So Long, Farewell, Adieu: Leaving the VCCS

March 15, 2016 will be my last day at the System Office of the Virginia Community College System. I am leaving my position as Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies to begin the next stage of my career as the Director of Programs and Policy at Achieving the Dream (ATD).  In my new role I will be overseeing ATD’s new OER Degree Initiative, an effort to fund the development of OER degrees at 20-30 institutions in the US and Canada and evaluate the impact these degrees have on community college students. Needless to say, I am incredibly excited about this new opportunity.

It has been a privilege serving as the VCCS’s Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies for the past 5 years. It has also been an incredible learning opportunity. When I came on board in May 2011, I had very little community college experience, and no experience working with policy or institutional governance. Also, the job itself was new. The previous position, Director of Instructional Technology, had been mostly operational, so I had to try to define the scope of this new job while also getting up to speed on how community colleges and community college systems worked. (On a side note, I’ve noticed that this ‘writing your own job description’ seems to be pretty common with many ed tech positions. I am not sure why. Is it that many institutional leaders still have a relatively shallow understanding of what exactly educational technology is? Is it that the “technology” part of educational technology changes so rapidly? Is it combination of both? Something else?)

This job has been a chaotic swirl of ambitious projects, new partnerships, meetings (lots and lots and lots and lots of them), hectic travel that crisscrossed Virginia, gratifying work, fun, boredom (see meetings above), and lots of learning on the job. I will miss this place, but mostly I will miss my friends and colleagues across Virginia whose dedication to our students constantly inspired me to work just a little bit harder.

I’d love to hear from you before I leave, so please feel free to post a comment or send me an email so we can say a proper farewell.

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