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December 11, 2018

Article Notice – Exploring The Impact Of Small-Group Synchronous Discourse Sessions In Online Math Learning

I also noticed that this K-12 online learning article was in the same issue.

Jinnie Choi, Alyssa Walters


Students in a fully-online learning environment have limited access to opportunities to talk about math problem solving. While discourse is a promising pedagogical model, less is known about how it translates to online math learning. We analyzed online platform data from two fully-online virtual elementary schools in the United States to address the following research questions: (a) Is participating in math discourse about reasoning and problem-solving related to students’ confidence, self-efficacy toward math, and math mindset in an online learning environment? (b) Is participation in math discourse related to math performance? The results showed that (a) repeated participation in the discourse sessions in a course was not directly related with changes in confidence, self-efficacy toward math, and math mindset, and (b) higher numbers of sessions that students participated in was associated with higher performance in final math course score and state assessment results, after controlling for prior performance and confidence, self-efficacy and mindset scores.


math discourse; mathematics instruction; online learning

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Article Notice – Accessibility that Supports Literacy: Virtual School Course Design Teams’ Instructional Planning For Students With Disabilities

This article was referenced in one of the open scholarship alerts yesterday.

Mary Frances Rice



As more students with disabilities in K-12 settings enroll in online courses, virtual schools and programs are working make courses accessible through stronger course design. When course designers approach the issue of accessibility, they must comply with legal requirements and mitigate the challenges many students with disabilities face for literacy and learning. These challenges include less well-developed content vocabulary and background knowledge, as well as inefficient skills and strategies for engaging with and comprehending online text. This study describes phenomenological research where course designers worked to meet accessibility standards and promote literacies online for all students, especially students with disabilities. Four strategies for promoting accessibility emerged as findings: (1) composing clear articulations of learning outcomes; (2) promoting personalized and contextualized learning, and; (3) planning for visual and audio representation of concepts. However, course designers may need additional support for addressing the interplay between literacies that promote access and accessibility features that promote literacies.


K12 online course design, collaborative online course design, instructional design for students with disabilities, course design literacies, accessibility in online courses

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December 4, 2018

Upcoming OLC Institute For Professional Development Workshops

From yesterday’s inbox…

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
Creating YouTube Videos for Teaching & Learning Workshop
Dec 3 – 9, 2018

Explore the easy-to-use online video delivery platform, YouTube in this workshop. Navigate through the Creator Studio as well as organize video content to support your instructional goals.

Creating Effective Presentations
Dec 10 – 16, 2018

In this workshop, you will explore formative and summative assessment techniques used in online education and develop assessment strategies suitable for your online course.

Implementing Open Educational Resources, Part 2
Dec 10 – 16, 2018

Develop a practical understanding of how to engage and support teaching faculty in adopting, adapting, and creating open educational resources (OER) through best practices and strategies for implementing OER in an educational setting.

Creating an Interactive Syllabus
Dec 12 – 14, 2018

In this workshop, you will explore a variety of tools which can be used to design a syllabus that is better organized, visually more interesting, and engaging for your students.

OLC is Hiring: Director of Grants

With a primary focus on growing the OLC community through engagement and participation, assisting higher education institutions in building quality digitally-enabled programs as well as enhancing OLC’s leadership involvement, the Director, Grants will oversee OLC grant initiatives. Read the full job description and apply today!

Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2018, at midnight ET.

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December 1, 2018

OLC Innovate 2019 Program Posted

I did a quick search of the program, and nothing popped for cyber school, K-12 blended learning, K-12 online learning, or virtual school.

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OLC INNOVATE 2019 Education Reimagined

OLC Innovate | April 3-5 | Denver, CO

The OLC Innovate 2019 Program has been posted to our website, with presenter notifications emailed out November 28th.

With topics ranging from accessibility to virtual reality and everything in between, we have the topics you are seeking to learn about. Review the full program and register to attend today!


“Such a great experience! As an instructor of online classes, it was great to connect with and learn from so many innovative people. The conference was well designed from start to finish!”

-Amy Trietiak,
American University,
OLC Innovate 2018 attendee



“This is my favorite place to connect with friends and meet new people who are tackling the challenges of online learning. Being in conversation with other educators helps expand my perspective, sparks new ideas, and recharges my professional batteries.”

-Keegan Long-Wheeler,
Educational Technologist,
The University of Oklahoma,
OLC Innovate 2018 attendee


OLC Innovate | April 3-5 | Denver, COInnovation for teaching and learning is born through our collaborations and interconnectedness as educators. In this spirit, the Innovation Lab is a dedicated space at the OLC Innovate conference for you to explore the pervasive challenges we face in the classroom and to craft innovative approaches for better reaching our unique populations of learners.

Want to learn more about the Innovation Lab and how you can get involved? Ask us your questions on social media with the hashtag #OLCInnovationLab. We’re excited to start the conversation, and looking forward to innovating with you in person in Denver.

OLC Innovate | April 3-5 | Denver, CO

At OLC Innovate, we will conduct a series of engaging hands-on sessions aimed at fostering organic interactions and collaborative cross-disciplinary problem-solving. Together we will build new foundations for stronger, better higher education environments.

This event continues to build on the inspiration and hard work of previous years, with an ever-evolving list of tracks, session types, activities, and opportunities to engage with each other as we gather to share ideas, connect and form bonds with colleagues. Register before February 6, 2019, and save with early bird pricing.


“Collaborating with others in my field at the conference was an awesome experience! It was great to hear from others both during the sessions and the social activities. I can’t wait for the next conference and highly recommend others to attend.”

-Adam Davi,
Curriculum Specialist,
University of Arizona,
OLC Innovate 2018 attendee


OLC ACCELERATE 2018 Accelerating Online Learning Worldwide

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ACCESS THE RECORDINGS!Now you and your entire university can access 100+ recorded sessions including the Keynotes, featured sessions, select information sessions, and key vendor showcase sessions to view at your convenience. Purchase now (select “Register-Virtual”, then the option you prefer).
OLC Innovate 2019 | Denver, CO – Registration open!
April 3-5, 2019
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November 29, 2018

How Do Online Educators Keep Their Skills Up To Date?

And from yesterday’s inbox…


Hello Michael,

How do educators, course designers, and administrators find (and afford) training to improve their skills in a field that is constantly evolving?

The influx of collaboration tools, adaptive learning courseware, and interactive media now in the mix, along with a pedagogical shift away from instructor-centered teaching to a more learner-centered collaborative approach has created its own set of challenges.

Are you looking for a cost-effective way to give your faculty and staff access to a full range of professional development to meet these challenges? The OLC Workshop Pass includes 10 seats in the widely-acclaimed OLC online workshop series for one year.

Workshop Pass includes:

  • Ten workshops for $115 each, regularly priced at $170 for members and $270 for non-members.
  • Workshop Pass is $1150*.
  • Over 100 workshops per year to choose from, covering all major online learning topics.

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Contact me at 320-241-1904 or email to discuss your specific needs.

Best Regards,


Thomas Heitz
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*Exclusive Institutional Membership benefit. Learn more about becoming an Institutional Member.

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