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August 5, 2016

OLC Today Newsletter: August 2016

Also from Wednesday’s inbox…

Online Learning Consortium -
August 2016 | Volume 15 | Issue 8

New! Self-Paced Workshops

You asked, we listened! The OLC Institute for Professional Development now offers self-paced workshops. These on-demand learning opportunities allow you to complete a workshop at a time and pace that is convenient for you. Similar to our instructor-led offerings, you have access to the workshop for 365 days starting from the day you enroll, and our self-paced workshops count towards fulfilling electives in the Online Teaching Certificate Program.

Stay tuned for more self-paced offerings as they become available in 2017!

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OLC Accelerate – Orlando
Nov. 16 – 18, 2016
Annual event with new name! Register now for early bird discount.



EDTECH: Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Are Transforming Online Learning

Insights from the Field: Investigating the New

Insights from the Field: Twitter, Instagram, Blogs and Cake

A Little Online Learning Is a Good Thing


Introduction to Mobile Apps & Tablets
August 8 – 14, 2016

Exploring Competency Based Education
August 8 – 14, 2016

Strategies for Supporting Online Faculty
Sept. 12 – 18, 2016

Introduction to Digital Badges
Sept. 12 – 18, 2016





Online Learning Analytics: An Improvement Cycle 
August 30 | 1 PM ETModerated by Marguerite McNeil, Senior Editor at EdSurge with guest panelists Dr. Patsy Moskal, Jovita Vytasek, Dr. Karen Vignare, and Dr. Eric Poitras.Register >

From Data to Information in Online and Blended Learning Research

Digital Scholarship Webinar Series
September 28 | 1 PM ET

Join Dr. Dziuban and Dr. Moskal as they discuss topics such as data collection and analysis, the scholarship of teaching and learning, longitudinal evaluation, working with big data, assessing outcomes and future research trends in online and blended learning research.Register >

The Community College Completion Paradox
September 29 | 2 PM ET

Moderated by Chronicle of Higher Education Editor Jeff Young with guest panelists Dr. Shanna Smith Jaggars, Dr. Hans Johnson, and Dr. Peter Shea.Register >

Learning to Teach Virtually: An Investigation of Synchronous Virtual Classroom Training Webinar
September 7 | 1 PM ETIn this “Learning to Teach Virtually” webinar Dr. Glenn Kessler and Dr. Kate Wood will share and discuss key findings from a Virtual Classroom Training Survey conducted in partnership with OLC that sheds new light on designing and implementing effective training for virtual classroom instruction.
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Meet the OLC Accelerate
Plenary Panel
Accelerated Change: Challenges and Opportunities
September 13 | 2 PM ET

Join us as we interview the panelists for our upcoming Plenary at OLC Accelerate (formerly the 22nd Annual International Conference) in Orlando, November 16-18.

This group of dynamic industry thought leaders will introduce their thoughts on the state of online teaching and learning, and respond to questions and comments from the audience.

Making Better Choices: Using the CWiC Framework to Find Courseware That’s Right for You Webinar
September 20 | 2 PM ETNavigating the market of courseware solutions can be overwhelming. The Courseware in Context (CWiC) Framework supports postsecondary decision-makers in navigating the market of courseware solutions. It is designed to help drive better-informed adoption and implementation decisions with the goal of improving outcomes for students.

Join us as we dive into the CWiC Framework and instruments, including how the instruments were developed and their intended use. Listen to how the University of Georgia is using the framework currently, including observations and suggestions for best use.

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Introduction to Mobile Apps & Tablets Workshop
August 8 – 14, 2016Combined with educational apps, tablets have become powerful educational tools. Facilitated by Jonathan Huer, you will explore benefits and challenges of using tablets and mobile apps for learning and create a learning plan to integrate mobile apps and tablets into your online courses.

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Certificate Program
September 6 – November 15, 2016

The OLC Online Teaching Certificate prepares educators to teach and improve online courses using the OLC Pillars of Quality in Online Education—learning effectiveness, scale, faculty and student satisfaction, and access. A unique feature of the certificate program is that expert mentors work individually with each certificate candidate to accomplish specific goals. Faculty interested in developing quality online and/or blended courses and instructional designers and instructional support staff are encouraged to participate.

Online Nursing
Mastery Series
Starts October 5th
Are you looking for a way to advance your knowledge to transform your online nursing course into an engaging and motivational community for online learners?

OLC can help you do that! Join Dr. Karyn Holt, OLC Institute faculty for the Online Nursing Mastery Series, as you explore relevant online learning research and evaluate the latest educational technology that can enhance your online nursing courses and improve learner engagement. Our next cohort begins October 5th.


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Introduction to Online Presentation Tools Workshop

August 22 – 28, 2016

Join Dr. Ann Musgrove to explore web-based presentation tools that leverage the 2.0 potential to engage learners, build communities, and promote continuing dialogue.

Don’t miss your opportunity to learn techniques for making presentations more interactive and meaningful for students, and hold their attention in asynchronous learning.

What’s Next in Digital Learning?

OLC Collaborates with EdSurge and Tyton Partners in a Three-Part Twitter Chat on the future of digital learning 

August 9, 1pm PT / 4pm ET
September 13, 1pm PT / 4pm ET
October 11, 1pm PT / 4pm ET

We’ve seen glimpses of how digital learning has the potential to help students succeed. Educators are recording personal audio messages for their online students. Others are ditching the one-way lecture and having students collaborate in virtual teams to solve real-world challenges like medical cases and space exploration. These innovations are happening in small pockets across the world, but digital learning has yet to meet its full potential of closing opportunity gaps in education. Join us at #DLNchat for a three-part twitter chat exploring what’s next in digital learning.

How to Participate:
Twitter handles: @HigherEdSurge@OLCToday
Use hashtag #DLNchat
Optional: #DLIAward



Become a Quality Scorecard Peer Reviewer

Do you have experience implementing the OLC Quality Scorecard at your institution?

OLC is offering our first workshop for anyone interested in learning about becoming an OLC Quality Scorecard peer reviewer. Attendees with prior experience implementing the OLC Quality Scorecard will have an opportunity following the workshop to apply to become an official OLC Peer Reviewer. Training will be offered as a pre-conference workshop at the OLC Accelerate Conference in Orlando, FL on Nov. 16.

Register today to make sure you don’t miss out on this unique opportunity.

Early Bird Registration Open for OLC Accelerate
November 16 – 18, 2016 | WDW Swan & Dolphin Resort | Orlando, FLMake plans now to join us at OLC Accelerate(formerly known as the Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference). Register as an onsite or virtual attendee before September 21, 2016, and save!

Bringing the family with you to Orlando? Please note that Disney offers the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World on Sunday, Nov. 13, Tuesday, Nov. 15, and Friday, Nov. 18. If you are interested in this event, we recommend you buy your tickets NOW as they will sell out early (note: these tickets are sold through the Disney website, not OLC Accelerate website).

Also, don’t forget to make your hotel reservations through our conference website to include your extra nights. Conference attendees receive the special OLC conference rate for the 3 days prior and 3 days post-conference. Don’t get sold out of this great event!

We hope you will join us for the OLC Accelerate conference, Nov. 16-18 in Orlando, Florida.


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New Podcast:
Operationalizing Online Course Quality
How do we see to it that the design and teaching of online courses are of the highest quality possible? In this episode, join hosts Kelvin Thompson and Thomas Cavanagh as they dig deeper into the practicalities of ensuring high quality online courses.
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