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August 7, 2016

Online Science Labs Mastery Series – Starts September 7

From Friday’s inbox…

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Online Science Labs Mastery Series
Starts September 7
Dear Michael,

Thank you for your interest in Dr. Julia VanderMolen’s blog post,
Insights from the Field: Investigating the New.

Would you like to take the next step and learn how to design and implement virtual science labs in your online classroom? StartingSeptember 7th, join Julia in theOnline Science Labs Mastery Seriesto engage in rich discussions about methods for designing, preparing and integrating labs into your online course.

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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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August 5, 2016

OLC Today Newsletter: August 2016

Also from Wednesday’s inbox…

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August 2016 | Volume 15 | Issue 8
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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. Similar to our instructor-led offerings, 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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UPCOMING EVENTS

OLC Accelerate – Orlando
Nov. 16 – 18, 2016
Annual event with new name! Register now for early bird discount.

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NEWS YOU CAN USE

EDTECH: Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Are Transforming Online Learning

Insights from the Field: Investigating the New

Insights from the Field: Twitter, Instagram, Blogs and Cake

A Little Online Learning Is a Good Thing

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Introduction to Mobile Apps & Tablets
August 8 – 14, 2016

Exploring Competency Based Education
August 8 – 14, 2016

Strategies for Supporting Online Faculty
Sept. 12 – 18, 2016

Introduction to Digital Badges
Sept. 12 – 18, 2016

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Online Learning Analytics: An Improvement Cycle 
August 30 | 1 PM ETModerated by Marguerite McNeil, Senior Editor at EdSurge with guest panelists Dr. Patsy Moskal, Jovita Vytasek, Dr. Karen Vignare, and Dr. Eric Poitras.Register >

From Data to Information in Online and Blended Learning Research

Digital Scholarship Webinar Series
September 28 | 1 PM ET

Join Dr. Dziuban and Dr. Moskal as they discuss topics such as data collection and analysis, the scholarship of teaching and learning, longitudinal evaluation, working with big data, assessing outcomes and future research trends in online and blended learning research.Register >

The Community College Completion Paradox
September 29 | 2 PM ET

Moderated by Chronicle of Higher Education Editor Jeff Young with guest panelists Dr. Shanna Smith Jaggars, Dr. Hans Johnson, and Dr. Peter Shea.Register >

Learning to Teach Virtually: An Investigation of Synchronous Virtual Classroom Training Webinar
September 7 | 1 PM ETIn this “Learning to Teach Virtually” webinar Dr. Glenn Kessler and Dr. Kate Wood will share and discuss key findings from a Virtual Classroom Training Survey conducted in partnership with OLC that sheds new light on designing and implementing effective training for virtual classroom instruction.
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Meet the OLC Accelerate
Plenary Panel
Accelerated Change: Challenges and Opportunities
September 13 | 2 PM ET

Join us as we interview the panelists for our upcoming Plenary at OLC Accelerate (formerly the 22nd Annual International Conference) in Orlando, November 16-18.

This group of dynamic industry thought leaders will introduce their thoughts on the state of online teaching and learning, and respond to questions and comments from the audience.

Making Better Choices: Using the CWiC Framework to Find Courseware That’s Right for You Webinar
September 20 | 2 PM ETNavigating the market of courseware solutions can be overwhelming. The Courseware in Context (CWiC) Framework supports postsecondary decision-makers in navigating the market of courseware solutions. It is designed to help drive better-informed adoption and implementation decisions with the goal of improving outcomes for students.

Join us as we dive into the CWiC Framework and instruments, including how the instruments were developed and their intended use. Listen to how the University of Georgia is using the framework currently, including observations and suggestions for best use.

