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November 16, 2019

OLC Is Coming To Your Area! Join Us At Oregon State University February 7

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Join us February 7, 2020
Corvallis, OR
OLC Collaborate 2020: Reimagining the Future of Digital Learning
Hosted by Oregon State University
Hello Michael,

The Online Learning Consortium and partner institution Oregon State University invite you to engage in OLC Collaborate 2020: 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. Collaborate general sessions are 45-minutes long, followed by 45-minute breakout sessions. You will have the opportunity to hear from subject matter experts on three key topics:


INTRODUCTION TO OER AFFORDABILITY METRICS
In this session, Amy Hofer of Statewide Open Education Library Services, and Stefanie Buck, the Director of the Oregon State Ecampus OER Unit will discuss the challenges of measuring the success of an affordable learning initiative on the institutional and statewide level.
EMERGING CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP MODELS
Join Jessica DuPont, the Executive Director of Market Development and the Student Experience at Oregon State University Ecampus to learn about how higher education can partner with corporate to grow enrollment and provide access to adult learners as part of employee tuition benefit plans.
SUBSCRIBING STUDENTS: BOISE STATE’S PASSPORT TO EDUCATION
Learn about Boise State University’s subscription-based tuition model that reduces costs and time to graduation and offers a high level of student support to help keep students on track. Presented by Peter Risse, Associate Dean of Extended Studies at Boise State University.
Presentations will be followed by facilitator-led discussions that will allow participants to delve into each topic in greater detail. The day wraps up with a panel focused on what online and digital education will look like 10 years from now.
OLC members save 30% on registration!*
*To receive your member discount, simply log in to your OLC account, and find your discount code in the sidebar of the page. Contact conference@onlinelearning-c.org for assistance.  Not a member?  Join now!

Hope to see you in Corvallis,

Jennifer Mathes,
Interim Chief Executive Officer,
Online Learning Consortium

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November 15, 2019

Attend OLC Accelerate 2019 – Virtually!

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OLC Accelerate 2019 - Online Education Conference
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 14, 2019

Latest Trends In Teaching And Learning

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November 19–21

OLC Accelerate

Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Hi Michael,

We’re D2L. We’re excited about taking part in OLC Accelerate this year! If you plan to attend, you will find our team at booth #208. We’ll be running a couple of informative sessions at the conference, and we hope you’ll be able to join us!

If you are unable to attend, you may still learn more from our awesome resources for teaching and learning that you’ll want to check out. Don’t be shy—take a look at our blog for the latest on trends in learning, technology in education, and some very inspiring customer stories.

D2L Sessions at OLC Accelerate

Ideas for Improving Learning Outcomes—How the Brightspace Platform Can Help (Demo)

When your students succeed, so do you. Some of the strongest indicators of learner performance can be identified within a learning management system (LMS). The right platform can help increase student engagement, support data-driven decisions, and enable personalized learning experiences. This demonstration will show how D2L’s Brightspace platform helps support the achievement of learning outcomes.

Date: Wednesday, November 20
Time: 1:15pm–2pm
Location: Europe 3
Speaker: Brad Ketelaars, Solutions Engineering Manager, D2L

Student Engagement in Online Learning: What Works and Why?

How would you characterize today’s college students? Empowered? Confident? Self-motivated? Keeping students involved, motivated, and actively learning is challenging educators across the country, yet good advice on how to accomplish this is not always readily available. This session offers research-based tips, strategies, and techniques to motivate, connect with, and engage online learners.

Date: Thursday, November 21
Time: 9:45am–10:30am
Location: Europe 1
Speaker: Chris Sessums, Learning Strategies Consultant, D2L

Designing Effective Vendor Partnerships

Academic culture is unique and the collaboration between academics and “sales” or vendors can be a challenge to comprehend, much less to develop a truly meaningful vendor-institutional engagement strategy. What does a healthy partnership between a vendor and an educational organization look like? This session aims to address this question by engaging participants in a thoughtful discussion about designing and building effective working partnerships with technology vendors.

Date: Thursday, November 21
Time: 1:15pm–2pm
Location: Asia 1
Presented by Chris Sessums, Learning Strategies Consultant, D2L

I hope to see you in Orlando!

Klaudia Rosiecki

Team Lead, Marketing Automation

D2L Corporation

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November 13, 2019

OLC Today Newsletter: November 12, 2019

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November 12, 2019
 OLC Conferences

Attend OLC Accelerate 2019 – onsite or virtually!

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!

The 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

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

 News & Insights

Support for Adjunct Faculty is Support for Quality: Recognizing and Supporting Adjunct Needs

“Institutional support for adjunct faculty is essential to creating an environment optimized for successful teaching and learning,” Angela Gibson, Ed.D., of Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Lynette O’Keefe, Ph.D., Director, Research & Innovation at OLC state in a recent blog post.

Along with colleagues Tina Rettler-Pagel and Cindy Mathena, Lynette and Angela will be speaking more in-depth about effective models and practices for adjunct faculty support, challenges, and success for adjunct faculty, their students, and institutions in a featured session at OLC Accelerate next week.


Moving Mountains: Creating a Pathway to Success in Mathematics

“Several years ago, the mathematics team at Southern New Hampshire University started looking closely at the success of our students in their first math course, Calculus I,” states Mark Gruen, Associate Dean, STEM, Southern New Hampshire University, in a recent blog post. “This information from the pilot assessment provided data that supported our hypothesis that a pathway through the mathematics curriculum was both needed and necessary to support student learning.”

Mark and his team from Southern New Hampshire University are recipients of an OLC Effective Practice Award for this model.  They will be recognized at the OLC Awards and Leadership Ceremony and Reception at Accelerate 2019.


