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August 22, 2019

Pre-OLC Accelerate 2019 Presenter Services and OLC Live Webinars Announced

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OLC Accelerate 2019
Celebrating 25 Years

Accepted to Present? Join an Upcoming Webinar on Best Presentation Practices

Our Presenter Services team is dedicated to enhancing the conference experience for all attendees by offering specialized coaching to presenters. These virtual sessions will provide you with detailed guidance on strategies and techniques that can help you craft a successful presentation. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and share any insights or lessons learned from your own experiences.

Our goal is to offer guidance on best practices in audience engagement strategies, slide design, and delivery skills necessary to ensure a successful conference session. Learn more.

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


Join an OLC Live Pre-Conference Webinar

Are you looking for tips and tricks for successfully getting the most out of your OLC Accelerate experience?

Join the first of this series of OLC Live gatherings on Thursday, August 29th, 3:00-4:00pm ET, “Reflecting on 25 Years with the OLC Board and Past Conference Chairs.” Learn more and be sure to sign up so you don’t miss any OLC Live updates!


#WeAreOLC: Talk-abouts and Storytelling

“The OLC Accelerate Conference in November provides unique experiences to flex creative muscles and exercise our right to physical activity,” Torie Wynn, OLC Accelerate 2019 Field Guide Chair, states in a recent blog post. “The OLC Field Guide program is a great opportunity to explore your mind-body connection at the conference and share your story alongside new friends.” Read more.

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

OLC Collaborate Regional Events

Explore the Power of Virtual Networks

Join Angela Gunder as she explores how networks can be developed, implemented and managed to create sustainable digital communities in her presentation,”From Islands to Archipelagos: The Power of Virtual Networks in Establishing Communities of Culture and Practice.”

This is just one of four main topics that will be covered at the 2-day event, hosted by the University of Hawai’i Maui College. Learn more about the rest of the program and register today!


Angela Gunder,
Director of Instructional Design and Curriculum Development
The University of Arizona


Creating a Culture of Innovation through Learning Design

Dr. Benjamin Deaton, Vice President of Technology, Online Learning, and Innovation at Anderson University recently shared his career journey and what he has learned about innovation and learning design in a recent blog post. Join us at the upcoming OLC Collaborate South Carolinaevent where Dr. Deaton will expand on the topic of digital strategy and innovation.

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!


Dr. Ben Deaton
VP of Technology, Online Learning, and Innovation
Anderson University
Upcoming OLC Collaborate Events:

University of Hawai’i – Maui College
September 19-20, 2019
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Anderson University – Anderson, SC
October 10, 2019
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Oregon State University – Corvallis, OR
February 7, 2020
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OLC Innovate 2020

Call for Proposals: Which Track Are You On?

Both research and evidence-based proposals are encouraged for submission. We encourage you to review the conference tracks and program categories prior to submitting your proposal:

  • Effective Tools, Toys and Technologies
  • Leadership and Advocacy
  • Lifelong Learning and Workforce Partnerships
  • Open Learning
  • Process, Problems, and Practices
  • Research: Designs, Methods, and Findings
  • Teaching and Learning Practice

Remember to align your submission to the session type and prepare your proposal before the submission deadline of September 11, 2019. Learn more.


March 31 – April 3, 2020 | Sheraton Grand Chicago, IL

Join us for an inside look at the process used by the conference committee to select proposals for OLC Innovate!

Register now for our upcoming webinar, “Creating a Winning Proposal” on August 28th at 3:00pm ET.

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August 21, 2019

OLC Spotlight On Online Science Labs And STEM Research Summit

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OLC courses and events to help transform your online science courses and share practices in online STEM education.
Photo by Chokniti Khongchum from PexelsLooking for a way to transform your online science lab experience?
Join Dr. Julia VanderMolen, Associate Professor at Grand Valley State University, and instructor for OLC’s Online Science Labs Mastery Series Program September cohort.

