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January 14, 2017

Join Us For An OLC Workshop In February

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February Workshops
Enhance your online teaching skills with OLC workshops.

OLC workshops are a cost-effective way to collaborate with peers and experts via synchronous and asynchronous methods for effective and engaging learning.  We are committed to modeling best practices for online learning in all of our workshops. Toward that end, our workshops will utilize numerous proven teaching strategies and learning activities that will spark creative ideas for your own online or blended course.

Upcoming Workshops

New to Online: Essentials Part 1, Getting Started
Strategies to Improve Retention
Creating Multimedia Introductions
Strategies to Increase Faculty Motivation
New to Online: Essentials Part 1, Getting Started
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This workshop will provide you with an important online learning experience as you explore the basics of online teaching and learning. You will learn the critical differences between online and face-to-face courses, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design and evaluation with the guidance of facilitator, Dr. Glori Hinck.

Engage and Improve Retention
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February 6 – 12, 2017

Today, one of the biggest challenges in online education is the high rate of students who do not complete their programs. In this one week asynchronous workshop, join facilitator Dr. Marie Fetzner to identify the most significant retention challenges and learn how research-based strategies can be employed to increase retention and improve student satisfaction and success. Register >


February 6 – 12, 2017

Join facilitator Dr. Lujean Baab in this seven-day asynchronous workshop to learn strategies for engaging learners in effective discussions as well as tools that can be employed to foster learner engagement and improve learning outcomes.  Register >

Creating Multimedia Introductions
February 8 – 10, 2017

Multimedia can be used to increase social presence in online courses by making a personal connection to the students and engaging them in the learning experience. Join Angela Gunder in this workshop where you will explore and experience a number of easy and practical multimedia tools compatible with all major learning management systems. By the end of the workshop, you will have a multimedia activity you can immediately add to your course, and the experience to create many more.

Strategies to Increase Faculty Motivation
February 8 – 10, 2017

Faculty satisfaction and motivation are key factors in determining the success of an online program. Join Linda Algozzini in this three-day, asynchronous workshop as you examine research on intrinsic and extrinsic motivating factors and inhibitors for online faculty, and develop strategies to increase faculty motivation and engagement in your institution. Register >

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Ensure the Quality of Your Online Programs with the OLC Suite of Quality Scorecards

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Access the OLC Quality Scorecards 
with Institutional Membership
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As the leader in digital learning quality initiatives, OLC continues to find new ways to support higher education institutions seeking best practices for advancing quality. OLC offers a robust suite ofQuality Scorecards to meet this growing demand by institutions committed to quality at the course, program and institution level. Implementing the quality scorecards provides an opportunity for external validation of the overall level of quality which can be shared with students, faculty and higher education accrediting bodies.

Did you know? OLC Institutional Members not only get free access to the full suite of Quality Scorecards, but also free access to the Handbook, Rubric and interactive platform for the Quality Scorecard for Blended Learning and the Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Program.  In addition, Institutional Members can seek an endorsement for their online or blended program following a third-party independent review by OLC.

Become an Institutional Member today for $1,495!

Contact me for details or to get started. Please call: 617.207.4172  or email

Best Regards,


Thomas Heitz

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January 12, 2017

OLC Today Newsletter: January 2017

From Tuesday’s inbox…

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January 2017 | Volume 16 | Issue 1

Join us in 2017!


OLC Innovate | April 5-7
New Orleans, LA

In addition to the conference sessions, OLC Innovate features two new summits—the HBCU Affordable Learning Summit andCommunity College Summit. Early bird registration ends February 8th.

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OLC Collaborate Regional Events

We have 5 OLC Collaborate regional events planned for 2017! We will be in San Francisco on February 16th and Nebraska on June 6th. Continue to check our website for new locations!

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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



5 Online Education Trends to Watch in 2017

Retro Approach to Training Online Teachers

New Certificate Program Trains in Online Instructional Design

Online Learning Consortium Unveils Expanded Quality Scorecard Suite for Benchmarking Online and Blended Learning Programs


Creating YouTube Videos for Teaching & Learning
Jan. 23-29, 2017

Strategies for Improvement: Quality Scorecard
Jan. 23-29, 2017

Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility
Jan. 23-29, 2017

Developing Your Social Media and Digital Presence
Jan. 23-29, 2017

Creating Effective Assessments
Jan. 23-29, 2017

Blended Learning Mastery Series
Jan. 25-Mar. 29, 2017

Leadership in Online Learning Mastery Series
Feb. 5-Apr. 5, 2017

and more!


Open SUNY COTE/OLC Engagement | Syracuse
March 10, 2017

Join us in Syracuse in a special convening at the Open SUNY COTE Summit. On March 10th, we will host an interactive learning analytics session with guests Patsy Moskal, John Vivolo, and Scott Burrows.Register here for this ½ day session. Interested in the entire Summit?Learn more and register here.


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Institute for Emerging Leaders in Online Learning (IELOL)
2017 Application Now Open

Join a select group of your peers for a unique blended-learning leadership development program offered by Penn State and OLC. Deadline to complete the application is April 14, 2017.

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Two-Part Webinar Series:
Postsecondary Perspectives on Digital Learning

Session One | 1/24/2017 1PM ET
Session Two | 1/31/2017 1PM ET

This two-part webinar series will feature highlights from Tyton Partners’ Fall 2016 survey of over 1,100 administrators across public and private four-year and two-year institutions.

