OLC Innovate 2016: Innovations in Blended and Online Learning – A Joint Conference Presented by OLC and MERLOT

The first annual OLC Innovate conference, held April 20-22, 2016 in New Orleans, LA was a very exciting, festive and successful event. Among the 1,127 onsite and 793 virtual attendees, 13 countries were represented. As the premiere conference on online learning, this year boasted a program consisting of an outstanding mix of 300+ sessions. Attendees had many outstanding and diverse options to choose from, including 91 Emerging Ideas sessions, 220 other presentations (Education sessions, Workshops, Conversations that Work, Research Highlights & Trends, Featured Sessions, Career Forum Roundtables, etc.), as well as new features such as the Innovation Lab, PlugIN Lounge, and Innovation Installation. This event also featured some exciting new sessions, including Keynote Lightning Talks, Innovation Lab presentations, the Solution Design Summit and even a few jazz bands, contests and prizes!


We sincerely hope you will join us at next year’s OLC Innovate 2017, taking place April 5-7 in New Orleans, AND for OLC Accelerate (formerly the 22nd Annual International Conference) taking place November 16-18, 2016 in Orlando, FL. Sign up for email updates of these events.

Missed the conference? No problem!

Your Institution can get an unlimited group package of 100+ recorded sessions for just $495!

Now you and your entire university can access over 100 recorded sessions including the Keynotes, Plenary, featured sessions, select information session and key vendor showcase sessions to view at your convenience.


Access to Recorded Sessions

The 100+ recordings are always free for registered attendees. If you were a registered attendee of the conference, you were sent instructions and the activation link before the conference, during the conference in the daily update e-mails and post conference in the post con/survey e-mail. Please e-mail conference@onlinelearning-c.org if you have any questions.

“This conference was about so much more than online learning. It was about the future of education, and how to help faculty get excited about teaching in the classroom, online and hybrid environments. I left with excitement about where education is headed – and that is something that every educator needs.”– Laura Douglass, Assistant Dean, Endicott College

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SAVE THE DATE! Join us in New Orleans April 5-7, 2017 for OLC Innovate. 

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Thank you to our generous sponsors for the prizes below!

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Booth Raffle Winners

Sal Attardo from Texas A&M University-Commerce won an iPad Mini from Blindside Networks 
Tapie Rohm from Cal State San Bernardino and Ann Wolven from Lincoln Trail College each won an Amazon Fire Tablet from Skyepack
Susan Moak Nealy from Baton Rouge Community College won a Pod Coffee Maker Machine from The Babb Group

Social Media Contest Winners

@MarkMorvant won an iPad Mini from Focus EduVation, Inc.
@AmyOstrom won an Amazon Fire Tablet from Skyepack
@TexasWoman1 won a 1 year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud from Mirum Learning
Minjuan Wang won a Love to Teach goodie bag from CogBooks
@Higher_EdQueen won an $150 Amazon Gift Card from Learning Objects
@mrkampmann won a $50 Amazon gift card from The Babb Group, Inc
@DrEmmaZone won a $25 Amazon Gift Card from OLC
@mel1017 won a $25 Amazon Gift Card from OLC

Your Social Connection

Take a look at photos, videos, inspiring quotes, and more that were shared before, during, and after the conference here!

Solution Design Summit

Read more about the Solution Design Summit in Laura Pasquini’s blog, here.

Overall Winner of the Solution Design Summit:
SDS Team: Creating Pathways to Digital Leadership in the Liberal Arts (a.k.a. #bergSDS)

Team Members:
Lora Taub-Pervizpour, Associate Dean for Digital Learning
Kathy Harring, Dean of Institutional Assessment & Academic Planning, Professor of Psychology
Sean Miller, Manager of Media Services
Thomas Sciarrino, Manager of Instructional Technology and Digital Learning
Anthony Dalton, Digital Cultures Media Technician, Digital Media Design Lab Instructor

