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April 23, 2018

On-Demand Learning Solutions Tailored to Your Organization’s Needs

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Whether it is a customized eLearning training for your organization or an existing program from our expansive curriculum, the OLC Institute for Professional Development can help your organization meet its unique learning goals.

We develop a learning solution for your organization by drawing on our vast resources, including renowned subject matter experts and educators.  Our Institute offerings are designed to model best practices, promote personal engagement, and incorporate practical application into daily teaching and leadership practices. Learn more.





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April 21, 2018

Two Professional Development Options in Instructional Design

An item from Monday’s inbox…

Have you been considering an OLC program in Instructional Design but aren’t sure which is right for you?

The Institute for Professional Development is pleased to offer two different options for instructional designers and eLearning professionals looking to improve their competencies in online course design and development. Which program is right for you? Learn more.


The Instructional Designer Certificate Program helps prepare instructional designers for working with faculty subject matter experts throughout the course design/development process. The full program is comprised of 4 four-week workshops which can be completed over a six-month period. Join us starting April 23rd.



The Instructional Design Mastery Series is a series of three workshops. Throughout each of the workshops, you will explore common instructional design techniques (based on relevant research) and use such strategies to help you design an effective learning unit. The next cohort starts July 11thregister today!






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April 15, 2018

Bring Together Policy And Practice At This Year’s 2018 Summit For Online Leadership And Administration

From Thursday’s inbox…

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Are you concerned about how federal or state policies might impact the 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. Click here for more information.

Please join us and our partners CAEL, UPCEA, and WCET as we seek to reshape the landscape of federal and state policy. In addition to providing the high level content to inform your institution about key policy issues impacting online students, you are invited to participate in a special session designed to produce a Policy Framework that will guide each organizations’ respective advocacy efforts.

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The 2018 SOLA+R Policy Track is brought to you by:

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April 12, 2018

OLC Today Newsletter: April 10, 2018

A newsletter from a couple of days ago.

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April 10, 2018 | Volume 17 | Issue 7

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Call for Presentations is Open until May 23rd
OLC Accelerate | Nov 14-16, 2018

The OLC Accelerate 2018 Program Committee seeks proposals promoting theory, research, methodology and/or applied practices in online, blended, and web-enhanced teaching and learning.

The submission deadline is May 23, 2018 at 11:59pm ET. Learn more.

Are You a Digital Learning Leader?
Tues, April 17, 1-5pm CT | Nashville, TN

Join us on Tuesday at OLC Innovate for this event featuring presentations by subject-matter experts in the field of leadership in digital learning, including:

-Funding and resources for program
-Alternative credentialing

Attend Virtually and Bring Your Friends!
Buy 2, Get 1 Free
OLC Innovate | April 18-20 | Nashville, TN

OLC offers multiple cost-effective options for you to attend OLC Innovate remotely. Individual, Buy 2 Get 1 Free, and Buy 4, Get 2 Free virtual options are available for you and your colleagues! You’ll receive live-streamed access to over 75 sessions, plus on-demand viewing access for one full year. Virtual attendees can even participate in the popular Community College and HBCU Affordable Learning Summits on Wednesday morning at no additional charge.

Participate in the conference without traveling to Nashville! Register today!


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Read, Publish, Learn: Inside the OLC Research Center

The OLC Research Center for Digital Learning and Leadership is  the go-to resource for empirical and evidence-based research, as well as practitioner-based resources.

OLC collaborates with a variety of institutions to provide this collection of resources, as well as to create new research in the field. If you would like to contribute to the Research Center, learn how to do so here.

Using Data-Driven Instructional Design to Optimize Student Outcomes
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New Instructional Designer Focused Offerings

We are pleased to offer more instructional designer-themed workshops to our offerings list starting in 2018! These 4-week courses highlight topics specifically geared towards the instructional designer, including research methods, project management, and learning sciences:

Research Methods for the Instructional Designer Community | Aug 6 – Sept 2, 2018
Project Management for Instructional Designers | Sept 10 – Oct 7, 2018
Applying the Neuro, Cognitive, and Learning Sciences to Instructional Design | Feb 25 – Mar 24, 2019

Introduction to Digital Badges Workshop
Starts April 23rd

In this workshop we will explore the benefits and challenges of implementing badging and explore the potential for your own course or institution by thinking about specific guidelines and evaluation criteria to establish the value of the badge.

