DECISION TO TRANSITION TO VIRTUAL INSTITUTE

After much thought, OU EDI leadership has decided to transition the Fall Institute scheduled in Louisville from an in-person to a virtual event. There are two key reasons. First, there is continued uncertainty for the foreseeable future regarding the safety of 100+ person events held over multiple days. Second, we needed to make this decision far enough in advance to give participants, instructors and EDI staff sufficient time to plan for the selected approach (in-person versus virtual). 

We remain committed to in-person events in the future. Following the cancellation of our spring event, our students told us they are ready to continue their journey towards OU EDI and CEcD certification, so the Board felt it critical to help them do so.    

Uniquely Positioned for High-Quality Virtual Event

Fortunately, OU EDI is part of OU Extended Campus, which offers hundreds of online courses and events each year. We have full access to experienced curriculum and instructional design experts who have made similar transitions over the past five months. We are very confident the level of instruction and participation will be top-quality. 

Special Opportunities for Virtual Institute

Though we continue to support our in-person approach, this transition does offer unique opportunities:

  • Lower registration – the core five-day EDI program, which includes two full IEDC courses, will be reduced from $1,725 to $1,375. Our CEcD Exam Prep course will be reduced from $650 to $475
  • Savings in travel, hotel and meal costs of approximately $1,500
  • Those experiencing budget and/or travel restrictions—or facing 14-day quarantine upon arrival or return from the Institute—can maintain their economic development professional development
  • Early Bird Deadline has been removed and cancellation deadlines greatly relaxed to accommodate those experiencing disrupted internal decision processes
  • Virtual learning that will allow instructors to utilize unique approaches – discussions, chats, video and a helpful blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning to lessen negative impact of full-day courses 
  • Fall Institute will continue to include the value-added elements that make OU EDI special, such as peer networking, mentoring, and Lunch and Learns
  • To complete a full EDI Institute, yet be at home with your family in the evenings

Help Starting or Continuing Your Economic Development Certification

Whether you are a current or prospective OU EDI participant, OU EDI is happy to help with any questions you may have. Please contact us at edi@ou.edu and let us help you start or continue your progress in your economic development professional journey!

OU EDI Board of Directors