“In this series, participants will engage with fellow colleagues and learn about methods to design, prepare, and integrate labs and assessment methods,” says Dr. VanderMolen recent blog post. “Included is a review of several different online labs options and strategies for integrating them into your online science curriculum.”

Transform your online science labs, learn more and register today!

OLC Research Summit

Online STEM Education

This year’s OLC Research Summit at the 25th anniversary of the OLC Accelerate conference brings together leaders in STEM education to discuss research opportunities, current trends and practices, and pathways for building a STEM learning network to promote research and share practices in online STEM education.

We invite anyone with experience or interest in online STEM education to join us as we build the framework for a national survey on online STEM education. Learn more.


This event takes place at our OLC Accelerate Conference in Orlando on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 9:00am – 12:00pm and is included in your OLC Accelerate 2019 conference registration.
Featured Webinar

How Can I Teach Biology Online Using Lab Kits?

Learn from 3 subject matter experts with over 30 years of combined experience teaching biology lab courses online. Each of the panelists has experience designing biology kits for their students to use at home with safe, rigorous experiments mirroring those done in the traditional lab setting. Learn more.

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Upcoming Institute Programs
SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS

New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Creating Effective Assessments
Fundamentals: Engaging Learners In Online Discussions
Introduction to Learner Experience (LX) Design Methods, Part II: Experience Mapping
Introduction to Audio & Video Tools
Exploring Interactive Video Tools
Creating Rubrics
Creating an Interactive Syllabus

MASTERY SERIES

Online Nursing
Quality Scorecard

TEACHING CERTIFICATES

Online Teaching Certificate
Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Instructional Designer Certificate Program

ON-GOING PROGRAMS

Self-Paced Workshops
On-Demand and Customized Offerings

OCTOBER WORKSHOPS

New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started 
Designing Courses with a Multimodal Approach
Strategies for Supporting Online Faculty
Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility
Introduction to Learner Experience (LX) Design Methods, Part 3: Prototyping
Exploring Competency-Based Education
Essentials of the OLC The Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice (QCTIP) Scorecard
Designing with Accessibility in Mind
Neuro, Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Part I: Bringing Theory to Practice
Strategies for Evaluating Online Faculty

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

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August 20, 2019

Advance Your Instructional Design And Course Development Skills

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Become qualified in applying the OLC and Open SUNY Course Quality Review (OSCQR) rubric and process.

Learn, Improve, and Apply

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.

“If you are supporting online instructors or responsible for developing online programming, this course provides an essential foundation.” says Tara Penner, Associate Chair, NorQuest College. Read more about Tara’s experience.

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.

“This program was invaluable for supporting my current position as direct supervisor of second language online and hybrid programming.  I needed to implement e-standards in our programming. Understanding the theoretical framework, or why, is essential.”

-Tara Penner, Associate Chair, NorQuest College

Upcoming Institute Programs
SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS

New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Creating Effective Assessments
Fundamentals: Engaging Learners In Online Discussions
Introduction to Learner Experience (LX) Design Methods, Part II: Experience Mapping
Introduction to Audio & Video Tools
Exploring Interactive Video Tools
Creating Rubrics
Creating an Interactive Syllabus

MASTERY SERIES

Online Nursing
Quality Scorecard

TEACHING CERTIFICATES

Online Teaching Certificate
Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Instructional Designer Certificate Program

ON-GOING PROGRAMS

Self-Paced Workshops
On-Demand and Customized Offerings

OCTOBER WORKSHOPS

New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started 
Designing Courses with a Multimodal Approach
Strategies for Supporting Online Faculty
Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility
Introduction to Learner Experience (LX) Design Methods, Part 3: Prototyping
Exploring Competency-Based Education
Essentials of the OLC The Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice (QCTIP) Scorecard
Designing with Accessibility in Mind
Neuro, Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Part I: Bringing Theory to Practice
Strategies for Evaluating Online Faculty

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

Enjoy discounted pricing ($100+ savings) on all OLC workshops. Learn More.
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August 16, 2019

Enhance Your OLC Accelerate 2019 Experience Through Networking and OLC Live

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OLC Accelerate 2019
Celebrating 25 Years

Join Us for Onsite and Virtual Networking

The OLC Accelerate Speed Networking Lounge is an informal conversation space that allows participants to connect with fellow attendees through lightweight, collaborative activities. Located in the Exhibit Hall, the Speed Networking Lounge is open for anyone to hang out at any time that the exhibit hall space is open.

