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September 12, 2019

OLC Innovate 2020 CFP Deadline Extended To September 30

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OLC Innovate 2020 Education Reimagined

March 31 – April 3, 2020 • Chicago, IL • #OLCInnovate

 

Call for Proposals Deadline Extended to September 30

Does the start of the school year have you running behind schedule? Good news…we’ve extended the OLC Innovate 2020 (March 31 – April 3, 2020 in Chicago, IL) submission deadline to help you out. You now have until midnight ET on September 30th to submit your presentation!

The theme of this year’s conference is “Building Bridges in Digital, Blended, and Online Learning” and brings these refreshed features:

  • New and Exciting Program — Supporting lifelong learning and diverse learners are critical values in online and digital learning, and we have tracks and activities to delve into these topics.
  • Variety of Session Types — We continue to adjust and refine our presentation session types, find the one that is right for you!
  • The Windy City! — Located in the beating heart of the bustling downtown district, the Sheraton Grand Chicago is an urban sanctuary amid iconic attractions.

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

Effective Tools, Toys and Technologies
Highlighting the emerging and innovative gadgets and gizmos that support pedagogical innovation in the digital and online learning spaces of higher education.
Leadership and Advocacy
Making change actionable within the spaces and groups that foster innovation in online and digital learning.
Lifelong Learning and Workforce Partnerships
Designing educational and career pathways with technologies, services, and online opportunities for a lifetime of learning and successful employment.
Open Learning
Integrating open learning spaces (physical or digital; MOOCs), open scholarship, open access, open pedagogy, and OERs.
Process, Problems, and Practices
Spotlighting the cyclical nature of defining and defeating obstacles to innovation in digital and online learning.
Research
Designs, Methods, and Findings: Showcasing formal research and in-progress studies in the scholarship of online teaching and learning with technology.
Teaching and Learning Practice
Creating effective approaches to practices for online teaching and digital learning with technology including active learning, game-based learning, and experiential practices.

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OLC Innovate is a great chance to share and learn about innovations in research, practice, and technologies; but more importantly it’s a chance to build new bridges and strengthen connections with colleagues. We’re excited to see you for a phenomenal #OLCInnovate – the Windy City awaits!

Questions? Contact OLC at conference@onlinelearning-c.org.

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September 10, 2019

OLC Innovate 2020 CFP Deadline Extended To September 30

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OLC Innovate 2020 - Education Reimagined
Call for Proposals Deadline Extended to September 30

Hello Michael,

Does the start of the school year have you running behind schedule? Good news…we’ve extended the OLC Innovate 2020 (March 31 – April 3, 2020 in Chicago, IL) submission deadline to help you out. You now have until midnight ET on September 30th to submit your presentation!

The theme of this year’s conference is “Building Bridges in Digital, Blended, and Online Learning” and brings these refreshed features:

  • New and Exciting Program — Supporting lifelong learning and diverse learners are critical values in online and digital learning, and we have tracks and activities to delve into these topics.
  • Variety of Session Types — We continue to adjust and refine our presentation session types, find the one that is right for you!
  • The Windy City! — Located in the beating heart of the bustling downtown district, the Sheraton Grand Chicago is an urban sanctuary amid iconic attractions.

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

Effective Tools, Toys and Technologies
Highlighting the emerging and innovative gadgets and gizmos that support pedagogical innovation in the digital and online learning spaces of higher education.
Leadership and Advocacy
Making change actionable within the spaces and groups that foster innovation in online and digital learning.
Lifelong Learning and Workforce Partnerships
Designing educational and career pathways with technologies, services, and online opportunities for a lifetime of learning and successful employment.
Open Learning
Integrating open learning spaces (physical or digital; MOOCs), open scholarship, open access, open pedagogy, and OERs.
Process, Problems, and Practices
Spotlighting the cyclical nature of defining and defeating obstacles to innovation in digital and online learning.
Research
Designs, Methods, and Findings: Showcasing formal research and in-progress studies in the scholarship of online teaching and learning with technology.
Teaching and Learning Practice
Creating effective approaches to practices for online teaching and digital learning with technology including active learning, game-based learning, and experiential practices.
OLC Innovate is a great chance to share and learn about innovations in research, practice, and technologies; but more importantly it’s a chance to build new bridges and strengthen connections with colleagues. We’re excited to see you for a phenomenal #OLCInnovate – the Windy City awaits!

