Online Learning Consortium Announces ‘OLC Ideate,’ 2 Weeks of Open Online Peer Discussions on Academic Continuity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Organized by OLC’s Institute for Professional Development, OLC Ideate discussions will take place April 21-May 1, and will examine online pedagogy, practices and tools that support high-quality learning experiences, and resources for academic continuity planning during periods of disruption and beyond. BOSTON, Mass. (March 31, 2020) — The Online Learning... Read More>

The Online Learning Consortium Expands Support for K-12 Educators Teaching Remotely

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A new collection of resources for K-12 educators includes OLC workshops that help teachers and schools get up to speed on the essentials and key considerations for online teaching, as well as shared resources from across the OLC community. BOSTON, Mass. (March 27, 2020) — Among the most fundamental needs... Read More>

Interpersonal Interaction is Crucial for Instructional Continuity but What Does that Mean?

ELearningInside - As coronavirus-related school closures continue to effect education systems around the world, an increasing amount of educators are doing their best to keep their courses going online. In this effort, teachers have coalesced on Twitter around the hashtag #instructionalcontinuity. Many often hear and repeat that, when it comes to online... Read More>

At A Distance Quickly

Education World - For Those Times When You Need To Get Your Classroom Online It takes innovative thinking for a school and its teachers to shift to online course work, but there are good models for it and many schools are prepared. Flipped learning, for example, gets more attention when schools move online,... Read More>

Special Announcement: OLC Innovate 2020 Moves to Virtual Conference

Special Announcement: As previously shared with our community, OLC and MERLOT continue to monitor the evolving factors related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, particularly with regard to our OLC Innovate 2020 conference (presented in partnership with MERLOT). Among recent developments, gatherings exceeding 1,000 people are now prohibited in the state of Illinois,... Read More>

Keep Calm and Teach On (Moving Your Course Online on Short Notice)

Patheos.com | March 13, 2020 - Many, many universities and colleges are shifting to online teaching in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Those of us who have taught online in the past know that the preparation to deliver a quality course in this format is laborious and takes time. But sometimes... Read More>

Resources & Tips for Remote Education During School Closures

THE Journal | March 16, 2020 - With more states declaring a state of emergency, public and private K–12 schools are closing their doors and sending students, teachers and staff home to learn and work remotely. For some schools remote learning is not new, especially for private parochial schools. Many parochial... Read More>

Important OLC Innovate 2020 Update

Due to circumstances related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have made the difficult decision to postpone OLC Innovate 2020, originally scheduled for March 31 - April 3, in Chicago. We have been working with the Sheraton Grand Chicago to finalize details for new dates, which will now be July 21-24, 2020. We... Read More>

Coronavirus threat prompts more cancellations for colleges

Education Dive | March 9, 2020 -  Dive Brief: As the novel coronavirus disrupts the higher education sector, college administrators continue to have students take courses remotely to help stem the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness the virus causes.   The institutions that are turning to online instruction are primarily on the West... Read More>

How Online Education Went from Teaching Reform to Economic Necessity for Colleges

EdSurge | March 5, 2020 - When the Sloan Foundation had the bright idea to stimulate digital education at the nation’s colleges and universities a quarter of a century ago, it christened online learning as “asynchronous learning networks,” an eccentric name for what is now known simply as online learning. Since... Read More>