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October 11, 2018

OLC Accelerate 2018 Special Hotel Pricing Expires 10/12

Note the up-coming deadline mentioned below.

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CONFERENCE AND EVENT UPDATE
OLC ACCELERATE 2018 Accelerating Online Learning Worldwide

BOOK YOUR HOTEL TODAY – SPECIAL RATES EXPIRE OCTOBER 12TH
OLC Accelerate | November 13-16 | Orlando, FL

Make your reservations now to secure special conference room pricing. The special conference hotel rate is available until Friday, October 12, 2018. After this date, rooms may be available at the prevailing hotel rate.

The special conference rate also applies for three days prior to and three days after the conclusion of the conference. Learn more and make your reservations today!

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JOIN THE OLC ACCELERATE
FIELD GUIDE COMMUNITY!
OLC Accelerate | November 13-16 | Orlando, FL

New to OLC Accelerate? Attended previous OLC conferences and want to share your knowledge and expertise? Interested in connecting with others to discuss particular topics like instructional design, blended learning, faculty development, emerging technologies or digital literacy before, during, and after the conference? Join the Field Guide Program!

Conference attendees will enjoy a guided experience that has been custom-built by peers and colleagues who seek to share their knowledge and insight, but also are experienced in navigating OLC conferences. Learn more.

OLC ACCELERATE – INTROVERTS WELCOME!
OLC Accelerate | November 13-16 | Orlando, FL

OLC Accelerate Enthusiasm Co-Chairs Angela Gunder and Jessica Knott recently wrote a blog post, inviting introverts – like them – to connect.

“As we watch the final details of OLC Accelerate 2018 unfold, we’re moved to encourage you to participate and want you to know that your contribution will shape the overall conference narrative in ways you can’t imagine.”

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YOU’RE INVITED TO JOIN DIGITAL LEARNING LEADERS AT LUNCH
Nov. 15 | Women in Digital Learning Leadership Luncheon

All OLC Accelerate 2018 attendees (women AND men) are cordially invited to a luncheon and networking event to help raise funds for the Women in Digital Learning Leadership Scholarship fund. Take a look at this video invitation from a couple of our leaders.

The event will consist of a spotlight on how this event has impacted our field, a panel on journeys into leadership, and a networking activity connecting emerging and established leaders in digital learning. The luncheon is open to all, so grab a group of friends and join us! Learn more.

UPCOMING EVENTS
OLC Accelerate 2018 | Orlando, FL – Registration open!
November 14-16, 2018

OLC Innovate 2019 | Denver, CO – Registration open!
April 3-5, 2019

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October 10, 2018

OLC Today Newsletter: October 9, 2018

A newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

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October 9, 2018 | Volume 17 | Issue 20

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Announcing 2018 OLC Fellows, Effective Practice Awardees and Scholarship Recipients

OLC is proud to honor members of the OLC community who advance quality and access to online programs. Included are OLC Fellows — those who have contributed to advancing quality, effectiveness and breadth in online and blended education in areas represented by the OLC Pillars: learning effectiveness, access, faculty andstudent satisfaction and scale.

All award winners will be recognized at the upcoming OLC Accelerate conference, in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 14-16. Learn more.

OLC Accelerate Live: Doug Geier and Taylor Kendal
October 9, 2018 – 12:00pm (ET)

Join OLC Accelerate 2018 Engagement Chairs Doug Geier & Taylor Kendal for a discussion about why engagement matters and how you can get involved with the OLC community. Time will be provided to interact and ask questions.Register now!

Missed some of the interviews? Check out the recordings.

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Doug Geier,
OLC Accelerate Engagement Chair

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Taylor Kendal,
OLC Accelerate Engagement Chair

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Can’t Travel to Orlando? No Problem!
Nov. 14-16 | Orlando, FL

Did you know we offer an option that will bring the conference to you? Our virtual attendee option provides the opportunity for individuals and institutions to attend select sessions of the conference via live stream services.

Over 100 sessions will be live streamed, including the keynotes, featured sessions, research highlights sessions, select educations sessions, and key industry showcase sessions.  On-demand access of all recorded sessions is provided to onsite and virtual attendees post-conference for one year. Learn more and register today!

Which Conference is Best for You?

We often get asked, “What is the difference between OLC Accelerate and OLC Innovate?”  We would love to see you at both conferences, but we realize you may need to choose just one.

While both conferences are jam-packed with sessions and hands-on activities to help expand your knowledge and experience, we’ve pulled together some of the key features for each event that can help you determine your best fit.Learn more.

