Speeches

Dr. Susan Aldridge is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences and a consultant to University presidents, government officials, and business leaders regarding international education initiatives, strategies associated with developing distance education models, aligning student services with growth strategies, and retention/degree completion opportunities. Here are some selected keynotes and other speeches.

Keynotes

MARCH 2015 Navigating Changing Student Dynamics and Heightened Technology Expectations delivered at the Opening Address New Directions in Online Learning Philadelphia.

JUN 2014 “Creating a Culture of E-Learning Quality: The Case for Continuous Innovation” delivered at Distance Learning Administration Conference 2014.

MAR 2014 When Learning Matters: The Case for Technology-Enhanced Education delivered at New Mexico State University Teaching Academy.

MAR 2013 “Why Quality Matters in the Battle for Online Education’s Future” delivered at TxDLA Conference 2013, Texas Distance Learning Association, Galveston, Texas.

FEB 2013 “MOOC-tastic or MOOC-trocious? Exploring the Academic Value of Higher Education’s Latest Trend” delivered at AASCU Winter Conference, Point Clear, Alabama.

DEC 2011 “Transformational Change and the Future of Higher Education,”
Keynote Speech, Learning on the High Seas Conference, Puerto Rico.

SEP 2011 “Building A World Class Teaching University,”
Keynote Speech, U.S.-China Distance Education Research and Exchange. Nanjing, China.

SEP 2011 “US Education and Accreditation”
Keynote, Chengdu, China.

MAY 2011 “From the Sidelines to the Mainstream: Reengineering the Case for E-Learning.”
Keynote Speech, United States Distance Learning Association National Conference. St. Louis, Missouri.

FEB 2011 “Paving the Road to Academic Success: Building a Comprehensive System for Student Support Services.”
Keynote Speech, SCDL International Conference on Open & Distance Learning. Pune, India.

FEB 2011 “Learning Through Technology: From Institutional Course Delivery to Collaborative Knowledge Creation.”
Keynote Speech, Hamdan Bin Mohhamed e-University 4th Annual Congress. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

DEC 2010 “Bridging the Global Management Education Divide: The Use of Collaborative Degree Programs in Promoting Transnational Academic Exchange.”
Keynote Speech, Academy of Business Administration Global Trends Conference. St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles.

OCT 2010 “Beyond Sisterhood.” Keynote Speech, University System of Maryland Women’s Forum Annual Conference. Adelphi.

NOV 2009 “Learning Through Technology: From Institutional Course Delivery to Collaborative Knowledge Creation.”
Keynote Speech, Computers and Advanced Technology in Education (CATE) Conference. Virgin Islands.

NOV 2009 “Virtual Pathways, Virtually Unlimited Possibilities: Distance Education and the Lifelong Learning Revolution.”
Keynote Speech, World Conference of Open University Presidents. Saitama, Japan.

OCT 2009 “Toward a Culture of Continuous Assessment in Online Distance Learning.”
Keynote Speech, China Central Radio and TV University 30th Anniversary Celebration. Beijing, China.

SEP 2009 “Harnessing the Power of Innovation in Distance Education.”
Keynote Speech, ABED International Conference on Distance Education. Fortaleza, Brazil.

MAR 2009 “Putting Quality First: The Real Challenge of Virtual Learning.”
Keynote Speech, Maryland Distance Learning Association Conference. Towson, Maryland.

DEC 2008 “Preparing Knowledge Leaders for the Global World of Work.”
Keynote Speech, Academy of Business Administration Conference. Cancun, Mexico.

NOV 2008 “Shifting Gears: How the New Focus on E-Learning Can Transform Higher Education.”
Keynote Speech, National Institute of Multimedia Education. Tokyo, Japan.

OCT 2008 “Digital Technology and the New Culture of Learning.”
Keynote Speech, Eden Research Workshop. Paris, France.

SEP 2008 “21st Century Mentoring: A New Take on an Old Tradition.”
Keynote Speech, Women Administrators in Higher Education. Washington, D.C.

JUN 2008 “Building Global Bridges Through Higher Education.”
Keynote Speech, International Association of Business Disciplines. Salamanca, Spain.

MAR 2008 “Expanding the Fulbright Vision: An Emerging Case for Global University Development.” Keynote Speech, Near East North Africa Fulbright Regional Meeting. Cairo, Egypt.

MAR 2008 “Bringing the World to Higher Education.”
Keynote Speech, International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED), WBE 2008 Conference. Innsbruck, Austria.

FEB 2008 “Putting Technology to Work for Lifelong Learners.”
Invited Speaker, AFFIRM Annual Scholarship Fundraiser. Washington, D.C.

Commencement Addresses and Awards Ceremonies

DEC 2011 “Baltimore Police Leadership Commencement”

NOV 2011 “Community College of the Airforce Commencement”, Florida.

SEP 2011 “Irkutsk, Russia Commencement”, Remarks.

SEP 2011 “Vladivostk, Russia Commencement”, Remarks.

MAY 2011 “Guam Commencement”, Speech.

