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October 5, 2017

OLC Launches Research Center for Digital Learning and Leadership

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OLC LAUNCHES RESEARCH CENTER FOR DIGITAL
LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP

Under the direction of OLC’s Senior Director of Research and Innovation Jill Buban, Ph.D., theOLC Research Center will offer original, curated, commissioned, and sponsored research opportunities, and consulting and presentation services in areas related to digital learning and digital leadership research. It also features research publications, like OLC’s own peer-reviewed journal, Online Learning,  podcasts, and infographics, offering researchers and practitioners resources they need to support their work in the field.

Research assets will be organized in key content areas, including: Teaching & Learning, Instructional Design/Learning Design, Leadership, Digital Learning and more.

Additionally, there will be a focus on doctoral student outreach and participation, and their increased visibility in the field through an Emerging Scholar program, as well as opportunities to present at conferences.

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October 4, 2017

Essential Workshops for Online Teaching

From Monday’s inbox…

NEW TO ONLINE: ESSENTIALS WORKSHOPS

An essential component of successful online teaching is experiencing online learning for yourself. The OLC Institute for Professional Development offers two important courses for those who are new to online teaching. Your explorations will include research-based readings, presentations and discussions with other new online teachers, and will be supported by sample documents to help you get a hands-on learning experience.

GETTING STARTED

OCTOBER 16-22, 2017

This workshop will provide you with an important online learning experience as you explore the basics of online teaching and learning. You will learn the critical differences between online and face-to-face courses, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design and evaluation.

REGISTER

CONVERTING YOUR COURSE

OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 5, 2017

Converting face-to-face classroom materials for use in an online course can be challenging. Decisions such as what formats to use and when to use synchronous or asynchronous strategies are an important part of course design.  In this workshop, you will develop strategies for migrating content from the face-to-face to the online environment.

REGISTER

ADDITIONAL INSTITUTE PROGRAMS

COURSE QUALITY REVIEW (OSCQR) | OCTOBER 23-NOVEMBER 19, 2017

In this course, participants will be introduced to the OLC and Open SUNY Course Quality Review (OSCQR) rubric and process. They will discuss its pedagogical and research foundations, and review its course quality review standards and associated criteria. Participants will complete a formal course review using OSCQR and recommend improvements and institutional implementation strategies, and as a culminating activity will create a customized version of the OSQCR rubric to address the course quality needs at their institution. Upon completion of this course, successful participants will be a qualified OSCQR trainer, enabling them to train faculty at their own institutions.

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OCTOBER WORKSHOPS

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NOVEMBER WORKSHOPS

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FULL INSTITUTE SCHEDULE

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September 28, 2017

OLC Today Newsletter: September 26, 2017

A newsletter from Tuesday.

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September 26, 2017 | Volume 16 | Issue 15

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Education Policy Analyst to Present the 2017 Digital Learning Innovation Awards

Manuela Ekowo, Policy Analyst at New America, will present the 2017 OLC Digital Learning Innovation Awards (#DLIAward) on Nov. 16, during theOLC Accelerate conference, in Orlando, FL. Learn more about the awards.

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Research Training and Engagement of Instructional Designers in U.S. Higher Education

Oct 3, 2017 | 1:00pm ET

Dr. Katie Linder from the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit will offer an overview of the results from their national study on the research preparation and engagement of instructional designers from their recent studyRegister now.

Accessibility in the Virtual/Augmented Reality Space

Oct 18, 2017 | 12:00pm ET

As a follow-up to our summer webinar series, Exploring the Immersive Learning Landscape, OLC invites you to continue the conversation about virtual and augmented reality with this webinar devoted to the topic of accessibility. Register now.

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Hear from last year’s attendees.

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Be a Part of Our Cutting Edge, International Conference!
OLC Accelerate | Nov. 15-17

Following the success of 2016’s OLC Accelerate, the 2017 conference will be the ultimate event to network with—and learn from—thousands of your digital learning peers. Exclusive elements to this year’s OLC Accelerate event include the OLC Global Quality Summit, the Leadership Network, and the new Field Guide program, as well as the return of the popular Technology Test Kitchen and Iron Chef Battle competition! Register today!