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Join Dr. Kaye Shelton on Tuesday, November 13 at 9:00 am.

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Extend Your Experience with a Tuesday Workshop
Nov. 13 | Orlando, FL

Learn from several digital learning experts including Dr. Kaye Shelton as she presents how to apply the OLC Quality Scorecard metrics, uncover and evaluate quality indicators in key categories, and consider thoughtful recommendations for implementation in her Tuesday pre-conference workshop.

Learn more about this pre-conference workshop and other pre-conference workshop topics.

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How Will Nontraditional Providers Influence Digital Learning Design?
October 9 | 4:00pm ET

As more students enroll in alternative programs, will traditional higher ed institutions design new pathways for learning? Join the #DLNchat community as we discuss these questions and more on Tuesday, October 9. Share your ideas, questions and experiences with other digital learning leaders. RSVP now.

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Join us on Twitter! #DLNchat

Tuesday, October 9, 1 pm PT/4 pm ET


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Web Accessibility: Trick or Treat?
October 31 | 1:00pm ET

As a part of “The Year of Accessibility”, the Online Learning Consortium and WCET continue to collaborate to bring our communities resources on the topic of accessibility. A panel of “been there, done that” experts will share their tricks, tips and strategies for making accessibility a treat, and a little less scary. Learn more and register.

Teaching Science Online: Learn from the Experts
November 7 | 1:00pm ET

Dietmar Kennepohl and Mary Mawn, editor and author of Teaching Science Online, join Shannon McGurk of Carolina Distance Learning to discuss strategies for teaching science online in this one hour webcast. Learn about best practices for bringing science to life in an online format and ask questions of experts in the field. Register now.

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Science Labs Online? Yes, It’s Possible!
Mastery Series Starts Oct. 10th

Throughout a series of three workshops in the Online Science Labs Mastery Series, you will be introduced to best practices in the design and implementation of virtual science labs. You will also get a chance to explore evidence-based research revealing how the integration of online science labs can improve your students’ experience. Register now!

Research Methods for the Instructional Designer Community
Oct 22 – Nov 18 

Upon completion of the Research Methods for the Instructional Designer Community workshop, members of the instructional design community will be able to identify various research designs, apply sound methodology to research problems, and collaborate in research environments with knowledge of research from the unique perspective and expertise of the instructional designer. Register now.

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INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

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Workshops Focused on Instructional Designers

The courses in the Instructional Designer Certificate Program can be taken together for the overall certificate, or taken as separate professional development offerings. The ID2 and ID3 workshops are offered soon, get a jumpstart on the program! It’s not too late to start since you can take the workshops in any order!

Curating and Evaluating Resources for Faculty – ID2
Professional Foundations: Collaborating, Researching, and Networking – ID3

UPCOMING INSTITUTE  PROGRAMS


WORKSHOPS

Strategies for Evaluating Online Faculty
October 22-28, 2018

Introduction to LX Design Methods, Part 2: Experience Mapping
October 22-28, 2018

Designing a Flipped Classroom
November 5-11, 2018

Managing Faculty Workload
November 5-11, 2018

Strategies to Improve Retention
November 5-11, 2018

Designing Gamified Learning Environments
November 5-11, 2018

Exploring Competency-Based Education
November 5-11, 2018

New to Online: Essentials Part 1, Getting Started
November 26-December 5, 2018


MASTERY SERIES

Online Science Labs
Starts October 10, 2018


CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Online Teaching Certificate
Starts January 14, 2019

Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Starts January 28, 2019

Instructional Designer Certificate
Starts January 28, 2019

Full Institute Schedule

NEWS YOU CAN USE

OLC Announces Keynoters, Best-in-Track Sessions and Conference Highlights for OLC Accelerate 2018

At last! A new resource to help evaluate online learning programs

What to Do About Contract Cheating

New OLC Scorecard Measures Quality of Online Student Support

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UPCOMING  EVENTS

OLC Accelerate 2018 | Orlando, FL – Registration open!
November 14-16, 2018

OLC Innovate 2019 | Denver, CO – Registration open!
April 3-5, 2019


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October 8, 2018

Upcoming Workshops For Instructional Designers

Finishing off a slow start to the blogging week.

Are you an instructional designer looking to further your learning or do you know a colleague who might? These upcoming workshops highlight topics specifically-geared toward the instructional designer, including research methods, networking, project management, and evaluating resources. Review the workshop descriptions below to learn more and register.

Focus on: Instructional Designers
Research Methods for the Instructional Designer Community
Oct 22 – Nov 18

Upon completion of this course, members of the instructional design community will be able to identify various research designs, apply soundmethodology to research problems, and collaborate in research environments with knowledge of research from the unique perspective and expertise of the instructional designer.

