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May 24, 2019

Last Chance To Join OLC Collaborate In San Diego

Note this up-coming conference deadline.

Call for proposals deadline extended, keynote announced, and more! Email not displaying correctly?
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OLC Collaborate 2019 – San Diego

Vision 2029: Reimagining the Future of Digital Learning

We know many in California are under out-of-state travel restrictions, so OLC is bringing a regional event to you! Let’s explore our shared responsibility as educators to meet our diverse and changing student populations where they are, and to improve student success in online and digital learning.

Join us Tuesday, June 4th at Ashford University for OLC Collaborate – San Diego.

Upcoming OLC Collaborate events:
Ashford University – San Diego, CA
June 4, 2019
University of Hawaii – Kahului, Maui, HI
September 19 & 20, 2019
Anderson University – Anderson, SC
October 10, 2019
OLC Accelerate 2019

A Quick Guide to Gamifying Your OLC Accelerate Presentation

New to OLC Accelerate 2019 is the gamification session type! If you’re not familiar with gamification, you may be wondering how to create a presentation in this highly-interactive format.

Program Co-Chairs Megan Kohler and Doug Geier share 5 tips to help in this recent blog post.  Learn if your proposal fits this session type and submit today!

Submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm ET on June 3, 2019.

Friday Keynote Speaker Announced

Ross Dawson will deliver the Friday Keynote Address at OLC Accelerate, “The Next 25 Years: The Future of Online Learning.”

Strong demand for Ross’s expertise has seen him deliver keynote speeches and executive workshops in 29 countries across six continents and consult to leading organizations worldwide such as Ernst & Young, Macquarie Bank, News Limited, Procter & Gamble and many others. Don’t miss your opportunity to hear his presentation – register today!

Ross Dawson is globally-recognized as a leading futurist, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, strategy advisor, and bestselling author.
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May 23, 2019

100 Super Early Bird Slots Added – Hawaii International Conference on Education

Note this update from the Hawaii International Conference on Education that will take place next January.

Aloha Past Participants,

Due to many requests, we have added 100 additional slots for our Super Early Bird Rate for the 2020 Hawaii International Conference on Education. Take advantage now before the next Call for Papers goes out (this Thursday evening) to the masses and you miss out on this special rate.

With university budgets continually a factor for a lot of our attendees, we have again decided to offer a Super Early Bird Rate of $315 for the first 300 people (100 remaining) that register for the 2020 Hawaii International Conference on Education which will be held January 4-7, 2020. (See our website at for full conference details)

To register instantly for the Super Early Bird Rate, visit and click the “Register Online” button.

Our next Call for Papers for the 2020 conference will be sent out Thursday May 23rd
, so be sure to begin preparing your proposals! Visit   for full details on submitting.

A few important notes about the Super Early Bird Rate:

1. Only the first 300 registrants (100 remaining) are eligible for the rate.
2. As in past years, we will offer FULL refunds for these rates as long as you make your refund request by December 14th, 2019. So there is no risk if your plans change, or you cannot participate.
3. With only 100 slots remaining, the Super Early Bird Rate should sell out within just a few days. And will definitely sell out right after the Call for Papers goes out to the masses.

We look forward to seeing everyone in 2020, and hope this  lower rate can make it a bit easier for some to be able to participate in the conference.

Mahalo (Hawaiian for Thank You),
Andrew Burge
Conference Coordinator

May 21, 2019

OLC Accelerate 2019 CFP Deadline Extended To June 3

Note this up-coming deadline for the call for proposals for an OLC conference.

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OLC Accelerate 2019 - Accelerating Online Education Worldwide
Call for Proposals Deadline Extended to June 3
Hello Michael,

Does the end of the school year have you running behind schedule? Good news…we’ve extended the OLC Accelerate 2019 submission deadline to help you out. You now have until midnight ET on June 3rd to submit your presentation!

