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October 14, 2019

Expand Your Knowledge Of Blended Learning Research And Practice

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Evaluate the adoption of a blended learning curriculum at the program or institutional level.

Blended Learning Mastery Series: Research into Practice

The Blended Learning Mastery Series: Research into Practice aims to promote a deeper understanding of blended learning research and practice among teaching faculty members, instructional designers, and institutional executives through discussion and critique of recent literature on blended learning.

“The OLC Blended Learning Mastery Series helped me to grow in both scholarly and practical aspects of designing a blended experience that leverages the strengths of online and face-to-face learning environments,” shares Matthew Vick, Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Studies/Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.Read more about Matthew’s experience.

Intrigued? Join your colleagues for the next Blended Learning Mastery Series starting on January 22, 2020.


“The Blending Learning Mastery Series pushed me to rethink and move beyond my assumptions and practices of 10 years of blended instruction in higher education.  I found myself re-engaged with creating a community of inquiry and using discussion boards productively in blended courses.  I also found myself re-examining how the online and face-to-face components transcend just “replacing some class periods” with online work by actually blending both spaces in regards to student learning.”
– Matthew Vick, Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Studies/Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Upcoming Institute Programs
OCTOBER WORKSHOPS

Exploring Competency-Based Education
Designing with Accessibility in Mind
Strategies for Evaluating Online Faculty
OER, Part II: Implementing Open Educational Resources
Managing Faculty Workload
Exploring Learning Analytics
Creating Infographics for Learning
Copyright & Fair Use, Part I: Fundamentals

MASTERY SERIES

Instructional Design
Online Science Labs

TEACHING CERTIFICATES

Online Teaching Certificate

ON-GOING PROGRAMS

Self-Paced Workshops
On-Demand and Customized Offerings

NOVEMBER WORKSHOPS

New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Designing Gamified Learning Environments
Designing a Flipped Classroom
Fundamentals: Giving Effective Feedback
Strategic Planning for Web Accessibility
Exploring Digital Storytelling
Strategies to Implement Augmented & Virtual Reality in Education
Creating YouTube Videos for Teaching & Learning
Neuro, Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Part II: Applying Theory to Practice
Copyright & Fair Use, Part II: From Court Cases to Best Practices

ADVANCED INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN WORKSHOPS

Project Management for Instructional Designers 
Data Stories: An Introduction to Data Visualization

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October 10, 2019

OLC Live Pre-Conference Town Hall: Meet The Track Chairs And Best In Track Winners

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Celebrating 25 Years

OLC Live: A Chat with the Track Chairs and Best in Track Winners

Join the next OLC Live Pre-Conference Town Hall chat on Zoom, highlighting different aspects of the conference and tips and tricks for successfully getting the most out of your OLC Accelerate experience.

Our next gathering features OLC Accelerate 2019 Track Chairs and Best in Track Winners. Join us Thursday, October 24. RSVP now.

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

Pre-Conference Town Hall:
A Chat with the Track Chairs and Best in Track Winners
Thursday, October 24 | 3:00pm-4:30pm ET


Community College Conversations

“Community colleges have been at the forefront of the expansion and improvement of online education,” states Kate Jordahl, Director of Academic Affairs and Consortia for the CVC-OEI Consortium in a recent blog post. “There are unique issues for community college students, but when we do our job at the community college, those students go on to thrive at the university level and succeed in the workforce.”

Learn more about the forty-five minute Education Session entitled “Community College Conversations: An Unconference Session On Access, Equity, And Quality At The Community Colleges” which is intended to start a conversation that will hopefully continue beyond the conference.


What’s that Smell? Student Engagement

“We know that increased student engagement improves students’ learning experiences; however, it’s not always clear how to select and integrate the best tools and technologies to accomplish this,” shares Ed Queen of Johns Hopkins University and OLC Accelerate 2019 Tools & Technologies Track Co-Chair. Queen and Best in Track winner, Jeremy Kemp share what to expect in this conference track in a recent blog post.

Watch for new posts in the blog series which will focus on each of the presentation tracks and Best in Track winners.


#WeAreOLC: How OLC Impacted Beth Rubin’s Professional Journey

“I found the most amazing, brilliant and engaged colleagues at OLC, open to new collaborators and eager to advance the field,” shares Beth Rubin of Campbell University and a Volunteer Mentor for OLC Accelerate 2019. “OLC brings together a very special community, and has a special place in my heart.” Read more about her story.

Share your #WeAreOLC story through pictures, videos, blog or social posts! Learn more.


Beth Rubin, Campbell University – Data Analysis Advisor & Volunteer Mentor for OLC Accelerate 2019
OLC Collaborate Regional Events

Save the date: OLC Collaborate at Oregon State University

OLC and partner institution Oregon State University invite you to engage in Vision 2030: Re-imagining the Future of Online Education. Join us as we explore our shared responsibility as educators to meet our diverse and changing student populations where they are, and to improve student success and affordability in online and digital learning. The Oregon Collaborate will host thought leaders who will provoke and inspire participants.

How do we reimagine education through digital learning? Join us for a thoughtful day of discussions with colleagues and experts. Learn more.

