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September 20, 2017

Accessibility And UDL In The Online Classroom

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Accessibility and UDL in the Online Classroom
Dear Michael,

I’d like to invite you to improve your ACCESSIBIITY.jpgknowledge of accessibility and universal design in the online classroom. This fall, The Institute for Professional Development is offering a number of learning opportunities that will provide you with the strategies and resources you need to design an accessible and inclusive learning environment!

Take a look at the upcoming schedule:

Workshops
Strategic Planning for Web Accessibility | Sept 25 – Oct 1, 2017
Designing with Accessibility in Mind Sept 27-29, 2017
Applying UDL and UDI Principles to Online Courses | Oct 2-8, 2017
ADA & Web Accessibility Self-Paced Workshop (Ongoing)

Webinar
Accessibility in the Virtual/Augmented Reality Space | Oct 18, 2017 | 12:00pm ET

Pre-Conference Workshop at OLC Accelerate
(Register before September 20 for Early Bird Pricing!)
Are you WCAG 2.0 Compliant? | Nov 14, 2017 | 9:00am ET

Hope you can join us!

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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September 16, 2017

Online Teaching Certificates Fall Special

From Thursday’s inbox…

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– Fall Special Offer –
Dear Michael,

The Online Teaching Certificate (OTC) program prepares educators to teach and improve online courses using the OLC pillars of quality in online education—learning effectiveness, scale, faculty and student satisfaction, and access.

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Now save over $1,000* on 3 Online Teaching Certificates!
Now you can get the OLC Online Teaching Certificate (OTC) Program for multiple educators on your team, and save:

– Buy 1 and save 5%
– Buy 2 and save 10%
– Buy 3+ and save 18%

Better still, bundle the OLC Online Teaching Certificate with OLC Workshop Pass and save over $1,000* on 3 certificates.

OLC Workshop Pass:
– 10 workshop seats for $1,000* (regular price $1,150)
– Use these seats for the OTC electives

Contact me at 320-241-1904 or email sales@onlinelearning-c.org for more details and to discuss your specific needs.

Best Regards,

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Thomas Heitz

Sales Director| Online Learning Consortium | 617-716-1414 |info@onlinelearning-c.org

*OLC Member pricing. Similar package for non-members would cost over $2,000 more. OLC Members get discounted pricing on all OLC workshops and programs.

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September 15, 2017

Still Seats Available for OLC Collaborate – Arizona

From yesterday’s inbox…

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OLC Collaborate – Arizona
September 29, 2017
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Dear Michael,

We’d like to cordially invite you to take part in a one-day professional development and networking opportunity focused on the future of online learning. Spend the day with us and learn from a panel of interprofessional experts as they discuss the future of teaching and learning – from virtual reality and gameful learning to equity and access to education.

Join the OLC and academic host The University of Arizona in Tucson onSeptember 29th to connect with some of the thought leaders and change agents in our field. You’ll get to collaborate with online learning professionals, educators, and administrators to tackle the pervasive challenges we face as we adapt and grow within the ever changing landscape of online education.  It simply won’t be a success without your participation in the rich conversation!

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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Angela Gunder
Associate Director of Digital Learning and Instructional Design
The Office of Digital Learning
The University of Arizona

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September 14, 2017

OLC Today Newsletter: September 12, 2017

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September 12, 2017 | Volume 16 | Issue 14

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Hurricane Relief Efforts

The Online Learning Consortium understands the difficulties facing all educational institutions in the path of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives have been disrupted.

We appreciate the importance of continuing operations of all institutions, and want to assure those affected that OLC stands ready to mobilize our global connections within the online learning community to support the needs of displaced learners and faculty. We also recognize there will be needs identified as various recovery stages commence. To help with these efforts, OLC continues to be in communication with institutions in the impacted regions, including our community members, to identify opportunities to provide support as we learn more about those learners and institutions affected by this crisis.

Those that have been impacted who would like the OLC’s support as well as members of the OLC community who wish to assist should email OLC at communitysupport@onlinelearning-c.org.

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DLIAward Update

We’re pleased to announce that OLC’s 2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award recipients have been selected. After a rigorous scoring process, the DLIAward review panel selected three institutional-level award recipients and ten faculty team recipients from an initial group of over sixty submissions. 

The official announcement will take place at OLC Accelerate, during the awards luncheon on November 16th.Learn more about the awards.

OLC Award Nominations Extended

The deadline for nominations forOLC Awards for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning, OLC Fellows, andEffective Practice Awards is extended to September 19, 2017.

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Oct 3, 2017 | 1:00pm ET

Researchers from the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit will offer an overview of the results from their national study on the research preparation and engagement of instructional designers. Register now.

Oct 18, 2017 | 12:00pm ET

As a follow-up to our summer webinar series, Exploring the Immersive Learning Landscape, OLC invites you to continue the conversation about virtual and augmented reality with this free fall webinar devoted to the topic of accessibility. Register now.

