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August 18, 2017

Full Program Posted for OLC Collaborate – Arizona

Another item from yesterday’s inbox…

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OLC Collaborate – Arizona
September 29, 2017
Dear Michael,

Join OLC and academic host University of Arizona in Tucson on September 29th for this one-day regional event. Meet with online learning professionals, educators, and administrators to address the opportunities and challenges we all face in online higher education today.

Our program will feature engaging online education thought leaders Robbie Melton, Norah Dunbar, and Michael Berman, who will present on the topics of virtual and augmented reality, gameful learning, access to education, and the future of education. Each presentation will be followed by dynamic facilitator-led, interactive breakout discussions to allow participants to delve into each topic in greater detail. Review the full program.

Let’s work together to define and help shape the changing university – make your travel plans and register today!

Hope to see you soon,



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“I found the format of keynote presenter followed by very active discussion in breakout sessions refreshing and stimulating. It allows you to dive deeper into the topic, exploring and exchanging ideas with people from a diverse array of experiences and institutions.”

-Michelle Brannen,
Media Literacy Librarian,
University of Tennessee,
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Kathleen S. Ives, D.M.
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August 16, 2017

OLC Today Newsletter: August 15, 2017

A newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

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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.


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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.

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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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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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August 14, 2017

Participants Find Invaluable Experience in Instructional Design Mastery Series Program

From the inbox earlier today…

Impact Student Success and Support Faculty at Your Institution
Dear Michael,

Susan Riello, an instructional designer at Quinnipiac University Online, wanted to gain a greater understanding of instructional design models so she could apply them in the courses she supports and teaches at Quinnipiac. OLC’s Instructional Design Mastery Series (IDMS) was “invaluable in helping me to develop my on-ground course for the online format.”

“The skills and insights that I developed from the IDMS program have not only improved my vision as an instructional designer, but also have had a profound impact on the student experience in the classes that I teach,” she said.

Learn more about Susan’s experience and the benefits she found from enrolling in the Instructional Design Mastery Series Program.

Keep on Learning!


Jennifer Rafferty | Director of the OLC Institute for Professional Development | Online Learning Consortium
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“I would recommend this program to not only instructional designers, but also new and returning faculty members. I think that anyone involved in the education field should be able to benefit from knowing this important material.”

-Susan Riello, Instructional Designer, Quinnipiac University Online

Read more about Susan’s story.

Have you had a great experience with OLC? We’d love to share your story! Contact Jean Simmons, Director of Marketing, at

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August 10, 2017

OLC Collaborate – Alaska – Still Seats Available

From yesterday’s inbox…

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OLC Collaborate – Alaska
August 21 – 22, 2017
Dear Michael,

There are still seats available for this unique professional development and networking opportunity coming up onAugust 21st and 22nd!

The event’s program includes keynote speakers to offer insightful views of the changing university through short, focused presentations. 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.


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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.

OLC Collaborate – Alaska is hosted by our academic partner, the University of Alaska Anchorage.  Make your travel plans and register today!

Hope to see you there,


Christine Hinkley
Director, Conferences

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August 9, 2017

Upcoming Workshops: Implementing OER Resources, Digital Badges, And More

From Monday’s inbox…

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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 instructional strategies and learning activities that will spark creative ideas for your own online or blended course.

Upcoming Workshops

Implementing OER Resources, Part 2
Introduction to Online Presentation Tools | Creating YouTube Videos for Teaching & Learning
Fundamentals: Engaging Learners In Online Discussions
Introduction to Digital Badges
New! Implementing OER Resources,  Part 2
karen_gardner_athey_cir.pngKaren Gardner-Athey is the Professional Development Training Facilitator for Library Systems and Open Educational Resources (OER) at the SUNY Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS). August 21-27, 2017

Join facilitator Karen Gardner-Athey as she shares best practices and strategies for implementing the use and creation of open educational resources (OER) in an educational setting. Develop a practical understanding of how to engage and support teaching faculty in adopting, adapting, and creating OER at a course and/or program level.

Online Presentation Tools | Creating YouTube Videos
DrJuliaVanderMolen_circle.pngDr. Julia VanderMolen is an Assistant Professor in the Allied Health Sciences program within the College of Health Professions at Grand Valley State University. 

August 21-27, 2017

In this workshop, you will explore web-based presentation tools that leverage the 2.0 potential to engage learners, build communities, and promote continuing dialogue. Join facilitator Dr. Julia VanderMolen to explore techniques for making presentations more interactive and meaningful for students, and hold their attention in asynchronous environments.  Register >

LeahChuchran_circle.pngEngaged in higher education since 2006, Leah Chuchran is the former Digital Learning Specialist at Emory University representing the Center for Digital Scholarship.

August 21-27, 2017

Are you looking for new multimedia strategies for your virtual classroom? Join facilitator Leah Chuchran as we explore an easy to use and often overlooked online video editing option, the YouTube Editor. This widely used video sharing website offers educators the opportunity to create multimedia resources that can be easily embedded into most learning management systems.
Register >

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

Online discussions have the potential to increase student interaction while also enhancing opportunities to engage with course content.  Consequently, both faculty and students collaborate in the learning process as they explore unique perspectives.  Join facilitator Dr. Brian Udermann to develop a plan for creating engaging and effective online discussions in your courses.

DrBrianUdermann_circle.pngDr. Brian Udermann is the Director of Online Education and a Full Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Introduction to Digital Badges
September 11-17, 2017

In this workshop, join facilitator Dr. Errin Heyman to explore the benefits and challenges of implementing badging and explore the potential for your own course or institution by thinking about specific guidelines and evaluation criteria to establish the value of the badge. Register >

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New! Strategies for Increasing Interaction & Engagement
Self-Paced Workshop

Student engagement can be one of the most influential factors for student persistence and success, especially in the online learning environment. In this workshop, you will learn about the barriers to engagement and how you can best address these challenges to lead to greater student involvement and engagement.  Register >

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