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Introduction to Mobile Apps & Tablets Workshop
August 8 – 14, 2016Combined with educational apps, tablets have become powerful educational tools. Facilitated by Jonathan Huer, you will explore benefits and challenges of using tablets and mobile apps for learning and create a learning plan to integrate mobile apps and tablets into your online courses.
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Certificate Program
September 6 – November 15, 2016

The OLC Online Teaching Certificate prepares educators to teach and improve online courses using the OLC Pillars of Quality in Online Education—learning effectiveness, scale, faculty and student satisfaction, and access. A unique feature of the certificate program is that expert mentors work individually with each certificate candidate to accomplish specific goals. Faculty interested in developing quality online and/or blended courses and instructional designers and instructional support staff are encouraged to participate.

Online Nursing
Mastery Series
Starts October 5th
Are you looking for a way to advance your knowledge to transform your online nursing course into an engaging and motivational community for online learners?

OLC can help you do that! Join Dr. Karyn Holt, OLC Institute faculty for the Online 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. Our next cohort begins October 5th.

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Introduction to Online Presentation Tools Workshop

August 22 – 28, 2016

Join Dr. Ann Musgrove to explore web-based presentation tools that leverage the 2.0 potential to engage learners, build communities, and promote continuing dialogue.

Don’t miss your opportunity to learn techniques for making presentations more interactive and meaningful for students, and hold their attention in asynchronous learning.

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What’s Next in Digital Learning?

OLC Collaborates with EdSurge and Tyton Partners in a Three-Part Twitter Chat on the future of digital learning 

August 9, 1pm PT / 4pm ET
September 13, 1pm PT / 4pm ET
October 11, 1pm PT / 4pm ET

We’ve seen glimpses of how digital learning has the potential to help students succeed. Educators are recording personal audio messages for their online students. Others are ditching the one-way lecture and having students collaborate in virtual teams to solve real-world challenges like medical cases and space exploration. These innovations are happening in small pockets across the world, but digital learning has yet to meet its full potential of closing opportunity gaps in education. Join us at #DLNchat for a three-part twitter chat exploring what’s next in digital learning.

How to Participate:
Twitter handles: @HigherEdSurge@OLCToday
Use hashtag #DLNchat
Optional: #DLIAward

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Become a Quality Scorecard Peer Reviewer

Do you have experience implementing the OLC Quality Scorecard at your institution?

OLC is offering our first workshop for anyone interested in learning about becoming an OLC Quality Scorecard peer reviewer. Attendees with prior experience implementing the OLC Quality Scorecard will have an opportunity following the workshop to apply to become an official OLC Peer Reviewer. Training will be offered as a pre-conference workshop at the OLC Accelerate Conference in Orlando, FL on Nov. 16.

Register today to make sure you don’t miss out on this unique opportunity.

Early Bird Registration Open for OLC Accelerate
November 16 – 18, 2016 | WDW Swan & Dolphin Resort | Orlando, FLMake plans now to join us at OLC Accelerate(formerly known as the Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference). Register as an onsite or virtual attendee before September 21, 2016, and save!

Bringing the family with you to Orlando? Please note that Disney offers the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World on Sunday, Nov. 13, Tuesday, Nov. 15, and Friday, Nov. 18. If you are interested in this event, we recommend you buy your tickets NOW as they will sell out early (note: these tickets are sold through the Disney website, not OLC Accelerate website).

Also, don’t forget to make your hotel reservations through our conference website to include your extra nights. Conference attendees receive the special OLC conference rate for the 3 days prior and 3 days post-conference. Don’t get sold out of this great event!

We hope you will join us for the OLC Accelerate conference, Nov. 16-18 in Orlando, Florida.

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New Podcast:
Operationalizing Online Course Quality
How do we see to it that the design and teaching of online courses are of the highest quality possible? In this episode, join hosts Kelvin Thompson and Thomas Cavanagh as they dig deeper into the practicalities of ensuring high quality online courses.
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August 4, 2016

Measure the Quality of Your Online Programs

Another OLC item, this one from Tuesday’s inbox…

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Measure the Quality of Your Online Programs

Dear Michael,

Strategically planning to ensure quality in your online program can seem like a daunting task. It doesn’t have to be.

