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July 20, 2019

Looking For A Reason To Visit Hawaii? Join Us At OLC Collaborate Maui

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Join us September 19 & 20, 2019
Kahului, HI
Creating Sustainable eLearning Communities
Hosted by the University of Hawai’i Maui College
OLC invites you to Hawai’i to meet with your online learning professional, educator, and administrator peers for an engaging professional development opportunity! OLC Collaborate Maui offers you an immersive cultural experience and opportunity to hear from subject matter experts addressing pressing challenges in online and higher education. Come join us for this educational event that offers an opportunity to also enjoy the beauty and history of the island of Maui.
OLC Collaborate Maui Program
The Collaborate program begins with our Thursday evening event at the Maui Ocean Center – a 15 minute welcome and blessing, followed by an immersive audio and visual experience in the new sphere introducing the history and culture of Hawaiʻi. The sphere presentation for September will be Polynesian Voyaging. The evening ends with a luau for Collaborate attendees.

In addition to the Thursday evening cultural and educational events, we’ve highlighted several other things to do in and around Maui on our travel page.

On Friday, our Collaborate event will include three presentations by subject matter experts.  Each presentation is followed by facilitator-led breakout sessions where small groups discuss related subtopics. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend an interactive day learning from key thought-leaders and discussing trends, challenges, and solutions with your peers.

RELEVANT TOPICS & DYNAMIC DISCUSSIONS

CREATING VALUES-ORIENTED NETWORKS
The presenter will share collaborative methodologies informed by culture and technology tools dedicated to collaboratively building and strengthening indigenous serving education systems.
SUPPORTING STUDENT SUCCESS THROUGH RELATIONSHIP-BUILDING
Learn strategies to support student success in distance classrooms from an island university perspective.
ENGAGING STUDENTS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
Explore opportunities for higher ed to adapt to the interests and experiences of its students through integrating concepts related to online gaming, creativity and design through the lens of multicultural education and indigenous perspectives.
VISION 2029 PANEL
Each of the keynote speakers will address the day’s collectively-generated questions and topics and place them in the context of the broader changes occurring in higher education.
OLC members save 30% on registration!*
*To receive your member discount, simply log in to your OLC account, and find your discount code in the sidebar of the page. Contact conference@onlinelearning-c.org for assistance.  Not a member?  Join now!

Hope to see you in Maui,

Jennifer Mathes,
Interim Chief Executive Officer,
Online Learning Consortium

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July 19, 2019

Featured Sessions Announced For OLC Accelerate 2019

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OLC Accelerate 2019
Celebrating 25 Years

#WeAreOLC: Narratives and Storytelling in Gaming

Storytelling has been used in the Technology Test Kitchen (TTK) since it started and we are looking forward to the amazing opportunities for collaboration and sharing at OLC Accelerate 2019 – our 25th anniversary celebration -we invite you to join us!

Share your #WeAreOLC story through pictures, videos, blog or social posts! Learn more in this blog post from TTK planning team members Madeline Shellgren and Adam Davi.


Featured Sessions Announced

The OLC Accelerate program committee has selected several sessions on a wide-range of topics to make up the featured sessions list for this year’s 25th anniversary conference.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from leading experts in online and digital learning! Review the list of featured sessions and start planning your schedule. Haven’t registered yet? Register now – early bird pricing expires on September 25, 2019. Learn more.

OLC Collaborate South Carolina

Unpacking the 60 Year Curriculum: Continuous Learning’s Do’s and Don’ts

The modern learner is no longer the traditional, residential student. In fact, demographics and other research suggest that will continue to be the norm. On-demand, stackable credentials, and student services are needed to meet those experiences. This shift includes involving employers and other external partners, developing a curriculum that spans the learner’s lifetime, and thinking about the institution’s sustainability as demand and demographics change.

Join Dr. Sherri Restauri, Director, Coastal Office of Online Learning, Coastal Carolina University as she presents on Continuous Learning at OLC Collaborate, hosted by Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina on October 10th.

OLC Collaborate South Carolina Presenter Dr. Sherri Restauri is the Director of Coastal Office of Online Learning at Coastal Carolina University.
Upcoming OLC Collaborate Events:

University of Hawaii – Kahului, Maui, HI
September 19 & 20, 2019
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Oregon State University – Corvallis, OR
February 7, 2020
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July 18, 2019

OLC Today Newsletter: July 16, 2019

Another newsletter from earlier in the week.

OLC is hiring, new global analysis report released, and more! Email not displaying correctly?
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July 16, 2019
News and Announcements

OLC is Hiring: Vice President of Learning

As OLC’s Vice President of Learning, you will provide a knowledgeable voice in representing OLC and its mission to the public.

Key to this position is a focus on creative problem solving and innovative solutions while having a thorough knowledge and understanding of existing operations and processes in order to drive initiatives to completion through existing or new workflows. Intrigued? Learn more and apply.


