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April 12, 2019

Submit A Winning Proposal for Accelerate 2019 – We’ll Show You How

A webinar that may be useful for up-coming OLC courses.

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Why present at OLC Accelerate 2019?
It’s the premier international conference in online, digital, and blended learning, with 2,000 of your colleagues in attendance, and this year brings new and exciting features:

  • Updated Tracks — We have a revised Teaching and Learning Effectiveness track that explores evidence-based practices and proven strategies to improve online teaching and learning
  • New for 2019 — Gamified (interactive) sessions! In addition to our traditional education sessions, express workshops, and discovery sessions, we have a brand new gamified session type that engages both presenters and attendees in a fun and unique conference experience
  • Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us! Come join the fun and engage in this exceptionally collaborative opportunity to explore and share our best practices and innovations. You won’t want to miss this one!

OLC Accelerate 2019 will be held November 19-22, 2019 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Lake Buena Vista, Florida (FL).

Whether your focus is leadership and institutional strategies, learner services and support, professional development and support, research, teaching and learning effectiveness, or tools and technologies, we want to connect you with others who share your interests and have ideas that will energize you! Please align your submission to your selected session type as shown on the session types and details page.

Learn more and get started today! The submission deadline is May 22, 2019, at 11:59 pm ET.

Psst! Get insider information about getting your proposal accepted!

FREE WEBINAR

Join us for OLC Accelerate 2019: Call for Proposals Info Session

Want to improve your chances of having your proposal selected?  OLC Accelerate’s Presenter Services team is here to help you submit a great proposal!

Learn exactly what the expectations are for proposals, the criteria used by the committee to score proposals, and how to ensure your presentation receives a high rating by conference attendees.

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April 11, 2019

OLC Institute Update – Featured Workshops

Note these up-coming workshops.

New to teaching online?  Let us help you take it to the next level!

Spring 2019 Featured Workshops

New to Online, Essentials
Part I: Getting Started

April 22 – April 28, 2019
Learn about online teaching by becoming an online student.  Identify and discuss the differences between online and face-to-face courses.  Learn the basics of teaching online:

  • Effective online teaching
  • Course design
  • Teaching presence
  • Workload and time management
  • Student readiness and expectations

Introduction to Learner Experience (LX) Design Methods, Part III: Prototyping

April 22 – April 28, 2019
In the third workshop from this series, you will learn what a prototype is, basic methods for prototyping a course design, and methods for getting learner feedback regarding usability, accessibility, as well as opportunities for iteration on your course design prototype.

Strategies for Evaluating Online Faculty

May 06 – May 12, 2019The shift from face-to-face teaching to blended and online teaching formats requires a different set of criteria and methods for evaluating faculty effectiveness.  In this workshop, you will learn about different theories, strategies, and models for evaluation with a focus on evidence-based methods for evaluations.

Introduction to Audio & Video Tools

May 06 – May 12, 2019

Increase engagement and improve learning outcomes by incorporating audio and video into your courses and programs.

Takeaways:

  • Audio and video tools you can use in your online courses
  • An evaluation checklist for audio and video tools
  • A resource site with strategies and tips for creating and incorporating audio and video content
  • An original audio or video content piece for your course

Designing a Flipped Classroom

May 13 – May 19, 2019Moving passive learning experiences outside the classroom and allocating more in-class time for interactive learning activities is one of the most popular methods for teaching online.

  • Explore and discuss the benefits and challenges of the flipped classroom model
  • Create and design a flipped learning plan for your particular course

Developing Your Digital Presence & Taking Control of Your Online Identity

May 13 – May 19, 2019
Teaching online doesn’t simply mean doing the work.  It means you have an online identity, shared resources, or published research.  How do you integrate all these facets of your digital “identity?”

Higher education professionals are using digital forums to find ways to support, learn, discuss, and contribute to a thriving network of colleagues. In this workshop, we will explore methods for crafting an active online identity that effectively showcases the work you do.

