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David Dannenberg

Director, Academic Innovations, State Authorization, & eLearning at University of Alaska Anchorage

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About Me

Accomplished global educator with extensive experience leading online learning initiatives, revitalizing academic technology teams, and fostering adult learning communities in distributed environments. Proven experience as a higher education administrator with an innovative approach to creating and leading programs. Passionate about online learning, student success, state authorization, program development, and instructional design, with a deep knowledge of state authorization, program compliance, and distance education regulation. Core competencies include:

Strategic Planning | Online Student Services Development | Team Building and Leadership | Financial and Budget Management | Online Program Development | Relationship Building Program Assessment | Change Management | Distance Education Regulatory Compliance

Current work

Director, Academic Innovations, State Authorization, & eLearning, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, AK Oversee online learning programs for a multi-site public four-year institution of higher education. Lead distance education support programs and represent the institution on the statewide level. Lead team overseeing academic technology, professional development, instructional design, state authorization, and online learning compliance programs with a staff of 20+ and an annual budget of $2M. - Successfully negotiated a 50% increase in student fee generated departmental revenue. - Implemented University s first state authorization distance education compliance program to become authorized to offer classes in 36 states outside of Alaska. - Implemented the institution s first ePortfolio programs with the support of faculty, administration, and students which resulted in an additional 10% increase in revenue. - Represented the institution in multiple system-wide distance education strategic planning projects. - Co-wrote and secured $2.25M 5-year U.S. Department of Education Title III, Strengthening Institutions Grant.

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  • University of Alaska Anchorage

    • 7/2012 - Present Director, Academic Innovations, State Authorization, & eLearning
  • The Nature Conservancy

    • 6/2007 - 6/2012 Learning Portfolio Manager


  • WCET

    10/2016 - Present Steering Committee

  • Online Learning Consortium

    2/2019 - Present Steering Committee and Co-Chair, Workshop Subcommittee, OLC Accelerate 2019 Annual Conference

  • The AAEEBL ePortfolio Review

    2016 - Present Co-Executive Editor

  • U.S. Department of Education

    1/2019 - 4/2019 Primary negotiator representing public 4-year institutions, Federal Rulemaking Accrditation and Innovation Committee



  • See CV for complete list


  • See CV for complete list