New Report: Global Quality Analysis

Written by OLC’s Interim Chief Executive Officer, Jennifer Mathes, the ICDE report Global quality in online, open, flexible and technology enhanced education: An analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats is now available.

By working with regional experts, this report provides an overview of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to educational quality in online, open, flexible and technology enhanced learning. Learn more.



Engaging the Reluctant Online Learner

After ten years of teaching online and face-to-face classes, Boise State University faculty member Tracie Lee hit multiple hurdles teaching Introductory Business Statistics online.

Learn strategies that boost Tracie Lee’s online student outcomes: grade in-video quizzes, record shorter videos, hand-write notes, send quiz results to the LMS. This blog post is brought to you by the Online Learning Consortium on behalf of our OLC Accelerate 2019 sponsor, TechSmith.

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#WeAreOLC: Equity and Identity in Storytelling

Looking forward to the amazing opportunities for collaboration and storytelling at OLC Accelerate 2019, our 25th anniversary celebration. We invite you to share your story with us! Tell us about your OLC experiences over the past 25 years or how you support inclusion, diversity, equity, and advocacy in your teaching and learning and how this has evolved in the past 25 years.

Share your #WeAreOLC story through pictures, videos, blog or social posts! Learn more in this blog post from OLC Accelerate planning team members Angela Gunder and Madeline Shellgren.


What We Share

“Sharing does not matter when we think there is nothing to learn. If we do not feel vulnerable when we share, our social imperative to just be has overtaken our capacity to learn and become more,”  says OLC Collaborate South Carolina Presenter Dr. Jonathan Lashley, Senior Instructional Technologist at Boise State University, in a recent blog post.

Join the discussion as Dr. Lashley presents on Faculty Development & Learning Design at OLC Collaborate, hosted by Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina on October 10th.

OLC Collaborate South Carolina Presenter Dr. Jonathan Lashley is a Senior Instructional Technologist at Boise State University.
OLC Institute for Professional Development

5 Quick Tips for Improving Your Instructional Design

According to a recent Campus Technology article, “Moving a course from brick-and-mortar to online requires rethinking how you deliver content, replicate in-class interactions and pinpoint areas for improvement.”

Learn more as longtime instructional designer Elisabeth Stucklen, who manages the OLC Mastery Series programs including the OLC Instructional Design Mastery Series course, shared five areas to pay attention to as classes are being shifted to an online mode.


Webinar: How Can I Teach Biology Online Using Lab Kits?

Learn from 3 subject matter experts with over 30 years of combined experience teaching biology lab courses online. Each of the panelists has experience designing biology kits for their students to use at home with safe, rigorous experiments mirroring those done in the traditional lab setting. Register now.


Enhance Your Higher Education Leadership Skills

OLC offers a range of opportunities and resources for developing and enhancing leadership skills in online and digital learning environments. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled all of these resources in one place!

We hope you will review these opportunities and join us at an upcoming program or event!

Upcoming Institute Programs
JULY WORKSHOPS

Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility
Strategies to Improve Retention
Strategies to Implement Augmented & Virtual Reality in Education

MASTERY SERIES

Blended Learning
Online Nursing
Leadership in Online Learning
Instructional Design

TEACHING CERTIFICATES

Online Teaching Certificate
Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Instructional Designer Certificate Program

ON-GOING PROGRAMS

Self-Paced Workshops
On-Demand and Customized Offerings
 

AUGUST WORKSHOPS

New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Designing Gamified Learning Environments
Introduction to Screencasting Tools
Designing with Accessibility in Mind
Introduction to Learner experience (LX) Design Methods, Part I: Personas
Designing a Flipped Classroom
Fundamentals: Giving Effective Feedback
Strategic Planning for Web Accessibility
New to Online, Essentials Part II: Converting Your Course

ADVANCED INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN WORKSHOPS

Project Management for Instructional Designers 
Applying the Neuro, Cognitive, and Learning Sciences to Instructional Design
Research Methods for the Instructional Designer Community
Data Stories: An Introduction to Data Visualization

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July 16, 2019

Learn From Experts And Transform Your Online Teaching Environment

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Explore and reflect on your teaching and learning practices while networking with and learning from experts.
Ideal for educators who are new to online teaching, the OLC Online Teaching Certificate Program is offered as a sequence of one 10-week foundation course and three electives leading from the conceptual to the implementation of online learning effectiveness best practices.

“I would recommend the Online Teaching Certificate Program to anyone who is teaching online in any capacity – formal, for-credit courses, non-credit courses, professional development, etc.” said Courtney R. Hebert, a Learning Experience Designer at Louisiana State University. “Participating allows instructors and consultants to enhance student success by applying best practices in online teaching.” Read more about Courtney’s experience.

The program’s theoretical underpinning stems from OLC’s Five Pillars of Quality in Online Education: student satisfaction, access, learning effectiveness, faculty satisfaction, and institutional cost-effectiveness. Join the next cohort starting August 19th! Additional dates are also available.