The Program Committee seeks your proposals for interactive sessions that engage and inform participants in four primary categories.

  • Express Workshops (exploration)
  • Gamified Sessions (highly interactive)
  • Discovery Sessions (conversational)
  • Education Sessions (traditional lecture or panel interview)
Submissions should reflect and showcase our vibrant community of practice — promoting theory, research, methodology and/or applied effective practices in online, blended, and web-enhanced teaching and learning. Both research and evidence-based proposals are encouraged for submission.

Please review the tracks and session types carefully and select the categories most closely aligned with your proposal.

Learner Services and Support
This track focuses on issues and approaches to providing academic services and support, accessibility, and readiness preparation for those students who study at a distance. Learn more.
Leadership and Institutional Strategies
This track focuses on how leaders grow, build, and scale their institutions’ blended (or hybrid),  online, or distance programs using different strategies and leadership approaches. Learn more.
Professional Development and Support
This track focuses on topics concerning fully online or hybrid professional development courses, programs, and practices. Learn more.
This is a unique track at OLC Accelerate. While any of the previously listed tracks may include a research component, this is the only track dedicated to presenting formal research of completed or well-developed studies that relate to digital, online and/or blended learning. Learn more.
Teaching and Learning Effectiveness
This track encompasses practices that improve the teaching and learning process in online,  blended, and digital, formal and informal, learning environments to create a positive impact. Learn more.
Tools and Technologies
This track focuses on current trends, tools, and technologies within online, blended, and digital education. Learn more.
Make plans to join us this fall for the 25th anniversary of our annual conference at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL!

Best Regards,

Doug Geier
Golden Gate University
Program Co-Chair
Megan Kohler
The Pennsylvania State University
Program Co-Chair
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Global Learn Is Going To Africa!

An announcement from this AACE conference.

Call For Proposals: August 21, 2019
Same Mission, New Locations
Global Learn blends the unique strengths of a local host with AACE’s global conference reach.
This innovative event is expanding and partnering with new university hosts to offer more ways to share research and education.
AACE and Global Learn are proudly partnering with Mzumbe University, Morogoro in Tanzania and Vrije University Brussels to bring the Global Learn conference experience to Africa!
AACE & LearnTechLib have partnered to offer ALL faculty and students of subscribing university libraries FREE AACE/SITE Membership, including conference discounts!
AACE | P.O. Box,
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May 14, 2019

2020 AERA Call for Submissions – Now Open

Note the up-coming call for submissions for the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association.

American Educational Research Association

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to officially inform you that the AERA 2020 Annual Meeting Call for Submissions is now available on the AERA website. We encourage you to consider a paper or session submission to a division, special interest group (SIG), or committee that best aligns with your research interests. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time, on July 10, 2019.

The 2020 Annual Meeting will be held on April 17-21, 2020, in San Francisco, California. The overall theme is “The Power and Possibilities for the Public Good When Researchers and Organizational Stakeholders Collaborate.”

We hope that you will consider a submission in response to the Call. The theme advanced by AERA President Vanessa Siddle Walker, and Annual Meeting Co-Chairs Sheryl J. Croft and Michelle A. Purdy, invites us to examine the possibility of new, previously uncontemplated research questions; discuss different methodological approaches to old problems; and collectively enable research findings to inform legislation and policy in ways that may exceed the influence of individual researchers.

The last AERA Annual Meeting in San Francisco was in 2013. We are now returning once again to create an Annual Meeting that will attract broad participation worldwide. This meeting will provide an opportunity to share research, assess the state of our knowledge, and explore how our work can become more relevant to diverse communities, publics, practitioners, and policy makers.

Please submit and join us in April 2020 in San Francisco.



Felice J. Levine, PhD

Executive Director


Robert Smith, CMP, CMM

Director of Meetings


American Educational Research Association

1430 K Street, NW

Suite 1200

Washington, DC 20005

(202) 238-3200

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