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June 16, 2018

[WEBINARS] Toolkits for Making Websites and Videos Accessible

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Dear Michael,

Is your institution doing all it can to be accessible? The following upcoming webinars will help you protect your institution.

These complimentary resources, provided by 3Play Media, feature industry leaders with expertise in accessibility legal requirements and making videos accessible.

WEBINAR: Quick Start to Captioning
Thursday, June 14th at 2pm ET
Learn the basics of how to add closed captions to online video to make it fully accessible, searchable, and SEO-friendly. This webinar covers legal compliance, closed captioning lawsuits, creation of closed captions, explanation of caption formats and video player compatibility, as well as an overview of automated workflows and integrations with lecture capture and video platforms.  Register now.
WEBINAR: Intro to Audio Description

Thursday, June 28th at 2pm ET

What is audio description? While most people are familiar with closed captioning, audio description is another important accessibility requirement for video content. This webinar will cover the basics of how to add audio description to online video, legal requirements for audio description, video player compatibility, examples and demos, how to create audio description, and benefits of audio description outside of accessibility.  Register now.

WEBINAR: How to Write a Web Accessibility Statement & Why You Should Be Proactive

Thursday, July 12th at 2pm ET

In this webinar, Marc Dubin, former Senior Trial Attorney of the US Department of Justice and CEO of ADA Expertise Consulting, will discuss why it is essential to be proactive with web accessibility. He will help businesses and state & local governments understand their web accessibility requirements under the ADA, as well as what to include in a web accessibility statement. Register now.

WEBINAR: A Toolkit for Digital Accessibility
Thursday, July 26th at 2pm ET
In this webinar, Jack Nicolai, Accessibility Product Manager at Adobe, will share tools, techniques, and best practices to integrate accessibility requirements into your projects. This presentation will help professionals create better documentation to effectively communicate accessibility requirements throughout all phases of the product development lifecycle.
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Make Your Travel Plans now for OLC Accelerate 2018

Note this up-coming conference that has made some overtures to including K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning content in the past.

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OLC ACCELERATE 2018  Accelerating Online Learning Worldwide
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Register now and plan your travel to arrive early for a number of special events at OLC Accelerate 2018!
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OLC Accelerate | November 14-16 | Orlando, FL
Join us on Tuesday, November 13 for:

  • OLC pre-conference workshops
  • OLC Leadership Network (now open for registration)
  • OLC Awards and Leadership Ceremony and Reception – add a ticket to registration
  • Early registration access (beat the crowds to pick-up your conference materials!)
  • Exhibit Hall Preview Reception
  • National Titanium sponsor Proctorio’s Totally Tubular Time Warp 80’s dance party at the Atlantic Dance Hall on the Disney Boardwalk!

On Wednesday morning, join us for a full slate of workshops, the IELOL Master Class, the OLC Global Quality Summit, or the new OLC Digital Learning Research Summit. New this year, we include all of these Wednesday morning events in your OLC Accelerate 2018 conference registration at no additional feeCheck out the general schedule. Make sure you don’t miss a single moment of this exciting conference program!

While booking your flights, be sure to also make your hotel reservation at the WDW Swan & Dolphin Resort. Our room block sells out early each year, so reserve now to secure your room right at the conference property.

OLC Accelerate | November 14-16 | Orlando, FL

Join this special half-day event that hosts senior digital learning leaders collaborating to address the biggest challenges we face today in higher education. Modeled after our popular OLC Collaborate events, participants will gather in small groups after each presentation to discuss, collaborate, and tackle the leadership issues at hand. Make plans to join us at OLC Accelerate in Orlando on Tuesday, November 13, 2018,12:30pm – 4:45pm. Learn more.


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OLC COLLABORATE 2018 Regional events
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Russell Poulin

Russell Poulin,

Diane Recinos

Diane Recinos,
Berkeley College
Devon Cancilla

Devon Cancilla,
University of Missouri at Kansas City
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OLC Collaborate| August 7 | New York

Join digital learning experts from WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), Berkeley College, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and more as we take a deep look at federal, state, and accreditation policies, identify trends and behavioral patterns in online learning and learn how you can use predictive analytics at your institution, as well as learn to develop technologies, policies, procedures, and practices to identify and prevent online fraud.

OLC Collaborate – New York City, hosted by Academic Partner Berkeley College is coming up soon. Learn more and register today!

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June 13, 2018

Call For Submissions For 2018 Digital Learning Innovation Award Competition

Note this call for submissions to this award program.


Dear Michael:

The 2018 Digital Learning Innovation Award  (DLIAward) Competition is now open for submissions!

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)

We ask that only those who are serious about truly being innovative, creative, and dedicated to changing the world of digital learning apply for this award. Join us for an informational webinar on June 28th.

