Excellence in Online Professional Development

Since 2005, the OLC Institute for Professional Development has been the leader in virtual learning opportunities for educators at any stage of their online teaching career.

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.



What are the hot topics being discussed on your campus today? OLC offers a large and growing number of week-long and three-day workshops facilitated by experts in the field of online and digital education. Collaborate and learn with colleagues worldwide via synchronous and asynchronous methods. Find a workshop that meets your needs today. 


OLC webinars are hosted by experts and thought leaders in the field of online and digital education. Visit our schedule of upcoming webinars and join us for an engaging session with colleagues from around the world. 


The OLC Mastery Series Program emphasizes theory and application of research on key topics and culminates in a Recognition of Mastery in that designated area of study. 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.


OLC Online Teaching Certificates prepare educators to teach and improve online courses using the OLC pillars of quality in online education—learning effectiveness, scale, faculty and student satisfaction, and access. We offer two certificate programs: the Online Teaching Certificate Program for instructors who are new to online and an Advanced Teaching Certificate for the experienced online instructor. 


The Institute for Emerging 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.