When should you stop by? There are different activities set at different times, so take a look at the schedule to get a sense of when you might best engage with the space! Learn more.

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


OLC Live Pre-Conference Town Halls

This series of informal, unconference style chats will be hosted on Zoom highlighting different aspects of the OLC Accelerate conference. We will share tips and tricks for successfully getting the most out of your OLC Accelerate experience and hear from old and new friends within the community about how they’ve benefited from their connections to the organization.

Join the first of this series on Thursday, August 29th, 3:00-4:00pm ET, “Reflecting on 25 Years with the OLC Board and Past Conference Chairs.” Learn more.


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#WeAreOLC: Connection and Collaboration

“I had always had a passion for educational technologies, but up to that point, they weren’t taking a major stage in my professional journey,” Madeline Shellgren, Co-Chair, Technology Test Kitchen at OLC Accelerate 2019, shares in this recent blog post.

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

OLC Collaborate Maui

Navigating Life with Purpose: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Join us as we welcome Dr. Miki Tomita, the founder of Education Incubator, to discuss Entrepreneurial Innovation in Education September 19-20 at OLC Collaborate – Maui. In this session, she’ll share some of the stories, lessons learned, approaches and tools from 3 years of collaborative innovation and entrepreneurship work in public, private and charter schools, colleges and universities, education and indigenous-serving institutions, and the startup ecosystem.

This is just one of four main topics that will be covered at the 2-day event, hosted by the University of Hawai’i Maui College. Learn more about the rest of the program and register today!

Dr. Miki Tomita
CEO & Founder, Education Incubator;
Co-Founder, XLR8YOUTH

Upcoming OLC Collaborate Events:

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

Oregon State University – Corvallis, OR
February 7, 2020
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OLC Innovate 2020

Call for Proposals: Find the Session Type that Fits You Best

Maybe your presentation is a fit in our ‘Conversations, Not Presentations,’ session format, which is a rare chance to gather with practitioners, instructors, administrators, and students to have candid discussion to problem solve, question process, and push ourselves further than we can on our own, or submit a graduate student discovery session and engage students in presenting! There are several session types– so find the one that is right for you!

Review all of the types and prepare your proposal before the submission deadline of September 11, 2019. Learn more.


March 31 – April 3, 2020 | Sheraton Grand Chicago, IL

Join our upcoming webinar, “Creating a Winning Proposal” on August 28th at 3:00pm ET.

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August 15, 2019

OLC Today Newsletter: August 13, 2019

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OLC CEO Update, full program announced for OLC Accelerate 2019, and more! Email not displaying correctly?
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August 13, 2019
News and Announcements

OLC Update from the CEO: Today’s Successes. Tomorrow’s Vision

The conclusion of a successful Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) event, hosted by the University of Central Florida, inspired OLC’s interim Chief Executive Officer, Jennifer Mathes, to take a moment to share some recent OLC accomplishments in this blog post.

“As we head into the final months of 2019, I am energized by our recent accomplishments and look forward to continued growth and success for OLC and our members,” Mathes states. Read more.


OLC is Hiring: Vice President of Learning

As OLC’s Vice President of Learning, you will provide a knowledgeable voice in representing OLC and its mission to the public.

Key to this position is a focus on creative problem solving and innovative solutions while having a thorough knowledge and understanding of existing operations and processes in order to drive initiatives to completion through existing or new workflows. Intrigued? Learn more and apply. Application Deadline: August 31, 2019.