Oregon State University – Corvallis, OR
February 7, 2020

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October 9, 2019

OLC Today Newsletter: October 8, 2019

The Online Learning Consortium’s monthly newsletter.

Neuromyths white paper, OLC Accelerate Best in Track blog series, and more! Email not displaying correctly?
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October 8, 2019
 News & Insights

International Report: Neuromyths and Evidence-Based Practices in Higher Education

The Online Learning Consortium partnered with 10 researchers from higher education institutions across three countries in 2018-19 to conduct an international study with instructors, instructional designers, and professional development administrators on neuromyths and evidence-based practices in higher education.

We invite you to read this blog post about the study, and participate in an informal 6-question assessment to test your own awareness about neuromyths, the brain, and evidence-based practices before diving in to the full report.


Insights from the Field: Leading Online Initiatives

“Leadership for online initiatives shares some commonalities, but putting that leadership to work must be an endeavor tailored to the unique history, politics, culture, organizational structure, and circumstances of your institution,” Dr. Lujean Baab, OLC Institute SME and faculty for the Leadership in Online Learning Mastery Series, stated in a recent blog post.

“There is no ‘one size fits all’ answer, but there are some common elements that we can consider to be successful leaders.”  Read more.


All (Design) Things to All Faculty? Choosing Framework Fluidity to Address Common and Unique Challenges

“You’re often placed in situations where faculty come enthusiastically armed with a mixed bag of pre-existing learning outcomes, media assets, assignments and assessments that were never intended for online consumption,” states Sam Gist, M.S., Senior Instructional Design Consultant, University of North Texas.

“What keeps me invested, and ultimately, interested in design work, is the opportunity to remix existing frameworks in order to create on-demand, and ‘just-in-time’ frameworks that complement each unique consultation and design project.” Read more in a recent blog post.

 OLC Conferences

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

#WeAreOLC: Phenomenological Research with Storytelling

“One of the facets that I’ve found most valuable in attending, presenting at, and serving in various roles for the OLC Accelerate conference is the opportunity to consider the value of the researcher’s unique experiences and expertise. This approach can provide valuable context and opportunity for the audience to self-reflect,” states Sherri Restauri, OLC Accelerate 2019 Conference Co-Chair, in a recent blog post. “Using qualitative methods to explore teaching and learning adds depth and context that complement quantitative work in the field.”

Share your #WeAreOLC story through pictures, videos, blog or social posts! Learn more.


What Can End-of-Course Surveys Do For You?

“The findings from this study fill an important gap in how we can better understand and interpret end-of-course data from online courses.” In a recent blog post, Dr. Barbara Zorn-Arnold and Dr. Adam Selhorst, both from Ashford University, give an overview of their Best in Track research study, and encourage you to attend their session at OLC Accelerate to learn more about how their findings can benefit your campus and students.

Watch for new posts in the blog series which will focus on each of the presentation tracks and Best in Track winners.

OLC Institute for Professional Development

Insights from the Field: The Instructional Designer as Data Storyteller

Recently, Bethany Bovard, OLC Institute faculty for the Storytelling with Data: An Introduction to Data Visualization course, joined us to answer our questions on data visualization and its connection (and relevance!) to instructional design. Learn why she believes data visualization is essential for instructional designers. Read more.

This offering is one of four requirements for the Advanced Instructional Designer badge (and may also be taken as a stand-alone course). Learn more.

Upcoming Institute Programs
OCTOBER WORKSHOPS

Exploring Competency-Based Education
Essentials of the OLC The Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice (QCTIP) Scorecard
Designing with Accessibility in Mind
Strategies for Evaluating Online Faculty
OER, Part II: Implementing Open Educational Resources
Managing Faculty Workload
Exploring Learning Analytics
Creating Infographics for Learning
Copyright & Fair Use, Part I: Fundamentals

MASTERY SERIES

Online Science Labs
Instructional Design
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NOVEMBER WORKSHOPS

New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Designing Gamified Learning Environments
Designing a Flipped Classroom
Fundamentals: Giving Effective Feedback
Strategic Planning for Web Accessibility
Exploring Digital Storytelling
Strategies to Implement Augmented & Virtual Reality in Education
Creating YouTube Videos for Teaching & Learning
Neuro, Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Part II: Applying Theory to Practice
Copyright & Fair Use, Part II: From Court Cases to Best Practices

ADVANCED INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN WORKSHOPS

Project Management for Instructional Designers 
Data Stories: An Introduction to Data Visualization

ON-GOING PROGRAMS

Self-Paced Workshops
On-Demand and Customized Offerings

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October 7, 2019

Upcoming Opportunities For Instructional Designers

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OLC offers a range of online courses and programs geared towards instructional designers – start your own professional development today!

Professional Foundations: Collaborating, Researching, and Networking – ID3

Oct 21 – Nov 17, 2019

Great instructional designers continually improve their professional knowledge and skills through networking, research, and collaboration.

In this course, you will assess your knowledge of learning and instructional theories, current learning trends, and instructional designer competencies. You will then engage in research, networking, and collaboration to address your needs. Learn more.


