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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!

DEADLINE EXTENDED!
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

OLC Today Newsletter: May 22, 2019

Another newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

Volunteer for STEM education roles, apply for awards, re-imagine the future of digital learning, and more! Email not displaying correctly?
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May 22, 2019
News and Announcements

Online STEM Education and OLC

OLC recognizes the need for advancing STEM in online and digital education and is embarking on initiatives that will include promoting, developing and researching methods to more effectively teach science online. We invite the OLC community to join us as we recruit volunteers for advisory roles, track reviewers and assistant editors in this area. Read blog post.


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Putting the User at the Center of the Online Proctoring Experience
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Webinar: Putting the User at the Center of the Online Proctoring Experience

User experience is important, but often the most overlooked aspect of online proctoring. The root of these issues aren’t necessarily the technology, but with the behind-the-scenes processes, like implementation, integration and training. Getting ahead of these challenges has the potential to improve not only the test-taking experience, but can potentially increase student performance and satisfaction.

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OLC Conferences

Explore the Future of Digital Learning

“How can libraries, universities, and companies tap into the rich smorgasbord of learning opportunities that exist, many of which are open and accessible to anyone with a computer and an internet connection, and help more people learn what they want to learn?” Clark Shah-Nelson asks in a recent blog post.

Join Clark and OLC on June 4th at OLC Collaborate – San Diego to explore the diverse and changing student populations and improve student success in online and digital learning.


OLC Accelerate 2019
CFP Extended to June 3rd

There is still time to submit a proposal for OLC Accelerate 2019. Proposals will now be accepted through June 3rd.

Need some help prepping? Workshops Co-Chair Tawnya Means shares how to prepare your proposal to present at the 25th anniversary event this fall in a recent blog postLearn more about CFP guidelines and submit your proposal before June 3, 2019.

Institute for Professional Development

Enhance Science Learning in the Classroom with Citizen Science

Citizen Science is a collaborative process between scientists and the public where people from all walks of life can help advance real scientific research in need of their help.

Join this webinar for an overview of Citizen Science and introduce SciStarter Education, a new ed tech portal designed with and for educators in middle school and college. Learn how formal educators are integrating and assessing citizen science in the classroom.

OLC Awards

Nominations & Applications Being Accepted for OLC Awards

Applications and nominations are being accepted for 2019 OLC Awards including Effective Practice, Scholarships, and OLC Fellows.  Submissions are due by 11:59pm ET on June 10, 2019.

All award recipients will be provided with a complimentary ticket to the Awards & Leadership Ceremony and Reception if attending the OLC Accelerate conference in Orlando in November.

Upcoming Institute Programs
JUNE WORKSHOPS

Introduction to (Learner Experience) LX Design Methods, Part I: Personas
New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Strategic Planning for Web Accessibility
Creating Infographics for Learning
Copyright & Fair Use, Part I: Fundamentals
Introduction to Learner Experience (LX) Design Methods, Part 2: Experience Mapping
Fundamentals: Engaging Learners In Online Discussions
Introduction to Online Presentation Tools
New to Online: Essentials Part 2, Converting Your Course

MASTERY SERIES

Social Media for Online Education
Instructional Design
Blended Learning
Online Nursing

JULY WORKSHOPS

New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Exploring Learning Analytics
Exploring Digital Storytelling
Creating an Interactive Syllabus
Creating Rubrics
Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility
Strategies to Improve Retention
Strategies to Implement Augmented & Virtual Reality in Education

ADVANCED INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN WORKSHOPS

Applying the Neuro, Cognitive, and Learning Sciences to Instructional Design
Research Methods for the Instructional Designer Community

TEACHING CERTIFICATES

Online Teaching Certificate
Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Instructional Designer Certificate Program

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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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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.
Research
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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May 20, 2019

Experience Online Learning Yourself to Improve Your Teaching

Another OLC item for a slow blogging day.

The OLC New to Online, Essentials Workshops are focused on advancing your online teaching and course design skills.
An essential component of successful online teaching is experiencing online learning for yourself. Are you ready to strengthen your teaching skills and improve the effectiveness of your course materials? Join an upcoming workshop!

Part I, Getting Started
June 3 – June 9
Part II, Converting Your Course
June 10 – June 16
Part III, Course Design Basics
June 17 – June 23
This workshop will provide you with an important online learning experience as you explore the basics of online teaching and learning. You will learn the critical differences between online and face-to-face courses, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design and evaluation. Converting face-to-face classroom materials for use in an online course can be challenging. Decisions such as what formats to use and when to use synchronous or asynchronous strategies are an important part of course design. In this workshop, you will develop strategies for migrating content from the face-to-face to the online environment. To take advantage of the opportunities teaching online will present, you’ll need a great online syllabus and some strategies for designing effective online learning activities. This workshop will help you identify important considerations in the design of both.
Upcoming Institute Programs
JUNE WORKSHOPS

Introduction to (Learner Experience) LX Design Methods, Part I: Personas
New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Strategic Planning for Web Accessibility
Creating Infographics for Learning
Copyright & Fair Use, Part I: Fundamentals
Introduction to Learner Experience (LX) Design Methods, Part 2: Experience Mapping
Fundamentals: Engaging Learners In Online Discussions
Introduction to Online Presentation Tools
New to Online: Essentials Part 2, Converting Your CourseMASTERY SERIES

Social Media for Online Education
Instructional Design
Blended Learning
Online Nursing

JULY WORKSHOPS

New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Exploring Learning Analytics
Exploring Digital Storytelling
Creating an Interactive Syllabus
Creating Rubrics
Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility
Strategies to Improve Retention
Strategies to Implement Augmented & Virtual Reality in Education

ADVANCED INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN WORKSHOPS

Applying the Neuro, Cognitive, and Learning Sciences to Instructional Design
Research Methods for the Instructional Designer Community

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NEWBURYPORT, MA 01950

May 17, 2019

Join The Discussion On Creating A Culture For Student Success

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OLC Collaborate 2019 – San Diego

Creating a Culture for Student Success

Dr. Laura Rendón, Professor Emerita, University of Texas-San Antonio will lead a discussion on themes related to fostering student success especially for low-income, first-generation students at OLC Collaborate – San Diego.

Join Laura, OLC, and academic partner Ashford University on June 4th for a thoughtful day of discussions as we 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.

Dr. Laura Rendón, Professor Emerita, University of Texas-San Antonio

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

Have You Considered the Research Track for Your Proposal?

Several OLC Accelerate 2019 tracks include opportunities to showcase research and effective practices across the diversity of needs in the online community.

According to OLC Director of Research & Research Track co-chair Lynette O’Keefe’s recent blog post, “The Research Track is unique from the others in that it is designed to provide an outlet for work that addresses any aspect of online learning in an empirically-focused way.” Learn if your proposal fits in this track and submit your proposal today!

Submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm ET on May 22, 2019.


Nominate Your Colleagues for OLC Recognition

Since 2001, the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) has recognized outstanding work in the field of online education through its annual awards. Nominations are now open for OLC awards and scholarships.

Review the OLC award and scholarship guidelines and submit your nominations. The deadline for all awards and scholarships is 11:59pm ET, June 10, 2019.

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