Are you an Instructional Designer or faculty who teaches online and blended courses? Register now.

Facilitator Dr. Errin Heyman is a passionate and experienced educator, specializing in facilitation and assessment of student learning outcomes through faculty development and program/institutional review and assessment processes.
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 OLC has a proven track record in training and development which is encapsulated in this certificate program.” Read more about Florence’s experience.
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Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Starts April 30th

“If you want to be a great online facilitator you should go to the experts!” said Florence Gilzene Cheese, Instructional Development Coordinator, The University of the West Indies (UWI). Read more.

Want to see how you can improve your online teaching and learning like Florence did? Join the upcoming program – and now save when you buy three+ seats with OTC Pass!



NEW! Digital Fluency for the 21st Century
April 23-29, 2018

Introduction to Online Presentation Tools
April 23-29, 2018

Introduction to Screencasting Tools
May 7-13, 2018

More workshops


Quality Scorecard Mastery Series
Starts April 25, 2018

Mobile Learning Mastery Series: Connect, Create, and Consume
Starts May 16, 2018


Instructional Designer Certificate
Starts April 23, 2018

Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Starts April 30, 2018

Online Teaching Certificate
Starts May 7, 2018

Full Institute Schedule


Online Learning Consortium Elects Four New Members to Its Board of Directors

Navigating online professional degrees — potential and caution

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OLC Innovate 2018 | Nashville, TN – Registration open!
April 18-20, 2018

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 – CFP Open!
November 14-16, 2018


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April 11, 2018

5 Tips For Mobile Learning

From yesterday’s inbox…

OLC Mobile Learning Mastery Series: Connect, Create, and Consume facilitator, Scott Hamm shares his best advice for rebooting your instruction in his Campus Technology interview, Tap into These 5 Tips for Mobile Learning.

Hamm shares what he has learned from his own experience, as well as what he has learned from the participants in the OLC Mobile Learning Mastery Series.

Learn how you can extend your expertise in mobile learning with Hamm’s own motivation: “for me to get out of my comfort zone and into my learners’ comfort zone for learning.” Read more.

Want to expand mobile learning in your classroom? Join Hamm in an upcoming OLC Mastery Series cohort, starting May 16th. By engaging in discussion with other online faculty and instructional designers, you will gain insight into the relationships between higher education and mobile learning, and uncover the potential of integrating smartphones and tablets into the learning environment. Register today!

“…the strategic implementation of mobility in online, blended, and face-to-face learning environments has shifted from becoming a novelty or attractional device used to recruit students to becoming one of the tools that student bring to their learning with an increased expectation of integration and engagement from their institution.” Read more in this blog post.
-Dr. Scott Hamm, OLC Facilitator,
Director of Online Education,
Hardin-Simmons University
Upcoming Workshops
Introduction to Online Presentation Tools
April 23 – 29

In this workshop, you will explore web-based presentation tools that leverage the 2.0 potential to engage learners, build communities, and promote continuing dialogue. You will explore techniques for making presentations more interactive and meaningful for students, and hold their attention in asynchronous environments.

Introduction to Screencasting Tools
May 7 – 13

In this workshop, you will look at a variety of web-based, desktop, and mobile screencasting tools to find the right one for your teaching and learning needs. You will engage in the process of creating a screencast, including planning, storyboarding, preparing your screen, recording, and publishing.

Creating an Interactive Syllabus
May 16 – 18

As the digital world evolves, we are provided with opportunities to be creators, curators and contributors to the vast realm of the Internet, no longer just consumers of information. This workshop will enhance the perception of what it means to be digitally fluent through a self-assessment activity.


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