Innovations in Blended and Online Learning
A Joint Conference Presented by OLC and MERLOT

Education innovation. It’s how we, as a community, continue to thrive in this rapidly changing learning environment. It’s how we respond to, revolve around, and guide student success and satisfaction. Whether embracing emerging tech, incorporating intelligent learning management systems, or designing blended classrooms, now more than ever it is imperative that academic leaders, faculty, and administrators alike come together to ensure that our pedagogies are progressive, organic and continually break new ground.

Advancing education innovation requires continuous visionary leadership from all disciplines. And that’s why we’re inviting you to join us in New Orleans this coming April. Together 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.

At OLC Innovate, we will conduct a series of engaging hands-on workshops aimed at fostering organic interactions and collaborative cross-disciplinary problem solving. Together we will build new foundations for stronger, better higher education environments. And because innovation scales best when ideas are shared, our work sessions will explore emerging technologies and adapted teaching behaviors aimed at informing policy, inspiring leadership, and evolving practice at all levels impacting institutions, universities and colleges.

Advancing education innovation begins with you. And it all starts at OLC Innovate. Please be there. New Orleans, April 2017.

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To ensure learning remains at the forefront while we witness the confluence of technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge, OLC Innovate will aim to address these six concerns (and many more!):

1 How do we develop learning environments that support interconnectedness between educators and students, and are equipped to quickly change processes and strategies, while simultaneously fostering and celebrating creativity and ingenuity?
2 What new methods and technologies are most scalable in teaching and learning? Which are most prevalent and why?
3 How has technology changed teaching and knowledge acquisition and how will we adjust current paradigms to ensure sound pedagogy as we innovate?
4 How does technology in the classroom increase student engagement
5 What is the best balance between analog and digitally enhanced teaching?
6 What are common obstacles that educators face regarding technology? How can we avoid being technocentric while improving pedagogical practice with technology?

OLC Thanks You for Submitting a Proposal for Innovate 2016 Featuring Innovations in Online and Blended Learning

OLC and MERLOT thank you for your submission for presentations for our OLC Innovate 2017 conference.  Topics include: challenging barriers to innovation, pedagogical innovation, structural innovation, workforce innovation, or you can propose your own presentation topic dedicated to innovations in blended and online learning.

We received proposals for interactive sessions for workshops, emerging ideas sessions, education sessions, conversations that work, and hands-on innovation lab demonstrations that engage and inform participants.

Proposed sessions will be targeted to all attendees or novice, intermediate, or expert levels of proficiency.

Presenters and facilitators from the following areas were encouraged to submit proposals:

• Higher Education • K-12 Faculty • Researchers • Graduate scholars • Educational technology leaders • Instructional designers • Instructional technologists • Faculty • Instructor

OLC Innovate 2016 Call For Presentations is now closed.

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This was one of the most interesting conference experiences I’ve ever had. The sessions were stimulating, the people were engaging, and there was a sense of community I haven’t seen at other conferences.

Kyle Johnson
Dean for Information Technology & Services
Chaminade University

Each year gets better and better and the opportunity to engage in conversations with online thought leaders is amazing.

Brenda M. Perea
Instructional Design Project Manager
Colorado Community College System

There is no better place in the world to connect with EdTech professionals for higher education and to exchange ideas together.

Dave Goodrich
Instructional Designer
Michigan State University

This conference is a must for anyone involved in online education. Prepare to be wowed!

Martha Davis
Associate Professor
Northern Virginia Community College