Keegan Long-Wheeler
University of Oklahoma
Program Co-Chair
Kate Miffitt
Office of the Chancellor-California State University
Program Co-Chair

Questions?  Contact us at conference@onlinelearning-c.org.

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OLC Institute Update: New Game-Based Workshop & Online Science Labs Takes Center Stage

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Learn how to successfully teach science labs online and design and develop your online courses in this upcoming opportunities!
For a limited time, save 10% on these upcoming OLC Institute for Professional Development programs!
Featured Mastery Series

Transform Your Online Science Labs

“In this series, participants will engage with fellow colleagues and learn about methods to design, prepare, and integrate labs and assessment methods,” says Dr. Julia VanderMolen, instructor for OLC’s Online Science Labs Mastery Series Program in a recent blog post. “Included is a review of several different online labs options and strategies for integrating them into your online science curriculum.”

Transform your online science labs, learn more and register today! Enter disount code: 2019SLMS-10 during the checkout process.

Featured Workshop

Designing Game-Based Learning

“When game-based learning gets truly and effectively integrated with ubiquitous augmented reality, the game will truly have been changed (if you’ll pardon the pun).” Dr. Ryan Straight, OLC Institute SME and faculty for the new Designing Game-Based Learning workshop, answers our questions about the workshop in a recent blog post.

Join Dr. Straight for this exciting workshop, starting September 23rd. Spoiler alert: Attendees learn to build a game! Register today. Enter disount code: 2019GAME-10 during the checkout process.

Online Teaching Certificate Programs

Need Help Designing and Developing Your Online or Blended Courses?

Leverage your background and proficiencies as an educator, administrator, or institutional leader to become a more effective online/digital teaching & learning professional with the Advanced Online Teaching Certificate.

Participants will explore and apply current instructional design models and accessibility standards to enhance their course components. Active learning strategies are modeled and applied throughout the duration of the twelve-week program. Learn more. Enter disount code: 2019AOTC-10 during the checkout process.

Need Help Designing and Developing Your Online or Blended Courses?

Ideal for educators who are newer to online teaching, the program is offered as a sequence of one foundation course and three electives leading from the conceptual to the implementation of online learning effectiveness best practices.

At the end of this program, you will be prepared to design and develop a complete online or blended course based on current research and best practices. Learn more. Enter disount code: 2019OTC-10 during the checkout process.

Upcoming Institute Programs
SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS

Exploring Interactive Video Tools
Creating Rubrics
Creating an Interactive Syllabus
Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles to Online Courses to Increase Accessibility and Engagement
New to Online, Essentials Part III: Course Design Basics
Creating YouTube Videos for Teaching & Learning
Fundamentals: Increasing Interaction & Engagement
Introduction to Online Presentation Tools
Introduction to Digital Badges
OER, Part I: Exploring Open Educational Resources
Designing Game-Based Learning  (NEW)

MASTERY SERIES

Leadership in Online Learning
Online Science Labs
Instructional Design Mastery Series

TEACHING CERTIFICATES

Online Teaching Certificate
Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Instructional Designer Certificate Program

OCTOBER WORKSHOPS

New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started 
Designing Courses with a Multimodal Approach
Strategies for Supporting Online Faculty
Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility
Introduction to Learner Experience (LX) Design Methods, Part 3: Prototyping
Exploring Competency-Based Education
Essentials of the OLC The Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice (QCTIP) Scorecard
Designing with Accessibility in Mind
Neuro, Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Part I: Bringing Theory to Practice
Strategies for Evaluating Online Faculty

ADVANCED INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN WORKSHOPS

Project Management for Instructional Designers 
Applying the Neuro, Cognitive, and Learning Sciences to Instructional Design
Research Methods for the Instructional Designer Community
Data Stories: An Introduction to Data Visualization

ON-GOING PROGRAMS

Self-Paced Workshops
On-Demand and Customized Offerings

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September 7, 2019

We’re Giving You More Control Of Your Purchases And Account Settings

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Hello Michael,

We are improving the OLC website to provide a streamlined registration and shopping experience, enabling you to make purchases, change your account and email preferences, and update your profile settings — all with a single login.