APRIL WORKSHOPS

Designing Courses with a Multimodal Approach
Data Stories: An Introduction to Data Visualization
Professional Foundations: Collaborating, Researching, and Networking – ID3
Curating and Evaluating Resources for Faculty – ID2
Introduction to Screencasting Tools
Exploring Competency-Based Education
New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Fundamentals: Giving Effective Feedback
Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility
Introduction to Learner Experience (LX) Design Methods, Part III: Prototyping
Managing Faculty Workload

TEACHING CERTIFICATES

Online Teaching Certificate
Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Instructional Designer Certificate Program

MAY WORKSHOPS

Designing Gamified Learning Environments
Strategies for Evaluating Online Faculty
Introduction to Audio & Video Tools
Designing a Flipped Classroom
Essentials of the OLC Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice (QCTIP) Scorecard
Designing with Accessibility in Mind
Strategies to Implement Augmented & Virtual Reality in Education
New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Developing Your Digital Presence & Taking Control of Your Online Identity
Strategies for Supporting Online Faculty

MASTERY SERIES

Instructional Design
Social Media for Online Education
Online Science Labs

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April 1, 2019

OLC Collaborate San Diego And Other Cities

Note these up-coming regional OLC events.

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OLC is heading to San Diego and bringing together online learning professionals, educators, and administrators to share and discuss the opportunities and challenges we all face regarding digital accessibility and higher education today.

One-day… four topics… limitless possibilities!
Featured Topics:

Supporting Diverse Student Populations

Integrating Non-Traditional Learning Opportunities

Designing Data: Informed Digital Solutions

Reimagining the Future of Digital Learning
Our attendees are saying…
“OLC Collaborate was a great opportunity to hear, think, and talk about emerging technologies and related issues. In one day, close to home, the event not only imparted new knowledge but also prompted new insights–it was professionally invigorating!”

Renee Deljon, Senior Instructional Designer, EdPlus at Arizona State University
Future OLC Collaborate Events:

University of Hawaii – Kahului, Maui, HI
September 19 & 20, 2019

Anderson University – Anderson, SC
October 10, 2019
OLC Accelerate  Call for Presentations
The Online Learning Consortium invites you to submit your proposal to present at OLC Accelerate 2019, our 25th anniversary event.  Join us at the ultimate event for networking with—and learning from—thousands of your eLearning peers.  We invite you to share in the celebration of our OLC community members.

We seek proposals that promote theory, research, methodology and/or applied effective practices in online, blended, and digital teaching and learning. Both research and evidence-based proposals are encouraged for submission.

Submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm ET on May 22, 2019.

Enjoy Virtual Access to OLC Innovate 2019
OLC Innovate starts tomorrow! You can still join us and access 80+ sessions—virtually!

We offer affordable rates for individuals and unlimited group options for institutions.  View and participate in live-streamed events, and enjoy all recordings for a full year after the conference.

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March 28, 2019

OLC Programs For Instructional Designers

From yesterday’s inbox…

Develop and advance your online instructional design and course development skills with these OLC programs.

Instructional Designer Certificate Program

The goal of this program is to help instructional designers build or refine their skills in working with faculty during the course design and development process. Throughout the four 4-week courses, you will learn strategies for guiding faculty through the course design/development process, analyze learning/instructional theories, identify ways to stay current with emerging best practices, and much more.

Instructional Design Mastery Series

This Mastery Series program is aimed at eLearning professionals who wish to learn how to effectively redesign an online course, or those who teach/assist faculty in designing online courses. This is a series of three workshops focusing on learning outcomes and assessment, instructional strategies, and course management and evaluation of courses that may take place in various learning environments.