Storytelling with Data: An Introduction to Data Visualization

Oct 28 – Nov 24, 2019

Recently, Bethany Bovard, OLC Institute faculty for the Storytelling with Data: An Introduction to Data Visualization course, joined us to answer our questions on data visualization and its connection (and relevance!) to instructional design. Learn why she believes data visualization is essential for instructional designers. Read more.

This offering is one of four requirements for the Advanced Instructional Designer badge (and may also be taken as a stand-alone course). Learn more.


Which OLC Instructional Design Program Fits Your Needs?

The OLC Institute for Professional Development offers two unique programs that can help you develop and advance your instructional design and course development skills in the online classroom. Use our comparison chart to help you decide which program is right for you at this time.


OLC Instructional Designer Certificate Program

The goal of the Instructional Designer Certificate 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 and gain resources for guiding faculty through the course design/development process,
  • analyze learning/instructional theories and instructional methods,
  • assess needs for online course resources, identify ways to stay current with emerging best practices,
  • and become qualified in applying the OSCQR rubric and process.

The courses in this program can be taken together for the overall certificate, or taken as separate professional development offerings.


OLC Instructional Design Mastery Series

The Instructional Design Mastery Series 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 (i.e., web-enhanced, blended, and/or online). Throughout each of the workshops, you will explore common instructional design techniques (based on relevant research) and use such strategies to help you design an effective learning unit.

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.


The OLC Institute for Professional Development offers a variety of online courses and programs for instructional designers that can help you develop and advance your instructional design and course development skills in the online environment. See all Instructional Design programs and courses.
Upcoming Institute Programs
OCTOBER WORKSHOPS

Exploring Competency Based Education
Essentials of the OLC The Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice (QCTIP) Scorecard
Designing with Accessibility in Mind
Strategies for Evaluating Online Faculty
OER, Part II: Implementing Open Educational Resources
Managing Faculty Workload
Exploring Learning Analytics
Creating Infographics for Learning
Copyright & Fair Use, Part I: Fundamentals

MASTERY SERIES

Online Science Labs
Instructional Design

TEACHING CERTIFICATES

Online Teaching Certificate

NOVEMBER WORKSHOPS

New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Designing Gamified Learning Environments
Designing a Flipped Classroom
Fundamentals: Giving Effective Feedback
Strategic Planning for Web Accessibility
Exploring Digital Storytelling
Strategies to Implement Augmented & Virtual Reality in Education
Creating YouTube Videos for Teaching & Learning
Neuro, Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Part II: Applying Theory to Practice
Copyright & Fair Use, Part II: From Court Cases to Best Practices

ADVANCED INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN WORKSHOPS

Project Management for Instructional Designers 
Data Stories: An Introduction to Data Visualization

ON-GOING PROGRAMS

Self-Paced Workshops
On-Demand and Customized Offerings

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October 5, 2019

Top 10 Things to Get From OLC Accelerate 2019

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Celebrating 25 Years

Top 10 Things to Get From the Conference

If you missed last week’s OLC Live Pre-conference edition, you’re in luck! Listen to the recording to get caught up on what guest Kelvin Thompson and friends shared as the top 10 things to get from OLC Accelerate. Save the date for the next pre-conference OLC Live on October 24, when we visit with the Track Chairs and Best in Track Winners.

Can’t join us in Orlando? Our virtual attendee option provides the opportunity for individuals and institutions to attend select sessions of the conference via live stream services.

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

#WeAreOLC: Phenomenological Research with Storytelling

“One of the facets that I’ve found most valuable in attending, presenting at, and serving in the organization for the OLC Accelerate conference is to take a deeper dive into and more fully explore the value of including the researcher, with their own experiences and expertise, in the research through anecdotal and investigative methods versus our rigorous grad school reminders to always disconnect ourselves from any relationship to our data and experiments due to research protocol,” states Sherri Restauri, OLC Accelerate 2019 Conference Co-Chair, in a recent blog post.

Share your #WeAreOLC story  through pictures, videos, blog or social posts! Learn more.

Sneak Peek: Featured Sessions

The OLC Accelerate 2019 Program team has selected several presentations highlighting emerging topics in the field of online and digital learning. Learn from leading subject matter experts with our featured sessions taking place throughout the conference.

All featured sessions are included in our streaming program. Check out our virtual attendee option.

OLC Collaborate Regional Events

Join Us at Anderson University Next Week

“When faculty development balances clear goals, support, resources, and assessment with empathy, we learn to serve the modern student well by celebrating the potential of our educators.” Intrigued? Join Dr. Jonathan Lashley as he presents “Embracing the ‘Elasticity’ of Faculty Learning” at OLC Collaborate next week.

This is just one of three main topics that will be covered at the event, hosted by Anderson University on October 10th. Learn more about the rest of the program and register today!

Anderson University – Anderson, SC
October 10, 2019

Upcoming OLC Collaborate Events:

Anderson University – Anderson, SC
October 10, 2019
Register now.

Oregon State University – Corvallis, OR
February 7, 2020
Register now.

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