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August 16, 2017

OLC Today Newsletter: August 15, 2017

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August 15, 2017 | Volume 16 | Issue 12

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Renee Franzwa of EdSurge
Featuring Renee Franzwa of EdSurge.
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Seats Still Available! Join OLC in Anchorage
August 21-22 | Anchorage, AK 

Our first day features an eLearning Roadshow theme, with engaging presentations on digital learning, while day 2 will be focused on the future of elearning.

Have you heard? A new session was recently added! Join Renee Franzwa of EdSurge for a hands-on workshop to help you evaluate and choose student success tools for your campus in Fit Over Features: Vetting Tools that Support Student Success.

Don’t delay! Reserve your seat, register today.

OLC Accelerate Program Announced
Nov. 15-17 | Orlando, FL

Featuring over 400 sessions on topics including EdTech, proctoring, accessibility, gamification, K-12, open educational resources, OLC Quality Scorecard, leadership, policy development, and more.

Register before September 20 for early bird savings, and add a pre-conference workshop and Disney tickets while you’re at it!

Review the full program.


Educator on Laptop in OLC Accelerate Session

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Robbie Melton in Technology Test Kitchen at OLC Accelerate

Share in the excitement of the last year’s event in this short video.

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The Anatomy of the Technology Test Kitchen (TTK)
Nov. 15-17 | Orlando, FL

Physically, the TTK is at the center of the OLC Accelerate Exhibit Hall, and metaphorically, the TTK is the heart, mind, and soul of the conference.

Now in its 4th year, the TTK offers a hands-on learning experience for individuals to apply innovative technologies in real time. Learn more from the TTK Co-Chairs Angela Gibson and Kate Sonka in a recent blog post.

Apply Now to Participate in a TTK Iron Chef Battle
Nov. 15-17 | Orlando, FL

A zesty combo of popular TV cooking competition shows (Iron Chef, Chopped, etc.), we’re pairing exhibitors and educators into teams to battle for bragging rights over who can create the most exciting new recipe for technology. 

We invite you to join us for some fiery pedagogical competition in the Technology Test Kitchen during our second annual Iron Chef Battles.

Deadline to submit is September 8.Learn more and apply today.


Phylise Banner Rings Gong at Iron Chef Battles at OLC Accelerate

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Step Outside Your
Comfort Zone
Advanced Online Teaching Certificate

Dr. Donna Scribner, OLC Institute faculty for the Advanced Online Teaching Certificate, recently joined us for a quick Q&A to discuss the redesign of the Advanced Online Teaching Certificate program and what participants can expect to gain from this unique learning opportunity. Learn more in our blog post, Insights from the Field: Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone with the Advanced Online Teaching Certificate.

Video Chat

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Student Studying Online

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The Future of Open Educational Resources
Implementing OER Workshop

Karen Gardner-Athey, OLC Institute faculty for the Implementing Open Educational Resources, Part 2workshop, recently joined us to discuss the future of open educational resources (OER) in higher education. Read her insights in this quick Q&A now!

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New Research in Action
Podcast Added

Dr. Marleah Dean Kruzel, an Assistant Professor in Health Communication at the University of South Florida in Tampa joins the Research in Action team to discuss Combining the Personal and the Professional in Research in this episode.

Stay on top of online teaching and learning trends, technologies, best practices and more with OLC Podcasts. Featuring EdSurge On Air, as well as TOPcast and Research in Action. Listen now.

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Exploring the Immersive Learning Landscape
5-Part Webinar Series: Last Webinar August 23

What does it take to implement immersive reality (VR/AR/holograms) initiative in your system, at your institution, and within your classroom?Join our panel of experts for the next (and final) edition of this webinar series as they share lessons learned and best practices about planning strategically for successful implementation of immersive learning initiatives for enhancing teaching and learning.

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2017 DLIAward Enters Second Round of Judging

The DLIAward Review Team just completed their scoring of over 61 submissions for the esteemed award. Twenty-two submissions moved to the final round of scoring and the panel of judges review and score each proposal over the next three weeks.

Join us in Orlando in November for OLC Accelerate when we will announce the 2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award Winners.

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Contact North | Contact Nord.
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Join 1000+ Delegates at the World Conference on Online Learning
October 16-19 | Toronto, Canada

Join faculty and instructors, practitioners, experts, instructional technology and media professionals, training providers, researchers, consultants, start-ups, policy makers, academic decision-makers and educational technology industry leaders in Toronto for the World Conference on Online Learning.

Click here to view the growing list of presenters and their presentation titles. The reduced, early bird registration fee is available until September 10, 2017.Register Now.

OLC Awards and Fellows Nominations Now Being Accepted

Award nominations for the OLC annual awards and OLC Fellowsare now being accepted.

Recipients will be recognized atOLC Accelerate in November in Orlando, FL. Deadline for submission is September 12, 2017.

