists will address whether Online Program Managers (OPMs) will survive the anticipated changes and how academic institutions should respond. They’ll also discuss emerging regulatory and policy considerations for alternative credentials, consumer protections,  generative AI, and accreditation.

Discussion and questions are encouraged. Get the chance to chat with our speakers during a reception following the keynote. Light refreshments will be served.


Innovation Insights

The Center for Academic Innovation brings together people who want to transform education, share knowledge, and increase learner success by hosting inspiring talks, collaborative problem-solving workshops, and discussions on the latest in educational research and practice. The Innovation Insights series features a diverse lineup of topics, delivered by leaders in academia and private industry, united by the common goals of delivering insights into how to further academic innovation and build the future of education.


About Cheryl Dowd

Cheryl Dowd directs the activities of State Authorization Network (SAN), including coordination of staff addressing interstate policy and compliance as well as other ancillary compliance issues. Additionally, she serves the overall WCET membership in addressing emerging and special regulatory issues related to digital learning in postsecondary education. Cheryl is a contributing author for a guide book for understanding the legal basis for State and Federal compliance for activities of post-secondary institutions, State Authorization of Colleges and Universities. Cheryl earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond, master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University, and bachelor’s degree in Political Science from James Madison University.


About Phil Hill

Phil Hill (@PhilOnEdTech) has been a market analyst and consultant in EdTech for over two decades. He is most notably recognized for publishing the On EdTech blog and newsletter, which began in 2019 after he decided to separate from the e-Literate brand and blaze his own trail. Revered for his honest and upfront take on market trends for online / hybrid education, OPMs, regulatory analysis, and learning platforms, Phil provides thoughtful and practical advice to his clients. His unique graphics and visuals have been widely used and shared in the education space


About Eddie Maloney

Eddie Maloney is professor and founding director of the Program in Learning, Design, and Technology, and the executive director of The Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). As professor and founding director of the Program in Learning, Design, and Technology, he works with students to engage in a critical study of higher education through the lenses of learning, design, technology, and analytics. As Executive Director of CNDLS, a center on teaching, learning and technology, he helps to define Georgetown’s strategy to advance academic innovation at the University. He has published numerous articles and book chapters. His two books with Josh Kim—Learning Innovation and the Future of Higher Education (February 2020) and The Low Density University: 15 Scenarios for Higher Education (August 2020)—are available from Johns Hopkins University Press. His third book, Recentering Learning (with Maggie Debelius and Josh Kim) is due out in 2024.