Assistant Vice Provost for IT Among Group of OLC Conference Leaders to Help Devise the New Media Consortium (NMC) 2017 Toolkit

June 29, 2017

Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D., (center) as well as other participants of the OLC Accelerate 2016 pre-conference workshop

(Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D., (center) as well as other participants of the OLC Accelerate 2016 pre-conference workshop.)


Assistant Vice Provost for Information Technology and Principal Investigator for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS) grant Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D., is among a group of attendees of the Online Learning Consortium International Conference (OLC) 2016 pre-conference workshop to help develop a 2017 Toolkit.

The invitation-only workshop allowed participants to discuss challenges to student success that are prevalent in higher education institutions across the U.S. Dr. Kenon and 44 other leaders from 38 institutions and organizations across the nation considered possible solutions to challenges that were discussed. During the workshop Dr. Kenon shared the experiences and collaborative work of various departments at UTSA and the iPASS committee to implement advising technology tools as well as other initiatives to support student success at UTSA.

As a result of this workshop, the 2017 Toolkit, entitled “Scaling Solutions Across Higher Education: The NMC Horizon Project in Action” was developed. This document is supported by the BMGF and was recently published by the New Media Consortium (NMC).

Click here to access the Scaling Solutions Across Higher Education Toolkit.

In an effort to continue the narrative that was started at the pre-conference workshop, the Toolkit is designed to encourage readers to continue “Scaling Solutions” workshops at their institutions and organizations to address barriers to equity and access. It features prompts, checklists, activity guides and sample emails designed to assist with the implementation of these workshops. In addition, the Toolkit contains various real-life strategies formulated by participants to help move solutions from a theoretical to a practical perspective in the hopes of eliminating these obstacles to higher education.

The document offers readers different perspectives on solutions to problems that exist in higher education in order to help leaders, faculty and students execute these solutions.

The New Media Consortium (NMC) is a community of experts in educational technology that seeks to drive innovation across institutions of higher education.


(Acknowledgements page from the NMC Scaling Solutions Across Higher Education Toolkit listing Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D.)


For more information about the New Media Consortium (NMC), click here.

To learn more about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, click here.