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Creating YouTube Videos for Teaching & Learning
August 21-August 27, 2017

Introduction to Online Presentation Tools
August 21-August 27, 2017

Facilitating Group Work Online
August 21-August 27, 2017

New! Implementing OER Resources, Part 2
August 21-August 27, 2017

Fundamentals: Engaging Learners In Online Discussions
September 11-September 17, 2017

Introduction to Audio & Video Tools
September 11-September 17, 2017

New! Self-paced Workshop:
Strategies for Increasing Interaction & Engagement 

More workshops.


Quality Scorecard Mastery Series
Starts August 23

Online Nursing Mastery Series
Starts September 27

Instructional Design Mastery Series
Starts October 11

Full Institute Schedule.


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winners: @sraderosadavis & @DenisecWright!


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[AECT] Rise to Your Potential: Leading Learning for Change

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News from the NEPC: Sold to the Highest Bidder: Lack of Protections Puts the Privacy of Students and their Families at Risk

From yesterday’s inbox…

Technology and the lure of “personalization” are overwhelming efforts to protect the privacy of children and their families from marketers and others.
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Sold to the Highest Bidder: Lack of Protections Puts the Privacy of Students and their Families at Risk

Key Takeaway: Technology and the lure of “personalization” are overwhelming efforts to protect the privacy of children and their families from marketers and others.


BOULDER, CO (August 15, 2017) – Digital technologies used in schools are increasingly being harnessed to amplify corporate marketing and profit-making and extend the reach of commercializing activities into every aspect of students’ school lives. In addition to the long-standing goal of providing brand exposure, marketing through education technology now routinely engages students in activities that facilitate the collection of valuable personal data and that socialize students to accept relentless monitoring and surveillance as normal, according to a new report released by the National Education Policy Center.

In Asleep at the Switch: Schoolhouse Commercialism, Student Privacy, and the Failure of Policymaking, the NEPC’s 19th annual report on schoolhouse commercialism trends, University of Colorado Boulder researchers Faith Boninger, Alex Molnar and Kevin Murray examine how technological advances, the lure of “personalization,” and lax regulation foster the collection of personal data and have overwhelmed efforts to protect children’s privacy. They find that for-profit entities are driving an escalation of reliance on education technology with the goal of transforming public education into an ever-larger profit center—by selling technology hardware, software, and services to schools; by turning student data into a marketable product; and by creating brand-loyal customers.

Boninger points out that “policymaking to protect children’s privacy or to evaluate the quality of the educational technology they use currently ranges from inadequate to nonexistent.”

“Schools and districts are paying huge sums of money to private vendors and creating systems to transfer vast amounts of children’s personal information to education technology companies,” explains Molnar. “Education applications, especially applications that ‘personalize’ student learning, are powered by proprietary algorithms, without anyone monitoring how student data are being collected or used.”

Asleep at the Switch documents the inadequacy of industry self-regulation and argues that to protect children’s privacy and the quality of their education, legislators and policymakers need to craft clear policies backed by strong, enforceable sanctions. Such policies should:

  • Prohibit schools from collecting student personal data unless rigorous, easily understood safeguards for the appropriate use, protection, and final disposition of those data are in place.
  • Hold schools, districts, and companies with access to student data accountable for violations of student privacy.
  • Require algorithms powering education software to be openly available for examination by educators and researchers.
  • Prohibit adoption of educational software applications that rely on algorithms unless a disinterested third party has examined the algorithms for bias and error, and unless research has shown that the algorithms produce intended results.
  • Require independent third-party assessments of the validity and utility of technologies, and the potential threats they pose to students’ well-being, to be conducted and addressed prior to adoption.

Additionally, the report authors encourage parents, teachers, and administrators to publicize the threats that unregulated educational technologies pose to children and the importance of allowing disinterested monitors access to the algorithms powering educational software.

Find Asleep at the Switch: Schoolhouse Commercialism, Student Privacy, and the Failure of Policymaking, by Faith Boninger, Alex Molnar, and Kevin Murray, on the web at:

Funding for the Annual Reports on Schoolhouse Commercialism is provided in part by Consumers Union.

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC), housed at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education, produces and disseminates high-quality, peer-reviewed research to inform education policy discussions. Visit us at:

Copyright © 2017 National Education Policy Center. All rights reserved.

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15 August 2017: Google Alert – LRN

The corporate alert for K12, Inc. from yesterday.


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As-it-happens update ⋅ August 15, 2017
Can K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) Go The Extra Mile?

K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) has a Price to Book ratio of 1.207609. This ratio has been calculated by dividing the current share price by the book value per …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ August 15, 2017
K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) Forecasted to Earn FY2018 Earnings of $0.50 Per Share

K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) – Stock analysts at Barrington Research increased their FY2018 EPS estimates for K12 in a research report issued on Thursday.
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As-it-happens update ⋅ August 15, 2017
ClariVest Asset Management LLC Increases Position in K12 Inc (LRN)

K12 logo ClariVest Asset Management LLC boosted its position in shares of K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) by 21.0% during the second quarter, according to its …
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