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November 8, 2019

OLC Accelerate 2019: The Conference as a Story

Another Online Learning Consortium item.

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OLC Accelerate 2019
Celebrating 25 Years

#WeAreOLC: The Conference as a Story

“As you participate in OLC Accelerate 2019, we hope you enjoy the experience we have created for you,” shares Megan Kohler, OLC Accelerate Program Co-Chair, in a recent blog post.

“The team has spent countless hours creating activities to engage you and to help create a personal story that lingers with you until next year.” Read more.

We invite you to share your OLC story of the past – so that we can better prepare for the future – together. Share your #WeAreOLC story.

November 19-22, 2019
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin | Orlando, FL

The Concierge Support Model: Promoting Doctoral Student Self Efficacy, Persistence, and Matriculation in an Online Program

“Understanding the demands on doctoral students who work full-time, have families and other responsibilities, and are enrolled in a doctoral program, provides programs with an opportunity to help these learners succeed,” says Dr. Lori Kupczynski, Professor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, in a recent blog post. “The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) Doctor of Education team brainstormed the struggles of the learners and found a model that is proving to not only be effective but inspiring!”

Learner Services and Support: Keep Calm, Culture On!

“The unique aspect of being Co-Track Chair for Learner Services and Support as part of OLC Accelerate 2019 was to see the broad spectrum of proposals focusing on helping students,” said Amy Kuntz, Penn State University, in this blog post. “I see cultural humility providing a foundation for related progressive topics of removing implicit bias, designing for diversity and inclusiveness through Universal Design for Learning, and utilizing the affordances of technology to evoke empathy within others.”

Follow all the posts in the blog series which focuses on each of the presentation tracks and Best in Track winners.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Advocacy (IDEA) Leadership Luncheon

Join Melissa Vito, Interim Vice Provost for Academic Innovation at University of Texas San Antonio, for lunch and a conversation on dimensions of diversity in leadership promoting equity and inclusion.

This luncheon celebrates diverse leaders in the field as well as those who aspire to become leaders in the digital learning landscape. Deadline to purchase tickets online is November 11th.

Melissa Vito, EdD,
Interim Vice Provost for Academic Innovation,
University of Texas at San Antonio

Are You Visiting Disney While at OLC Accelerate?

Just a few things to note about Disney happenings during OLC Accelerate:

  • The After 5pm tickets purchased through OLC will be good at Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, or Animal Kingdom during the conference. If you try to buy them on your own through Disney or at the Disney Guest Desk at the hotel, your tickets will be blacked out at Hollywood Studios due to the new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge being open. Learn more.
  • If you select EPCOT, know that IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is being temporarily replaced by a show called EPCOT Forever this fall. This limited-run nighttime event will feature classic EPCOT music set to fireworks, lighting and lasers. Learn more.
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets purchased through OLC are good ONLY for Thursday, November 21st at Magic Kingdom. They must be used that evening.

If you haven’t purchased a Disney ticket for Thursday evening, do so now.  We have a limited supply of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets, so don’t wait.  Online sales for Disney tickets closes November 11th; after that, you will only be able to buy tickets onsite at conference registration (while supplies last).

#WeAreOLC: Innovation Happens One Idea at a Time

“I have a confession. I am an OLC Conference junkie. I love everything about them – the oversized conference décor, the scent of all-day coffee, the hum of networking and colleague reunions, and the palpable energy created by the exchange of ideas and information,” says Cheryl Fulghum, Instructional Design and Online Learning, Haywood Community College. Read more.

We invite you to share your OLC story of the past – so that we can better prepare for the future – together. Share your #WeAreOLC story.

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Can’t Travel to Orlando? Attend Virtually!

Virtual participation is affordable and easy. With individual, group, and unlimited packages available, you can save on your travel budget, ask questions of the speakers via our session chairs and chat with other attendees about sessions as they happen, plus have unlimited seating for your entire team!  Join virtually from your home or office! Check out our Virtual Hub too!

Save the Date for Upcoming OLC Conferences
OLC Accelerate 2019
November 19-22, 2019
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
Orlando, FL
OLC Collaborate
February 7, 2020
Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR
OLC Innovate 2020
Sheraton Grand Chicago
March 31 – April 3, 2020
Chicago, IL
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