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December 16, 2014

2015 OLC Institute – A New Year Brings New Changes

And another item from Friday’s inbox…

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What’s New in 2015 with the OLC Institute?
New learning opportunities for a new you.
We’ve been listening to your feedback and putting it to good use. The OLC Institute has been enhancing and expanding our professional development offerings to help you reach the goals you have set and shared with us.January has a vast array of options to help you meet your needs from completing a Certificate Program or Mastery Series to attending a single workshop. What resolutions and goals will you set for yourself in 2015? Take time to invest in you to continue your advancement and expand your professional network.Space is Limited – Register early to ensure your space!
What’s new?
Completely redesigned
Online Teaching Certificate

Two new Mastery Series
topics – Instructional Design
and Evaluating and Improving Online Programs
New workshop topics like
Exploring Online Math Labs,
Creating Rubrics, Creating
Concept Maps and more.
We hope to see you in 2015!
Need to know more? Contact
Best regards,
Sandra Coswatte | Director, Institute of Learning | Online Learning Consortium
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The Online Learning Consortium | P.O. Box 1238 | Newburyport | MA | 01950

December 11, 2014

Start Submitting – CFP Open For 2015 OLC Blended Learning Conference And Workshop

From Wednesday’s inbox…

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CFP Open for 12th Annual Blended Learning Conference and Workshop
We invite you to submit a proposal for the 12th Annual Online Learning Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop, to be held July 7-8, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.

The theme for 2015 is Blended Learning: Leading Education’s Digital Future. This year’s tracks are meant to incorporate three major, cross-cutting themes in blended education: best practices,  research and evaluation, and innovation and experimentation.

Proposal submissions should address at least one of these three themes, regardless of the track for which they are intended. Proposals focusing on blended learning research (including research design, methods, and/or results) are strongly encouraged in each of the four tracks:

  1. Blended Models and Course Design
  2. Faculty Development and Student Support
  3. Institutional Leadership and Strategy
  4. Teaching and Learning Effectiveness
Submit by February 9, 2015.
CFP Resources
Need to know more? Contact
Best regards,
Christine Hinkley | Director, Conferences | Online Learning Consortium
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The OLC View: Special Conference Edition

Also from Tuesday’s inbox…

 Special Conference Edition – DECEMBER 2014

20th OLC International Conference Highlights

Message from Karen Vignare, Conference Chair

The recent annual conference on online learning provided a great opportunity to learn and network with colleagues. Program Chair Patsy Moskal and I would first like to thank all the presenters, volunteers and staff.


The key takeaways are that online, while over 20 years old, is continuing to prompt innovation throughout campuses whether they serve online, blended or face-to-face students. The keynotes and featured sessions were compelling in promoting the versatility of online learning to support student success in ways that face to face alone can’t do.


We invite you to continue the learning, conversations and networking with our upcoming conferences and through the many online professional development activities that OLC offers.


Visit the conference wrap up page for pictures and more information on award and contest winners. 



This year we celebrated 20 years in online learning with 2,000 onsite and 2,000+ virtual attendees representing 28 countries, 48 states + DC and 84 exhibitors. Thank you to all that attended onsite and virtually. We hope to see you next year!


Don’t miss out. You still have a chance to see what the conference was all about with our post conferenceIndividual and Institutional packages.


Thank You to Sonic Foundry

All streaming, recording and interviews were provided by Sonic Foundry. Their services allowed us to provide onsite and virtual attendees with access to over 80 presentations.


Learn more about how Sonic Foundry helps OLC empower educators, everywhere.


Upcoming Conferences

April 22-24, 2015: 8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Symposium – CFP open until December 1.


July 7-8, 2015: 12th Annual Blended Learning Conference and Workshop – CFP will open December 3.


October 14-16, 2015: 21st Online Learning Consortium International Conference  – More information coming soon.

Virtual Packages

Missed the Conference?

Virtual packages are still available.
Watch 80+ sessionsincluding 3 keynotes, featured sessions, information sessions and select information sessions, and key vendor showcase sessions.


 View photos of this
 year’s conference on

the wrap up page.




OLC Fellows


Visit the wrap up pagefor photo galleries of the award winners.


If you have any questions or comments about the OLC view, please contact us.
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December 10, 2014

ET4Online 2015: Deadline To Submit Proposal Is Midnight Tonight

From Monday’s inbox…

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CFP Deadline for 8th Annual Emerging Technologies 

for Online Learning International Symposium





Deadline is midnight (eastern time) tonight – December 8, 2014. 

Don’t forget to submit your proposal to present at the OLC/MERLOT 8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium.    


The Online Learning Consortium and MERLOT invite you to submit a proposal to present at the leading conference in online learning focused on emerging technologies and innovative applications for existing technologies. Join us for the 8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium held April 22-24, 2015 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas.




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Christine Hinkley | Director | Conferences

Online Learning Consortium

Empowering Educators Everywhere


Keynote Speaker 

Plenary Speakers

Bonnie Stewart, Beyond Alt-metrics: Identities and Influence Online

Gardner Campbell,Thought Vectors In Concept Space

CFP Resources

CFP Main Page

Submission Checklist

Submission Details 

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December 9, 2014

Learn More About Online Science Labs And Mobile Learning In January

Another item from over the weekend…

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JAN 9.
Join us in January in exploring relevant research and using it to design an effective teaching and learning environment. The first Mastery Series programs of 2015 are Mobile Learning and Online Science Labs – two emerging topics in online learning.It’s not too early to start thinking about January professional development opportunities. Learn how to master skills in these 3-workshop programs today.
Need to know more? Contact
Best regards,
Sandra Coswatte | Director, OLC Institute for Learning |
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The Online Learning Consortium | P.O. Box 1238 | Newburyport | MA | 01950
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