New features:

  • Login one time to place or make a purchase or register for a program
  • Ability to easily add multiple registrants
  • Simplified checkout process automatically verifies your membership status to apply discounts automatically

Please note that the feature allowing you to create your OLC Accelerate 2019 personalized conference schedule is temporarily unavailable while we upgrade our systems.  We anticipate to have this back up by mid-late October. Please check the website for updates.

Please watch your email in the next few weeks for additional information and instructions for using the new system.

We appreciate your support while we improve the customer experience. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at customerservice@onlinelearning-c.org.

Sincerely,

The Online Learning Consortium

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September 6, 2019

Last Call To Join Us At OLC Collaborate Maui

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Learn about the collaboration efforts and the program planned for OLC Accelerate 2019, and don’t miss your chance to submit your OLC Innovate proposal! Email not displaying correctly?
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OLC Collaborate Regional Events

There’s Still Time to Join Us at University of Hawai’i Maui College

Join us at OLC Collaborate – Maui and meet with fellow online learning professionals, educators, and administrators as we engage in discussions around the topic of Creating Sustainable eLearning Communities.

We will take a deep look at the challenges and impact of digital learning in education today and will work together to collaborate, define and help shape the changing university. Learn more and register today!

University of Hawai’i – Maui College
September 19-20, 2019

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Upcoming OLC Collaborate Events:

University of Hawai’i – Maui College
September 19-20, 2019
Register now.

Anderson University – Anderson, SC
October 10, 2019
Register now.

Oregon State University – Corvallis, OR
February 7, 2020
Register now.

OLC Innovate 2020

Call for Proposals: Reminder to Review Session Types

The session types are an important classification which guide the conference planning committee in the review and selection of proposals. Attendees also use this information to determine which session to attend during the actual conference.

Remember to prepare your proposal before the submission deadline of September 11, 2019. Learn more.


March 31 – April 3, 2020 | Sheraton Grand Chicago, IL

OLC Accelerate 2019
Celebrating 25 Years

Collaboration with a Mission

In years past, the Field Guide Program, the Technology Test Kitchen, and the Speed Networking Lounge have run as though they were completely separate programs. For the first time ever, The OLC Accelerate Mission Passport Challenge will bring together these engagement opportunities through themed, interactive challenges.

“Our goal this year is to help you make those connections, engage with those ideas, and discover those solutions more easily,” the co-chairs share in a recent blog post. “We promise fun, we promise learning, we promise interactive challenges, we promise intentional connections, and we promise the opportunity to win amazing prizes.” Make plans to join the fun!

November 19-22, 2019
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin | Orlando, FL


An Early Look at This Years’ Trends and Perspectives

OLC Accelerate 2019 Program Co-chair Doug Geier shares an overview of the overall makeup of the presentations selected for the conference in his introductory track series blog post. ” We hope that this piques your interest and provides you with a bit of an advanced look at the major trends shaping online and digital learning in today’s environment.”

Learn more and make plans to follow this blog series to prepare for your learning in Orlando.


OLC Live: Top 10 Things to Get From the Conference

Join the OLC Live team – with special guest Kelvin Thompson – on Thursday, September 26 at 3:00pm ET as we discuss the Top 10 Takeaways to expect from the OLC Accelerate 2019 conference. This series of informal, unconference style chats on Zoom highlights different aspects of the conference and tips and tricks for successfully getting the most out of your OLC Accelerate experience.

Review the schedule and make plans to join us!

In case you missed it, watch the recording from our first pre-conference OLC Live session:

Reflecting on 25 Years with the OLC Board: Patsy Moskal, Michael Torrence, Frank Mayadas, Karen Swan, and Kaye Shelton |  Watch the Recording


#WeAreOLC: UMass Lowell Chancellor reflects on the OLC’s 25th anniversary

UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney reflects on the OLC’s 25th anniversary and the important role the Consortium has played in UMass Lowell’s growth and success in online education in a video that was shared with OLC.

Share your #WeAreOLC story  through pictures, videos, blog or social posts! Learn more.

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