LaSalle University ITM 770: "History and Future of Higher Education" with Catherine Lombardozzi

College of Professional and Continuing Studies
Instructional Technology Management (ITM) 770 - Special Topics
History and Future of Higher Education

Spring 2014
Janaury 13 - May 2, 2014


Learners will use the Special Topics course to conduct research, write an academic paper and design and present a research summary. In this completely online course, students will work independently or in collaborative teams on critical topics in the field related to instructional technologies. Readings and milestones will offer students a chance to explore critical topics in the field that may impact the approach to their projects.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of this course the successful learner will be able to:
  1. Conduct academic research on a topic of interest in instructional technology management specifically related to the history and future of higher education.
  2. Evaluate and discuss the research.
  3. Communicate that research and its implications in an academic paper and presentation.
Outcomes are the knowledge, attitudes and skills a learner should have upon completing this course. Upon completion of this course learners should be able to:
  1. Discuss key milestones and trends in the higher education landscape.
  2. Explain a relevant and current challenge in higher education (choose own topic).
  3. Identify appropriate academic literature to support recommendations.
  1. Use research skills to explore a current topic in higher education for the purpose of making recommendations for action.
  2. Summarize key findings and recommendations for a live audience of peers.
  1. Appreciate the intricacies and nuances involved in making recommendations based on research.
  2. Develop experience-based opinions about the potential effectiveness and uses of MOOCs.


Catherine Lombardozzi
I have been in the business of workplace learning for nearly 30 years, and I recently founded a consulting practice, Learning 4 Learning Professionals, dedicated to supporting the professional development of designers, facilitators, learning consultants, and learning leaders. My true calling is engaging with others who work in this exciting field – and helping them to develop their knowledge base and skill to be effective. Having worked in leadership roles in corporate learning and development for 20+ years, I understand the challenges of our day to day work.
I am a regular blogger ( and frequent conference speaker (local and national ASTD, Academy of HRD, eLearning Guild). Since receiving my doctorate in human and organizational learning from George Washington University in 2004, I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching a number of graduate courses in adult learning and instructional design, and I am a huge advocate for scholarly practice.
You can learn more about me by checking out my practice website at and my LinkedIn profile at (I would be pleased to connect with you.)
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