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April 22, 2017

OLC Today Newsletter: April 20, 2017

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April 20, 2017 | Volume 16 | Issue 5


Post-Conference Wrap Up

OLC Innovate | April 5-7 | New Orleans, LA

Thank you to everyone who joined us earlier this month onsite and virtually for the OLC Innovate 2017 Conference. Visit the wrap up page for photo galleries, award and contest winners, and more.

“I would scream it from the rooftops if I thought people could find the resources to attend! The first year I attended was life changing for me in my career and attitude towards teaching. This year was a more philosophical journey into the future of higher education.”
– Nicole Korzetz, Faculty, Lee College

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Missed the conference? No problem!Access the 95+ recorded sessions! Watch sessions at your convenience for one full year. Unlimited viewing for your entire staff!

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The OSCQR Rubric: Course Quality Review
May 2, 2017 | 2:00pm ET

Join us to learn about the OSCQR Course Design Review scorecard, brought to us through a partnership with the State University of New York. Based on online best practices, the rubric can be used by faculty, staff and instructional designers to evaluate the effectiveness of an online course and identify areas of opportunity.

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Scaling Digital & Open Educational Resources (OER)
May 17, 2017 | 12:00pm ET

Sponsored by Ed Map and Vital Source, this webinar includes a panel of experts that will discuss best practices for managing the complexities of digital materials and OER so that the digital and OER footprint within an institution can effectively grow.

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2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award
Call for Submissions now open!

The Digital Learning Innovation Award 2017 call for submissions is open to accredited U.S.-based applicants in two categories:

-Institutional Award – $100,000 (up to three awarded)
-Faculty-led Team Award – $10,000 (up to 10 awarded)

The submission portal is open until June 30, 2017. Learn more in aninformational webinar.

Unique Upcoming OLC Collaborate Events!
May 31-June 2, 2017 | Montclair State University, NJ
June 6, 2017 | University of Nebraska Medical Center

OLC is traveling from coast to coast to bring you some unique professional development opportunities! Can’t join us in New Jersey or Nebraska? We’ll be coming to Alaska and Arizona later this year! See all OLC Collaborate events.


November 15-17, 2017 | Orlando, FL

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Present at OLC Accelerate 2017
CFP Open Until May 22, 2017

Do you have a research or evidence-based proposal to share with your peers? The OLC Accelerate 2017 Program Committee seeks proposals that reflect and showcase our vibrant community of practice. Learn moreand get started today!

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Social Media Mastery Series
Starts May 3

Are you looking to integrate social media into your teaching practice? Learn more in our latest blog post,8 Things You Should Know before Using Social Media in Your Course. Join us for the Social Media Mastery Series beginning May 3rd if you are interested in strengthening your social media expertise for the online classroom.


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April 18, 2017

Advancing Online Teaching Expertise with the Essentials

From yesterday’s inbox…

Creating the Best Possible Online Teaching Experience
Dear Michael,

The New to Online: Essentials workshop is one of the most popular offerings from the OLC Institute for Professional Development.

“Although most of our faculty are not new to online, they still glean much from this terrific introduction to online teaching.  One of the best outcomes is the interaction between our faculty across disciplines. They share their teaching experiences, challenges, fears and successes.”  said Cheryl Fulghum, Distance Learning Coordinator at Haywood Community College (HCC).  

Cheryl plans to have every HCC faculty member participate in the OLC New to Online Essentials course.

Keep on Learning!


Jennifer Rafferty
Director of the OLC Institute for Professional Development

Fundamentals: Increasing Interaction & Engagement
May 8-14, 2017

Introduction to Online Presentation Tools
May 8-14, 2017

Creating Concept Maps
May 8-14, 2017

Introduction to Digital Badges
May 8-14, 2017

Exploring ePortfolios
May 8-14, 2017

Managing Faculty Workload
May 8-14, 2017

Fundamentals: Engaging Learners in Online Discussions
May 15-21, 2017

Developing Your Social Media and Digital Presence
May 15-21, 2017

Introduction to Audio & Visual Tools
May 15-21, 2017

Introduction to Copyright & Fair Use, Part 2
May 23, 2017

Exploring Interactive Video Tools
May 24-26, 2017

“The OLC program was amazing! I could not have created that environment on my own.”

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Distance Learning Coordinator,
Haywood Community College

Have you had a great experience with OLC? We’d love to share your story! Contact Jean Simmons, Director of Marketing, at

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April 15, 2017

Pricing Changes at OLC

From Friday’s inbox…

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Pricing Changes at OLC

Plus OLC Membership Option Enhancements

Dear Michael,

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Pricing changes will go into effect on May 1, 2017.  I wanted to ensure that you have the opportunity to purchase or renew your OLC Institutional Membership before any price increases take effect.

Changes to OLC’s membership structure take into account the size of an organization’s student body (full-time equivalent—FTE— enrollment) to determine the pricing of our membership options. New pricing for university system memberships enable collaboration and online learning guidance and support for every institution within the system, including expanded use of the OLC Quality Scorecard Suite.

