Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – 5:00pm – 6:30pm | Grand Ballroom

OLC Innovate 2016 (#OLCInnovate) opens up with an exciting series of Lightning Talks to introduce the various themes of innovation, including pedagogy, structure, workforce, and the challenges faced in learning. In this series of rapid fire talks, each presenter is given just over 6 minutes to talk while their 20 slides automatically advance every 18 seconds. We hope the quick-pace of these #OLCInnovate Lightning Talks introduces you to the concepts of innovation and inspires you to think further about the conference experience ahead, while offering short breaks in between talks to mingle with your peers. And since we are in New Orleans, we will have drinks and snacks throughout the opening session. We hope this dynamic welcome allows you to engage in the topics and network to help build our OLC community.

Reachin’ Out to Meet the Changes

Embracing the structures of education means understanding the complexities of all members of the community. There are no shortcuts.

Rolin Moe

Rolin Moe, Seattle Pacific University

Dr. Rolin Moe is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Educational Technology & Media at Seattle Pacific University. Rolin’s 15+ years of working with formal, informal and non-formal learning institutions has focused on empowering all members of the community to engage teaching and learning. Rolin is one of the instigators of SPU’s Innovation Task Force, a campus-wide initiative to support all members of the university in efforts to break down silos and work in concert toward educative aims and objectives. Dr. Moe’s research utilizes a sociocultural lens on educational technology and media, exploring how popular and media discourses shape our expectations, practices and policies about education. His practical work outside of formal education celebrates the ‘gap’ between artifact design and learning assessment, at organizations such as the Museum of Modern Art, Thesys International and the nonpartisan Annenberg Learning Center at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. He is an award-winning EdTech blogger and correspondent for several EdTech periodicals including KQED’s MindShift, and in a galaxy long ago and far away was a literary agent for television science fiction writers in Hollywood.

Using Core Values to Collaborate, Innovate, and Educate

Starting with values identification allows peer educators to name their own “why” and develop better mentoring relationships. Give your learners the toolbox, and let them build their own course.


Julie Larsen, University of Washington

Julie Larsen is a higher education professional working in First Year Programs at the University of Washington. With over 10 years of experience in student training and development, she believes that training is most effective when we take less time to focus on the “how” and take more time to focus on the “why”. Julie’s recent work has centered around peer education, leadership development, and curriculum design. She is currently a facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute and Pi Beta Phi’s Critical Conversations program. She has previously facilitated with the Student Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI), and attended the professional SJTI in 2007. She has a BA in Psychology from Knox College and a MA in Education from Seattle University.


From Redlining to Digital Redlining

Digital footprints serve discriminatory purposes similar to traditional forms of redlining that are now outlawed. Academic IT policies risk complicity with such discrimination.


Chris Gilliard, Ph.D., Macomb Community College

Chris Gilliard understands the classroom as a cultural site where theoretical frameworks produce power. The object of his scholarship/teaching has always addressed a key issue: how mass media, digital technologies, curricula, and pedagogy create American ideas of blackness. Chris brought this conceptual framework to the University of Detroit Mercy where he played a key role in founding its digital studies program. The program drew on his insights into how critical thinking is confined by digital technologies. His ability to connect the influence of technology to critical thinking led to new curricula, revised pedagogy, and successful grants. Chris brought the same topics and teaching strategies to middle school and high school students through the UNITE and DAPCEP programs before moving to Michigan State University where he taught in the Honors Program. He now teaches at Macomb Community College.

Today’s the Day: Balancing The Reality of Faculty Scholarship with Innovations in Digital Authorship

Digital course development is broadly defined yet narrowly embraced. Despite the variety of authoring tools and the proliferation of instructional designers being hired nation wide, faculty still report the most significant barrier is lack of time.


Nori Barajas-Murphy, Online Learning Consortium

Noreen has been a successful educator and innovator for over 25 years. She has held a variety of positions across K12 and higher education in curriculum development, instructional design, and grant management. Noreen has recently joined OLC as the Grant Director to advance the implementation of adaptive courseware in higher education. Additionally, Noreen is completing a Title V grant, Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers Today Through Technology (PT5) in its final year at the University of La Verne. She lives in Southern California with her husband and 15-year-old daughter.


There’s A Lot More Going On Behind That Screen

Moving learners from external to internal motivation and how the developmental process plays out online.

Paul Brown

Paul Gordon Brown, Boston College

Paul Gordon Brown is a speaker and educator specializing in student learning and development’s intersection with technology, social media and design. Paul has over 15 years of professional experience in higher education and student affairs and has recently served as an instructor at Boston College and Merrimack College. Paul most recently served as the Acting Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the State University of New York College at Geneseo, and a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. Paul’s latest book is in collaboration with Erik Qualman as a contributing author to “What Happens On Campus Stays on YouTube.” A work that educates college students on the new realities of living online lives.