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July 19, 2017

OLC Today Newsletter: July 18, 2017

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July 18, 2017 | Volume 16 | Issue 10

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Read Michelle Pacanksy-Brock’s blog post.

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Join Captivating Conversations around the Future of Digital Learning
August 21-22 | Anchorage, AK 

“What I appreciated most about the OLC Collaborate event I attended was the opportunity to discuss a topic (Open Educational Resources) with peers across my region, not just people from my own institution or my own system.”

– Dr. Michelle Pacansky-Brock,
California State University,
Monday Keynote Speaker

Hosted by our academic partner, the University of Alaska-Anchorage, join Michelle on August 21st and 22nd.Register today.

See What’s Cooking in the Technology Test Kitchen
Nov. 15-17 | Orlando, FL

Designed as an exploratory installation, the Technology Test Kitchen (TTK) space at OLC Accelerate is run by “chefs” who will guide you through hands-on exercises focused on practical technology applications to solve your unique pedagogical challenges. Those new to online technology and design as well as seasoned veterans are welcome to visit, explore, and take part in the TTK activities.

Want to learn more? Explore the full schedule of events and meet the chefshere.



Share in the excitement of the last year’s Technology Test Kitchen in this short video.

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Effective Practice Award Nominations Open
Nov. 15-17 | Orlando, FL

We encourage you to submit your effective practices on topics related to innovation and/or technology that enhance the field of digital learning.

Award nominations are now being accepted for the second round of 2017 awards to be awarded at OLC Accelerate in November in Orlando, FL. Deadline for submission is September 5, 2017.

Join the #SummerOfCollaboration!

Even if you can’t attend an upcoming OLC Collaborate event, you can still celebrate the Summer Of Collaboration! It’s simple. Just tweet us a picture or a mention of someone you enjoy collaborating with. Make sure you include their Twitter handle and be sure to use the hashtags #OLCCollaborate and #SummerOfCollaboration.

Congrats to our June winners@geolawsdesign & @ThomasJTobin – enjoy your free OLC Professional Membership!


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Exploring the Immersive Learning Landscape
5-Part Webinar Series: Next Webinar July 26

What does it take to implement immersive reality (VR/AR/holograms) initiative in your system, at your institution, and within your classroom?Join our panel of experts for the next edition of this webinar series as they share lessons learned and best practices about planning strategically for successful implementation of immersive learning initiatives for enhancing teaching and learning.

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The Future of Blended Learning
Mastery Series | Aug. 9-Oct. 11, 2017

We continue 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. Baiyun Chen, OLC Institute faculty for the Blended Learning Mastery Series: Research into Practice, discussed the future of blended learning in higher education, as well as a variety of other topics on our blog, OLC Insights.


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Designing Courses with a Multimodal Approach
July 24-July 30, 2017

Exploring Competency Based Education
August 7-August 13, 2017

Exploring ePortfolios
August 7-August 13, 2017

Managing Faculty Workload
August 7-August 13, 2017

Creating YouTube Videos for Teaching & Learning
August 21-August 27, 2017

Introduction to Online Presentation Tools
August 21-August 27, 2017

More workshops.


Blended Learning Mastery Series: Research into Practice
Starts August 9

Quality Scorecard Mastery Series
Starts August 23

Online Nursing Mastery Series
Starts September 27

Instructional Design Mastery Series
Starts October 11

Full Institute Schedule.


How to Help Faculty Build Online Courses

How Colleges Can Make the Most of Growing Online Enrollment

How can higher ed build community in online learning environments?

Building Real Community Online with Free Apps

ACAO Announces Digital Fellows Program

Building Faculty Buy-In on Digital Courseware

Read more.


OLC Collaborate | Anchorage, AK – Registration open!
August 21-22, 2017

OLC Collaborate | Tucson, AZ – Registration open!
September 29, 2017

OLC Accelerate 2017 | Orlando, FL – Registration open!
November 15-17, 2017

OLC Innovate 2018 | Nashville, TN
April 18-20, 2018


MOOCs Target Much Needed Workforce Skills
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July 13, 2017

Join me at OLC Collaborate – Alaska!

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OLC Collaborate – Alaska
August 21 – 22, 2017
Dear Michael,

I’m writing to invite you to be a part of a unique two-day professional development opportunity where I will be presenting the keynote – OLC Collaborate – Alaska!

I attended an OLC Collaborate about a year and a half ago in Los Angeles and had many wonderful takeaways from the experience. My recent blog post shares some of these with you and provides a glimpse into the presentation I am planning.

OLC Collaborate – Alaska, hosted by academic partner the University of Alaska Anchorage, takes place August 21st and 22nd. I hope you can join me and about 150 of our colleagues for this event.

Make your travel plans and register today!

Hope to see you there,



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“What I appreciated most about the Collaborate event I attended was the opportunity to discuss a topic (Open Educational Resources) with peers across my region, not just people from my own institution or my own system.”

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Dr. Michelle Pacansky-Brock
Innovations Lead for Teaching & Learning Innovations
California State University Channel Islands

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New Issue of Online Learning Journal Published

No specific K-12 distance, online and/or blended learning items in this issue.  But there are several interesting articles in this open access journal.