The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2018. All applications must be submitted through the online submission portal. Winners will be announced at the OLC Accelerate conference, Nov. 14-16 in Orlando, Florida.

Read our recent press release or 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.



Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.
Chief Strategy Officer
Online Learning Consortium

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June 7, 2018

OLC Today Newsletter: June 5, 2018

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June 5, 2018 | Volume 17 | Issue 11

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Call for Submissions for 2018 Digital Learning Innovation Award

Now in its third year, the OLC DLIAward competition recognizes faculty-led teams and institutions for advancing student success through the adoption of digital courseware. Prizes include monetary awards of $10,000 and $100,000. Award criteria, definitions, evaluation rubric, application, key dates, schedule of informational webinars, and other resources are available online. OLC will host two informational webinars on June 6 and June 28 to provide institutions and courseware providers with essential information about the DLIAward and submission process. Learn more.  

Nominations Open: Effective Practice Awards, OLC Awards, and OLC Fellows

Award nominations are now being accepted for effective practice awards and OLC annual awards through August 30, 2018. Nominations for the 2018 Class of OLC Fellows are being accepted through July 31, 2018.

All recipients will be recognized at OLC Accelerate in November in Orlando, FL. Learn more.

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Contribute to the OLC Research Center for Digital Learning and Leadership

The Research Center provides five pathways for open publishing: p eer -reviewed articles, articles, white papers, case studies, and blog posts. Pleasereview the information on each type to determine which pathway is best for your empirical or practitioner-based contribution. Once you’ve decided which type of contribution to submit, please review the Submission Preparation Checklist.  Should you have questions prior to submission, please contact Jill Buban, Sr. Director of Research and Publications. 

Webinar: The Language of Accessibility
June 14, 2018 | 2:00pm ET

During this webinar, Kelly Hermann, an accessibility and disability services expert, will share the common terms we use and explain what they mean. She will also provide tips, strategies andresources so our colleagues across the campus can ask thoughtful questions, make reasonable requests and demonstrate their commitment to access and inclusion for all learners.


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New Issue of Online Learning Released

The recent issue of Online Learning Journal (OLJ) includes four articles from the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA)reporting on projects funded under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).  This collection of articles was guest-edited by Dr. Tanya Joosten of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Co-Director of DETA.

This issue of OLJ also includes a book review and 11 articles from our regular submission process. These articles discuss a broad range of themes, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), gamification, new approaches to online course development, online discussion, and interaction.

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Keynote Speakers Announced for OLC Accelerate 2018
Nov 14-16, 2018 | Orlando, FL

The theme of this year’s conference is “Back to the Future in Online and Digital Learning”. We are excited to announce our two keynote presenters – Dr. Jane McGonigal and Dr. Jean Twenge, who will be providing a look at advances and prospects for future generations in digital learning. Make plans now to join OLC — and our keynote speakers — in sunny Orlando this fall for one of the premier conferences in digital learning!Learn more.

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The Wednesday Keynote Address will be delivered by Dr. Jane McGonigal, world-renowned game designer, inventor of SuperBetter, and author of the New York Times bestseller,Reality Is Broken. The Friday Keynote Address will be delivered by Dr. Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, and author of more than 140 scientific publications and books.

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NYC Area: Join Us to Discuss Today’s Digital Learning Challenges
August 7 | Berkeley College

Engaging speakers, relevant topics, and dynamic discussions. We’ll explore innovations in policy, analytics and two-factor authentication for students and faculty. Register today!

“This event provided an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues from other institutions in the region. I felt that having all attendees experience the same speakers gave us an opportunity to have much more productive conversations during the breakout sessions.”

– Amanda Barber, Western Governors University (OLC Collaborate – Pittsburgh Attendee)

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Summit for Online Leadership and Administration
June 18-20, 2018

Are you concerned about how federal or state policies might impact your institution and the students you serve?

In this year’s Policy Track at the 2018 Summit for Online Leadership and Administration, you’ll hear from experts in the field, right in the heart of Washington, DC. Learn more.

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Experimentation, Measurement, and Iteration with LX Design

The Online Learning Consortium continues to reach out to our global community of thought leaders, faculty, innovators, and practitioners to bring you insights from the field of online, blended, and digital learning. Recently, Dr. Jessica Knott, OLC Institute faculty for the Learner Experience Design (LX) workshops, joined us to answer our questions about LX Design, as well asvariety of other topics. Read more.
Looking for Summer PD? Join an Upcoming Mastery Series

Each Mastery Series consists of three workshops that help you explore relevant research and use that research to help you design an effective teaching and learning environment. Successful participants of a Mastery Series now receive a digital badge of completion via Credly. Review the summer cohorts and register today.