New Online Learning Journal Released
Issue 21:3 Published

This issue includes 15 papers that advance our understanding of online learning with 9 papers that highlight the best research papers from OLC’s 2016 conferences, and an additional 6 papers accepted through the journal’s regular submission process. Learn more.

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email_icon_leadership_100x100.png  OLC CONFERENCES

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Can’t Travel? Join us at OLC Accelerate 2017 Virtually
November 15-17 | Orlando, FL

Did you know we offer a virtual attendance option that provides individuals and institutions the opportunity to attend over 100 select sessions via live stream services?

The keynote and plenary sessions, featured sessions, research highlights sessions, select educations sessions, and key industry showcase sessions are included in virtual attendance. Learn more and register today!

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A Focus on Accessibility and Universal Design

Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your knowledge of accessibility and universal design in the online classroom. This fall, The Institute for Professional Development is offering a number of learning opportunities that will provide you with the strategies and resources you need to design an accessible and inclusive learning environment!

Workshops

Strategic Planning for Web Accessibility | Sept 25 – Oct 1, 2017

Designing with Accessibility in Mind | Sept 27-29, 2017

Applying UDL and UDI Principles to Online Courses | Oct 2-8, 2017

Webinar

Accessibility in the Virtual/Augmented Reality Space | Oct 18, 2017 | 12:00pm ET

Pre-Conference Workshop at OLC Accelerate

Are you WCAG 2.0 Compliant? | Nov 14, 2017 | 9:00am ET

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Meet Our Members: Pratima Dutta

How has the OLC Institutional Membership helped your organization? “OLC has given our team members the opportunity to grow and hone their craft in online learning. As a result of the information coming out of OLC, our staff is able to be discerning consumers of research and information on online education,” said Pratima Dutta, Director of Distance Learning at CSUN Tseng College. Read more.

Join 1000+ Delegates at the World Conference on Online Learning
October 16-19 | Toronto, Canada

Registrations are coming in quickly for the World Conference on Online Learning, organized and hosted by Contact North | Contact Nord in Toronto, Canada from October 16 – 19, 2017. The World Conference features a record-breaking lineup of 500 international presenters from 59 countries, with more than 150 plenaries, concurrent sessions, concurrent workshops, panel discussions and poster presentations. The reduced, early bird registration fee ends on September 17, 2017. Register Now to avoid disappointment and take advantage of the reduced registration fee.

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September 12, 2017

Join OLC for an Upcoming Workshop

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October Workshops
Enhance your online teaching skills with OLC Institute workshops.

OLC Institute for Professional Development 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 utilize numerous proven instructional strategies and learning activities that will spark creative ideas for your own online or blended course.

Full Institute Schedule
Upcoming Workshops

Introduction to Collaboration Tools
Exploring App Smashing | Strategies for Improvement: Quality Scorecard
Exploring Interactive Video Tools
Strategies for Evaluating Online Faculty
Introduction to Collaboration Tools
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In this workshop, facilitator Linda Algozzini will explore a variety of collaboration tools including, but not limited to, Google Docs, Skype, and Google Hangouts, and help you analyze their strengths and weaknesses.

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Exploring App Smashing
October 2-8, 2017

What happens when you combine a number of apps to create something new? Answer: App Smashing! Join facilitator Cathy Arreguin to explore some of the most interesting ways App Smashing is being used to increase teaching effectiveness and encourage deeper learning.

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Strategies for Improvement: Quality Scorecard
October 2-8, 2017

Join Dr. Kaye Shelton for an overview of the OLC Quality Scorecard. Explore how the scorecard can be implemented in your institution, and evaluate your institution based on a few scorecard quality indicators.

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Exploring Interactive Video Tools
October 4-6, 2017

Interactive video content encourages active learning and participation from students.  Join facilitator Angela Gunder in this workshop where you will explore free online video tools and easy to implement strategies for creating interactive video.

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AngelaGunder_circle.pngAngela Gunder is Senior Instructional Designer for the Office of Digital Learning at The University of Arizona. Working on the web, in print and for the classroom, she brings to the table over fifteen years of design experience with a focus on emerging technology for student engagement. 
Strategies for Evaluating Online Faculty
October 2-8, 2017

In this workshop, you will focus on designing or refining evaluations used for online faculty, which can consist of student evaluations, peer evaluations, and overall evaluations. Dr. Donna Scribner will help you will learn about different models for evaluation, theory, and strategy with a focus on evidence-based methods for effective evaluations.

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New! Strategies for Increasing Interaction & Engagement
Self-Paced Workshop

Student engagement can be one of the most influential factors for student persistence and success, especially in the online learning environment. In this self-paced workshop, you will learn about the barriers to engagement and how you can best address these challenges to lead to greater student involvement and engagement.

Register

Ready to advance your online learning skills? Choose from hundreds of workshops as well as Mastery Series and Certificate programs. Review the comprehensive list the OLC Institute for Professional Development has to offer today!

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