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January 15, 2015

Don’t Delay – CFP Ends Feb 9 for 2015 OLC Blended Learning Conference and Workshop

From yesterday’s inbox…

Online Learning Consortium
Dear OLC Friend,On behalf of the Online Learning Consortium, I invite you to submit a proposal to present at the 12th Annual Online Learning Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop (July 78, 2015). Please note that the deadline to submit is Monday, February 9less than one month from now.

The theme for 2015 is Blended Learning: Leading Education’s Digital Future. This year’s tracks are meant to incorporate three major, cross-cutting themes in blended education: best practices,  research and evaluation, and innovation and experimentation.

Proposal submissions should address at least one of these three themes, regardless of the track for which they are intended. Proposals focusing on blended learning research (including research design, methods, and/or results) are strongly encouraged in each of the four tracks:

  1. Blended Models and Course Design
  2. Faculty Development and Student Support
  3. Institutional Leadership and Strategy
  4. Teaching and Learning Effectiveness
Submit by February 9, 2015.
CFP Resources
Need to know more? Contact
Best regards,
Li Ciabocchi | Conference Chair | Blended Learning Conference and Workshop
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Register for Feb OLC Teaching Certificate – Jan Sold Out!

A final item for today from Tuesday’s inbox…

Online Learning Consortium
Make 2015 the Year
to Get Certified

New year, New you
Dear OLC Friend,If you’ve ever thought about teaching online now is a great time to consider earning your Online Teaching Certification from OLC.

  • Learn from recognized experts
  • Collaborate with peers
  • Review best practices
  • Receive actionable feedback

These 9-week programs begin monthly. But why put it off? The January session is already full. You can start earning your certification beginningFebruary 10th.

Upcoming Cohorts: 
  • Advanced Online Teaching Certificate Program January 16
    (Still space available)
Best regards,
Sandra Coswatte | Director, OLC Institute for Learning
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January 11, 2015

Winter OLC Webinars Are Heating Up

From Friday’s inbox…

Online Learning Consortium
Dear OLC Friend,

For 2015, OLC is helping you keep up with the rapidly changing field of online education by offering complimentary webinars that fit your schedule.

Don’t miss out on opportunities to learn more about eCATS and OLC Institute offerings!

Questions? Contact
Best regards,
Sandra Coswatte | Director, OLC Institute for Learning |
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The Online Learning Consortium | P.O. Box 1238 | Newburyport | MA | 01950

January 9, 2015

The OLC View: January 2015

Also from Wednesday’s inbox…


OLC News
Introducing OLC Collaborate – Regional Events Connecting Online Learning Professionals
You asked and we listened. OLC is hitting the road in 2015 to a city near you. Hear from regional experts regarding current and emerging trends in online learning. Collaborate and network with your peers during group discussions on top-of-mind challenges that may impact the future of online learning – and your career.Our first regional event will take place in Kansas City, MO on February 24, 2015. Please help spread the word about this event to your colleagues in the Missouri area and stay tuned for future events. Space is limited.

Learn more TODAY, January 7 @ 2PM ET during theGoogle Hangout with Devon A. Cancilla.

Do You Have an Effective Practice on Technology in Online Learning?

The OLC community prides itself on sharing knowledge and learning from other practitioners.If you have a technique or strategy on the use of technology to enhance online education, our community would like to hear from from you.


Effective practices submitted by January 31, 2015 will be eligible for awards consideration. All submissions are peer reviewed for quality and to provide documentation for tenure and promotion files.


Expanding the OLC Reach in the New Year

With a New Year comes new ventures. This January the Online Learning Consortium and Kennesaw State University are collaborating to provide a free course about online learning to the K12 community. This massive open online course is designed for all learners involved with K12 education, including parents, aspiring teaching, in-service teachers, homeschoolers, administrators, and teacher educators. The course will be offered through Coursera’s learning platform and titled K12 Blended and Online Learning.