As an administrator, you recognize the importance of reviewing your program against key indicators for quality identified by experts in the field using the research-based OLC Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Programs. Validate the quality of your program through the OLC Quality Scorecard Review Assessment (QSRA) peer review process which could lead to an OLC Endorsement.

Contact us today to learn more about how OLCmember institutions that complete a QSRA agreement by September 30, 2016 can get our special QSRA package, which includes the QSRA plus a full-day QSRA workshop for only $15,000* ($18,000 value).

Keep on Learning,
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Jennifer

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INTERESTED IN BECOMING PART OF THE OLC BLOGGING COMMUNITY?

Here at the OLC, we see social media as a conduit for the eLearning community to stay informed of the latest news and trends while sharing insights and opinions on this ever changing field. Share your expertise and submit a blog post to be considered on our blog, OLC Insights.
Jennifer Mathes | Director, Strategic Partnerships | Online Learning Consortium

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Insights from the Field: Investigating the New

An OLC item from Monday’s inbox…

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Investigating the New
Insights from the Field: Investigating the New

In this week’s edition of Insights from the Field, Dr. Julia VanderMolen, instructor for the Online Science Labs Mastery Series and multiple workshops, joins us to discuss why we should investigate new ways to engage our students, as well as a variety of other topics on our blog, OLC Insights.

Do you know someone who we should feature in Insights from the Field? If so, contact Jill Buban, Sr. Director of Research & Innovation at Jill.Buban@onlinelearning-c.org.

Upcoming Workshops

Exploring Competency Based Education | August 8 | Dr. Melanie Borrego
Introduction to Mobile Apps & Tablets | August 8 | Jonathan Huer
Exploring ePortfolios | August 8| Dr. Betty Hurley
Facilitating Group Work Online | August 22 | Dr. Melanie Shaw
Exploring Competency Based Education
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With Dr. Melanie Borrego as your facilitator, 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. Register >

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Mobile Apps & Tablets | ePortfolios
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INTRODUCTION TO MOBILE APPS & TABLETS
August 8 – 14, 2016

Combined with educational apps, tablets have become powerful educational tools. Facilitated by Jonathan Huer, you will explore benefits and challenges of using tablets and mobile apps for learning and create a learning plan to integrate mobile apps and tablets into your online courses. Register >

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EXPLORING EPORTFOLIOS
August 8 – 14, 2016

In this workshop, Dr. Betty Hurley will help you explore how ePortfolios enhance deep learning, view examples of well-designed and effective ePortfolios, and reflect on the role that ePortfolios can play in your online courses and programs. Learn more in this short overview videoRegister >

Introduction to Online Presentation Tools
August 22 – 28, 2016

Join Dr. Ann Musgrove in this workshop as you explore web-based presentation tools that leverage the 2.0 potential to engage learners, build communities, and promote continuing dialogue.

Register
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Facilitating Group Work Online
August 22 – 28, 2016

Online group work poses challenges for faculty and students for a number of reasons, including differing technology skills, variances in team member participation, as well as logistics such as time and schedule conflicts.  Join Dr. Melanie Shaw in this experiential workshop as you learn how to address those challenges by participating in a collaborative activity that models effective group work processes. Register >

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August 3, 2016

High Quality, Affordable Professional Development

From Monday’s inbox…

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Dear Michael,

“If you are looking for reasonably priced, high quality professional development for your faculty, I highly recommend the OLC Workshop Pass,” said Dena Coots, Director Distance Education/Instructional Design at Alvin Community College.

Find out why Dena says having the OLC Workshop Pass expanded the opportunities she was able to provide to the faculty at her institution.

Keep on Learning!

Jennifer
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Jennifer Rafferty
Director of the OLC Institute for Professional Development

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“It is impossible to provide all of our training and professional development in house. Having the OLC Workshop Pass expanded the opportunities I was able to provide to the faculty.”

-Dena Coots,
Director Distance Education/Instructional Design,
Alvin Community College

Read more about Dena’s story.

Have you had a great experience with OLC? We’d love to share your story! Contact Jean Simmons, Director of Marketing, at jean.simmons@onlinelearning-c.org.

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