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December 9, 2019

OLC Accelerate Conference: Recorded Sessions Now Available

Another item from the Online Learning Consortium.

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Hello Michael,

The 25th annual OLC Accelerate conference, held November 19-22, 2019 in Orlando, FL, generated a great deal of energy, enthusiasm, and new connections. More than 1,623 onsite and approximately 1000+ virtual attendees participated, representing 49 states plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico, and 13 countries.

If you missed the conference, you can still benefit from over 100 recorded presentations – including the Keynotes, featured sessions, select information sessions, and key vendor showcase sessions to view at your convenience – and have access to them for one full year! Learn more.

Sincerely,

Matt Norsworthy, MFA, Ed.D.
Director of Strategic Partnerships

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OLC Self-Paced Workshops: Professional Development At Your Own Pace

Note these professional development opportunities from the Online Learning Consortium.

Complete a workshop at a time and pace that is convenient for you.
Have you been trying to take an OLC workshop, but the timing just isn’t right? Join a self-paced workshop and save 10% from now until December 31, 2019.

Register for the topic that meets your needs today! Save 10% when you use discount code: 2019SP-INST-10 during the checkout process.

Self-Paced Workshops

Fundamentals: Giving Effective Feedback

In this workshop, you will identify different feedback strategies along with methods for providing effective feedback to your students in an efficient manner. Many of the practices explored in this workshop can also help increase student engagement and improve faculty satisfaction and workload management. The instructor-led version starts November 4.


Strategies for Increasing Interaction & Engagement

In this workshop, you will learn about the barriers to engagement and how you can best address these challenges to lead to greater student involvement and engagement. You will delve into various theories and practices that foster student engagement, including interactive discussion techniques and collaborative group involvement. If you prefer the instructor-led option, it starts December 9.


ADA & Web Accessibility

This workshop will help you better understand the legal framework for accessibility in online education and how learners with disabilities participate in online classes. You will also explore the practical application of procedures that instructional designers, instructors, developers, and administrators follow when they create ADA compliant online courses. If you prefer the instructor-led option, it starts January 13.


Strategies for Designing and Facilitating Engaging Online Discussions

This workshop delves into strategies for engaging learners in meaningful discussion through setting expectations, designing good questions, and effective facilitation techniques. Throughout the workshop, you will contribute to an action plan for creating engaging and effective online discussions in your courses. If you prefer the instructor-led option, the next cohort starts January 29.


Creating Effective Assessments

In this workshop, you will discover a multitude of formative and summative assessment techniques used in online education, including both traditional and alternative assessments, and how to find an appropriate balance between the two. The instructor-led version starts February 10, if you prefer that option.

Upcoming Institute Programs
JANUARY WORKSHOPS

Course Quality Review (OSCQR) – ID4
Professional Foundations: Collaborating, Researching, and Networking – ID3
New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility
Introduction to Learner Experience (LX) Design Methods, Part I: Personas
Creating Infographics for Learning
Applying the Neuro, Cognitive, and Learning Sciences to Instructional Design
Helping Faculty with New Course Development – ID1
Creating YouTube Videos for Teaching & Learning
Neuro, Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Part I: Bringing Theory to Practice
Designing a Flipped Classroom
Introduction to Online Presentation Tools
Strategies for Facilitating Live, Online Sessions
Creating Rubrics

MASTERY SERIES

Blended Learning
Instructional Design
Leadership in Online Learning
Online Nursing

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Online Teaching Certificate
Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Instructional Designer Certificate

FEBRUARY WORKSHOPS

Project Management for Instructional Designers
Course Quality Review (OSCQR) – ID4
New to Online, Essentials Part II: Converting Your Course
Creating Effective Assessments
Strategies to Implement Augmented & Virtual Reality in Education
Designing with Accessibility in Mind
Introduction to Learner Experience (LX) Design Methods, Part II: Experience Mapping
Adaptive Learning Fundamentals and Courseware Exploration
Copyright & Fair Use, Part I: The Fundamentals
Demystifying Artificial Intelligence (AI)
New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
OER, Part I: Exploring Open Educational Resources
Strategies to Foster Digital Fluency for the 21st Century
Designing Gamified Learning Environments

ON-GOING PROGRAMS

Self-Paced Workshops
On-Demand and Customized Offerings

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

OLC Collaborate – Oregon | February 7
OLC Innovate – Chicago, IL | Mar. 31-April 3
OLC Accelerate – Orlando, FL | Nov. 17-20

Enjoy discounted pricing ($100+ savings) on all OLC workshops. Learn More.
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December 7, 2019

Missed OLC Accelerate 2019? Recorded Sessions Are Now Available

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OLC Accelerate 2019
​Celebrating 25 Years

Missed OLC Accelerate 2019? Recorded Sessions Available

The 25th annual OLC Accelerate conference, held November 19-22, 2019 in Orlando, FL, generated a great deal of energy, enthusiasm, and new connections. More than 1,623 onsite and approximately 1000+ virtual attendees participated, representing 49 states plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico, and 13 countries.