“I became more confident in my everyday position because I knew I was giving sound advice to instructors based on my knowledge gained throughout the program.”

Courtney R. Hebert, Learning Experience Designer,
Louisiana State University

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Are you a more experienced online instructor? If you have significant experience teaching in the virtual learning space, you are probably seeking a professional development experience that will help you fine-tune your course design and instructional strategies.

Online faculty who wish to critically analyze and further improve their online courses through the inclusion of active learning strategies, multimedia components, accessibility standards, and stronger assessment practices are invited to join the OLC Advanced Online Teaching Certificate Program.

Not sure which certificate to choose? View the comparison chart to help you decide.

Featured Program

On-Demand and Customized Program and Course Offerings

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.Let us tailor the training to suit the specific needs of your institution or organization. You may also choose a topic of your own, and we will create a specialized program to meet your learning goals.

Upcoming Institute Programs
JULY WORKSHOPS

Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility
Strategies to Improve Retention
Strategies to Implement Augmented & Virtual Reality in Education

MASTERY SERIES

Blended Learning
Online Nursing

TEACHING CERTIFICATES

Online Teaching Certificate
Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Instructional Designer Certificate Program

ON-GOING PROGRAMS

Self-Paced Workshops
On-Demand and Customized Offerings

AUGUST WORKSHOPS

New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started
Designing Gamified Learning Environments
Introduction to Screencasting Tools
Designing with Accessibility in Mind
Introduction to Learner experience (LX) Design Methods, Part I: Personas
Designing a Flipped Classroom
Fundamentals: Giving Effective Feedback
Strategic Planning for Web Accessibility
New to Online, Essentials Part II: Converting Your Course

ADVANCED INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN WORKSHOPS

Project Management for Instructional Designers 
Applying the Neuro, Cognitive, and Learning Sciences to Instructional Design
Research Methods for the Instructional Designer Community
Data Stories: An Introduction to Data Visualization

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July 12, 2019

Add Wednesday Activities At OLC Accelerate To Your Agenda

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OLC Accelerate 2019
Celebrating 25 Years

Kick Off the Conference with Wednesday Morning Activities

Wednesday morning is a busy time at OLC Accelerate!  In advance of the regular program start at 1:15pm, attendees are encouraged to use Wednesday morning to check in at registration, explore the exhibit hall, participate in workshops and summits, or join in special Field Guide Programactivities that morning.

With topics ranging from leadership to instructional design and more, go in-depth with leading experts in online and digital learning with our 3-hour workshops and summits taking place at OLC Accelerate on Wednesday morning, November 20. Learn more.

Would you like to explore and network Wednesday morning instead?  Our Field Guide Program offers events all morning long to help you familiarize yourself with the conference program and facility, as well as meet fellow conference attendees. Sign-up now if you are interested in participating in this unique OLC conference program designed to enhance the attendee experience.

Bonus: All Wednesday morning activities are included in your conference registration at no additional charge. Haven’t registered yet for the conference? Register today!

Wednesday Keynote Speaker Announced

The Wednesday Keynote Address at the 25th anniversary of OLC Accelerate will be delivered by Talithia Williams, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and popular TED Talk speaker.

As the higher education and online learning community evolve, Dr. Williams will share how we can shift our culture to better meet the needs of our students by incorporating data-driven strategies for success.

A host of the PBS series, NOVA Wonders, Dr. Talithia Williams is a groundbreaking professor, inspiring author and passionate STEM/STEAM advocate.

#WeAreOLC: Equity and Identity in Storytelling

Looking forward to the amazing opportunities for collaboration and storytelling at OLC Accelerate 2019, our 25th anniversary celebration. We invite you to share your story with us! Tell us about your OLC experiences over the past 25 years or how you support inclusion, diversity, equity, and advocacy in your teaching and learning and how this has evolved in the past 25 years.

Share your #WeAreOLC story through pictures, videos, blog or social posts! Learn more in this blog post from OLC Accelerate planning team members Angela Gunder and Madeline Shellgren.

OLC Collaborate South Carolina

What We Share

“Sharing does not matter when we think there is nothing to learn. If we do not feel vulnerable when we share, our social imperative to just be has overtaken our capacity to learn and become more,”  says OLC Collaborate South Carolina Presenter Dr. Jonathan Lashley, Senior Instructional Technologist at Boise State University, in a recent blog post.

Join the discussion as Dr. Lashley presents on Faculty Development & Learning Design at OLC Collaborate, hosted by Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina on October 10th.

OLC Collaborate South Carolina Presenter Dr. Jonathan Lashley is a Senior Instructional Technologist at Boise State University.
Upcoming OLC Collaborate Events:

University of Hawaii – Kahului, Maui, HI
September 19 & 20, 2019
Register now.

Oregon State University – Corvallis, OR
February 7, 2020
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