Where Are We Going, Instructional Designers?

“The first client of every instructional designer is the learner,” states Kasey Ford, Instructional Technology Manager, Value Institute for Health and Care, University of Texas at Austin, in a recent blog post. “To serve learners, instructional designers must champion things like the development of open education resources, the stewardship of private data, and accessibility for everyone in all learning environments.”

Kasey is also a panelist in the upcoming Instructional Design Summit at OLC Accelerate 2019, and is looking forward to a good conversation about instructional design and the future of the ID profession.


Guest Blog Post: Digital Resources and Student Support Throughout the Educational Pipeline

“Giving all students the education they deserve and need to be successful in their careers takes an entire ecosystem working together,” says Hillary Johns, Marketing Manager, Cengage, in a recent blog post. “It takes a growth mindset and leadership and faculty that are open and excited to try new things.”

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2020 Leadership Program Now 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 on December 3 and January 22.

 OLC Job Posting

Now Hiring: Chief Executive Officer

The Online Learning Consortium is looking for a dynamic visionary leader to build upon and advance its established leadership role in online and blended education. The incumbent leader will have the opportunity to work with the OLC Board of Directors to drive and shape the future of the organization. If you are interested in being a candidate for this position, please review the information on our website.

 OLC Institutional Member Job Postings
Dean, College of Graduate Studies
University of Western States
Deadline: 11/12/19

College of Veterinary Medicine Program Manager, Online and Hybrid Programs
University of Michigan
Deadline: 11/23/19

Instructional Designer
University of Oregon
Deadline: 11/30/19

Instructional Designer
University of Cincinnati
Deadline: 12/6/19

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Upcoming Institute Programs
DECEMBER WORKSHOPS

Adaptive Learning Fundamentals & Courseware Exploration (NEW)
Designing Game-Based Learning
New to Online, Essentials Part II: Converting Your Course
Strategies to Improve Retention
Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles to Online Courses to Increase Accessibility and Engagement
Introduction to Audio & Video Tools
Strategies to Foster Digital Fluency
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

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

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

OLC Accelerate – Orlando, FL | November 19-22
OLC Collaborate – Oregon | February 7
OLC Innovate – Chicago, IL | March 31-April 3

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November 12, 2019

What’s New In 2020 For The OLC Institute For Professional Development?

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Explore these new workshops and more!

Adaptive Learning Fundamentals and Courseware Exploration

Adaptive learning is an emerging technology that has been shown to increase student engagement and student learning.

In this workshop, you will explore why adaptive learning is so promising, how it works, why it works, how to make it work for your students, properties of an adaptive learning system, as well as what to look for when selecting an adaptive learning tool.


Strategies for Facilitating Live, Online Sessions

More of us are meeting, teaching, and presenting in face-to-face, synchronous (real-time) online sessions where we can feel closer than ever to students and colleagues in online learning environments.

While presenting online is an in-demand skill, few people have been taught how to conduct this type of learning experience. Not to worry — this workshop will turn you from novice to expert online facilitator in just three days, starting January 29th.


Designing Game-Based Learning

Game-based learning and gamification are two very different–if very effective– instructional phenomena. In this workshop, the companion to Designing Gamified Learning Environments workshop, you will implement the theories, principles, and specifically the mechanics of gamification to create your own games on a topic of your choice.


Demystifying Artificial Intelligence (AI)

This workshop will serve as a bridge for those individuals who seek to engage in AI-driven initiatives by helping to develop a common vocabulary and understanding of popular AI methodologies. In order to build our common understanding, we will focus our attention on specific applications of AI, and provide examples of these applications used for educational purposes.


Strategies for Facilitating Live, Online Sessions

Brain-based teaching strategies will help you keep people engaged and focused, harnessing the knowledge of how the brain learns best to boost your attendees’ learning and growth. In addition to the live session that will model effective online presentation skills, attendees will also participate in asynchronous online discussions and complete assigned readings on effective presentation skills to maximize their learning from this event.


Relationship-Centered Instructional Design: Strategies for Authentic Collaboration with Faculty

Instructional designers in higher education collaborate with faculty in the creation of courses and curricula. In this workshop, you will learn how to put relationships at the center of design rather than product or process by integrating the Collaborative Mapping Model (CMM) into your design practice.


Learn more about these workshops, and explore upcoming webinars and new badge opportunities on our What’s New in 2020 page!
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

TEACHING CERTIFICATES

Online Teaching Certificate
Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Instructional Designer Certificate Program

ADVANCED INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN WORKSHOPS

Project Management for Instructional Designers 
Applying the Neuro, Cognitive, and Learning Sciences to Instructional Design
Research Methods for the Instructional Designer Community
Data Stories: An Introduction to Data Visualization

ON-GOING PROGRAMS

Self-Paced Workshops
On-Demand and Customized Offerings

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
Strategic Planning for Web Accessibility
OER, Part I: Exploring Open Educational Resources
Strategies to Foster Digital Fluency for the 21st Century
Designing Gamified Learning Environments

MARCH WORKSHOPS

Curating and Evaluating Resources for Faculty – ID2
OER, Part II: Implementing Open Educational Resources
Copyright & Fair Use, Part II: From Court Decisions to Best Practices
New to Online, Essentials Part III: Course Design Basics
Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles to Online Courses to Increase Accessibility and Engagement
Introduction to Learner Experience (LX) Design Methods, Part III: Prototyping
Fundamentals: Engaging Learners In Online Discussions
Creating an Interactive Syllabus
New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Neuro, Cognitive & Learning Sciences, Part II: Applying Theory to Practice
Essentials of the OLC Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice (QCTIP) Scorecard
Strategies to Improve Retention
Exploring Interactive Video Tools

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