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May 24, 2019

Last Chance To Join OLC Collaborate In San Diego

Note this up-coming conference deadline.

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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 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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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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October 1, 2014

2015 TxDLA Conference Call for Proposals Deadline Extended to October 12

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2015 TxDLA Conference Call for Proposals Deadline Extended to October 12
2015 TxDLA Conference
April 7-10 – Dallas, Texas

Dear Raymond,
The deadline for the Call for Proposals for the 2015 TxDLA Conference, “A Concert of Collaboration”, scheduled April 7-10 in Dallas, Texas has been extended to October 12.We all appreciate musicians with outstanding individual talent and skill. Yet, any experienced musician knows that his or her performance is greatly enhanced when blended in concert with other talented musicians. Our work in the field of distance education is similar to this idea in that we all have our individual talents to contribute, but to achieve all that we are called upon to do, and to excel at it, requires collaboration with others in the field. Like musicians working together to play a concert, we as educators, trainers, support staff, administrators, technicians, and business partners must strive to discover and make the most of our opportunities to collaborate.

Playing off this theme, the 2015 TxDLA annual distance learning conference will present an impressive variety of topics and activities that promote collaboration and professional excellence in the field of distance learning including sessions on teaching strategies, hands-on training, emerging technologies, program management issues, public policy, and more.

For more information, please view the following document:

Once you review the information above, please submit your proposal through the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM.

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November 14, 2012

The Free, Online Global Education Conference Starts Today!

From Monday’s inbox…

The 2012 Global Education Conference starts today and runs for five days, 24 hours a day. We invite you to join us for this free, collaborative, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. The conference is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity.

Dr. Tony Wagner from Harvard kicks off the conference today at 10:00am US-Eastern Time, and we have an amazing set of keynote speakers and hundreds of educator-led concurrent sessions. You can see the full conference schedule in your own time zone at

If you’ve attended GlobalEdCon before, or one of the other Web 2.0 Labs virtual worldwide conferences, you know we depend on an incredible volunteer team to help moderate all the sessions. We still need more volunteers (!), so if you can help us, more information is at

Have a great week, and see you online!


Steve Hargadon
2012 Global Education Conference Co-Chair

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November 12, 2011

The Second Annual Global Education Conference Starts Monday!

From the inbox two or three days.

A message to all members of Classroom 2.0

It’s almost here!  The second annual Global Education Conference is a week-long, and free, event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world.  The conference features sessions and keynote addresses to inspire global connections, projects, ideas, and action in an increasingly connected world.We’ll be streaming live online November 14-18, 2011 (the actual session links will get posted this weekend).  The entire conference will be held online for free using the Blackboard Collaborate platform (formerly known as Elluminate/Wimba). The session descriptions, forum discussions, and session calendars (one for each of the world’s 36 time zones!) are available at Look at last year’s reviews, check out this year’s awesome sessions and keynotes, and get yourself set for a ton of fun and learning–join us if you can!

See you online!


Steve Hargadon
Co-Chair, 2011 Global Education Conference

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The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity. The conference seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects related to connecting educators and classrooms with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real–world problems. Through this event, it is our hope that attendees will challenge themselves and others to become more active citizens of the world. Let us learn, question, create, and engage in meaningful, authentic opportunities within a global context!

Keynote addresses this year will be given by noted thought leaders Alan November Chris Dede, Howard Gardner, Fernando Reimers, Esther Wojcicki, and many more. Conference sponsors include Brainpop and iEARN-USA  Partner organizations are numerous as well and many will be presenting their work throughout the conference. Last year’s conference featured 387 sessions and 60 keynote addresses from 62 countries with over 15,000 participant logins. Sessions were held in multiple time zones and multiple languages over the five days, and are currently archived as a standing educational resource at For further information, please join our network at http:// and follow us on Twitter (@GlobalEdCon). Conference related tweets will be aggregated using the hashtag #GlobalEd11.

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