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May 23, 2018

OLC Today Newsletter: May 22, 2018

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May 22, 2018 | Volume 17 | Issue 10

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Webinar: The Language of Accessibility
June 14, 2018 | 2:00pm ET

During this webinar, an accessibility and disability services expert will share the common terms we use and explain what they mean as well as provide tips, strategies and resources so our colleagues across the campus can ask thoughtful questions, make reasonable requests and demonstrate their commitment to access and inclusion for all learners.


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Online Learning Journal Releases New Free eBook

You’re invited to download Online & Blended Learning: Selections from the Field, a collaborative effort between Routledge and the Online Learning Consortium. 

This eBook is a collection of the work of Online Learning editorial board members and the greater OLC community, including Charles Graham, Charles Dziuban Patsy Moskal, Robert Ubell, Susan Ko, Michelle Pacanksy-Brock, Thomas Cavanaugh, and Tony Picciano. Learn more in this blog post.

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OLC Accelerate 2018 CFP Deadline Extended!
Nov 14-16, 2018 | Orlando, FL

You now have through June 4, 2018 to submit your presentation for OLC Accelerate 2018.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Back to the Future in Online and Digital Learning”. We are excited to announce our two keynote presenters for OLC Accelerate 2018 – Dr. Jane McGonigal and Dr. Jean Twenge, who will be providing a look at advances and prospects for future generations in digital learning. Submit now, and join OLC — and our keynote speakers — in sunny Orlando this fall for one of the premier conferences in digital learning! Learn more.



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Come to New York City to Collaborate
August 7 | Berkeley College

Engaging speakers, relevant topics, and dynamic discussions. Join us as we take a deep look at federal, state, and accreditation policies, identify trends and behavioral patterns in online learning and learn how you can use predictive analytics at your institution, as well as learn to develop technologies, policies, procedures, and practices to identify and prevent online fraud. Register today!

“OLC Collaborate energized my thinking about online learning. The collaborative break-out sessions gave everyone a voice, so I was able to advocate for our students.”

– Kari Vara, Interactive Learning Designer, Cuyahoga Community College (OLC Collaborate – Pittsburgh Attendee)

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Summit for Online Leadership and Administration
June 18-20, 2018

Are you concerned about how federal or state policies might impact your institution and the students you serve?

In this year’s Policy Track at the 2018 Summit for Online Leadership and Administration, you’ll hear from experts in the field, right in the heart of Washington, DC. Learn more.

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US-Sino Online Higher Education Conference 2018
May 31 – June 1,  2018  | Shanghai, China

OLC is excited to help improve the quality of online higher education and promote US-Sino Higher Education Collaboration. Catering to the global needs of our educational industry, the 2018 US-Sino Online Higher Education Summit will be held under the theme of improving the quality of online higher education and the promotion of US-Sino higher education cooperative agreements.

Communicating best practices and learning about new innovations in online higher education for China and the United States will be a central focal point. Learn more.

Summer Mastery Series Line-Up
(now with badges!)

Each Mastery Series program consists of three workshops that help you explore relevant research and use that research to help you design an effective teaching and learning environment. Successful participants of a Mastery Series program now receive a digital badge of completion via Credly. Here are the summer cohorts:

Social Media for Online Education | Jun 13 – Aug 15
Instructional Design | Jul 11 – Sep 12
Online Nursing | Aug 8 – Oct 10
Blended Learning: Research into Practice | Aug 22 – Oct 24

Learn more and register today.


“I feel this course is very relevant not just for online teachers, but for anyone wanting to make their courses more relevant for the students they teach.  Social media usage grows more each year and if we want to reach our students, we need to be able to use their platforms.” 
-Francy Johnson, Teacher  and  Advisor, The Anglo-American School of Moscow
(Social Media Mastery Series)
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Lori Kupczynski, OLC Institute faculty, recently discussed how research knowledge and experience are important competencies for instructional designers, in both their career and professional development, in this blog post.
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Workshop: Research Methods for the Instructional Designer Community

Are you an instructional designer interested in pursuing research opportunities and collaborations? This course provides an introduction to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodology along with a clear understanding of ethics in research. Instruction and activities include an overview of the purpose of research, specific research designs, research questions and hypotheses, data collection and analysis, and human subject ethics in research. Register today.
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Nominations Open: Effective Practice, OLC Awards, and OLC Fellows

Award nominations for the 2nd round of Effective Practice awards and OLC annual awards are now open through August 30, 2018. Nominations for the 2018 Class of OLC Fellows are being accepted through July 31, 2018.

All recipients will be recognized at OLC Accelerate in November in Orlando, FL. Learn more.

