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June 24, 2017

DLIAward Deadline Extended: Apply For OLC Digital Learning Innovation Award

From Thursday’s inbox…

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Deadline Extended!
Submission Portal Now Open Until July 15, 2017

Dear Michael,

Good news! We have extended the deadline for submissions for the Digital Learning Innovation Award (DLIAward). Submissions are now due before 12:00pm PDT on July 15, 2017. Still not sure you want to submit?

Learn more about the DLIAward from Willem Wallinga of Fisher College, one of our 2016 DLIAward recipients in this short video.

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The DLIAward program recognizes faculty-led teams and institutions for advancing undergraduate student success through the adoption of digital courseware. OLC is calling for submissions from accredited U.S.-based institutions in two categories:
  • Institutional Award – $100,000 (up to three awarded)
  • Faculty-led Team Award – $10,000 (up to 10 awarded)

Winners will be announced at the OLC Accelerate conference, Nov. 15-17 in Orlando, Florida.

Visit the website for full details regarding the award competition. We look forward to reviewing your submissions, celebrating your successes, and identifying top innovators leading the digital learning landscape.
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Nori Barajas, Ed.D.
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June 22, 2017

OLC Today Newsletter: June 20, 2017

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June 20, 2017 | Volume 16 | Issue 9

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2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award
Apply today!

Have you completed your submission for the Digital Learning Innovation Award (DLIAward)? OLC is calling for submissions from accredited U.S.-based institutions in two categories:

● Institutional Award – $100,000 (up to three awarded)
● Faculty-led Team Award – $10,000 (up to 10 awarded)

Learn more about the DLIAward from Willem Wallinga of Fisher College, one of our 2016 DLIAward recipients in thisshort video.

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Exploring the Immersive Learning Landscape
5-Part Webinar Series: Next Webinar June 21

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 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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New OnlineLearning Journal Released
Volume 21:2

We are pleased to present the most recent issue of the Online Learning Journal. In this issue ofOnline Learning we present 11 articles researching administrative and leadership perspectives, blended learning, faculty issues, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and student issues, pedagogy, and support. These papers advance our understanding of online learning with insights from both national and international investigators using quantitative and qualitative approaches to inquiry.

Time for Class 2017 – Tyton Partners Research Study


This month, Tyton Partners released an update to the 2015 Time for Class series which includes findings from two fall 2016 surveys of a national sample of 3,500 postsecondary faculty and administrators. The purpose of this series is to illuminate the state of digital learning in higher education and to provide recommendations to the field on opportunities to expand digital learning in service of improved student outcomes.

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New Research in Action Podcasts Added

In a recent Research in Actionepisode, Dr. Nyasha Junior, an Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible in the Department of Religion at Temple University in Philadelphia, discusses text-based research.

Stay on top of online teaching and learning trends, technologies, best practices and more with OLC Podcasts. Now featuring EdSurge On Air, as well as TOPcast and Research in Action. Listen now.

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Online Instructor Improves Teaching Skills with OLC Online Teaching Certificate Program
July 12 – September 19, 2017

Teresa Hutchins wanted to improve her online courses to benefit her students and institution, that’s why she chose to enroll in OLC’s Online Teaching Certificate ProgramIdeal for educators who are new to online teaching, learn more about the program and Teresa’s experience.

Are you more advanced in your online teaching? Redesigned in 2016, the OLC Advanced Online Teaching Certificate Program is designed to help educators fine-tune existing online courses and degree programs. The next cohort starts July 10th, sign up today!

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Blended Learning Mastery Series: Stay on the Cutting Edge of Teaching Practices
Starting August 9, 2017

“The ‘deep dive’ into practitioner and pedagogical knowledge and their practical application in the OLC Blended Learning Mastery Series enables one to stay on the cutting edge of teaching practices and leverage these in the classroom,” said Arun Madapusi, a former educator and currently an educator-consultant.

Learn more about his experience and the benefits he’s found from enrolling in the Blended Mastery Series. The next cohort starts August 9, register today.

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Upcoming OLC Collaborate Events – Register Now!

Check out these unique professional development opportunities! Join us at our 2-day event in Anchorage, Alaska or spend the day with us in Tucson, Arizona!

Our first day in Anchorage focuses on developing a culture of digital learning through strategic planning and implementation, while day 2 will be focused on the future of elearning. This event takes place August 21st and 22nd. Save the date, make your travel plans to “The Last Frontier,” and register today!

