What is the Solution Design Summit?

New for OLC Innovate 2016, the Solution Design Summit (SDS) is a submission-based team challenge. Small teams submitted a challenge from their respective organization and/or institution that requires a creative, multi-disciplinary approach. Teams receive feedback on their SDS proposal, are invited to join the SDS workshop session at the start of the conference to network with peers and solicit feedback from experts, will be provided an opportunity to “pitch” (i.e. 10 minute presentation) their ideas during the #OLCInnovate conference where participants can ask questions or give feedback, and share with the OLC community after Innovate 2016 concludes.

Winning SDS team members will receive:

  1. A one-year OLC Professional Membership (limited to a maximum of 5 team members). Current OLC members would receive a 1-year extension to their existing OLC Professional Membership.
  2. A complimentary future OLC 2016 or 2017 conference registration (limited to a maximum of 5 team members, not applicable to OLC Innovate 2016).
  3. The OLC Team will engage the winning team in a conversation of how best to showcase their solution through OLC.  Examples may include a webinar, membership dashboard interaction, OLC social media promotion, etc.

The goal of the Solution Design Summit is to:

  • Encourage creative, design thinking for challenges we face in learning
  • Foster dialogue among learners, educators, administrators, researchers, designers, and ed tech companies
  • Promote a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach towards the development of solutions for learning challenges


Solution Design Sessions

Solution Design Summit Introduction For Teams  
Solution Design Summit Advisory Groups    
Cohort-Specific Online Discussion Experiences: A Collaborative Multidisciplinary Approach to Improving Engagement and Learning Dr. Eric Klein, Ashford University
Dr. Adam Selhorst, Ashford University
Dr. Justin Harrison, Ashford University
Josh Petla, Ashford, University
Chris Moore, Ashford University
From Eagle to Talon: Expanding College Classrooms into High Schools Via Distance Learning Network Brian Burson – Northland Pioneer College
Wei Ma – Northland Pioneer College
Phillip Way – Northland Pioneer Colleg
Bridging the Engagement Gap for Distance Students in Resident College Courses through Telerobotic Michael Griffith, University of Arizona
Marcus Rosenthal, Revolve Robotics
If You Build It, Will They Come? Tracy Stuntz, Fresno State
Jean-Marie Venturini, Otis School of Art and Design
Rex Bartholomew, Toyota
Supporting Adjunct Faculty to Maximize Student Learning in the Online Classroom Dr. B. Jean Mandernach, Grand Canyon University
David Ashby, Brigham Young University, Idaho
Dr. Emily Donnelli-Sallee, Park University
Ann Taylor, Penn State University
Morgan Denney, Grand Canyon University
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Cultural Relevance in the Curriculum Dr. Mihaela Tanasescu, Ashford University
Dr. Pamela Hardy-Shepard, Ashford University
Dr. Andrew Shean, Bridgepoint Education
Michael Kolodziej, Bridgepoint Education
Dr. Jodie Hemerda, Bridgepoint Education
Pedagogy First: Preserving Core Experiences in the Online Learning Environment Katrina Wehr – Penn State University, Smeal College of Business
Alex Boyce – Penn State University, Smeal College of Business
Bryan Ollendyke – Penn State University, College of Arts & Architecture
Brad Leve – Penn State University, Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship 
Using Student Data as a Map, Not a Target Dr. Mac Adkins, SmarterServices
Wendi Prater, Lone Star College
Zach Bolian, Civitas Learning
Digital Discoveries: Creating Pathways to Digital Peer Leadership in the Liberal Arts Lora Taub-Pervizpour, Muhlenberg College
Kathy Harring, Muhlenberg College
Sean Miller, Muhlenberg College
Thomas Sciarrino, Muhlenberg College
Anthony Dalton, Muhlenberg Colleg





To best showcase the SDS Team video trailers, we put these clips on the OLC YouTube Channel, here’s the #OLCInnovate 2016 – Solution Design Summit YouTube Playlist. 

All SDS videos and proposals are also on the  #OLCInnovate Sandbox (a Canvas LMS site) for the conference. Join this Canvas site, via the “Enroll” button at the top of the page or enroll HERE https://canvas.instructure.com/enroll/MGEHMW.



About the SDS Chairs


Laura Pasquini, University of North Texas and Royal Roads University – @laurapassquini (Co-Chair)

Laura A. Pasquini is a Lecturer in Learning Technologies in the College of Information at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, TX, USA and Postdoctoral Research Fellow with The Digital Learning and Social Media Research Group at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, Canada. Over the past ten years, Dr. Pasquini has contributed to the field of Student and Academic Affairs in Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States. Her professional experiences in higher education include academic advising, tutoring services, supplemental instruction, career advising, campus activities, first-year experience curriculum, orientation programs and housing and residence life. Read more about Laura…


Mike Goudzwaard, Dartmouth College – @mgoudz (Co-Chair)

Michael Goudzwaard, the lead instructional designer at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, works with learning design teams to build and offer DartmouthX courses. Michael holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from Calvin College and a master of science degree in environmental studies from Antioch University New England. His research interests include evidence-based learning, micro-credentials, and learning pathways. Michael has taught courses in environmental science and statistics and has been involved with offering MOOCs for several years, including as co-instructor for Introduction to Psychology at Keene State College and Introduction to Environmental Science at Dartmouth College.


Additional Contributors

Patrice Torcivia, Cornell Unviersity, @profpatrice

Kyle Johnson, Chaminade University, @kyleejohnson

Michael Atkisson, Brigham Young University, @mikeatkisson

Adam Croom, University of Oklahoma @acroom

Allison Dulin Salisbury, EdSurge @amdulin (Reviewer)

Sean Michael Morris, Hybrid Pedagogy, @slamteacher (Advisor)