Bring Your Entire Institution to Orlando – Virtually!
OLC Accelerate | Nov. 15-17

Your entire institution can attend over 100 select sessions via live stream services through our virtual attendee option. With individual, group, and unlimited packages available, you can save on your travel budget and have unlimited seating! Learn more and register today!

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“Attending virtually allowed our institution to maximize our conference budget, while benefiting our faculty and staff with a great opportunity for professional development.”

-Heather Bushey, Director of SOUL and FIPSE Project Manager, Bay Path University

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Attend the Leadership Network
OLC Accelerate | Nov. 14

Are you a senior leader in the field of digital learning? Join us and our co-host, Inside Higher Ed, at theLeadership Network convening where we will discuss issues pertinent to your role on campus. Current speakers include Duke University’s Matt Rascoff and Georgia Institute of Technology’s Karen Head. Look for additional speaker announcements in early October. Learn more.

Join the Global Conversation
OLC Accelerate | Nov. 15-17

In the Global Quality Summit, you will have opportunities to learn, discuss, and share best practices in digital learning with high level representatives from global top 100 schools as well as the President of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE). Learn more and register today!

Global Quality Summit Co-hosted by:

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Presented by New England Board of Higher Education and the Commission on Higher Education and Employability

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Join the New England Leadership Summit:
Employability: A National Imperative

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Higher ed and business leaders will gather for a Leadership Summit presented by the New England Board of Higher Education and the Commission on Higher Education and Employability December 4 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Learn about the latest on automation, essential and digital skills, strategies to address the employability gap, and what is needed to prepare a truly world-class workforce for today and tomorrow. Register today!

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September 27, 2017

New Season, New Knowledge, New Workshops! Join OLC Institute This Fall

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Fall Workshops
Enhance your knowledge and teaching practice.

What better time than now to assess your professional development needs and take advantage of what OLC has to offer. The OLC Institute for Professional Development invites you advance your knowledge and skills with our great line up of fall workshops. Whether you are new to online education or an expert, we have something to help you improve your professional practice.

Full Institute Schedule
Upcoming Workshops

New to Online: Essentials, Part I | New to Online: Essentials, Part II
NEW! Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Universal Design of Instruction (UDI) Principles to Online Courses | Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility
Exploring Interactive Video Tools | Introduction to Online Presentation Tools
Exploring Competency Based Education | NEW! Bringing Theory to Practice through the Neuro, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
New to Online: Essentials Workshops
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Dr. Angela M. Gibson serves as full-time faculty with the rank of Professor for the School of Arts and Humanities at American Public University System (American Military University and American Public University) teaching first-year students in Foundations of Online Learning, undergraduate students in capstone courses, and graduate students in analytical and writing classes.


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Bethany Bovard has been an educator since 1997, and has spent the last 19 years helping other educators with teaching and technology.

Part I: Getting Started | October 16-22, 2017

An essential component of successful online teaching is experiencing online learning for yourself.  This workshop will provide you with an important online learning experience as you explore the basics of online teaching and learning. You will learn the critical differences between online and face-to-face courses, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design and evaluation.

Register

Part II: Converting Your Course |October 30-November 5, 2017

Converting face-to-face classroom materials for use in an online course can be challenging. Decisions such as what formats to use and when to use synchronous or asynchronous strategies are an important part of course design.  In this workshop, you will develop strategies for migrating content from the face-to-face to the online environment.

Register
Workshops with a Focus on Accessibility & Universal Design
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Valerie Claire Haven is adjunct faculty and staff at the University of Massachusetts.

Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility
October 30-November 5, 2017

This workshop will help you better understand the legal framework for accessibility in online education and how learners with disabilities participate in online classes.

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Nancy Swenson is an Instructional Designer at the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Center for Distributed Learning.

