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March 16, 2017

Join Us for an Upcoming OLC Workshop

Note these webinars occurring over the next few weeks that may be of interest to K-12 distance, online, and blended learning teachers.

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Upcoming Workshop Offerings
Enhance your online teaching skills with OLC workshops.

OLC workshops are a cost-effective way to collaborate with peers and experts via synchronous and asynchronous methods for effective and engaging learning.  We are committed to modeling best practices for online learning in all of our workshops. Toward that end, our workshops will utilize numerous proven teaching strategies and learning activities that will spark creative ideas for your own online or blended course.

Upcoming Workshops

Strategies for Supporting & Advising Students
Strategies for Supporting Online Faculty | Strategies for Evaluating Online Faculty
Introduction to Screencasting Tools
Introduction to Copyright & Fair Use, Part 1
Strategies for Supporting & Advising Students
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How are your students doing in their online and blended courses? What challenges are they facing? As institutions reach out to students through new web interfaces, technologies and portals, such services also improve access for face-to-face students.  Join facilitator Linda Algozzini in this workshop where you will address these new roles and learn best practices, sustainable solutions, and transformations made possible through technology for student advising and support.

Supporting Online Faculty| Evaluating Online Faculty
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March 27 – April 2, 2017

Whether they are industry specialists, retired academics, freelancers or scholars, an institution’s ability to effectively orient and engage part-time faculty in the institutional culture is even more important online. In this workshop, facilitator Dr. Ruth Newberry will help you explore strategies for providing effective support for these faculty, including training, faculty development, and recognition for quality work. Register >

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April 12-14, 2017

In this workshop, you will focus on designing or refining evaluations used for online faculty, which can consist of student evaluations, peer evaluations, and overall evaluations. Facilitator Dr. Donna Scribner will help you learn about different models for evaluation, theory, and strategy with a focus on evidence-based methods for effective evaluations. Register >

Introduction to Screencasting Tools
April 12-14, 2017

Join facilitator Angela Gunder in this workshop where you will look at a variety of web-based, desktop, and mobile screencasting tools to find the right one for your teaching and learning needs. You will engage in the process of creating a screencast, including planning, storyboarding, preparing your screen, recording, and publishing.

Introduction to Copyright & Fair Use, Part 1
April 11, 2017

Whether you are new to online course design and delivery, or a seasoned professional looking to deepen your knowledge on the ins and outs, it is increasingly true that possessing a working familiarity with copyright and fair use is a professional necessity. Join facilitator Linda Enhagen in this workshop where you will develop an understanding of the basic framework of the applicable law and learn how to avoid copyright infringement through the application of Six Rules for Course Design. Register >

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March 15, 2017

Insights from the Field: Fostering an Experimental Mindset

Something from Monday’s inbox…

Fostering an Experimental Mindset
Dear Michael,

We continue to reach out to our global community of thought leaders, faculty, innovators and practitioners to bring you insights from the field of online, blended and digital learning. This week, Apostolos Koutropoulos, OLC Institute faculty for the Social Media Mastery Series, joins us to discuss the evolving role of social media in teaching and learning, as well as a variety of other topics on our blog, OLC Insights.

Koutropoulos states, “By seeing what people can do with the technology, they can start imagining new strategies that they can try in their own teaching practice.” Read more.

Keep on Learning!

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Jennifer Rafferty | Director of the OLC Institute for Professional Development | Online Learning Consortium
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March 11, 2017

OLC Today Newsletter: March 2017

From Tuesday’s inbox…

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March 2017 | Volume 16 | Issue 3


Can’t Travel? Attend OLC Innovate Virtually!

OLC Innovate | April 5-7 | New Orleans, LA

The virtual option provides institutions the opportunity to register an UNLIMITED number of faculty and staff to participate in the conference virtually.

Smaller group? Take advantage of our Buy 2, Get 1 Free option for individual attendees. Register to attend virtually today!

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Alternative Credentials Research Study Released

Commissioned by the Distance Education Accreditation Commission and Presidents’ Forum, this study looks at alternative credentials at adult serving, online institutions Interested in learning about working with OLC on a research study? Email Jill Buban.

Online Learning Journal Article Submissions

Did you know that the Online Learning Journal has an open call for article submissions? Learn moreabout expectations for author submissions and how to submit an article to OLC’s peer-reviewed journal.


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OLC Emerging Scholar Program

The Online Learning Consortium is seeking four emerging scholars in the field of online learning to occupy two year positions in the OLC Research Center for Digital Learning and Leadership. This program represents a new model for involving emerging scholars interested in online teaching and learning and evolving into teaching and research roles in the field of online learning. Under the supervision of the Senior Director of Research & Innovation, Dr. Jill Buban, the emerging scholars will work on a variety of projects in the research and publications areas. To apply for this position, please email your C.V. and a brief statement indicating why you are interested in being an OLC Emerging Scholar. Please send no later than April 15th.

Webinar: What You Can Do Online but Not on Campus – Innovations in Digital Education
April 18, 2017 | 1:00pm EST

In Going Online, Bob Ubell’s new book on digital education, covers what it is, how it works, where it came from, and where it may be headed. Ubell says that it is not technology alone, but rather unconventional pedagogies, supported by technological innovations, that truly activate today’s classrooms. Learn more as Ubell explores specifics from his book in this webinar. Buy Going Online.