Digital Mentorship Literacy Webinar

January 18, 2017 | 12:00pm EST

This webinar shares pedagogical methodology, instructional design and digital convergence screencasting technology to train the workforce, scholars and performers of tomorrow.

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Online Learning:
Best Papers Presented at the AERA 2016 Online Teaching and Learning SIG

At the 2016 Annual Meeting, the American Education Research Association (AERA)  Special Interest Group on Online Teaching and Learning (SIG-OTL) sponsored 58 presentations of research in a variety of formats, from a set of over 120 proposals. The papers in this special issue of Online Learning were selected from those accepted papers.

New Book: Going Online-Perspectives on Digital Learning

In Going Online, author Robert Ubell offers insights into virtual education—what it is, how it works, where it came from, and where it may be headed. Read more about this book on OLC Insights, the OLC blog.


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New Podcasts Available

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 one featuring OLC’s Jill Buban, as well as the latest TOPcast, where Tom and Kelvin consider the ongoing, multi-faceted challenge of facilitating accessibility.

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Programs with a Focus on Quality
Facilitated by Dr. Kaye Shelton & Dr. Rohan Jowallah

Take advantage of the opportunity to immerse yourself in the review and application of three of the OLC Quality Scorecards with these upcoming offerings in January and March.

Strategies for Improvement: The Quality Scorecard
January 23 – 29, 2017

Join this workshop to get an overview of the OLC Quality Scorecard, explore how it can be implemented in your institution and evaluate your institution based on a few chosen quality indicators.


New! Essentials of the OLC Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice (QCTIP) Scorecard
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This workshop will introduce the QCTIP Scorecard, provide some of the foundational research used in the development, cover the fundamentals of the quality rubric, plus includes an hour session to meet your facilitator, Dr. Kaye Shelton.

Blended Learning Mastery Series: Research into Practice
January 25 – March 29, 2017

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Developing Your Social Media and Digital Presence: A Special Workshop for Faculty Researchers & Scholars
January 23 – 29th, 2017

What does your online identity look like today? Have you Googled yourself lately?

Join Dr. Laura Pasquini in this workshop where you will explore meaningful ways to craft an active, online persona that includes using social media and other digital resources for teaching, service, and research in academia. Register today!

Mastery Series Applied! Central Facets for Leading Effective, Sustainable, High Quality Online Programs
January 20th | 1:00pm EST

This session will discuss the most pertinent topics for developing and sustaining a strong support program for online learning in higher education. Learn to develop your own personalized institutional development plan for online education in this engaging and practical webinar.

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February 9 | 12:00pm CST

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Join Keypath Education as they expand on recent research and its implications during the correspondingwebinar on Feb. 9.

Join the list to ensure you receive the report when it is released in a couple of weeks.

Evaluating the 2017 Higher Education Benchmarks

Keypath Education will be releasing the highly anticipated annual benchmarks report soon. Merging its proprietary data set, top supplemental research and more than 25 years of experience partnering with institutions to launch programs, grow enrollment, improve learning and connect education to careers, Keypath’s 2017 benchmarks white paper is the most robust yet. Discover the latest data surrounding the current state of higher education in the U.S., including enrollment, marketing, program and occupational trends.


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January 11, 2017

Jump-Start Your 2017 Faculty Development With An Online Teaching Certificate

Also from Monday’s inbox…

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OLC Online Teaching Certificate Programs
Which Program Is Right for You?
Dear Michael,

Are you ready to strengthen your teaching skills to become more effective in the principles and practices of online instruction, but you’re just not sure where to start?

For ten years the OLC Institute for Professional Development has offered certificate programs for both new and experienced online instructors.

Which Program Fits Your Needs?

The OLC Online Teaching Certificate Program

Ideal for educators who are new to online teaching, the OLC Online Teaching Certificate Program isDrBrianUdermann_circle.pngoffered as a sequence of one foundation course and three electives leading from the conceptual to the implementation of online learning effectiveness best practices. The program’s theoretical underpinning stems from OLC’s Five Pillars of Quality in Online Education: student satisfaction, access, learning effectiveness, faculty satisfaction, and institutional cost effectiveness. Join Dr. Brian Udermann in our January 18thcohort by registering today!

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Redesigned in 2016, the OLC Advanced Online Teaching Certificate Program takes a fresh approach to supporting faculty in the process of fine-tuning existing online courses and degree programs. Join Dr. Donna Scribner in our January 30th cohort!DrDonnaScribner_circle.pngParticipants explore and apply current instructional design models and accessibility standards to enhance their instructional strategies, assessment methods and multimedia components.  Active learning strategies are modeled and applied throughout the duration of the twelve-week program.

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Start building your professional development plan for 2017. These certification programs are dedicated to advancing your online teaching skills. Register for a 2017 cohort today!

Best Regards,

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

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January 8, 2017

Insights From The Field: Creating A Safe Space For Learning

From Friday’s inbox…

Creating a Safe Space for Learning
Dear Michael,

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is reaching out to our global community of thought leaders, faculty, innovators and practitioners to bring you insights from the field of online, blended and digital learning.

This week Insights from the Field features Dr. Donna Scribner, OLC Institute faculty, in a discussion that focuses on why innovation is subjective as well as why faculty should consider participating in the newly redesigned Advanced Online Teaching Certificate Program.

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

Keep on Learning!

Jennifer Rafferty | Director of the OLC Institute | Online Learning Consortium
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