“After teaching online for over eight years, I have to ask myself why I didn’t consider taking the Instructional Designer Certificate Program, or any other Online Learning Consortium course, earlier. OLC was a hidden in plain sight treasure trove of information that I wish I accessed earlier because moving forward I have greater confidence that I will be a better instructor and subject matter expert. Thanks, OLC!”
Patrick Kelsey, Professor, Savannah College of Art and Design

“The OLC Instructional Design Mastery Series provided excellent tools for developing a course plan, aligning assessments and crafting meaningful learning outcomes. The opportunity to work on my course and receive feedback along through the mastery series activities was invaluable. The courses that I teach and design will benefit greatly from the knowledge that I gained in this session.”
Susan Riello, Instructional Designer and Part-Time Faculty, Quinnipiac University

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN  WORKSHOPS
Still not sure which program is right for you? Contact institute@onlinelearning-c.org and one of our staff members will help you choose. 

Storytelling with Data: An Introduction to Data Visualization

Presenting data visually enables us not only to explore and identify patterns in the data, but also to analyze and make sense of those patterns and communicate our findings. Learn More.

Project Management for the Instructional Designer

Project management skills are essential for instructional designers to ensure project success and to provide leadership throughout the process. Learn more.

Research Methods for the Instructional Design Community

This course is geared towards the instructional designer who would like to learn more about the role of research in their profession. Learn More.

Applying the Neuro, Cognitive, and Learning Sciences to Instructional Design

This course provides instructional designers and eLearning professionals with an introduction to the neuro, cognitive, and learning sciences and how they can be applied to instructional design. Learn More.

Express yourself and win!

Last chance to tell us about your professional development needs – let us know what topics or skills you find most challenging, and we’ll do our best to provide the training you need.

The survey deadline is Friday, April 5, 2019.  If you have any questions, please email us: institute@onlinelearning-c.org.

Two survey respondents will be chosen randomly to win a free OLC workshop (7-day, 3-day, or synchronous) to use during 2019!

UPCOMING INSTITUTE PROGRAMS
APRIL WORKSHOPS

Designing Courses with a Multimodal Approach
Introduction to Screencasting Tools
Exploring Competency-Based Education
New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Fundamentals: Giving Effective Feedback
Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility
Introduction to Learner Experience (LX) Design Methods, Part III: Prototyping
Managing Faculty Workload

MASTERY SERIES

Instructional Design
Social Media
Online Science Labs

MAY WORKSHOPS

Designing Gamified Learning Environments
Strategies for Evaluating Online Faculty
Introduction to Audio & Video Tools
Designing a Flipped Classroom
Essentials of the OLC Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice (QCTIP) Scorecard
Designing with Accessibility in Mind
Strategies to Implement Augmented & Virtual Reality in Education
New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Developing Your Digital Presence & Taking Control of Your Online Identity
Strategies for Supporting Online Faculty 

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March 26, 2019

Attend And Participate Virtually In OLC Innovate 2019

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Can’t Come to Denver? Joins Us Virtually!
Participating in OLC Innovate from a home or office laptop is the way to go when traveling isn’t possible. Enjoy attending OLC Innovate virtually:

  • Participate in Real Time with Online Chat Rooms.
  • Watch 80+ Live-Streamed Sessions, including Keynotes, Featured Sessions,  Future Education Trends, Industry Showcases.
Enjoy all of the recorded sessions for a full year!

As a virtual attendee, you can also be part of the community and join OLC Live!  Hear interviews with people at the conference and, in between, enjoy conversations with others.

See streamed session quick links in the Virtual Hub or, check out the detailed program of 80+ sessions.

With so many options to become a virtual attendee, there’s no need for you to miss out on participating in this year’s OLC Innovate conference.

Come on your own, or register with your colleagues:

  • Buy 2, Get I Free (for Individuals)
  • Buy 4, Get 2 Free (for Individuals)
  • Buy 6, Get 3 Free (for Individuals)
  • Unlimited Group Package

Prices for individuals start at $130 for OLC members, $200 non-members.

OLC members get special pricing on all options.  Not a member?  Join us today!

Contact sales@onlinelearning-c.org to speak with a representative about the unlimited group package or OLC membership.

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