NISOD International Conference


Austin, TX | May 25 – 28, 2019

Matt Norsworthy, MFA, Ed.D., Senior Manager, Partnerships, Online Learning Consortium

Presentation: OLC Quality Scorecard: Performance Measurement for Online and Blended Programs

Sunday, May 26th, 2019


US-Sino Higher Education 2019

Shanghai China | May 31 – June 1, 2019

Organizer: Shanghai Jiaotong University
Co-Organizers: CMS Global (U.S.) U.S. Online Learning Consortium (OLC)

Event Theme: Improving the quality of online higher education and promotion of innovative education technologies.

3rd International Seminar on Open & Distance Education in Higher Ed

Acapulco, Mexico | September 20, 2018

Jennifer Rafferty, MA, MEd | Director, Institute, Online Learning Consortium

Panel Discussion: El nuevo perfil del estudiante en línea
Workshop: Contexto Actual del Diseño Instruccional


2018 US-Sino Online Higher Education Summit

May 31 – June 1, 2018 | Shanghai, China

Online Learning Management and Assessment Mechanism – Mary Niemiec, OLC Board of Directors Vice President

Faculty Operations for Online Learning – Jennifer Mathes, OLC Chief Strategy Officer


VI Congreso CREAD Andes -VI Encuentro Virtual Educa Ecuador

May 29 – June 1, 2018 – Loja, Ecuador

Jennifer Rafferty – Director of the Institute for Professional Development

Medición de la calidad pedagógica en los cursos virtuales


Teaching Narratives Symposium

St. John’s University, Queens, NY | May 31, 2018 | 2:40-3:20pm

Kathleen S. Ives, CEO and Executive Director, Online Learning Consortium

Elizabeth Ciabocchi, Vice Provost for Digital Learning, St. John’s University, OLC Board of Directors

Panel Discussion


NISOD Conference

Austin, TX | May 28, 2018 | 9:45 am | Room 615A, 6th Floor

Jennifer Mathes – Doctor of Philosophy, Chief Strategy Officer, Online Learning Consortium

Breakout Session: A Professional Development Framework for Online Faculty


IMS Global Learning Impact Leadership Institute

May 24, 2018 | 9:15 – 10:00am

Jennifer Mathes – Doctor of Philosophy, Chief Strategy Officer, Online Learning Consortium

Panel discussion: Institutional Impacts in Learning Analytics: Progress, Potential and Challenges to Overcome


ASU + GSV Summit

San Diego, CA | April 16-18, 2018

Dr. Jill Buban, Sr. Director Research & Innovation, OLC


Digital Learning Research and Resources

New Jersey Institute of Technology | April 4, 2018

Dr. Jill Buban, Sr. Director, Research & Innovation, OLC

In the past 25 years, digital learning has provided educational opportunities for students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to engage in coursework. Currently, online, blended, and digital learning offer a vast array of formal and informal learning opportunities. This presentation will provide a snapshot of the current research being conducted in the field of digital learning. In addition to this snapshot, the presentation will focus in on efficacy-based research and the tool, Practical Evaluation of Digital Learning (PEDL). This tool allows faculty and staff to conduct efficacy research in their courses and programs. Faculty will be able to explore PEDL during this portion of the presentation – laptops are welcome.


Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) Adult Learner Summit

Dobbs Ferry, NY | April 2, 2018

Dr. Jill Buban, Sr. Director Research & Innovation, OLC
Dr. Scott Campbell, Vice President, Higher Education, CAEL
Marc Singer, Vice Provost, Center for the Assessment of Learning (CAL), Thomas Edison State University


El Diplomado Internacional de Formación de Líderes en Educación a Distancia

Jennifer Rafferty, MA MEd, Director of the Institute for Professional Development, Online Learning Consortium

Presentation: Los Entornos Inteligentes de Aprendizaje: Como los entornos inteligentes de aprendizaje pueden aprovechar la tecnología para crear nuevos modelos educativos

Friday, February 16th, 2018


February 1, 2018 | Boston, MA

10:30-11:15 am


Jennifer Rafferty, Direcetor of the Institute, Online Learning Consortium
Elisabeth Stucklen, Instructional Designer, Online Learning Consortium


With the increasing popularity of online learning in education and training today, instructional designers are seeking ways to make learning more engaging without having to sacrifice a quality learning experience. What are the latest insights in creating a high-quality online course? What tools are available to instructional designers to evaluate and improve course design?