MAY 2011 “Engaging the Future.”
Worldwide Commencement Address. University of Maryland University College.

APR 2011 “Tokyo Commencement”, Speech.

APR 2011 “S.Korea Commencement”, Speech.

MAY 2010 “On Becoming Global Citizens.”
Worldwide Commencement Address. University of Maryland University College.

DEC 2009 “In the Service of Others.”
Police Leadership Academy Graduation. University of Maryland University College.

MAY 2009 “Writing the Next Chapter.”
Worldwide Commencement Address. University of Maryland University College.

DEC 2008 “A New and Better Leader.”
Police Leadership Academy Graduation. University of Maryland University College.

NOV 2008 “Promoting the New Ethos of Lifelong Learning.”
Community College Scholarship Awards. University of Maryland University College.

MAR 2008 “On Becoming 21st Century Knowledge Leaders.”
Worldwide Commencement Address. University of Maryland University College.

Other Invited Remarks and Presentations

FEB 2012 “President’s Panel”,
CCME Annual Conference, Orlando, Fla.

NOV 2011 “Community College Scholarship Dinner”
Remarks.

NOV 2011 “Convergent Risks to Business and Goverment”

AUG 2011 “Center for Teaching and Learning Summer Institute”
Remarks.

MAY 2011 “Academic Achievement Dinner”
Remarks, UMUC Maryland.

MAR 2011 “Army Women’s Third Annual Symposium”
Remarks, Washington DC.

MAR 2011 “5th Annual Homeland Defence and Security Education Summit”
Maryland.

OCT 2010 “UMUC Scholarship Appreciation Dining”
Remarks, Maryland.

OCT 2010 “Top 100 Minority and Women Business Entrepreneur Award Ceremony”
Remarks, Maryland

SEP 2010 “Chronicle of Higher Education and UMUC: Forum on the Future of Adult Higher Education”
Opening Remarks, Washington DC.

AUG 2010 “Center for Teaching and Learning Summer Institute”
Remarks, Maryland.

JUN 2010 “Alumni Association Annual Meeting”
Remarks, UMUC Maryland.

MAR 2010 “Opening Remarks.”
Autobiography/Performance/Identity, Symposium on African Women in the Visual Arts. Adelphi, Maryland.

DEC 2009 “President’s Panel.” General Session Panel.
Academy of Business Administration Conference. Cancun, Mexico.

NOV 2009 “The Lifelong Learning Revolution.”
Invited Speaker, Crofton Rotary Club. Crofton, Maryland.

OCT 2009 “Global Connections Forum.”
President’s Panel Presentation. Malaysia.

OCT 2009 “Global Conncetions”, Dinner Speech, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.

OCT 2009 “Promising Practices in American Distance Education.”
General Remarks, China Radio and TV University 30th Anniversary Celebration. Xi-an, China.

OCT 2009 “Building Effective Cross-Cultural Education Models.”
Global Connections Conference. Malaysia.

SEP 2009 “Bringing the World to Higher Education.”
Maryland International Trade and Embassy Conference. Baltimore, Maryland.

AUG 2009 “The Future of Global Higher Education.”
Bridging Nations President’s Panel Presentation. Washington, D.C.

JUN 2009 “Innovation in Action.”
President’s Panel Presentation, National University Telecommunications Network Conference. Saratoga, New York.

MAY 2009 “Welcome Remarks.”
International Association for Intelligence Education Conference. Adelphi, Maryland.

APR 2009 “Can Distance Education Save You (or Even Make You) Money?”
General Session Panel, The Chronicle of Higher Education Technology Forum. Washington, D.C.

MAR 2009 “Sustainable Wealth Creation and Human Capital Transformation.”
Opening Remarks for the NAFTA Conference, North American Alliance of Innovative Universities. Adelphi, Maryland.

JAN 2009 “The President’s Panel.”
CCME Annual Symposium. Honolulu, Hawaii.

DEC 2008 “Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Leroy Merritt Center for the Art of Joseph Sheppard”, Maryland.

OCT 2008 “Presidents Club Annual Brunch” Remarks, Maryland.

JUL 2008 “Teaching Through the Arts.”
Remarks to ATI International Workshop. Adelphi, Maryland.

JUL 2008 “Making Quality Count.”
Speech to Executive Leadership Group, Desire2Learn 2008 User’s Conference. Memphis, Tennessee.

JUN 2008 “The United States and China: Furthering Our Collective Vision for Distance Education.” Welcome Speech, Fourth Annual U.S.-China Forum on Distance Education. Adelphi, Maryland.

JUN 2008 “Serving Those Who Serve: America’s Veterans and Higher Education.” Panel Presentation, American Council on Education, Veteran’s Education Summit. Washington, D.C.

FEB 2008 “Celebrating Six Decades of Academic Excellence.”
Welcoming Remarks, UMUC 60th Anniversary Gala Celebration. Adelphi, Maryland.

JAN 2008 “Lessons Learned: Building and Sustaining a World-Class Virtual Campus.”
Speech and Presentation. CIA University, Virginia.