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September 16, 2016

OLC Accelerate Presenters: Registration deadline is September 21

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Important reminder to register for OLC Accelerate
Dear Michael,

This is a general reminder to all unregistered presenters that two important deadlines occur soon for OLC Accelerate 2016 (November 16-18, Orlando).

Due Wednesday, September 21

  1. Presenter registration – All presenters must be registered by end of day Wednesday, September 21.  Immediately following that deadline,any sessions without a registered lead presenter will be removed from the program. Unregistered co-presenters will be changed to “additional author” status at that time.
  2. Abstract edits – Please find your session on our conference website Program Listing and review for accuracy.  (Hint:  Use the “Presenter” tab to search for your name and expand to see a list of your sessions.) September 21 is also the deadline for you to submit an updated session title, abstract, co-presenters, etc.  All abstract edits must be emailed toconference@onlinelearning-c.org; you will not be able to edit your session through the OLC conference management system. Edits received after deadline will be reflected in the mobile app and website, but not in the printed program.  Instructions on how to upload your final presentation to the conference repository as well as a session evaluation reminder slide will be emailed to lead presenters in October.

Update Presenter Profile

Log into the OLC Conference Management system to update your user profile. We encourage all presenters to include a photo and bio in your profile. Your photo and bio will be included in your session information.  If you have not logged in previously, you will need to “Request a new password.” (If you do not receive the password reset email, emailconference@onlinelearning-c.org to have us manually reset your password.)

Hotel Reservations

Rooms are available at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort at our conference discounted rates starting at $202/night+ taxes and fees throughFriday October 28. We expect the hotel to sell out, so make your reservations soon.

REGISTER NOW

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

Best regards,

The OLC Conference Team

Questions? Contact us at conference@onlinelearning-c.org.

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September 15, 2016

Mobile Learning Mastery Series – Starts September 21

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Mobile Learning Mastery Series
Starts September 21
Dear Michael,

Thank you for your interest in  Dr. Scott Hamm’s blog post,Relationships, Research, Reflection.

Would you like to learn how your institution can make the best use of mobile technologies for your online and blended programs? Join Dr. Hamm September 21st for the nextOLC Mobile Mastery Series.

Best Regards,

Jennifer

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Need a Knowledgeable and Experienced Speaker?

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Find the Right Speaker for Your Event
Dear Michael,

Looking for a speaker for your next event?  The OLC Speakers Bureau can help you identify the right motivational, keynote or professional speaker to fit your needs.

From keynotes at large conferences to motivational speakers at faculty or professional development events, we have a wide range of speakers available to fit the occasion and your budget(prices starting at $2500* per event).The best part of all is that we handle all of the logistics for the speaker!

For more information, call me at (781) 583-7571 or email me.

Keep on Learning!

Jennifer

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“Dr. Powell was well prepared and connected with the faculty, she was also familiar with faculty skills and knowledge. She was able to reinforce a consistent message throughout the sessions, especially when it comes to verifiable verbs!”

-Debra Wenzel, Instructional Design, Northern State University

Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D. | Director of Strategic Partnerships | Online Learning Consortium

*Speaker fees depend on size and type of event as well as expertise and experience level of speaker.


“Collaborating with the OLC Speakers Bureau to identify an experienced instructor who understands today’s faculty and student relieved some stress for this faculty development planner! I was able to identify the objectives and outcomes for session topics, Facilitating Effective Class Discussions and Enhancing Academic Rigor, and Jennifer Mathes did a great job facilitating Northern State University’s requests and working with OLC mentor, Dr. Tamara Powell. Dr. Powell was well prepared and connected with the faculty, she was also familiar with faculty skills and knowledge. She was able to reinforce a consistent message throughout the sessions, especially when it comes to verifiable verbs!”
– Debra Wenzel, Instructional Design, Northern State University

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September 14, 2016

Upcoming Webinars: Captioning Research Results, Fall Legal Update, & Developing an Accessibility Policy

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Dear Michael,

Is your institution doing all it can to be accessible? The following upcoming learning opportunities will share national research findings around closed captioning in higher education and provide a legal update on 2016 digital access cases (presented by internationally renowned disability rights lawyer Lainey Feingold) to help you protect your institution.

These complimentary webinars, provided by 3Play Media, will cover key research results and cases that have an impact on campus accessibility requirements and tips for implementing accessible online media at your college or university.