Full description:
In an increasingly digital and social networked learning environment, students have more opportunities than ever before to explore the traditional liberal arts through innovative digital learning modalities. To remain true to our identity as an institution that cultivates and recognizes students as peer leaders in curricular and co-curricular realms, we aim to reimagine peer mentorship strategies for digital learning domains. One potential element of our approach is a summer pre-orientation program designed to empower incoming first year students with activities, tools, and mentoring to shape their identities as digital learners and peer leaders. We envision an impactful alternative pre-orientation week for a small cohort of first year students that will prepare them to become digital learning peer leaders as they advance beyond their first year. During pre-orientation, students will engage in an array of engaging and informal digital learning activities: their introduction to the campus and surrounding community will be enriched through working with Google My Maps; a digital storytelling component will help foster participants’ personal agency and voice; and they will take the first steps towards creating a digital identity that is owned and managed by them within the framework of Muhlenberg’s new Domain of One’s Own pilot project. We envision a program that will foster a community of digital learners who will train as peer leaders for digital learning initiatives at the College. Our broad goal is to establish digital literacies as a signature learning experience for Muhlenberg students. We envision designing a learning community that fosters peer leadership in digital learning will help us attract students with a love of the liberal arts and the digital, and a willingness to risk exploring how these cultures productively and creatively converge. The seeds of this design challenge were planted during the 2015 Institute for Emerging Leadership in online Learning. There, one of our team members participated in a group tasked with developing a strategy to promote digital literacies in the liberal arts. Elements of that IELOL action plan enter into this proposal, with a focus on engaging students as digital literacy ambassadors.

Community Voted Award:
SDS Team: If You Build It, Will they Come? (a.k.a. #SharkAttack)

Team members:
Tracy Stuntz, Instructional designer, lead LMS trainer at California State University, Fresno
Jean-Marie Venturini, Instructional designer, lead LMS trainer at Otis School of Art & Design
Rex Bartholomew, New Model Development Administrator at Toyota

Full description:
Although training events are scheduled around faculty/client schedules and focus on topics that are needed for those participants; there is still an issue with actually getting faculty/clients to attend training events. Pajo and Wallace (2011) identified three sets of factors – personal barriers (lack of knowledge, skills, training, role models and time), attitudinal barriers (no faith in technology, unwillingness to work with technology, concern about student access) and organizational barriers (inadequate technical support, hardware, software, instructional design, no recognition of the value of online teaching). Due to these barriers, faculty/clients resist attending non-mandatory training events. A lack of training cause many issues in the workplace, ranging from unpreparedness to inability to complete one’s job duties. Since not every faculty/client may need to come to training, making training events mandatory is not a good solution.

Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite Events Team Live Streams OLC Innovate 2016

Sonic Foundry was honored to be the National Webcasting Partner of OLC Innovate Conference 2016 April 20-22 in New Orleans, LA.

For the eighth consecutive year, our Mediasite Events team recorded all conference sessions and streamed them live to an online audience. The sessions are also available on-demand for attendees to review. Powered by the award-winning Mediasite platform, Mediasite Events delivers worry-free video streaming and webcasting for thousands of live and hybrid events of all sizes every year. Our expert team provides turnkey video streaming services or works with your own event team as needed.

Sonic Foundry also exhibited at the show, demoing the latest enhancements to Mediasite Enterprise Video Platform, such as Mediasite Join, a cloud-based service that transforms distance learning into rich, searchable video on-demand.  We showed attendees how Mediasite can boost student achievement and retention, create a unified campus video library and help their institutions stay competitive with flexible programs that reach more students.

More than 1,400 colleges and universities use the patented Mediasite webcasting and video content management system to automate the capture, management, delivery and search of live and on-demand videos and rich media. One such user, Dr. Steve Acquah of Florida State University, presented at the conference “Back to the Future: The Definitive Guide to Successful International Video Collaborations,” his strategy at GEOSET for achieving sustainable collaborations using Mediasite.

Learn more about Mediasite at www.sonicfoundry.com/mediasite/.




Innovate totally nailed it. The variety of presentations and experiences ensured that everyone's needs were met or exceeded. Kudos to OLC. Everyone I spoke to said they are definitely coming back.

J. Garvey Pyke, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, UNC Charlotte (OLC Innovate 2016)