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May 5, 2017

OLC Today Newsletter: May 2, 2017

A newsletter from Tuesday’s inbox.

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May 2, 2017 | Volume 16 | Issue 6

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2017 Annual Survey Released

With a new name, the Digital Learning Compass report presents familiar data and insights based on NCES data including:

● Overall pattern of distance education students by type of institution,
Examination of year-to-year changes and multi-year enrollment trends,
● Distribution of graduate vs. undergraduate distance enrollments, compared to on ground enrollments, and
● Patterns of enrollment by location of distance students.

Download the full report to learn more.

Digital Academic Revolution Mentorship Competency: Part Six

In this last segment in the series, co-authors Martin Mehl & Luann Fose discuss Capturing, Coaching & Creating the Learner of the 21st Century.


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2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award
Call for Submissions now open!

The 2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award call for submissions is open to accredited U.S.-based applicants in two categories:

● Institutional Award – $100,000 (up to three awarded)
● Faculty-led Team Award – $10,000 (up to 10 awarded)

The submission portal is open until June 30, 2017. Learn more in aninformational webinar.

Join the next #DLNchat
May 9, 2017 | 1pm PT/3pm CT/4pm ET

You’re invited to our next #DLNchat, our topic: Digital learning & student success: How can we remove the silos between these change initiatives on campus? Join the conversation as OLC collaborates with EdSurge, EDUCAUSE, Tyton Partners, and WCET in this online discussion on the Future of Digital Learning.

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The New Frontier of Immersive Learning
Summer Webinar Series
Starts June 7

Join OLC for this webinar series as we explore the rapidly evolving field of virtual, augmented and mixed realities within the context of online, blended and digital learning. Designed to further your knowledge and provide you an understanding of emerging best practices, each webinar will feature a panel of experts on the given topic.

Scaling Digital & Open Educational Resources (OER)
May 17, 2017 | 12:00pm ET

This webinar will focus in on best practices for managing the complexities of digital materials and OER so that the digital and OER footprint within an institution can effectively grow.

Webinar sponsored by:


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May 3, 2017

Instructional Designers: Extend Learning and Improve Online Courses

From Monday’s inbox…

Extend Learning and Improve Your Online Courses
Dear Michael,

Paul Wilson, PhD, an Associate Professor of Religion, Ethics and Philosophy at one of the first Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) in the nation wanted to extend his learning after completing the OLC Advanced Online Teaching Certificate Program. He chose the Instructional Design Mastery Series.

“This Mastery Series immediately helped me fine-tune my online courses and gave me valuable skills for continuous course revision and improvement,” he said. “I was attracted to this course due to its learning outcomes, and I was not disappointed.”

Learn more about Paul’s experience and the benefits he found from enrolling in the Instructional Design Mastery Series. The next cohort starts June 7.

Keep on Learning!



Not sure where to start? OLC offers a number of certificate programs to support your professional development. Enroll in an upcoming cohort:

Online Teaching Certificate
May 17, 2017 – Jul 25, 2017

Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Jul 10, 2017 – Oct 01, 2017

Instructional Designer Certificate
Jul 10, 2017 – Nov 19, 2017

Jennifer Rafferty | Director of the OLC Institute for Professional Development | Online Learning Consortium
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“This course exceeded my expectations in terms of material covered and the facilitator’s feedback. It provides fundamental as well as practical help in the design of an online course.”

-Paul Wilson, PhD, Associate Professor
of Religion, Ethics and Philosophy

Read more about Paul’s story.

Have you had a great experience with OLC? We’d love to share your story! Contact Jean Simmons, Director of Marketing, at

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The Online Learning Consortium | P.O. Box 1238 | Newburyport | MA | 01950

May 2, 2017

OLC Solutions for Professional Development

From Friday’s inbox…

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OLC Solutions for Professional Development
Dear Michael,

Planning for the upcoming fiscal year at your institution?   Faculty and staff development should be an essential component of your strategic planning. As the digital learning landscape evolves, so will the skills and knowledge that faculty and staff need to stay ahead of the curve. Have you considered calling upon OLC to assist you in delivering learning opportunities at your institution?

Since 2005, the OLC Institute for Professional Development has been the leader in virtual learning opportunities for educators at any stage of their online teaching career. Our professional development opportunities are renowned worldwide and have helped us to create a global network of experts in all areas of online learning, allowing us to better serve the needs of our client organizations.

Whether it is a customized elearning course for your institution or an existing program from our expansive curriculum,  the OLC Institute for Professional Development and Consulting Solutions can help your faculty and staff evolve in their profession.

We can provide:

• online, blended or face-to-face delivery format for in-service days and summer retreats
• expert faculty and trainers from the field of online, blended and digital learning
• instructional design and project management oversight for your professional development program
• customized online teaching certificate programs for new and seasoned faculty.

Take a look at our full curriculum and start to envision the possibilities. Fill out a request form and we will follow up with you to discuss the next steps. It’s that easy.


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Jennifer Rafferty
Director of the OLC Institute for Professional Development
Jennifer Mathes
Director of Strategic Partnerships

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April 28, 2017

OLC Call for Submissions for the 2017 OLC Digital Learning Innovation Award

Another possible award that could use some K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning nominations.

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OLC Call for Submissions for
Digital Learning Innovation Award
Submission Portal Open Until June 30, 2017
Dear Michael,

The Digital Learning Innovation Award (DLIAward) program recognizes faculty-led teams and institutions for advancing undergraduate student success through the adoption of digital courseware. OLC is calling for submissions from accredited U.S.-based institutions in two categories:

  • Institutional Award – $100,000 (up to three awarded)
  • Faculty-led Team Award – $10,000 (up to 10 awarded)
We ask that only those who are serious about truly being innovative, creative, and dedicated to changing the world of digital learning apply for this award. Join us for an informational webinar (optional dates to choose from).
The deadline for submissions is 12:00 p.m. ET on June 30, 2017. All applications must be submitted through the online submission portal. Winners will be announced at theOLC Accelerate conference, Nov. 15-17 in Orlando, Florida.
Read our recent  press release or visit the website for full details regarding the award competition. We look forward to reviewing your submissions, celebrating your successes, and identifying top innovators leading the digital learning landscape.
Best Regards,

Online Learning Consortium

Online Learning Consortium – empowering educators everywhere

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April 25, 2017

Online Instructors: Are You Effectively Using Social Media?

And from yesterday’s inbox…

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What Do Your Tweets Say About You as an Online Instructor?
Dear Michael,

In a recent blog post on OLC Insights, “What Do Your Tweets Say About You as an Online Instructor?,” we discuss the increasing importance of understanding how to use social media in the classroom and for professional networking.

“If you’ve questioned how best to increase your use of social media for career purposes, or want to better communicate with and instruct an ‘always on’ student population, you’ll find that there aren’t many formal courses for social media application in the context of higher education.”

Luckily, OLC offers courses to help. Learn from Francy Johnson’s experience in OLC’s Social Media Mastery Series – the next cohort starts May 3rd!


“This was the most positive PD experience I have had in my 20+ years of teaching. The instructor made learning fun, so it didn’t feel like work. I learned skills that I use every day in both my regular and online courses.”

-Francy Johnson, Teacher and Advisor, The Anglo-American School of Moscow

Best Regards,

Jennifer Rafferty | Director of the OLC Institute for Professional Development | Online Learning Consortium | 617-716-1414 |

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