OLC Conferences
CFP Open for 12th Annual Online Learning Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop
July 7 – 8, 2014 
Sheraton Denver Downtown
Denver, CO


We invite you to submit your paper for the 12th Blended Learning Conference and Workshop by February 9. This year’s conference theme, “Blended Learning: Leading Education’s Digital Future,” signifies the tremendous promise of blended teaching and learning, in all of its diverse forms, to assume a more prominent role in shaping the higher education landscape.


Join our keynote speaker, internationally known eLearning trainer, speaker and author, Jane Bozarth, on Social Media for Learning.


Early Bird Ends Soon for the 8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium
April 22 – 24, 2015
Sheraton Dallas Hotel
Dallas, Texas
Register now and save money for the OLC and MERLOT 8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium (#et4online). Early bird pricing ends February 25.

Calling All EdTech Startups! – Apply byFebruary 13

Do you know of an innovative EdTech company focused on solving problems faced by today’s higher ed online educators? If so, help OLC spread the word about the 3rd Annual Launch Pad program dedicated to improving the success of today’s EdTech startups and tomorrow’slearning environments. Applications must be submitted byFebruary 13. This is a great, low-cost opportunity for startups to exhibit at the OLC Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Symposium and network with over 700 onsite and over 1,000 virtual attendees.

OLC Institute
2015 Workshops – January Highlights

Register soon for these January workshops – space is limited!


NEW – Exploring Online Math LabsJanuary 30 – February 6Fundamentals: Supporting New Online LearnersJanuary 30 – February 6

Fundamentals: Frameworks for Quality DesignJanuary 30 – February 6


OLC Teaching Certificate – February Cohort

January can be a busy time of year preparing for the new semester. If you can’t start in a January certificate offering, mark your calendars for the next cohort starting February 10.


In this comprehensive program, you will receive:

  • An opportunity to work with and learn from recognized experts in the field.
  • Actionable feedback for immediate application.
  • Enhancement of existing instructional design and planning strategies.
  • Collaboration with peers from a variety of institutions and disciplines.

If you’re interested in learning new online teaching and learning techniques and adding to your skill set, then find out more about out teaching certificate programs. Attend our informational webinar January 22.


Online Teaching Certificate – Starts February 10



Featured Webinars

Webinars are complimentary and recorded for future viewing, but registration is limited. Sign up today.


January 14Specialize in a Specific Area of Online Teaching – OLC Mastery Series Program

Earn your recognition of mastery in 2015. Join us to learn more about each mastery series topic, the workshop format, what to expect when you register, and how you can register for an upcoming mastery series.

January 22OLC Certification – Is it for me?

Do you have the skills needed to develop and facilitate interactive online courses based on strong pedagogical principles? Do you need guidance adapting to the rapidly changing technologies required in a digital learning environment? Learn more about the OLC Online Teaching Certificate and OLC Advanced Online Teaching Certificate programs.

February 10DELTA – Delivering Experiential Labs to All

The development of blended and online courses is a high priority in the Missouri S&T strategic plan. Typically, redesigns focus on the lecture, but experiential programs are what Missouri S&T is known for. So, instead of just redesigning lecture courses, they redesign lab courses as well.

February 12Accessibility Strategies for Educational Online Video

For many campuses, online video has become an essential part of teaching and learning. While this has opened up the classroom to many more students, educational institutions have had to face legal, functional, and ethical pressures to provide accessible video accommodations to their students and staff. This webinar will explore solutions that can be translated into actionable plans for your campus.

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If you have any questions or comments about the OLC view, pleasecontact us.


Advertise your products and services to OLC’s community of thousands of educators interested in quality online education. Details.
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January 8, 2015

Win A Free Conference Registration! Tell Us How You Select An OLC Event.

Also from Tuesday’s inbox…

Win a free conference registration! Tell us how you select an OLC event.
Dear OLC Friend,


Please help us understand how you acquire funding for attending online learning conferences.

Complete our brief survey by midnight ET January 12, 2015 and be entered to win a free conference registration, applicable to any 2015 OLC conference. Ten (10) winners will be selected.


We thank you for your participation and feedback. 



Jean Simmons

Director of Marketing
Online Learning Consortium


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