The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is a collaborative community of higher education leaders and innovators, dedicated to advancing quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner – anyone, anywhere, anytime. OLC inspires innovation and quality through an extensive set of resources, including, best-practice publications, quality benchmarking, leading-edge instruction, community-driven conferences, practitioner-based and empirical research and expert guidance. The growing OLC community includes faculty members, administrators, trainers, instructional designers, and other learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies and corporate enterprises. Visit for more information.

The Online Learning Consortium, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.


Vision: Setting the global standard in online and digital learning

Mission: Creating community and connections around quality online and digital learning while driving innovation


As the leading professional organization in digital learning, we deliver groundbreaking research,methodologies and programs to empower educators. Membership provides you with great benefits and privileges – including exclusive research, peer networking, special rates for our conferences and workshops, and more. Which membership is right for you?

Professional Membership 

OLC Professional Membership is perfect for individuals of the eLearning community who are looking to strengthen their knowledge in the online education field. 

Institutional Membership

With OLC Institutional Membership, all associates at your institution can take advantage of great benefits and privileges. In addition to discounted pricing on conferences, free webinars, peer networking, and early access to research, there are discounts to online professional development workshops that are perfect for course designers, teachers and administrators. Best of all, our globally recognized Quality Scorecard – an exclusive process for measuring and quantifying elements of quality within online higher education programs – is free to Institutional or Corporate members.


Consulting Solutions
Teams of professionals to help develop and assess your specific online programming needs.

Quality Scorecard Suite
OLC offers a robust suite of Quality Scorecards to meet this growing demand which can be used to demonstrate elements of quality within the program, as well as an overall level of quality, to higher education accrediting bodies.

Speakers Bureau
The Online Learning Consortium works with leading experts in online, blended, e-learning and other digital learning topics to help you identify the right speaker for your event. OLC speakers are available for in-person and virtual keynotes, professional development, student events, corporate events, or any other professional event.


OLC Conferences serve as both face-to-face and real-time virtual events designed to bring like-minded educators together to network and learn from one another.

A Joint Conference Presented by OLC and MERLOT. Join us in Denver as we challenge our teaching and learning paradigms, reimagine the learning experience, and ideate on how disruptions in education today will shape the innovative classroom of tomorrow. LEARN MORE >

A conference bringing together practitioners and researchers, administrators, instructional designers, faculty developers, library and support people, instructors, and students to share the latest information on research findings, current practice, emerging trends, and promising new technologies. LEARN MORE >

In 2018 we continue touring the country and conducting one-day summits, to meet with online learning professionals, educators and administrators to address the opportunities and challenges we all face in online higher education today. Find an event close to you – see our upcoming schedule. LEARN MORE >


The OLC Institute offers educational and professional development in online and digital teaching and learning through online workshops & programs, webinars and opportunities to serve as facilitators in their areas of expertise. We offer a wide-range of programs for those interested in deepening both pedagogical and practitioner aspects of their teaching practice.

Over 100 workshops annually designed to meet your entire faculty and staff’s online teaching and learning needs. Each workshop is developed by practitioners for practitioners; enabling thousands of colleagues worldwide to collaborate cost effectively with peers and experts, via real-time meetings and asynchronous learning activities. LEARN MORE >

The OLC Teaching Certificate, Advanced Teaching Certificate and Instructional Designer Certificate programs draw on the latest information and research regarding methods, tools, and best practices for teaching in an online or digital environment. The program’s theoretical underpinning stems from OLC’s five pillars of quality in online education: student satisfaction, access, learning effectiveness, faculty satisfaction, and institutional cost effectiveness. LEARN MORE >

The OLC Mastery Series Program emphasizes theory and application of research on key topics and culminates in a Recognition of Mastery in a topic. Each series consists of three workshops that help you explore relevant research and use that research to help you design an effective teaching and learning environment. Seven topic areas are offered, including Leadership in Online Learning, Mobile Learning, Social Media, Instructional Design, and more.  LEARN MORE >

The OLC Webinar series are hosted by online learning experts covering industry hot topics, best practices and special interests. LEARN MORE >

The Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) is a unique blended-learning leadership development program that has been designed to serve the leadership development needs of professionals in the rapidly expanding field of online and digital learning.



The OLC Research Center for Digital Learning and Leadership is to transform teaching and learning in the digital learning landscape through the dissemination of research throughout the field.  In collaboration with the OLC community, the Research Center seeks to further knowledge of the field, create collaborative networks among like-minded professionals who share similar knowledge bases, and to provide original, evidence-based, and theoretical–based research.

Online Learning, the OLC Journal
Online Learning is OLC’s open, peer-reviewed professional journal and providing practitioners with knowledge about the very best research in online learning.