NEW! Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Universal Design of Instruction (UDI) Principles to Online Courses
October 2-8, 2017

Universal Design for Learning and Universal Design of Instruction (UDL/UDI) take into consideration that students learn differently and, therefore, should be provided with different options for learning materials and for demonstrating learning. This workshop will help you understand the core concepts of UDL/UDI and apply them to an online course setting.

Register

 

Technology Workshops
Exploring Interactive Video Tools |October 4-6, 2017

Interactive video content encourages active learning and participation from students. In this workshop, you will explore free online video tools and easy to implement strategies for creating interactive video.

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Introduction to Online Presentation Tools | October 30-November 5, 2017

In this workshop, you will explore web-based presentation tools that leverage the 2.0 potential to engage learners, build communities, and promote continuing dialogue. Join facilitator Dr. Julia VanderMolen to explore techniques for making presentations more interactive and meaningful for students, and hold their attention in asynchronous environments.

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Angela Gunder is Senior Instructional Designer for the Office of Digital Learning at The University of Arizona.


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Dr. Julia VanderMolen is an Assistant Professor in the Allied Health Sciences program within the College of Health Professions at Grand Valley State University.

Exploring Competency Based Education

October 16-22, 2017

In this workshop, you will explore the elements of competency based education to better understand how you can structure self-paced, learner focused, outcomes driven learning environments which measure student achievement through the collection of learning artifacts.

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NEW! Bringing Theory to Practice through the Neuro, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

October 30-November 5, 2017

New and emerging research in the neuro, cognitive, and learning sciences are providing insight into how we learn and transfer learning to real-world environments.  As advances in technology are changing the world in which we learn and work, a cognitive scientist and educator team up in this workshop to debunk myths about learning and to provide a framework for brain-based learning that is both evidence-based and applicable to online and blended learning. Participants will gain a foundation in the most relevant aspects of research on learning in the mind and brain, culminating in a journal of practice with plans for applying brain and cognitive science to teaching.

Register

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Dr. Michelle D. Miller is Director of the First Year Learning Initiative, Professor of Psychological Sciences, and President’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow at Northern Arizona University. She is the author of Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology (Harvard University Press, 2014).


November Workshops

Strategies to Improve Retention | November 6-12, 2017
NEW! Effective Mobile Learning in the Online & Blended Classroom | November 6–12, 2017
Creating Infographics for Learning | November 6-12, 2017
Fundamentals: Supporting New Online Learners | November 6-12, 2017
Exploring Learning Analytics November 6-12, 2017
Creating Concept Maps | November 6-12, 2017
Strategies to Increase Faculty Motivation | November 8-10, 2017

Ready to advance your skills and knowledge? Choose from hundreds of workshops as well as Mastery Series and Certificate programs. Review the comprehensive list the OLC Institute for Professional Development has to offer today!

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September 20, 2017

Accessibility And UDL In The Online Classroom

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Accessibility and UDL in the Online Classroom
Dear Michael,

I’d like to invite you to improve your ACCESSIBIITY.jpgknowledge of accessibility and universal design in the online classroom. This fall, The Institute for Professional Development is offering a number of learning opportunities that will provide you with the strategies and resources you need to design an accessible and inclusive learning environment!

Take a look at the upcoming schedule:

Workshops
Strategic Planning for Web Accessibility | Sept 25 – Oct 1, 2017
Designing with Accessibility in Mind Sept 27-29, 2017
Applying UDL and UDI Principles to Online Courses | Oct 2-8, 2017
ADA & Web Accessibility Self-Paced Workshop (Ongoing)

Webinar
Accessibility in the Virtual/Augmented Reality Space | Oct 18, 2017 | 12:00pm ET

Pre-Conference Workshop at OLC Accelerate
(Register before September 20 for Early Bird Pricing!)
Are you WCAG 2.0 Compliant? | Nov 14, 2017 | 9:00am ET

Hope you can join us!

Best Regards,
Jennifer
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Jennifer Rafferty | Director of the OLC Institute for Professional Development | Online Learning Consortium |617-716-1414 | info@onlinelearning-c.org


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