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New Issue of Online Learning Journal Published
Dear Michael,
We are pleased to present the most recent issue of the Online LearningJournal. In this issue of Online Learning we present 9 articles researching administrative and leadership perspectives, blended learning, faculty issues, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), student issues, pedagogy, and support. These papers advance our understanding of online learning with insights from both national and international investigators using quantitative and qualitative approaches to inquiry. We invite you to read, share, and cite the high-quality papers in this issue and help us to continue to enhance the research and practice of online learning.

Best regards,
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The Online Learning Consortium
Associate Provost & Associate Professor
University at Albany
State University of New York
Volume 21.2 Table of Contents

Introduction to Online Learning issue 21:2
Peter J. Shea

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Research
Open, Online, and Blended: Transactional Interactions with MOOC Content by Learners in Three Different Course Formats 
Jeffrey P. Emanuel, Anne Lamb
Adult MOOC Learners as Self-Directed: Perceptions of Motivation, Success, and Completion 
Jamie Loizzo, Peggy A. Ertmer, William R. Watson, Sunnie Lee Watson

Administrative Perspectives
A National Study of Online Learning Leaders in US Higher Education
Eric E. Fredericksen

Faculty Issues
Challenging Teachers’ Pedagogic Practice and Assumptions about Social Media
Helen C. Cartner, Julia L. Hallas
Building Community in Online Doctoral Classrooms: Instructor Practices that Support Community
Sharla Berry

Student Issues, Pedagogy, Tools, and Support
Exploring Digital Badges in University Courses: Relationships between Quantity, Engagement, and Performance
Joseph R Fanfarelli, Rudy McDaniel
An Investigation into Cooperative Learning in a Virtual World using Problem-Based Learning
Vanessa Parson, Simon Bignell
Promoting College Student Self-Regulation in Online Learning Environments
Jacob Wandler, William John Imbriale
Evaluation Instruments and Good Practices in Online Education
Sally Baldwin, Jesus H. Trespalacios

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July 12, 2017

Upcoming Workshops: Managing Faculty Workload, Creating YouTube Videos, and More!

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Enhance your online teaching skills with OLC workshops.

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

Upcoming Workshops

Managing Faculty Workload
Creating YouTube Videos for Teaching & Learning | New to Online: Essential Part I, Getting Started
Introduction to Online Presentation Tools
Facilitating Group Work Online
Managing Faculty Workload
DrDonnaScribner_circle.pngDr. Donna E. Scribner has more than 35 years of experience in education, as a teacher at the middle, high school and college levels, and in developing and delivering professional development opportunities for teachers. August 7-13, 2017

Learn research-based strategies to assist faculty in managing their time more effectively and reducing the risk of burnout. Facilitator Dr. Donna Scribner will review practical workload management tips and tools for you to implement for both new and veteran faculty.

Creating YouTube Videos | Essentials Part I
LeahChuchran_circle.pngEngaged in higher education since 2006, Leah Chuchran is the former Digital Learning Specialist at Emory University representing the Center for Digital Scholarship.

August 21-27, 2017

Are you looking for new multimedia strategies for your virtual classroom? Join facilitator Leah Chuchran as we explore an easy to use and often overlooked online video editing option, the YouTube Editor. This widely used video sharing website offers educators the opportunity to create multimedia resources that can be easily embedded into most learning management systems.  Register >

DrDonnaScribner_circle.pngDr. Donna E. Scribner has more than 35 years of experience in education, as a teacher at the middle, high school and college levels, and in developing and delivering professional development opportunities for teachers.

August 21-27, 2017

This workshop will provide you with an important online learning experience as you explore the basics of online teaching and learning. You will learn the critical differences between online and face-to-face courses, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design and evaluation with the guidance of facilitator, Dr. Donna Scribner. Register >

Introduction to Online Presentation Tools
August 21-27, 2017

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. Join facilitator Dr. Julia VanderMolen to explore techniques for making presentations more interactive and meaningful for students, and hold their attention in asynchronous environments.


Dr. Julia VanderMolen is an Assistant Professor in the Allied Health Sciences program within the College of Health Professions at Grand Valley State University. 

Facilitating Group Work Online
August 21-27, 2017

Online group work poses challenges for faculty and students for a number of reasons, including differing technology skills, variances in team member participation, as well as logistics such as time and schedule conflicts. In this experiential workshop you will learn how to address those challenges by participating in a collaborative activity that models effective group work processes, with the help of facilitator Dr. Melanie Shaw. Register >


Dr. Melanie Shaw has over fifteen years of educational experience ranging from classroom and graduate level teaching to counseling and administration.

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July 7, 2017

OLC Digital Learning Innovation Award Applications Due July 15

Note this up-coming deadline.

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Submission Portal Open Until July 15, 2017
Dear Michael,

Have you completed your submission for the Digital Learning Innovation Award (DLIAward)? Just one week left before the submission portal closes and the judging process begins.

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)
Winners will be announced at the OLC Accelerate conference, Nov. 15-17 in Orlando, Florida.
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.
Best Regards,
Nori Barajas, Ed.D.

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