If you missed the conference, you can still benefit from over 100 recorded presentations – and have access to them for one full year! Learn more.


#WeAreOLC: Tell About It

“We connect, communicate, and commit to each other. It is really all about people,” Bei Zhang, MD, PhD, CLS (ASCP), Associate Professor at the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont shares in his #WeAreOLC story.

“I moved my family to four states. Along the way, we made two boys, sold three houses, and lost quite some hairs with color change as well. But one thing has never changed, I keep on coming back to OLC.” Read more.

OLC Collaborate – Oregon

Vision 2030: Re-imagining the Future of Online Education

How do we re-imagine education through digital learning? OLC and partner institution Oregon State University invite you to 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.

Join us for a thoughtful day of discussions with colleagues and experts.

OLC Innovate 2020

Building Bridges in Digital, Blended, and Online Learning

Advancing education innovation requires continuous visionary leadership from all disciplines. At OLC Innovate 2020, we will conduct a series of engaging hands-on sessions aimed at fostering organic interactions and collaborative cross-disciplinary problem solving, under the theme “Building Bridges in Digital, Blended, and Online Learning”.

Together we will build new foundations for stronger, better higher education environments. Register today.

Note: If you submitted a proposal for OLC Innovate 2020, check your inbox – notifications were emailed earlier this week.

OLC Accelerate 2020

Save the Date for OLC Accelerate 2020

OLC Accelerate emphasizes research and networking and provides a comprehensive list of sessions and activities to appeal to your particular area of interest. Our curation of conference tracks and exhibits promises a cross section of timely eLearning topics, offering something for everyone involved in providing the highest quality educational experiences in 2020.

OLC Accelerate 2020 is sure to be the ultimate event to network with—and learn from—thousands of your eLearning peers. We’d like to invite you to join us! Learn more.

Save the Date for Upcoming OLC Conferences
OLC Collaborate
February 7, 2020
Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR
OLC Innovate 2020
Sheraton Grand Chicago
March 31 – April 3, 2020
Chicago, IL
OLC Accelerate 2020
November 17-20, 2020
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
Orlando, FL
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December 6, 2019

5 Tips For Online Test-Taking Success

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Hello Michael,

If you’re reading this, you probably already know the facts and figures about the growth of online learning across the country. According to recent data from the U.S. Department of Education, at least one-third of all college students now take one course online.

How is the rise of online learning changing the way that students engage in the classroom? And perhaps most importantly, how can we ensure security and integrity in online learning?

To answer that question, a growing number of institutions are developing a test-taking experience that is streamlined, easy to navigate, and most of all, secure. With finals season nearly upon us, now is one of the most important times of year to make sure students have what they need to succeed in online courses and tests. Are your test-takers prepared for finals?

It takes a commitment to security and support to make online learning work. With these tips, you can take some of the stress out of exam day and help students focus on what’s important: acing the test.

Ready to learn more about our best practices for online test integrity? Talk to us today.

Randy Grosberg
Examity, Better Test Integrity

About Examity
The world leader in learning validation and online proctoring, Examity is a multimodal solution ideal for universities and corporations. The company has been recognized for efficiency, security and convenience in online testing. Customers have the flexibility to select a variety of proctoring styles from automated through to live. Support is provided around the clock and integration is included.


This paid advertisement is sent to you by the Online Learning Consortium on behalf of our sponsor Examity. You are receiving this email message because OLC believes that you may be interested in products or services offered by our sponsors. If you are interested in purchasing a similar email communication, please contact us at info@onlinelearning-c.org.

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December 5, 2019

OLC Today Newsletter: December 3, 2019

A newsletter from earlier in the week.

