DAILY UPDATE for Wednesday, April 20

IMPORTANT UPDATES for our Conference Attendees

Conference Registration Desk – Napoleon Foyer (3rd Floor)

Wednesday, April 20:                7:00am – 5:30pm


Today’s Highlights

Wednesday Morning Workshops

Wednesday morning workshops are available today to all Innovate attendees at no additional fee. Workshops begin at 8:30am. Following a 30 minute networking break at 10:00am, the second round of workshops will start at 10:30am and end at noon.

Regular concurrent sessions begin at 1:30pm today.


Improve your Conference Experience in The PlugIN Lounge

Starting Wednesday morning, the PlugIn Lounge is open throughout normal conference hours. The PlugIN Lounge, located in the Waterbury Room (2nd floor), acts as the physical hub for an expanded virtual conference experience for virtual and physical conference participants alike.  Stop by for:

  • Virtual Help Desk – for in-person assistance with digital platforms
  • Learning Resource Center – offers self-guided tours through some building blocks of emerging digital pedagogies
  • Emerging Ideas Sessions -Starting at 1:30pm today and continuing during each concurrent session, an opportunity to meet with 10 different presenters for interactive 1:1 presentations
  • Networked Participatory Fun Hub – join us for fun events such as the photo safari
  • Virtually Connecting –  Google Hangout On Air session broadcasts
  • Live stream viewing – if you just need to sit back and relax a bit!


New for Innovate!  Wednesday Keynote Session Features Interactive “Lightning Talks”

Following the final concurrent session of the day, join us at 5:00pm in the Grand Ballroom (5th floor) for our opening keynote “Lightning Talks”.  This series of quick-paced talks is meant to introduce you to the concepts of innovation and to inspire you to think further about the conference experience ahead.  Refreshments will be served!


Today’s Featured OLC Session

Virtual Classroom Training: The Results of a Qualitative Study of Synchronous Teaching Preparation (Glenn Kessler, Jill Buban)  – Featured Session, 4:00pm, Bayside A (4th floor).


Wednesday Special Events

  • Looking to advance your career?  Join our facilitator-led discussions in today’s Career Forum Roundtable, focused on Moving from Faculty to Administrator in EdTech- What I Wish I Knew Before the Move. 2:30pm, Estherwood (4th floor).
  • Our day will end with attendees gathering in the hotel lobby at 6:45pm to meet-up with dining partners to head out to dinner.  Please use #olcdiningbuddies to find fellow attendees on Twitter looking for a dining partner.  Don’t forget to make reservations before you depart!
  • Take a look at our Special Events and Sponsorships page for information on event and contests/prizes.


Additional Items of Note

  • WiFi is complimentary in Sheraton New Orleans guest rooms for those who booked rooms through the OLC travel page.  WiFi is also complimentary in all conference meeting space. Meeting space WiFi log-in and password information:  SSID: olc  Password: olcwireless
  • The exhibit hall opens at 7:30am today (Napoleon Ballroom, 3rd floor).  Continental breakfast will be served.
  • Looking for something different to do during the conference and especially during networking coffee breaks?
    • New this year, OLC is offering prizes for getting your exhibitor card stamped!
      • Pick-up your card at registration, visit each booth to collect a unique stamp, and turn your card in at the OLC booth (#8) during the Thursday evening reception. An iPad Air 2 16GB and various gift cards will be awarded to winners at the Friday morning plenary session!
      • Don’t forget to ask exhibitors about their own booth raffles as you stop by for your stamp.  Win great prizes ranging from an Apple iWatch to a $200 Visa Cash Card.
    • Bring your own device (laptop, tablet, smart phone) and visit the Innovation Lab (located in the center of the exhibit hall, Napoleon Ballroom, 3rd floor) to interact with emerging technology, connect challenges to innovative practices through hands-on experimentation, and document your ideas in a virtual lab manual.  “Lab assistants” will be on hand to work with you!  Don’t miss the special demonstrations in the Live Lab Space throughout the day. #olcInnovationLab

New for Innovate:  the Innovation Installation!  This installation is a thorough and critical look at the term innovation, its use in society, and the hidden histories of the term and its usage. Come explore this multimedia, interactive perspective on innovation for a unique conference experience.


Don’t Forget to download the new OLC Conference Mobile App

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Available now in the Apple iTunes store for iPhone and iPad

Available now in the Google Play store for Android


Please note: As part of our “green” initiatives, OLC is no longer using paper forms for session evaluations. Please use the OLC Conference mobile app or website to evaluate each session by clicking on “Evaluate Session” within each session listing. Don’t forget to refresh your mobile app frequently to stay up-to-date on the latest program changes.

Each session evaluation you complete (limited to one per session) using the mobile app will be one entry into our contest. There will be five $25 gift cards awarded to five individuals who complete session evaluations using the mobile app.


Create Your Personal Schedule

Add/remove sessions from the Program Listing on the website or in the mobile app to create a list of sessions you want to attend! Click on “Add to My Schedule” for each session you want to add to your personalized schedule. View your schedule in the mobile app or on the My Schedule tab on the program page.

*You will need to be logged into the OLC Conference Management System to use this feature. If you are a presenter, you already have a user account. Otherwise, if you do not have an account, please create one. The system will prompt you to log in or create an account. 
My Schedule


Activate Your Access to Conference Materials

Ensure you have access to all the uploaded session materials and streamed session recordings. 

  • Log into your OLC website user account, then click the “Activate” button below to access session materials and streams.
  • Select “Program” or “Streamed Sessions” from the “Activate” landing page.
  • From the “Streamed Sessions” link, click on the desired session title.  
  • You will find and orange “Watch This Session” button in the top right of the page for each session that is being streamed.
  • Presenter-provided session materials (if available) can be downloaded by clicking on the orange “Session Materials” button. If there is no button, the presenter has not yet uploaded their materials.

A step-by-step procedure of how to access and view the streamed session recordings may be found on our FAQ page (in the Virtual Conference FAQ section).   

Activate Full Conference Access