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Exploring Learning Analytics
June 4-10, 2018

New to Online: Essentials Part 2, Converting Your Course
June 4-10, 2018

New to Online Essentials Part 1, Getting Started
June 18-24, 2018

More workshops


Social Media for Online Education
Starts June 13, 2018

Instructional Design
Starts July 11, 2018

Mobile Learning: Connect, Create, and Consume
Starts August 8, 2018


Online Teaching Certificate
Starts June 25, 2018

Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Starts July 9, 2018

Instructional Designer Certificate
Starts July 30, 2018

Full Institute Schedule


The Future of Learning and How It Could Change Your Classroom

How Risk-Averse Universities Take Risks with Satellite Campuses Abroad

The Pulse: The Future of Education

Next Steps Uncertain After Online Learning Catalyst Closes

Read more .


OLC Collaborate – NYC | Registration open!
August 7, 2018

OLC Collaborate – Kansas City, MO | Sign up for updates!
September 25, 2018

OLC Accelerate 2018 | Orlando, FL – CFP Open!
November 14-16, 2018


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May 21, 2018

OLC Accelerate 2018 CFP Deadline Extended

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Hello Michael,

End of year duties and finals have you running behind schedule? Good news… We’ve extended the OLC Accelerate 2018 submission deadline to help you out! You now have through June 4,2018 to submit your presentation for OLC Accelerate 2018, to be held November 14-16 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Back to the Future in Online and Digital Learning”. We are excited to announce our two keynote presenters for OLC Accelerate 2018 – Dr. Jane McGonigal and Dr. Jean Twenge, who will be providing a look at advances and prospects for future generations in digital learning. Submit now, and join OLC — and our keynote speakers — in sunny Orlando this fall for one of the premier conferences in digital learning!

This is LAST CALL for OLC Accelerate 2018 presentation submissions – submit your proposal before midnight ET on June 4th.

Questions about the CFP? Contact


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May 19, 2018

CFP For Research Presentations And Graduate Student Presentations

From the inbox this past Thursday…

Greetings All,

I am pleased to share with you that OLC’s November conference, OLC
Accelerate,  includes a Research Track.  I invite you to submit a proposal.
In addition to having the opportunity to present at the conference, we
select the top research papers for inclusion in the annual Online Learning
Journal Special Conference Issue. The CFP is open through May 23rd.  We hope
you consider submitting a proposal:

In addition to this opportunity for you to present, we offer a unique
opportunity for graduate students to present their research at OLC
Accelerate in November.  If accepted to present, graduate students pay a
greatly reduced registration fee of $195, among other benefits.  If you are
at a university, please share the following information with your graduate

If you or your students have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact
me at
Online Learning (OLJ)

May 18, 2018

OLC Collaborate – NYC and Accelerate 2018 – Don’t Miss These Events!

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OLC Collaborate| August 7 | New York

The competitiveness of higher education today is forcing colleges to become more reliant on predictive analytics when making decisions. Diane Recinos, Senior Vice President of Student Success at Berkeley College will discuss the advantages and challenges of using predictive analytics at your institution at OLC’s upcoming regional event.

Join OLC as Berkeley College hosts Recinos and other featured speakers including Russell Poulin of WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), and Devon Cancilla from University of Missouri at Kansas City for OLC Collaborate 2018 – New York City onAugust 7, 2018. Learn more and register today!

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OLC Accelerate | November 14-16 | Orlando, FL

The OLC Accelerate 2018 CFP is closing soon! Submit your proposal for OLC Accelerate 2018: Accelerating Online Learning Worldwide before May 23rd and make plans to join us November 14-16, 2018 at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The session type descriptions will be helpful to you as you shape your submission. Please review ourguidelines before submitting your presentation proposal.

The submission deadline is approaching soon! Submit by May 23, 2018 at 11:59pm ET. Learn more.

OLC Accelerate 2018 | Orlando, FL – CFP now open!
November 14-16, 2018

OLC Collaborate Regional Events in 2018

OLC Collaborate – NYC | August 7, 2018 – Registration open!
OLC Collaborate – UMKC – Kansas City, MO | September 25, 2018

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May 17, 2018

Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Thursday, May 17, 2018 marks the 7th anniversary of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). GAAD was started on Joe Devon’s blog in 2011 to improve awareness of digital accessibility. Celebrate GAAD with us this year by following @gbla11yday on Twitter and tweet using the #gaad hashtag. Don’t forget to check out the GAAD Facebook page too!

Take your awareness of digital accessibility a step further by completing the OLC accessibility badgeor join OLC for an upcoming accessibility workshop this summer:

Register for our upcoming webinar on June 14th, “The Language of Accessibility”.

Keep on Learning,


Jennifer Rafferty, MA MEd
Director of the Institute for Professional Development
Online Learning Consortium

From the GAAD website: “Talk, think, and learn about digital access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.”

“The target audience of GAAD is the design, development, usability, and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use. While people may be interested in the topic of making technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities, the reality is that they often do not know how or where to start. Awareness comes first.”


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