Empowering Educators Everywhere

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing quality online learning by providing professional development, instruction, best practice publications and guidance to educators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world. OLC is a key factor in the transformation of the e-Education field. Through our conferences, quality learning opportunities, and tools for individual and institutional success we have been a part of this swift growth.

The real value of belonging to OLC is being part of a global community. Membership in OLC means belonging to a community of hundreds of institutions and corporations in over 14 countries dedicated toward advancing best practices in online learning. Specifically, membership in the organization provides institutions and corporations with faculty training, improvement of institutional ROI, leadership development, and access to subject matter experts (SMEs). Individuals can benefit from recognized leader affiliation, training by industry experts, networking with community and colleagues, access to scholarly information, and professional development.

The Online Learning Consortium, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.


Advisory Services

Teams of professionals to help develop and assess your specific online programming needs.

Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Education Programs

An easy-to-use tool for online administrators to measure and quantify elements of quality within online education programs. Plus our advisory team can assist with your assessment or certify and validate your program after your own review.


OLC Conferences serve as both face-to-face and real-time virtual events designed to bring like-minded educators together to network and learn from one another.

Innovations in Blended and Online Learning. A Joint Conference Presented by OLC and MERLOT. Join us in New Orleans as we will challenge our teaching and learning paradigms, reimagine the learning experience, and ideate on how disruptions in education today will shape the innovative classroom of tomorrow.  LEARN MORE >

A conference bringing together practitioners and researchers, administrators, instructional designers, faculty developers, library and support people, instructors, and students to share the latest information on research findings, current practice, emerging trends, and promising new technologies.  LEARN MORE > 

In 2015 we began touring the country and conducting one-day summits, to meet with online learning professionals, educators and administrators to address the opportunities and challenges we all face in online higher education today. Find an event close to you – see our upcoming schedule.


The OLC Institute offers educational and professional development in online teaching and learning through online workshops, webinars and opportunities to serve as facilitators in their areas of expertise. We offer a wide-range of programs for those interested in deepening both pedagogical and practitioner aspects of their teaching practice.

Over 100 workshops annually designed to meet your entire faculty and staff’s online teaching and learning needs. Each workshop is developed by practitioners for practitioners; enabling thousands of colleagues worldwide to collaborate cost effectively with peers and experts, via real-time meetings and asynchronous learning activities. LEARN MORE >

The OLC Certificate is offered as a sequence of one foundation course and three electives leading from the conceptual to the implementation of online learning effectiveness best practices. 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. LEARN MORE >

The OLC Mastery Series Program emphasizes theory and application of research on key topics and culminates in a Recognition of Mastery in a topic. Each series consists of three workshops that help you explore relevant research and use that research to help you design an effective teaching and learning environment.  LEARN MORE >

The OLC Webinar series are hosted by online learning experts covering industry hot topics, best practices and special interests. LEARN MORE >

The Institute for Engaged Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) is a unique blended-learning leadership development program sponsored by Penn State and the Online Learning Consortium. It is designed to serve the leadership development needs of professionals in the rapidly expanding field of online learning.



You’ll find the latest research and publications to keep you on top in a world where technology is radically changing how teaching and learning is approached. You can access surveys, workshop publications and a book series dedicated to understanding online learning. You can also access our signature journal, noted below.

Online Learning, the OLC Journal (formerly JALN)

Online Learning (formerly the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks ) is OLC’s peer-reviewed professional journal and providing practitioners with knowledge about the very best research in online learning.