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November 13, 2017

Save The Date For OLC Collaborate In Los Angeles

From the inbox over the weekend…

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OLC Collaborate – Los Angeles
Join us January 30th at the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport

Dear Michael,

Join us for this one-day professional development opportunity! OLC is returning to Los Angeles to meet with online learning professionals, educators and administrators to address the opportunities and challenges we all face in online higher education today.

Learn more about expanding textbook affordability programs on your campus and requesting additional state funding opportunities from model institutions across California. 

OLC Collaborate – Los Angeles, hosted by our academic partner, California State University, is coming up on Tuesday, January 30th.

Can’t make it on January 30th? Join us in Nashville for OLC Innovate 2018, April 18-20. Early bird pricing is available throughFebruary 21stLearn more.

We hope to see you soon,

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November 12, 2017

Live From OLC Accelerate: Join Inside Higher Ed, OLC, And Thought Leaders Via Shindig Webcasts!

From Thursday’s inbox…

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Join Inside Higher Ed and some of the leading voices from OLC Accelerate 2017 for interactive virtual thought leader interviews.

Moderated by Inside Higher Ed Editor & Co-Founder Doug Lederman, the two days of interviews will convene on Wednesday, November 15th, from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm ET and Thursday, November 16th, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET.

Shindig’s unique technology will also enable online participants to discuss, network, and socialize privately with one another as if they were attendees at the OLC Accelerate Conference.

The growing list of confirmed interview participants includes: Curtis Bonk, Professor at Indiana University and Owner of CourseShare, Phil Hill, Co-Publisher of the e-Literate blog, Co-Producer of e-Literate TV, and Partner at MindWires Consulting, Rolin Moe, Assistant Professor and Director of the Institute for Academic Innovation at Seattle Pacific University, Jill Buban, ‎Senior Director of Research & Innovation at ‎Online Learning Consortium, and many more!

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November 10, 2017

Case Study: MTSU Celebrates 20 Years Of Online Learning With ‘Exemplary Endorsement’ From OLC

From Wednesday’s inbox…

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Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), located in Murfreesboro, is the second-largest undergraduate university in the state of Tennessee. This public university is recognized as an Adult Learning Focused Institution of Higher Education and a Military Friendly School, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

“When MTSU launched MTSU Online, 53 students were enrolled in seven classes, and quality was not monitored,” admits Cindy Adams, MBE, MTSU’s Manager of Distance Education Faculty Services. “With the growth experienced since 1997, we knew a quality assessment was necessary to pinpoint areas that needed improvement and to concretely demonstrate any deficiencies in order to gain support for needed changes.”

In 2015, MTSU turned to the OLC Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Programs to evaluate its online programs and benchmark how well it was fulfilling its promises for online learning.

MTSU is now looking at ways to integrate what it has learned from the OLC Quality Scorecard into a new strategic plan. Among its next steps, MTSU plans to hire an individual who will be dedicated to managing overall program quality. Download the case study to learn more.


“One of the biggest surprises of the scorecard process was how willing people were to help. The search for evidence helped break down silos. When I would put the call out for specific information that was needed, I would get responses from two to three people.”

-Cindy Adams, MBE, MTSU’s Manager of Distance Education Faculty Services

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Innovative Technology At OLC Accelerate 2017

From Tuesday’s inbox…

LearningMate’s Technology at OLC Accelerate 2017

Our partner LearningMate will be at OLC Accelerate 2017, in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 15-17. Top-notch technology is important, and it’s even better when you are in control and retain ownership of your content and data.

LearningMate will be exhibiting two of their technology platforms, which focus on next-gen assessments and custom courseware authoring and management, respectively. With QuAD and FROST, you retain ownership of the development process of assessments and courseware, meaning you don’t have to rely on third-party systems to achieve your goals.

Even more, the content is yours to own, so data won’t be lost when you make other changes to your infrastructure, and LearningMate can help you aggregate and use that data in ways that truly impact education.

Check out the videos below to learn more.

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QuAD for Digital Assessments

QuAD lets you create, manage, deliver and report on assessments your way. Build out test banks, manage metadata tags, and create assessments that align perfectly with your needs.


FROST enables seamless collaboration between the teams involved in the instructional design and course authoring process. Publish in a variety of ways, such as an epub file, any LMS, or to a “finished goods repository” which can be linked to from your LMS.

Who Will Be There?

Jason Fields

Director of Sales, Higher Education

As Director of Sales for Higher Education, Jason connects institutions with LearningMate resources, often arranging complex solutions that leverage LearningMate’s specialty services and customizable frameworks. Prior to joining LearningMate, Jason held multiple positions at Ed Map, lastly as National Director of Sales, where he focused on helping institutions develop affordable content strategies encompassing inclusive access programs, integrations, and use of OER and digital technologies.

Abhijeet Sethi
Vice President of Sales

With a passion for enabling technology in the classroom, Abhijeet has been part of new product and market ventures and held executive positions since joining LearningMate in 2003. Abhijeet has been instrumental in expanding their reach to curriculum companies, publishers, EdTech providers, assessment providers, higher education institutions and outsourced project management companies. Before LearningMate, Abhijeet led customer relationship management and implementation of Student Information Systems and eLearning solutions at Educomp.
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November 9, 2017

OLC Today Newsletter: November 7, 2017

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November 7, 2017 | Volume 16 | Issue 18

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Join an informational webinaron December 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm ET.
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Are You Ready for a Leadership Role in Online Learning?

The 2018 Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) program is now accepting applications. The IELOL program is designed for those positioned-for-leadership roles within an individual’s institution, with occupational titles such as manager, associate director, assistant director, vice provost, etc., and leadership responsibilities related to online learning initiatives.

Applications for IELOL 2018 are due by 11:59 pm ET on Friday, March 30, 2018.

OLC Fellows and Awards Announced

OLC recently named the 2017 class of OLC Fellows as well as recipients of the 2017 OLC Awards and the 2017 Effective Practice Awards. Fellows and awardees will be recognized at the upcoming OLC Accelerate (#OLCAccelerate) conference, in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 15-17.


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Expediting the Path to Quality Online Learning Programs

The Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) turned to the OLC Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Programs to assess quality and create an improvement plan mapped closely to accreditation policy and standards. Baker Online used the OLC Quality Scorecard to measure quality in a constantly changing tech-driven environment. Learn how both of these institutions expedited their path to quality online learning programshere.

Meet Our Members: Brandee J. Ortery

How has your OLC Membership helped your organization? “The professional development taken online through OLC as well as conferences has been a springboard for our own initiatives to expand professional development related to distance teaching and learning,” says Brandee J. Ortery, Dean, Flexible Learning Western Technical College – La Crosse, WI. Read more.

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It’s Not Too Late to Join us at OLC Accelerate!
November 15-17

OLC Accelerate offers over 100 sessions live-streamed to our virtual audience! Watch live and participate in discussions with other virtual attendees and our session chairs, or watch the on-demand recordings later. Learn more and register today!

Attend the Global Quality Summit at OLC Accelerate

OLC Accelerate (Orlando) November 15 | 8:30-11:30 AM

In this interactive and informative summit, we will kick off with a panel of speakers discussing how quality in digital learning is addressed in their region of the world.  You will then have an opportunity to collaborate with other higher education professionals, to identify solutions to current problems and future trends in digital learning. Register now.


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