OLC Institutional and Professional Memberships continue to provide the best discounts on our professional development programs and conferences.

If you have any questions or need assistance with your purchase or renewal, please contact me directly.

Best Regards,

      Online Learning Consortium |

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April 13, 2017

8 Things You Should Know before Using Social Media in Your Course

Also from Monday’s inbox…

8 Things You Should Know before Using Social Media in Your Course
Dear Michael,

Are you planning to use social media in your upcoming online or blended courses? Integrating social media into your teaching practice can be a great way to enhance social learning and improve student engagement, but there are important considerations you should be aware of before you ask your students to complete assignments outside of a learning management system. Learn more in our latest blog post, 8 Things You Should Know before Using Social Media in Your Course.

Ready for a deeper dive? Join us for the Social Media Mastery Series beginning May 3rd if you are interested in strengthening your social media expertise for the online classroom.

Keep on Learning!




“An excellent, hands-on, practical Mastery class that addresses all of the important issues educators need to know and understand if they are contemplating Social Media use in classes or programs.”
– Ronald G. Hannaford, Ph.D.,
Director of Digital Learning & Program Development, Biola University

Jennifer Rafferty | Director of the OLC Institute for Professional Development  | Online Learning Consortium | 617-716-1414 |

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April 9, 2017

Join Us for an Upcoming OLC Institute Program

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Upcoming Institute Offerings
Take your learning to the next level.

The OLC Institute for Professional Development offers virtual learning opportunities for educators at any stage of their online teaching career.  Whether you are new to online or a seasoned professional, we offer a wide range of programs for those who are eager to take their career to the next level.

Developed and facilitated by subject matter experts and thought leaders from the field, our Institute offerings are designed to model best practices, promote engagement, and encourage practical application into daily teaching and leadership practices.

Upcoming Workshops

Exploring ePortfolios
Creating Concept Maps
Developing Your Social Media and Digital Presence for Higher Ed Staff
Introduction to Copyright & Fair Use, Part 2
Exploring ePortfolios Workshop
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ePortfolios provide a learner-centered environment conducive to reflective and evidence-based learning, and they are considered the center of a student’s personal learning environment. Facilitator Betty Hurley leads this workshop, where you will explore how ePortfolios enhance deep learning, view examples of well-designed and effective ePortfolios, and reflect on the role that ePortfolios can play in your online courses and programs.

Creating Concept Maps| Social Media Presence

May 8-14, 2017

Concept mapping is a research-supported strategy for improving online learning effectiveness. Concept mapping is not only a learning tool, but can also be used for teaching and assessment. Facilitator Dr. Melanie Shaw will explore some of the many ways you can use concept maps in various phases of the teaching and learning cycle. Register >


May 15-21, 2017

What does your online identity look like today? Have you Googled yourself lately? In higher ed, it is becoming increasingly vital to share your work and practice online. Besides developing an online presence, higher education staff and administrators are utilizing social media to support their work, add to their professional development, and engage with their peers. In utilizing open and digital channels to support, learn, discuss, and contribute a thriving network of practitioners and administrators, we are seeing value to “working out loud” and online with one another. Join Dr. Laura Pasquini in this workshop where we will explore meaningful ways to craft an active, online persona, learn about ways use social media and digital resources for your professional interests, and understand how an online community of practice can enhance the work you do. Register >

Introduction to Copyright and Fair Use, Part 2
May 23, 2017

Copyright infringement lawsuits against colleges and universities are no longer hypothetical – they are reality. Numerous universities around the country have been sued for everything from illegally posting articles and book chapters in learning management systems, to improperly streaming video for the purposes of facilitating research and providing access to students with disabilities. Join facilitator Linda Enghagen in this workshop where you will develop a working familiarity with the “transformative use” doctrine and its growing importance to educational fair use and the continuously expanding collection of “Best Practices in Fair Use.”

Join us for an Upcoming Mastery Series
Social Media for Online Education Mastery Series
May 3-June 28, 2017
The Social Media for Online Education Mastery Series focuses on the use of social media for teaching and learning in online, blended and web-enhanced courses. Facilitator Apostolos Koutropoulos will guide you through relevant research and discussions with peers, and explore applicable learning theories, online identity, participatory culture, and legal issues for engaging, instructing, and supporting online learners through social media. Register >

Online Science Labs Mastery Series
May 17-July 19, 2017

TDrJuliaVanderMolen_circle.pnghe Online Science Labs Mastery Series provides an extensive overview of the current state of online laboratory science courses and where they are headed in this rapidly changing environment. Under the guidance of facilitator Dr. Julia Vandermolen, you will be introduced to best practices in the design and implementation of virtual science labs in the online classroom, by exploring evidence-based research that reveals how the integration of online science labs can improve your students’ experience.  Register >

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