National Research Results: How & Why Do Students Use Closed Captioning?
Thursday, September 15th at 2pm ET

In this webinar, Dr. Katie Linder, the head researcher on the project, will present for the first time on the findings of a national study of over 2,500 students. She will take a close look at how students use and perceive captioning and transcription at their institutions (beyond the need for accommodation).  Register now.

2016 Legal Update on Digital Accessibility Cases

Thursday, September 29th at 2pm ET

This webinar will be presented by Lainey Feingold, a nationally recognized disability rights lawyer and pioneer of Structured Negotiation known for negotiating landmark accessibility agreements. In the Fall of 2016 the American Bar Association is publishing Lainey’s book,Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. Her presentation will analyze key cases, government agency activity, settlements, and other developments in digital accessibility through September 2016. Register now.

Words of Experience: Developing an Electronic and Information (EIT) Accessibility Policy

Thursday, October 6th at 2pm ET

You recognize the need for an electronic information technology (EIT) policy at your college or university, but now what? In this webinar, the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) EIT Accessibility Team reveals how they successfully went about planning, designing, and implementing an accessibility policy at their institution. Register now.

National Research Results: How Colleges Nationwide Are Handling Captioning
Wednesday, October 12th at 2pm ET

Earlier this year, the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit conducted two nationwide research projects on closed captioning in higher education. In this webinar, Dr. Katie Linder, the head researcher on the project, will present for the first time on the findings of the institutional survey. Katie will take a close look at the results from over 50 colleges and universities nationwide, focusing on the challenges of and solutions for captioning.  Register now.

An Architect of the ADA on Its Application to Modern Technology
Thursday, October 20th at 2pm ET

In this webinar, one of the architects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Bobby Silverstein, will discuss his perspective on the development of the ADA, as well as on its application to modern technology, the Internet, and accessible workplace technology.  Register now.

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September 13, 2016

OLC Today Newsletter: Special Institute Edition

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Special Edition | Upcoming Institute Programs
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Advanced Certificate Program

Starts October 3

The OLC Advanced Online Teaching Certificate Program is designed to help educators fine-tune existing distance learning courses and degree programs using the OLC Pillars of Quality in Online Education. Join OLC instructor, Dr. Laurie Hillstock to enhance and strengthen your current skills to become more effective in the principles of online teaching.

Webinar: Focus the Spotlight on You with the OLC Online Teaching Certificate Programs
September 21 | 1 PM ET

Take your practice and expertise to the next level. Increase your marketability and performance in conjunction with the OLC Online Teaching Certificate Programs.  In thiswebinar, join OLC faculty members, Dr. Angela Gibson and Dr. Laurie Hillstock, to learn firsthand about our two signature professional development offerings: the Online Teaching Certificate and the Advanced Online Teaching Certificate Programs. These programs are designed to prepare educators in quality course design and effective online instructional delivery.

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Introduction to Copyright and Fair Use, Part 1

September 13

Whether you are new to online or a seasoned professional, possessing a working familiarity with copyright and fair use is a professional necessity. Join OLC Institute instructor Linda Enghagen to learn how to avoid copyright infringement. You will also get answers to important questions like: Do you know how to use copyright law to protect an idea? How long does copyright last? If a use is educational, does it always qualify as fair use?

Designing Gamified Learning Environments

September 26 – October 2, 2016

Game environments encourage collaboration, inquiry-based learning, repetition, practice and control. Join Dr. Kevin Bell in thisworkshop where you will use theories and principles from game design to develop learning environments that motivate and engage students in a creative way.

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Mobile Learning Mastery Series
Starts September 21

Join Dr. Scott Hamm in the Mobile Learning Mastery Series to explore relevant research to help you design an online course which leverages mobile technology in a series of workshops.

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Mastery Series

Starts October 5th

Are you looking for a way to transform your online nursing course into an engaging and motivational community for online learners? Join Dr. Karyn Holt for theOnline Nursing Mastery Series as you explore relevant online learning research and evaluate the latest educational technology that can enhance your online nursing courses and improve learner engagement.

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New! Self-Paced Workshops

You asked, we listened! The OLC Institute for Professional Development now offers self-paced workshops. These on-demand learning opportunities allow you to complete a workshop at a time and pace that is convenient for you. You have access to the workshop for 365 days starting from the day you enroll; and our self-paced workshops count towards fulfilling electives in the Online Teaching Certificate Program. Stay tuned for more self-paced offerings as they become available in 2017!

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