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October 14, 2022

October 2022 issue of the MERLOT newsletter “From the Vineyard”

Note this newsletter from a partner of the Online Learning Consortium.

Dear MERLOT Community Member,

Here is a link to the October 2022 issue of the MERLOT newsletter “From the Vineyard“: 

We are proud to distribute this newsletter three times a year to MERLOT members. 

We hope you enjoy it.




September 16, 2022

Early bird discount for OLC Accelerate 2022 ends September 19

Note this conference update.

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Virtual: November 1-3, 2022 Orlando, FL: November 14-17, 2022

Dear Michael,

Reflect on past challenges and look ahead as we advance the future of online and blended learning together at OLC’s Accelerate 2022 Conference. Join us for one of the largest and most impactful gatherings of the digital learning community. This year’s conference will take place virtually (November 1-3) and onsite (November 14-17) at the Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin in Orlando, FL.

Hurry! The early registration discounts end September 19.


Thank you to our sponsors for making this conference possible.

500+ sessions have been announced!

Program Highlights

Tune in to the virtual keynote by
Dr. Amelia Parnell

Tuesday, November 1

The Balance of Precision and Speed: How Online and Blended Learning Can Accelerate Student Success

Explore how professionals are working to transform student experiences in ways that leverage technology, promote collaboration, and ensure equity.


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Explore Key Trends
in Featured Sessions

Join subject matter experts as they lead us through a variety of hot topics including determining the efficacy of equity practices, collaborative learning in blended courses, student and faculty success, neuroscience and learning design, and key research trends.



Foster Digital Community Building with Dr. Josie Ahlquist

Tuesday, November 15

Meaning Behind the Screen: Leveraging Digital Community Building Tools in Online and Blended Learning

Whether it’s in your online classroom, within your college, or for your career – we need community more than ever. Using a purposeful digital engagement model and historical understanding of digital community tools, this keynote will call you into the title of community builder.


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Hone Your Craft

Gain new skills through four Master Classes covering designing for neuro-inclusive classrooms, addressing self-care and burnout, building your own escape room, and regular and substantive interaction in online and blended courses.



Deep Dive Into Critical Topics

Our immersive summits, focusing on instructional design, research, and the strategic support of student success by Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), are free to all onsite attendees.



Engagement Opportunities

Get more out of your conference experience! Visit our Engagement Opportunities page to customize your virtual and onsite engagement path.



More Information

Customize your agenda using our full program guide and make your hotel reservation at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin to secure your room and take advantage of our special conference room rate.

On-demand access of all recorded sessions is provided to onsite and virtual attendees for one year post-conference.

Reminder: Discounts are available for OLC members and for those who register by the September 19 early bird registration deadline. Not a member? Contact our partnership managers by emailing to learn more about all the benefits included.



Registration or program questions? Contact the OLC Conference Team at

Does your institution already have an unlimited virtual pass? Contact to find out. Campus wide passes are available, providing unlimited access to virtual sessions and recordings.

September 8, 2022

Please join me, and today’s education trailblazers at Accelerate 2022

An update from this upcoming conference.

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Hi Michael,

Two weeks ago, the OLC announced 500+ sessions in the 2022 Accelerate program. So much goes into making this kind of staggering announcement.

Behind the scenes, our team of reviewers poured through thousands (!!!) of submissions to curate the best in professional development and innovation for online and blended learning. OLC staff have been working with speakers and partners daily to share their content, keeping the community updated.

So when I say there is something for everyone at Accelerate, I mean it. To truly walk the walk of our field, the conference is a hybrid experience – blending the best of togetherness at Disney and in Zoom.

Now approaching three years into the global pandemic, this togetherness is more important than ever. Your presence – and your voice – is essential. Please join me at Accelerate as we define the next three years and decades together based on our collective lessons learned.

This year’s conference is also home to our Blended Learning Symposium and Leadership Network Symposium for blended learning professionals and senior leaders, respectively.

Whatever your passion in the online learning field, there’s a space for you at 2022 Accelerate.

I hope to see you there! Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.


Jennifer Mathes
CEO, Online Learning Consortium

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August 27, 2022

👏500+ sessions announced for OLC Accelerate 2022!

An update from this upcoming conference.

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Virtual: November 1-3, 2022 Orlando, FL: November 14-17, 2022

More Than 500 sessions Just Announced!

Are you ready to spark powerful changes in online, blended, and digital learning? The full program for OLC Accelerate 2022 is now available to preview on the conference website.

This year’s conference theme, Reflecting Onward: Evidence for a Changed World, invites us to explore the challenges of the past and look ahead to the future of online, digital, and blended learning.

Join us onsite in Orlando, FL, virtually, or both to learn from and connect with luminaries in the field. Early bird discounted registration ends September 19th.


The 2022 program is brimming with empowered people who are facilitating change. Sessions and activities will revolve around innovating new methods based on lessons learned, challenging the status quo, and sharing effective practices for online and blended learning.

Learn more about the symposiums and master classes now available as add-ons to this years’ Accelerate registration:

Blended Learning Symposium

  • Do you lead a blended learning initiative at your institution? Exchange new ideas and research, discuss approaches to access and equity, and upskill your leadership at this event.

Leadership Network Symposium

  • Join us at the premiere event for senior leadership in blended and online education. During this one-day event in Orlando, FL on Nov. 14, we will collectively determine our top priorities for the year ahead to address the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the field.

Master Classes

  • These highly interactive professional development experiences provide participants with hands-on opportunities to drive quality in online and blended learning.

Enjoy perusing the full program!

Questions? Contact us at See you soon!

– The OLC Conference Team

August 19, 2022

OLC Innovate 2023 – Call for Proposals Now Open

This conference may be of interest to some readers.  In the past they have been quite interested, but often did not many submissions, in K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning.

OLC Innovate provides a path for innovators of all experience levels and backgrounds to share best practices, test new ideas, and collaborate on driving forward online, digital, and blended learning.
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Virtual: April 4-6, 2023 Nashville, TN: April 18-21, 2023

Present at OLC Innovate 2023!

Advancing online, blended and digital education begins with YOU.

OLC and MERLOT are pleased to announce OLC Innovate 2023 and the opening of our Call for Proposals. Join us onsite April 18-21, 2023 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN (or virtually April 4-6, 2023). Share your innovative ideas with your global network of colleagues, your community, and those who inspire and seek inspiration.

We’re looking for proposals that reflect and showcase our vibrant community of practice — promoting innovative theory, research, methodology, or applied effective online, blended, and digital teaching and learning practices. Help us shape the future of online, digital, and blended learning!Deadline for proposals: October 19, 2022 (by 11:59 pm ET)

Why Present at OLC Innovate?


​​​​OLC offers session formats with innovative approaches to engagement in both face-to-face and online environments, including:
  • Highly interactive and conversational formats
  • In-depth and hands-on workshops to up-skill
  • Design Thinking Challenges in our Innovation Studio to actively explore pedagogies and tools
  • Innovative graduate student research
  • Career forum roundtables to address challenges, opportunities, and upward mobility


OLC is known for high-quality programming and exceptional support!

If you are considering submitting a proposal, know that we have your back through our robust OLC Presenter Services program.


OLC Innovate 2023 Conference Tracks

  • Blended Teaching and Learning
  • Workforce, Career, and Industry Connections for Student Learning
  • Instructional Technologies and Tools
  • Leadership and Advocacy
  • Open Learning
  • Process, Problems, and Practices
  • Research: Designs, Methods, and Findings
  • Student Support and Success
  • Teaching and Learning Practice
Questions? Contact us at

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