Join Online Learning Consortium staff, Jennifer Rafferty and Elisabeth Stucklen in this session that will feature an overview and discussion of the OSCQR Course Design Review Scorecard, a course-level quality rubric that can be used by instructional designers and faculty for reviewing and improving the design and accessibility of online courses. Based on best practices, this rubric is composed of 50 standards that can be used to identify and target aspects of online courses for improvement.

In this session, participants will:

  • Identify key challenges that instructional designers face when developing and evaluating courses in the online environment.
  • Review OSCQR quality standards that assist instructional designers in course quality reviews and continuous improvement processes.


January 30, 2018 | Educause ELI | New Orleans, LA

9:15-10:00 am


Dr. Jill Buban, Sr. Director of Research & Innovation, Online Learning Consortium
Rebecca Griffiths, Senior Researcher, SRI International


Research on digital learning efficacy lags far behind the explosive growth of products, meaning faculty and administrators often must make decisions about technology with inadequate evidence of effectiveness. We will share a set of online tools developed with philanthropic funding to help faculty and staff evaluate the impact of technology-supported instruction on their campuses as part of a continuous improvement process. We will then lead a discussion of current evaluation practices and opportunities for improvement.



Keynote and Workshop

Dr. Jill Buban, Sr. Director, Research & Innovation, Online Learning Consortium


Keynote Address: The Digital Learning Landscape: A Snapshot of Research in the Field

Thursday, January 25th, 5-6pm (45 minutes with 15 minutes for Q&A)

Audience: doctoral students and faculty. Students are moving into dissertation phase


In the past 25 years, digital learning has provided educational opportunities for students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to engage in coursework. Currently, online, blended, and digital learning offer a vast array of formal and informal learning opportunities. This presentation will provide a snapshot of the current research being conducted in the field of digital learning, including ed tech, k12, and higher ed.


Workshop: Digging Deep: Research Resources in the Digital Learning Field

Friday, January 26th, 8-9:45am

Audience: Doctoral Students


In this workshop, students will be provided a more in depth overview of the research in the field. They will then be exposed to databases and resources to better aid them in their studies, and in their professions. Students should expect a brief presentation, hands on workshop, and brief time for questions and answers.



Presidents’ Forum Panel

October 30, 2017 | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm | Washington, DC

Jill Buban, Ph.D, Senior Director of Research & Innovation, OLC

“Addressing Disruption: Comfort or Chaos”
Moderated by Dr. Richard Senese, President and Chief Academic Officer, Capella University

Online leaders, more so than their traditional counterparts, must continually assess and weigh the risks associated with trying to innovate in the face of a multi-layered and restrictive regulatory environment. This panel will address the leadership skills necessary to navigate this disruptive environment with a focus on prioritizing and managing emerging institutional risks and defining the talents required by the next generation of institutional leaders.

Panelists: Dr. Merodie Hancock, President, SUNY Empire State College; Dr. Diane Auer Jones, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute and President, AJsquared Consulting; Dr. Jill Buban, Senior Director of Innovation and Research, Online Learning Consortium; Greg Ferenbach, Attorney, Cooley LLP.  Learn more.


ICDE – World Conference on Online Learning

October 16 – 19, 2017 | Toronto, Canada

Jill Buban, Ph.D, Senior Director of Research & Innovation, OLC


  1. “Faculty Support for Teaching Online: It Takes a Village”  
    With Sarah Gauvreau, Contact NORD; Norman Vaughan, Royal Roads University
  2. “Alternative Credentials in Higher Education” 
    With Brian Fleming, SandBox Collaborative at SNHU
  3. “How to Get Published in a Peer Reviewed Journal”  
    Moderated by Research Professor in Open and Distance Learning, College of Economic and Management Sciences, University of South Africa
    With Jill Buban Diane Conard, Lesley Diack, Tannis Morgan, and Lucy Gray

Digital Learning: Current Trends and Research

July 23, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm ET | Lesley University

Jill Buban, Ph.D, Senior Director of Research & Innovation, OLC

Learn more.


The Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) Annual Conference

June 12 – 14, 2017 | Louisville, Kentucky

Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D. – Director of Strategic Partnerships,OLC

Integrating Assessment into the Teaching Effectiveness Conversation in the Digital Learning Environment

Learn more.


NISOD’s 39th annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence

May 27 – 30, 2017 |  Austin, TX

Karen Pedersen, Ph.D., Chief Knowledge Officer, OLC and Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D. – Director of Strategic Partnerships,OLC

Improve Your Classroom Experience with the OLC Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice (QCTIP) Scorecard


IMS Global Learning Consortium: 2017 Learning Impact Leadership Institute

May 16 – 19, 2017 | Sheraton Denver | Denver, CO

Karen Pedersen, Ph.D., Chief Knowledge Officer, OLC and Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D. – Director of Strategic Partnerships,OLC

Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Digital Courseware, Wednesday, May 17th, 1:45 – 2:15 p.m.


Ed Tech Efficacy Research Symposium

May 3, 2017 | Gallup World Headquarters | Washington, DC

Jill Buban, Ph.D, Senior Director of Research & Innovation, OLC

Crowdsourcing Efficacy Research Panel Discussion, 11:45-12:30 p.m. Full agenda.

Learn more.


What Is Your Blend? Defining Quality in Blended Learning Environments

May 2, 2017 – Keynote Address | Sacred Heart University – Jack Welch College of Business

Jennifer Rafferty – Director of the Institute for Professional Development,OLC


ELI Annual Meeting: Transforming the Academy: Building Communities of Practice

February 13 – 15, 2017 | Houston, TX

Members of the Online Learning Consortium Board of Directors, Online Learning Journal Editorial Board, and staff took on the 2017 ELI annual meeting in Houston to present on topics including leadership in online learning, learning analytics, and quality in online education.  Eric Fredericksen, OLC Board Vice President and Associate Vice President of Online Learning and Associate Professor in Educational Leadership at the University of Rochester, presented A National Study of Leadership for Online Learning  in which he highlighted the results of a first of its kind, systematic study focused on online learning leaders. Fredericksen’s study provided the foundation for the first convening of OLC’s Leadership Network in November 2016 and was featured in Inside Digital Learning last month.  He will present on this topic at OLC Innovate in April in New Orleans.

Karen Swan, OLC Board Member and Professor at University Illinois-Springfield, Patsy Moskal, Associate Director of RITE at University of Central Floridal, and Karen Vignare, CEO of KV Consulting, presented Sorting Hype from Reality: What We Know about Applying Learning Analytics.  This presentation highlighted the Online Learning Journal’s Learning Analytics Special Edition for which Swan, Moskal and Vignare where guest editors.

Additionally, Karen Pedersen, OLC’s Chief Knowledge Officer, presented Transforming the Academy: Sustaining a Culture of Quality. In this presentation, Pedersen provided an interactive, engaging session focused on the OLC suite of quality scorecards.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Annual Meeting

December 3-6, 2016 | Hyatt Regency Atlanta and Atlanta Marriott Marquis | Atlanta, GA IMG_7223

Karen Pedersen, Ph.D., Chief Knowledge Officer, OLC

Dr. Kaye Shelton, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director, Center for Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX

Session Title: Evidence of Quality Online Education

EDEN Research Workshop

October 4 – 6, 2016

Jill Buban, Ph.D., Senior Director of Research & Innovation, OLC

Paper and Presentation: Connecting in the Online Environment: Student Preferences for Communication with Faculty
Presentation: Alternative Credentialing in The United States: A Collection of Case Studies


WCET’s 28th Annual Meeting

October 12 – 14, 2016 | Minneapolis, MN

Kathleen S. Ives, D.M., CEO and Executive Director, OLC

Karen Pedersen, Ph.D., Chief Knowledge Officer, OLC

Session Title:  It’s not a Crystal Ball, But…

More information.


Educause 2016 Annual Conference

October 25 – 28 | Anaheim, CA

Karen Pedersen, Ph.D., Chief Knowledge Officer, OLC

Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Partnerships, OLC

Session Title:  Sustaining a Culture of Quality in Your Institution

More information.


