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February 9, 2017

OLC Today: February 2017

From Tuesday’s inbox…

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February 2017 | Volume 16 | Issue 2

Last Chance to Save for OLC Innovate – Early Bird Pricing Ends Tomorrow!


OLC Innovate | April 5-7
New Orleans, LA

Whether you’ve registered for OLC Innovate or are considering registering, learn about some of the reasons we love this conference and it’s location, New Orleans, in this blog post.

Haven’t registered yet? Now is the time as early bird pricing is available through February 8th. Make your travelplans now and register for OLC Innovate.

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OLC Collaborate – San Francisco
February 16, 2017

OLC Innovate 2017 | New Orleans
April 5-7, 2017

OLC Accelerate 2017 | Orlando
November 15-17, 2017

NEW FOR 2017!


The Institute for Professional Development is excited to be rolling out a series of new workshops for 2017!

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Institute for Emerging Leaders in Online Learning (IELOL)
2017 Program Open for Application Until April 14, 2017

Dr. Tony Farrell, Ashford University, recently shared that “the collaboration, learning and networking is second to none!” in the IELOL program. Read more.

Join a select group of your peers for this unique blended-learning leadership development program offered by Penn State and OLC.

Virtually Inspired: Showcasing Online Learning Best Practices

OLC and Drexel Online University (DUO) are pleased to introduce you to Virtually Inspired, your resource center for high-quality videos highlighting how educators are inventing the future of connected learning, using the latest technologies and innovative approaches.

Don’t miss any inspiration, subscribe to the weekly newsletter or attend the Virtually Inspired session and workshopat OLC Innovate!



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Have you read the latest issue ofOnline Learning? It features the best papers that were presented at the AERA 2016 Online Teaching and Learning SIG, as well as  additional general interest articles.Register to be notified about future issues.


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Have you visited the OLC Blog, OLC Insights, recently?  Here’s a recap of our most visited blog posts in the past month.  Be sure to add OLC Insightsto your daily reading!

Why Faculty Still Don’t Want to Teach Online by Bob Ubell

Online Learning Journal Top 10 of 2016 by Peter Shea

OLC’s Board Vice President’s Research Study Featured in Inside Higher Ed by Jill Buban

Course Design Xchange (CoDeX) By Taylor Kendal

Interested in writing for OLC Insights?Learn more.

Stay on top of online teaching and learning trends, technologies, best practices and more with OLC Podcasts.

Several Research in Action podcasts have been added since last month, including #44 featuring Dr. Monika Raesch, Dr. Frank Rudy Cooper & Dr. Pat Reeve on Researching as Administrators.


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New Workshop Offerings in 2017

The Institute for Professional Development is excited to be rolling out a series of new workshops for 2017! We have a great line-up of topics that will keep you ahead of the curve in the field of online and digital education. Enhance your knowledge and instructional practice with one or more of these relevant workshops. There will be more offerings added as the year progresses, so stay tuned!


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February 8, 2017

Thinking of Becoming an Online Instructor?

Another item from Monday’s inbox…

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Dear Michael,

In our most recent blog post, “Thinking of Becoming an Online Instructor?,” we outline some of the skills and qualifications that are needed to become a successful online educator in today’s rapidly changing digital education landscape. We also offer suggestions about the kinds of professional development opportunities that can help you build new knowledge and skills, whether you are new to online teaching or a seasoned professional.

“For the last ten years, the OLC Institute for Professional Development has offered an Online Teaching Certificate, allowing you to collaborate with, and learn from, recognized experts who will prepare you for the conception, implementation, and administration of online learning effectiveness.”

A seasoned professional? Our Advanced Online Teaching Certificate Program guides educators in fine-tuning their existing online courses by exploring and practicing active learning strategies throughout the program. Participants investigate and create a personal repository of solutions for the rapidly changing technology challenges in our field.

Read more about how OLC can help you with your online teaching skills.

Best Regards,

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

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February 5, 2017

You’re Invited To The Inaugural Community College Summit At OLC Innovate

Also from Friday’s inbox…

You’re Invited!
OLC Innovate 2017 Community College Summit | April 5, 2017

OLC Innovate 2017 seeks to highlight our interconnectedness as educators, and our shared goal to support student engagement and success through innovation.  Our collaborative efforts help us to challenge barriers, create new pathways to learning, and ensure that ALL of our learners have access to a quality education.  We are honored to have the opportunity to shine a light on the critical work done in the aforementioned areas by the educators supporting community colleges.


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We invite you to take part in an inaugural event, the OLC Innovate 2017 Community College Summit, to be held on Wednesday, April 5 from 7:30am-12:00pm, immediately prior to the start of the regular OLC Innovate 2017 Conference program.  Join your colleagues for a half-day of ideation, engaging conversation and rich collaboration on creating a roadmap for supporting student success.

About the Summit
Here’s a sneak peak at the agenda:

  • Welcome remarks and a breakfast with your fellow participants
  • Collaborative ideation sessions where you’ll identify challenges and opportunities related to student success
  • Lively panel discussions focusing on the ideas and reflections of participants in the collaborative ideation sessions
  • A closing activity and tangible takeaway in the form of an interactive document of effective practices for student success

This summit is NOT your typical, one-to-many presentational format.  Your reflections, ideas and input will drive the discussion, and you will have the opportunity to network and collaborate with your colleagues in an active and engaging conference environment.  You might even consider inviting your colleagues to join you at the summit to form a mini-cohort.

Review the Full Schedule Online

How to Register
Ready to join in on the fun?  Access to the Community College Summit is included with your conference registration at no additional fee – simply check off the box that you plan to attend the CC Summit when you register for the conference.  Make sure to lock in the discounted rate and register now as early bird registration ends on Feb 8.


On behalf of the entire Community College Summit Committee, we look forward to seeing you at the summit.   If you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to reach out to Laura Franklin (, Angela Gunder ( or Jessica Knott ( for more information.

All the best,

Laura Franklin, OLC Innovate 2017 Community College Liaison
Angela Gunder, OLC Innovate 2017 Program Chair
Jessica Knott, OLC Innovate 2017 Engagement Chair

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February 4, 2017

Learn How to Build Your CBE Program in Five Easy Lessons

Another item from Wednesday’s inbox…

This sponsor message is sent to you by the Online Learning Consortium on behalf of D2L.

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Find out what it takes to build a successful CBE program so you can meet the needs of your diverse learners.
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Register now to learn more about the practical steps for executing CBE at your institution.

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January 31, 2017

Paving the Way for Continuous Improvement in Online Education

From yesterday’s inbox…

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Dear Michael,

In her most recent blog post, “Insights from the Field: Paving the Way for Continuous Improvement in Online Education,” Dr. Kaye Shelton, Institute faculty for the OLC Quality Scorecard Mastery Series, discusses her latest research for the OLC Quality Scorecard Suite as well as a variety of other topics.

“One of my proudest accomplishments is how the Quality Scorecard is being used to help other institutions identify quality and improve their online programs,” Shelton states. “There is great value in taking the time to self-evaluate and then develop improvement strategies based upon a Scorecard review.”

Read more about Dr. Shelton’s research and learn about the benefits of using the OLC Quality Scorecard to evaluate your institution’s online programs.

Best Regards,

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

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