Join OLC in Tucson on September 29th for engaging speakers and dynamic discussions revolving around the topics of virtual and augmented reality, gameful learning, access to education, and the future of education. Learn more.


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August 21-22, 2017 | Anchorage, AK
September 29, 2017 | Tucson, AZ

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November 15-17, 2017 | Orlando, FL

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OLC Accelerate 2017
Early Bird and Virtual Registration is Open!

We invite you to join us at OLC Accelerate 2017! We are driving quality online learning, advancing best practice guidance and accelerating innovation in learning for academic leaders, educators, administrators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world. Make your travel plans now and save!

Early bird pricing is available for those who register to attend onsite before September 20. Can’t travel to Orlando? Join us virtually! The virtual attendee option provides the opportunity for individuals and institutions to attend select sessions of the conference via live stream services. Learn more.

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Win 2 Annual OLC Memberships In Our #SummerOfCollaboration Giveaway

Online Learning Consortium Opens Call for Submissions for 2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award Competition

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UPCOMING EVENTS

OLC Collaborate | Anchorage, AK – Registration open!
August 21-22, 2017

OLC Collaborate | Tucson, AZ – Registration open!
September 29, 2017

OLC Accelerate 2017 | Orlando, FL
November 15-17, 2017


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June 21, 2017

Create A Self-Study To Identify Quality And Improve Your Online Programs

Also from Monday’s inbox…

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Paving the Way for Continuous Improvement in Online Education
Dear Michael,

Dr. Kaye Shelton has been an integral part of the development of the OLC Quality Scorecard Suite, most recently as a researcher for the Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice Scorecard (QCTIP).

“OLC developed a tool that allows institutions to create a self-study around their online program, using data, artifacts and narrative text to demonstrate their compliance with the quality indicators of the Scorecard,” Shelton states. “It is very rewarding for me to start the conversation on a campus about how to identify indicators of success and where programs need improvement.”

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In her blog post, Dr. Kaye Shelton, Institute faculty for the OLC Quality Scorecard Mastery Series, discusses her latest research for the OLC Quality Scorecard Suite as well as a variety of other topics.

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Read more about Dr. Shelton’s research and learn about the benefits of using the OLC Quality Scorecard to evaluate your institution’s online programs. Intrigued? Join Kaye in the upcoming Quality Scorecard Mastery Series which starts August 23rd.

Best Regards,

Jennifer

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Jennifer Rafferty | Director of the OLC Institute for Professional Development | Online Learning Consortium | 617-716-1414 | info@onlinelearning-c.org

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June 17, 2017

Join in captivating conversations around the future of digital learning at OLC Collaborate – Arizona!

From Thursday’s inbox…

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OLC Collaborate – Arizona
September 29, 2017
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Dear Michael,

OLC is heading to Tucson to meet with online learning professionals, educators and administrators to engage in collaborative conversations around emerging trends and challenges in online learning.

We will work together to define and help shape the changing university! Join OLC in Tucson for engaging speakers and dynamic discussions revolving around the topics of virtual and augmented reality, gameful learning, access to education, and the future of education. Presentations will be followed by facilitator-led discussions to allow participants to delve into each topic in greater detail.

OLC Collaborate – Arizona, hosted by our academic partner, the University of Arizona, takes place September 29th. Save the date, 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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Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
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June 13, 2017

Online Instructor Improves Teaching Skills With OLC Online Teaching Certificate Program

From yesterday’s inbox…

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Take Your Online Teaching Skills to the Next Level
Dear Michael,

Teresa Hutchins wanted to improve her online courses to benefit her students and institution, that’s why she chose to enroll in OLC’s Online Teaching Certificate Program.

Ideal for educators who are new to online teaching, the OLC Online Teaching Certificate 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.

Find out how Teresa was able to enhance and create new assignments for a more active learning experience—and more—through the program.

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Are you more advanced in your online teaching? Redesigned in 2016, the OLC Advanced Online Teaching Certificate Program is designed to help educators fine-tune existing online courses and degree programs.

Keep on Learning!

Jennifer
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Jennifer Rafferty
Director of the OLC Institute for Professional Development


“Becoming a better online instructor and addressing the weaknesses in my courses will help me to help my students be more successful.”

-Teresa Hutchins,
Associate Professor of Political Science,
Georgia Highlands College

Read more about Teresa’s story.

Have you had a great experience with OLC? We’d love to share your story! Contact Jean Simmons, Director of Marketing, at jean.simmons@onlinelearning-c.org.

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