New Online Learning Journal released, purchase OLC Accelerate 2019 recordings, and more! Email not displaying correctly?
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December 3, 2019
 News & Insights

New OLJ Issue: AERA Online Teaching & Learning SIG and More Original Research

As many readers of OLC Today know, The Online Learning Consortium publishes a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, Online Learning (OLJ), four times per year.  We just published our final issue of 2019 and are excited to share the 378 pages of original research it contains with the OLC community.  This issue of OLJ contains a collection of articles from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Online Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group (OTL SIG). Read more.


Keeping Online Education Affordable and High-quality

It’s the ultimate question: how do we keep online education affordable while maintaining a high standard of quality and innovation? Over the years, institutions of higher education have needed to explore a range of financial models in order to answer this question. Learn more in this blog post by Dr. Katie Linder, director of the award-winning Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit.



“IELOL was a transformative leadership experience for me. I learned practical, actionable strategies to bring back to my institution immediately, grew my leadership skills and gained new colleagues – and friends!”

Monica Simonsen, Director, Special Education Online Programs, University of Kansas

2020 Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) Program Open for Application

Join a select group of your peers for a unique, blended-learning leadership development program from OLC, the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) Program. An early-bird discount of 10% is available through Monday, January 27, 2020. The review of 2020 applications begins in mid-November 2019 and concludes on Friday, April 10, 2020. Learn more.

Informational webinars will be offered today and January 22.

 OLC Conferences

Missed OLC Accelerate 2019? Recorded Sessions Available

The 25th annual OLC Accelerate conference, held November 19-22, 2019 in Orlando, FL, generated a great deal of energy, enthusiasm, and new connections. More than 1,623 onsite and approximately 1000+ virtual attendees participated, representing 49 states plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico, and 13 countries.

If you missed the conference, you can still benefit from over 100 recorded presentations – and have access to them for one full year! Learn more.


Building Bridges in Digital, Blended, and Online Learning

Advancing education innovation requires continuous visionary leadership from all disciplines. At OLC Innovate 2020, we will conduct a series of engaging hands-on sessions aimed at fostering organic interactions and collaborative cross-disciplinary problem solving, under the theme “Building Bridges in Digital, Blended, and Online Learning”.

Together we will build new foundations for stronger, better higher education environments. Register today.

Note: If you submitted a proposal for OLC Innovate 2020, watch your inbox – notifications are being emailed today.

 OLC Job Posting

Now Hiring: VP of Member Relations

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is seeking a dynamic and innovative strategic leader to advance our increasingly important Member Relations Division, including community engagement, member relationships, communications, marketing, and strategic partnerships.  If you are interested in being a candidate for this position, please review the information on our website.

 OLC Institutional Member Job Postings
Coordinator of Instructional Design
Holyoke Community College
Deadline: 12/6/19

External Examiners (Graduate Programmes)
The University of the West Indies, Open Campus
Deadline: 12/8/19

Online Education Manager
University of Montana
Deadline: 12/11/19
Are you an OLC Institutional Member with a job opening? Fill out this form to get started. Not a member? Join today.


Remember to select Online Learning Consortium as your charitable organization.
Upcoming Institute Programs
DECEMBER WORKSHOPS

Exploring Interactive Video Tools
Creating Effective Assessments
Fundamentals: Increasing Interaction & Engagement
New to Online,Essentials Part III: Course Design Basics
Fundamentals: Engaging Learners In Online Discussions
Creating an Interactive Syllabus

MASTERY SERIES

Blended Learning
Instructional Design
Leadership in Online Learning
Online Nursing

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Online Teaching Certificate
Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Instructional Designer Certificate

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

OLC Collaborate – Oregon | February 7
OLC Innovate – Chicago, IL | Mar. 31-April 3
OLC Accelerate – Orlando, FL | Nov. 17-20

JANUARY WORKSHOPS

Course Quality Review (OSCQR) – ID4
Professional Foundations: Collaborating, Researching, and Networking – ID3
New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility
Introduction to Learner Experience (LX) Design Methods, Part I: Personas
Creating Infographics for Learning
Applying the Neuro, Cognitive, and Learning Sciences to Instructional Design
Helping Faculty with New Course Development – ID1
Creating YouTube Videos for Teaching & Learning
Neuro, Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Part I: Bringing Theory to Practice
Designing a Flipped Classroom
Introduction to Online Presentation Tools
Strategies for Facilitating Live, Online Sessions
Creating Rubrics

ON-GOING PROGRAMS

Self-Paced Workshops
On-Demand and Customized Offerings

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Copyright © 2019, All rights reserved.

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Online Learning Consortium
6 Liberty Square #2309
Boston, MA 02109

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