 OLC Research & Publications

Watch for updates in an upcoming
OLC Today newsletter!

Awareness of Neuromyths and Evidence-Based Practices 

Coming soon: An international study that examined the awareness of neuromyths and evidence-based practices in higher education among instructors, instructional designers, and professional development administrators across on-campus, blended/hybrid, and online programs at 2-year and four-year institutions.

This study, which included 45 countries and 48 states in the USA, also examined predictors of awareness of neuromyths and evidence-based practices. Test your knowledge when this OLC publication is released.

 OLC Conferences

Start Planning Your Schedule:
Full Program Posted

OLC Accelerate, being held November 19-22 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL, is devoted to driving quality online learning, advancing best practice guidance and accelerating innovation in learning for academic leaders, educators, administrators, online/digital learning professionals and organizations around the world, and the 25th anniversary of the conference expects nothing less!

Our Program Co-Chairs recently wrote a blog post offering a preview. Start planning your conference experience by reviewing the full program.


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

#WeAreOLC: The Sloan Consortium and OLC – The Early Years!

“As we approach the 25th Anniversary of OLC’s Accelerate Conference, it is a good time to look back and consider how Sloan-C/OLC got its start,” Dr. Anthony G. Picciano, OLC Board Member and a Professor and Executive Officer for the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) states in the opening of his recent blog post. “A seed had been planted and the rest, as the saying goes, is history.”


Call for Proposals Now Open

The OLC/MERLOT Program Committee seek proposals that reflect and showcase our vibrant community of practice — promoting theory, research, methodology and/or applied effective practices in online, blended, digital, and web-enhanced teaching and learning.

Review the submission guidelines and make plans to join us Join us for OLC Innovate 2020, being held March 31 – April 3, 2020 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago in Chicago, IL. Learn more.


Support Student Success in Distance Classrooms

Engage in discussions on effective methods to support student success informed by perspectives of multicultural education, the needs of non-traditional learners and accessibility as we gather September 19-20 at OLC Collaborate – Maui.

This is just one of four main topics that will be covered at the 2-day event, hosted by the University of Hawai’i Maui College. Learn more about the rest of the program and register today!

OLC Institute for Professional Development

Moving AHEAD with Equity and Inclusion

OLC’s Director of the Institute for Professional Development, Jennifer Rafferty, recently attended the The Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) conference in Boston, MA. “I had two main objectives for my attendance at this 5-day event: reflect on my own positionality, and enhance my knowledge of equity and access in the disability services context to better inform the Online Learning Consortium in its own broader diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiative.”

Read about what she learned and share your ideas regarding OLC’s role in advancing equity and inclusion in the digital and online learning space in this blog post.


Webinar: How Can I Teach Biology Online Using Lab Kits?

Learn from 3 subject matter experts with over 30 years of combined experience teaching biology lab courses online. Each of the panelists has experience designing biology kits for their students to use at home with safe, rigorous experiments mirroring those done in the traditional lab setting. Register now.

Upcoming Institute Programs
SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS

New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Creating Effective Assessments
Fundamentals: Engaging Learners In Online Discussions
Introduction to Learner Experience (LX) Design Methods, Part II: Experience Mapping
Introduction to Audio & Video Tools
Exploring Interactive Video Tools
Creating Rubrics
Creating an Interactive Syllabus

MASTERY SERIES

Online Nursing
Quality Scorecard

TEACHING CERTIFICATES

Online Teaching Certificate
Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Instructional Designer Certificate Program

ON-GOING PROGRAMS

Self-Paced Workshops
On-Demand and Customized Offerings

OCTOBER WORKSHOPS

New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started 
Designing Courses with a Multimodal Approach
Strategies for Supporting Online Faculty
Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility
Introduction to Learner Experience (LX) Design Methods, Part 3: Prototyping

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

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