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November 16, 2019

Aurora Institute Symposium Save The Date: October 25-28, 2020

An early reminder of this neo-liberal conference next year.

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Dear Colleagues:

Thank you for attending the Aurora Institute (formerly iNACOL) Symposium in Palm Springs, California. We hope you engaged in deep discussions around personalized, competency-based learning in an effort to foster equity, access and high-quality educational opportunities for all students.

Please save the date for next year’s Symposium, to be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on October 25-28, 2020. Registration will open in spring 2020.

To reflect on this year’s Symposium and continue learning, here are some links to look forward to:

Aurora Institute would like to thank all of our Symposium sponsors for their support of our event, and our philanthropic Diamond-level supporters, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Walton Family Foundation,whose support makes our Symposium possible.

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The mission of Aurora Institute is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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November 15, 2019

Attend OLC Accelerate 2019 – Virtually!

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Attend Virtually – November 19-22, 2019
Join us virtually for our 25th anniversary of OLC Accelerate, the premier international conference in online, blended and digital learning.

The OLC Accelerate 2019 virtual package includes: 

  • Live-stream and on-demand recordings of 100+ sessions
  • Keynote, Featured, and Best-in-Track presentations, and much more
  • Ability to participate despite schedule or budget constraints
  • NEW! Registration includes the Online International Summit on Tuesday, November 19
  • NEW! Networking opportunities in the Virtual Speed Networking Lounge
  • Our Virtual Hub helps streamline your access and opportunities
  • On-demand access to recordings for one (1) year post conference

Buy more and save! Buy 2, Get 1 Free options available for individuals, or register with the unlimited group package as low as $1045!

OLC Members get special pricing on OLC conferences! Find your member discount codeNot a member? Join now.

“I really enjoyed attending this OLC event virtually. The moderators went to great lengths to make the virtual audience feel included and ensure their questions were answered.”

Andrea Cohn,
Coordinator, Teaching and Learning Services,
University of Saint Francis,
OLC Accelerate 2018 Virtual Attendee


Have you seen these recent blog posts on OLC Accelerate 2019 sessions? Learn more about featured Effective Practice and Best-in-Track sessions and read #WeAreOLC stories that were recently shared!

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November 13, 2019

Michael, You Now Have More Time to Submit a Proposal

Note the extension to this conference deadline.

Call for Proposals Extended
to November 24

more time aheadLife is busy and it can be hard to get everything done — like the presentation proposal for the 2020 QM West Regional Conference that you’ve been meaning to submit. Good news! Now you have more time to put the finishing touches on it. The deadline for submission has been extended to November 24. But don’t wait too long. We’d hate for you to miss the opportunity to help others in your region and expand your professional horizon — submit your proposal today.

Presenting at QM felt like I had finally reached the next level of my professional process. Learning and collaborating with colleagues from across the nation was a fresh breath of inspiration and motivation to creating new pathways for growth and innovation at my institution.” — Maikel Alendy, Florida International University

So how can you tell your story and share your ideas and experiences? It’s simple:

  1. Explore this year’s theme — Reaching for Student Success — and choose from four concentrations.
  2. Develop your proposal.
  3. Submit your proposal before November 24.

We look forward to your submission! Contact events@qualitymatters.org with questions.

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November 10, 2019

There’s Still Time To Attend OLC Accelerate 2019 – Onsite Or Virtually!

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November 19-22, 2019
Hello Michael,

There’s still time to join us in Orlando for OLC Accelerate 2019, but if you can’t travel, join us virtually! Register yourself, bring a friend or invite your entire university!

All virtual attendees get 100+ select sessions via live stream, including keynote presentations, featured sessions on a variety of topics by subject matter experts, Best-in-Track presentations, select education sessions, and more. In addition to live streaming access, on-demand access of all recorded sessions is provided for one-year post-conference.

Buy more and save! Buy 2, Get 1 Free options available (individuals), or register with the unlimited group package as low as $1045!

OLC Accelerate 2019 virtual package includes: 

  • Live-stream and on-demand recordings of 100+ sessions
  • Keynote and Best-in-Track presentations, and much more
  • Ability to participate despite schedule or budget constraints
  • NEW! Registration includes the Online International Summit on Tuesday, November 19
  • NEW! Networking opportunities in the Virtual Speed Networking Lounge
  • Our Virtual Hub helps streamline your access and opportunities

OLC Members get special pricing on OLC conferences! Find your member discount codeNot a member? Join now.

Best Regards,

The OLC Conference Team

“The best thing about the virtual conference was the ease and convenience of it. I could listen to a session and still take care of work issues as they arose. I could also listen after work or in the evenings from the comfort of my home.

Our whole department was able to attend virtually where we wouldn’t all have been able to attend the conference together.

I would tell a colleague to attend virtually if they couldn’t afford to physically attend the conference because you can still learn so much from so many great online learning experts at truly a nominal fee.”

MJ Dachelet, Lead Instructional Designer,
Northeast Iowa Community College,
OLC Accelerate 2018 Virtual Attendee
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November 8, 2019

OLC Accelerate 2019: The Conference as a Story

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#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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