Webinar Recap: Distance Learning & Student Support

Published on Mar 26, 2020

Updated on Nov 3, 2022

Written by Alex Doyle

Webinar Recap: Distance Learning & Student Support

Recent events have pushed virtually all of higher education to move their programs online–including colleges who hadn’t planned on making that move for quite some time. This rapid shift to distance learning has highlighted some of the distinct advantages of online programs, but it has also created new challenges for those who provide advising and offer student support services. In this webinar we’ll discuss career and program exploration, resume building and employer engagement: what do these processes look like in a virtual setting? How does distance learning affect teaching?

On April 2, we hosted a webinar with a panel of six higher education leaders from across the country, who shared and discussed their ideas and approaches to academic advising and other issues. 

If you missed the webinar or would like to share with a colleague, see below for the full recording, outline, and resources mentioned.


Webinar Outline

0:00 – Intro: Data-driven decisions for tough times

0:32 – Purpose of this webinar

2:00 – Panelist introductions

6:12 – Creating meaningful online connections

12:30 – Student instruction in online tools

19:34 – Changes in student engagement levels

23:38 – Impact of economy on 4-year transfers and skilled trades

28:47 – Budgets, program development, and resource allocation

33:17 – Staying steady in student support processes

41:00 – Meeting students where they are

48:23 – Helping students stay calm and informed

51:14 – Closing remarks

Resources Mentioned


Career Coach

Parker Dewey (internship opportunities)

Blackboard Collaborate

Microsoft Teams

The Panelists

Linda Head, Sr. Associate Vice Chancellor, External & Employer Relations at Lone Star College, TX

Paula Nissen, Interim Bureau Chief, Bureau of Community Colleges
Workforce Preparation/Education Consultant at the Iowa Department of Education

Sarah Wilson, Career Counselor at Central Piedmont Community College, NC

Becky Warren, Director of Workforce & Career Services, University of Arkansas Community College – Batesville

Shannon Wells, Career & Transfer Connections Manager, Sierra College, CA

Jason Weinstein, Senior Director of Career & Technical Education Career Services (CTE Programs), LaGuardia Community College, NY

Moderator: Brian Bailey, Manager of Higher Education, Emsi

For more on adapting with Higher Education trends check out our blog post here.