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Designing a Flipped Classroom
July 9-15, 2018

New to Online: Essentials Part 1, Getting Started
July 9-15, 2018

Introduction to Screencasting Tools
July 23-29, 2018

More workshops


Social Media for Online Education
Starts June 13, 2018

Instructional Design
Starts July 11, 2018

Mobile Learning: Connect, Create, and Consume
Starts August 8, 2018


Online Teaching Certificate
Starts June 25, 2018

Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Starts July 9, 2018

Instructional Designer Certificate
Starts July 30, 2018

Full Institute Schedule


Call for hybrid approaches as unmet Chinese demand spikes

6 Reasons Blended Learning Works

Online Learning Consortium Unveils New E-Book

Read more .


OLC Collaborate – NYC | Registration open!
August 7, 2018

OLC Collaborate – Kansas City, MO | Sign up for updates!
September 25, 2018

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


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June 6, 2018

[OLJ] New Online Learning Journal Issue Published

No K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning items in this issue (and generally speaking there are never any in OLJ).

Dear Readers:

We recently published Issue 22:2 of Online Learning (OLJ).  This issue of
OLJ includes four articles from the National Research Center for Distance
Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) reporting on projects funded
under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the
Improvement of Post-secondary Education (FIPSE).

The objective of the DETA Research Center is to advance student access and
success through evidence-based online learning practices and technologies
with an emphasis on assisting underrepresented individuals (e.g. Pell Grant
eligible, first-generation college, minorities, and students with
disabilities), through rigorous research.  This collection of articles
reflects that mission and was guest-edited by Dr. Tanya Joosten of the
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Co-Director of DETA.

This issue also includes 11 articles from our regular submission process.
These articles discuss a broad range of themes, including Massive Open
Online Courses (MOOCs), gamification, new approaches to online course
development, online discussion, and interaction. We also include a book
review in Section II of this issue.

Please read, discuss, and share these new studies and consider contributing
to the scholarly dialogue represented in OLJ.

Peter Shea, PhD
Editor: Online Learning
Associate Provost for Online Education  &
Associate Professor, Educational Theory and Practice
University at Albany, State University of New York
ED 114, 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222

Online Learning
Vol 22, No 2 (2018)
Table of Contents

Special Issue: National Research Center for Distance Education and
Technological Advancements (DETA)
Introduction to Special Issue: National Research Center for Distance
Education and Technological Advancements (DETA)
Tanya Joosten
Do Student-Produced Videos Enhance Engagement and Learning in the Online
Denise Stanley, Jenny Zhang
Perceptions of the Persistent:  Engagement and Learning Community in
Underrepresented Populations
Wendy Athens
Exploring Best Practices for Online STEM Courses: Active Learning,
Interaction & Assessment Design
Baiyun Chen,    Kathleen Bastedo,       Wendy Howard
An Evaluation of Critical Thinking in Competency-Based and Traditional
Online Learning Environments
Matthew Mayeshiba,      Kay Jansen,     Lisa Mihlbauer

Section II
Introduction to Section II
Peter Shea
Instructional Strategies that Respond to Global Learners’ Needs in
Massive Open Online Courses
Trang Phan
Small Groups in a Social Learning MOOC (slMOOC):  Strategies for Fostering
Learning and Knowledge Creation
Marianne Krasny,        Bryce DuBois,   Mechthild Adameit,      Ronnie Atiogbe, Lukman
Baih,   Tergel Bold-erdene,     Zahra Golshani, Rodrigo
González-González,      Ishmael Kimirei,        Yamme Leung,    Lo Shian-yun,   Yue Yao
Meaningful gamification and students’ motivation: A strategy for
scaffolding reading material
Lynette Tan
Online Course Design and Development among College and University
Instructors:  An Analysis using Grounded Theory
Sally J. Baldwin,       Yu-Hui Ching,   Norm Friesen
Students’ Perceptions of Quality Across Four Course Development Models
Victoria S. Brown,      David Lewis,    Mario Toussaint
Educators’ Preparation to Teach, Perceived Teaching Presence, and Perceived
Teaching Presence  Behaviors in Blended and Online Learning Environments
Lisa E Gurley, PhD, RN, CNE, COI
Out-of-School Reading and Literature Discussion: An Exploration of
Adolescents’ Participation in Digital Book Clubs
Jamie Colwell,  Lindsay Woodward,       Amy Hutchison
A Generalizable Framework for Multi-Scale Auditing of Digital Learning
Provision in Higher Education
Samuel Robert Peter-James Ross, Veronica Elizabeth Volz,        Matthew K
Lancaster,      Aysha Divan
Undergraduate Kinesiology Students’ Experiences in Online Motor
Development Course
Takahiro Sato,  Justin A. Haegele
The Impact of Program-Wide Discussion Board Grading Rubric on Student and
Faculty Satisfaction
Brinda Kay McKinney

Book Review
Book review of Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning
Susan Ko

Online Learning (OLJ)

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