Professional Foundations: Collaborating, Researching, and Networking
Oct 15 – Nov 11

In this course, you will assess your knowledge of learning and instructional theories, current learning trends, and instructional designer competencies. You will then engage in research, networking, and collaboration to address your needs.

Curating and Evaluating Resources for Faculty
Oct 15 – Nov 11

This course is designed to allow participants the opportunity to explore and discuss tailoring resources for online faculty, including tools, strategies and curating techniques. Techniques for helping online faculty integrate resources into their online courses, such as multimedia, open education resources, and social networking tools are also explored.

Project Management for Instructional Designers
Nov 26 – Dec 23

Many instructional designers juggle multiple projects at a time, contributing to key aspects of each project, and often managing more than just one. Join this workshop to develop key competencies in project management by exploring practices, tools, and techniques associated with project management.

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October 5, 2018

OLC Accelerate 2018 Updates On Engagement And Networking Opportunities

Another item from Wednesday’s inbox…

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CONFERENCE AND EVENT UPDATE
OLC ACCELERATE 2018 Accelerating Online Learning Worldwide

CAN’T TRAVEL TO ORLANDO?
JOIN US VIRTUALLY!
OLC Accelerate | November 13-16 | Orlando, FL

Does your university continue to restrict your travel budget? We offer an option that will allow participants to make the conference come to them! The virtual attendee option provides the opportunity for individuals and institutions to attend select sessions of the conference via live stream services.

A selection of sessions will be live streamed, including the keynotes, featured sessions, research highlights sessions, select educations sessions, and key industry showcase sessions.  On-demand access of all recorded sessions is provided to onsite and virtual attendees post-conference for one year. Learn more and register today!

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Doug Geier,
OLC Accelerate Engagement Chair

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Taylor Kendal,
OLC Accelerate Engagement Chair

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OLC ACCELERATE LIVE! FEATURED SPEAKER SERIES: DOUG GEIER AND TAYLOR KENDAL
October 9, 2018 – 12:00pm (ET)Join us for the next edition of the OLC Live! Featured Speaker Series, an interactive virtual experience providing the OLC Accelerate community access to many of the key speakers and personalities of OLC Accelerate 2018.

Join OLC Accelerate 2018 Engagement Chairs Doug Geier & Taylor Kendal for a discussion about why engagement matters and how you can get involved with the OLC community. Time will be provided to interact and ask questions. Register now!

Missed some of the interviews? Check out the recordings.

OLC ACCELERATE – WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
OLC Accelerate | November 13-16 | Orlando, FL

Looking for some extra networking but not sure where to start? We recommend you check out the OLC Field Guide ProgramTechnology Test KitchenWalk-n-Talks, or Speed Networking Lounge for starters, but don’t just take our word for it. Engagement Chair Taylor Kendal shares in his thoughts in this blog post on how you can get more involved at OLC Accelerate. Learn about more engagement opportunities.

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Join Dr. Kaye Shelton for “Creating And Sustaining A Culture Of Quality With The OLC Quality Scorecard” on Tuesday, November 13 at 9:00 am.

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EXTEND YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH A TUESDAY WORKSHOP
OLC Accelerate | November 13-16 | Orlando, FLLearn from several digital learning experts including Dr. Kaye Shelton as she presents how to apply the OLC Quality Scorecard metrics, uncover and evaluate quality indicators in key categories, and consider thoughtful recommendations for implementation in her Tuesday pre-conference workshop.

Dr. Shelton has been involved with research in online education since 1997 and has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops and advised peer institutions regarding the creation of an online education program and best practices for teaching online and faculty support. Don’t miss this opportunity to attend her workshop! Learn more about this pre-conference workshop and other pre-conference workshop topics.

UPCOMING EVENTS
OLC Accelerate 2018 | Orlando, FL – Registration open!
November 14-16, 2018OLC Innovate 2019 | Denver, CO – Registraion open!
April 3-5, 2019
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Upcoming Webinar: Teaching Science Online: Learn From The Experts

From Wednesday’s inbox…

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Upcoming Webinar: Teaching Science Online: Learn from the Experts
November 7 | 1:00pm EST

Dietmar Kennepohl and Mary Mawn, editor and author of Teaching Science Online, join Shannon McGurk of Carolina Distance Learning to discuss strategies for teaching science online in this one hour webcast. Learn about best practices for bringing science to life in an online format and ask questions of experts in the field. Register today!

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