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Missouri S&T Webinar Series

This 2-part webinar series will guide participants through the Laboratory Redesign Handbook created at Missouri S&T. Participants will learn the Delivering Experiential Labs to All (DELTA) lab creation process and a few tips and tricks for laboratory design. $40 for members, $70 for non-members. Register today!

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Adult Learners and the Economy
Wednesday, March 8 | 12:00-1:00pm EST

On behalf of the National Adult Learner Coalition, OLC invites you to attend a special luncheon briefing tomorrow, March 8, focused on Adult Learners and the Economy. Please join us via live webcast, or watch the event at your convenience via recording. RSVP to attend virtually.

Upcoming Sponsor Webinar: How to Build a CBE Model and the Process for Success Enrollment Growth and Completion

Over 600 post-secondary institutions have identified themselves as pursuing Competency-based education (CBE); many using competency-based learning (CBL) design to reimagine courses and curriculum. In this webinar, learn how A.T. Still Health Sciences University (ATSU) worked with Sagence Learning to create a model to guide the design, development, delivery, and support of ATSU competency-based methodologies.


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Present at OLC Accelerate 2017
CFP Opens March 15, 2017

For 23 years, OLC conferences have provided outstanding keynote speakers, expanded programs, and engaging programming for educators. Join us November 15-17, 2017 in Orlando to find out for yourself why online educators worldwide affirm that OLC Accelerate is the premiere conference for online learning professionals. Sign up for updates.

DLIAward Update

Twelve members of the Digital Learning Innovation Award community convened in early February to revise the DLIA scoring rubric. The outcomes of this session are being used to inform the 2017 DLIA application criteria and process. The award submission window will run from late March 2017 through June 30, 2017. Sign up for an informational webinar.


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Upcoming OLC Webinars

We invite you to explore our upcoming webinars, featuring online experts covering industry hot topics, best practices, and special interests:


Adaptive Learning: Future Ready Digital Strategies, sponsored by CogBooks – March 28 | 1:00pm EST

and more, coming soon!

Universal Design for Learning Workshop Coming Your Way in October 2017

As promised, we keep adding to our 2017 workshop offerings! The Institute for Professional Development is launching a new workshop on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Universal Design of Instruction (UDI). Take a look at all of the new workshops for 2017, and register today!


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Christina_Celluzzi_cir.png“The OLC Certificate Program introduced me to the ‘behind the scenes’ of online educational course development.”

-Christina M. Celluzzi, PhD, MS, Senior Manager, Cellular Therapies, AABB Center for Cellular Therapies

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Align online training to achieve teaching goals

“The OLC Teaching Certificate Program helped to put online training in line with my teaching goals. I can apply the principles and skills learned to all forms of education with which I am involved,” says Christina M. Celluzzi, PhD, MS, Senior Manager, Cellular Therapies, AABB Center for Cellular Therapies. Read moreabout Christina’s experience and take your online teaching skills to the next level with the OLC’s Online Teaching Certificate Program.


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March 3, 2017

How Do Online Educators Keep Their Skills Up To Date?

A final item from Wednesday’s inbox…

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Dear Michael,

How do educators, course designers, and administrators find (and afford) training to improve their skills in a field that is constantly evolving?

The influx of collaboration tools, adaptive learning courseware, and interactive media now in the mix, along with a pedagogical shift away from instructor-centered teaching to a more learner-centered collaborative approach has created its own set of challenges.

So how do you cover all of this? We know it is impossible to provide all of your training and professional development in house. In our most recent blog post, we discuss the popularity of online education and the need for professional development to meet this pedagogical shift – and how OLC can help.

Keep on learning,

Online Learning Consortium


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March 2, 2017

You’re Invited: 3/8 Lunch Briefing on Adult Learners & the Economy

And another item from Tuesday’s inbox…

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Adult Learners and the Economy

A Luncheon Briefing Hosted by the National Adult Learner Coalition Focused on Economic Trends, Institutional and Student Challenges, Building Blocks, and Policy Opportunities

On behalf of the National Adult Learner Coalition, OLC invites you to attend a special luncheon briefing next Wednesday, March 8, focused on Adult Learners and the Economy.

Expansion of the American economy cannot be fully achieved without successful degree attainment by adults. Through the newly formed National Adult Learner Coalition, four organizations (OLC, CAEL, The Presidents’ Forum and UPCEA) are speaking in a unified voice on behalf of the adult learner and the institutions that serve them. This briefing is the first hosted by the Coalition as we work to advance our mission.


Attend this session in-person or virtually to learn about the importance of the adult learner and how small changes in federal policy can help a majority of today’s students and help build a stronger workforce for tomorrow.

DATE: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
TIME: 12:00-1:00pm EST
LOCATION: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 385, Washington, DC

Live webcast attendance (virtual) and recorded session
options are also available.

Our program features three panelists who will offer distinct perspectives of adult learners, higher education and the workforce:

  • Anthony P. Carnevale, Research Professor and Director, McCourt School of Public Policy at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
  • John C. Cavanaugh, President & CEO, Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.
  • Monique Wardrick, adult learner, veteran, recent graduate and current student of the University of Maryland University College.

If you are unable to attend in person, please join us via live webcast or watch the event at your convenience via recording.

Click here to RSVP to attend in person or virtually.

We hope you can join us for this important discussion.

National Adult Learner Coalition

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