NUTN Network 2016

September 28 – 29, 2016 | Clearwater Beach, FL

Jill Buban, Ph.D., Senior Director of Research & Innovation, OLC

Presentation: Accelerating Forward: Demistifying Learning Analytics
Panelist on Learning Analytics Panel, Moderated by Deb Adair and joined by other panelists Russ Little (PAR Framework) and Daren Catalano (Heliocampus)
Presentation: Alternative Credentialing: Prior Learning 2.0

More information.


Self-Regulated Learning Strategies in Online and Hybrid Courses

August 9-11th, 2016 | Distance Teaching & Learning Conference | Madison, WI

Jennifer Rafferty, MA MEd, Director of the Institute for Professional Development, OLC


Evaluating Student Success in Online Learning

August 9-11th, 2016 | Distance Teaching & Learning Conference | Madison, WI

Dr. Karen Swan
Karen Swan is the James J. Stukel Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and a Research Associate in the Center for Online Learning, Research, & Service (COLRS) at the University of Illinois Springfield. Karen’s research has been in the general area of electronic media and learning for the 25 years since she received her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her current research interests center on online learning Karen has authored over 125 journal articles and book chapters, produced several hypermedia programs, and co-edited two books on educational technology topics. She has directed projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education and the New York City Board of Education, as well as several corporate foundations, and is currently involved in WCET’s Predictive Analytics Reporting Project and ACE’s MOOCs as Game Changers Projects. Karen is the Special Issues Editor for the Journal of Educational Computing Research, and serves on the review boards and/or steering committees for many educational technology journals and conferences, and is the Chair of the American Educational Research Association’s Special Interest Group on Online Teaching and Learning. She is on the OLC Board of Directors and the steering committees for the Blended Learning and Online Learning conferences. Karen was awarded the OLC award for Most Outstanding Achievement in Online Learning by an Individual in 2006 and was inducted into the inaugural group of OLC Fellows in 2010. In 2010 she also was given the Distinguished Alumni award by her alma mater.


Ensuring Program Quality: Implementing the Online Learning Consortium ‘Quality Scorecard’

June 15 – 17, 2016 | Online Teaching Conference | San Diego, CA

Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Partnerships, OLC

Kathleen S. Ives, D.M., Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, OLC

In an era of tightening institutional budgets, evolving workforce development needs, and greater calls for accountability from multiple directions, the need for college administrators to continually assess the quality of their institutional operations has never been greater. However, measuring and quantifying elements of “quality” is an elusive concept. Read more.

Supporting Quality for Student Success in Online or Blended Learning

June 12 –15, 2016 | League for Innovation in the Community College Learning Summit | Paradise Valley, AZ

Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Partnerships, OLC

Digital Learning Innovation Award: Opportunities for Institutions and Faculty-Led Teams

May 30, 2016 | NISOD Conference | Austin, TX

Karen Pedersen, Chief Knowledge Officer, OLC

Nori Barajas-Murphy, Grant Project Director, OLC

Come learn about the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) Digital Learning Innovation Award. The award is funded
by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support the use of digital courseware to improve student success,
especially among low-income, first-generation, and other underrepresented student groups. The award is designed
to recognize institutions and faculty-led teams interested in student-centered active-learning solutions that advance
the world of digital learning for all students. With a focus on increasing the number of underrepresented students
who complete general education or gateway courses, the funding aims to build awareness, assess readiness, and
provide guidance for using digital courseware. The Online Learning Consortium looks forward to receiving your

Self Regulated Learning: Putting the Research to Use

May 25, 2016 | Track: Student Retention and Success | CTDLC Evolution in eLearning Conference

Jennifer Rafferty, MA MEd, Director of the Institute for Professional Development, OLC


Ensuring Program Quality: Implementing the Online Learning Consortium ‘Quality Scorecard’

May 23-26, 2016 | IMS Global Learning Consortium “Learning Impact Leadership Institute” | San Antonio, TX

Karen Pedersen, Chief Knowledge Officer, OLC

Kathleen S. Ives, D.M., Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, OLC

Monday, May 23 | 2:30-3:30 pm

Panel: Connecting Data Analytics and Accessibility to Support Personalized Learning for All

Whether it’s described as next gen learning, student-centered learning, or adaptive learning, it is the focus of many institutions to personalize learning to the unique needs of each student. While the customization of learning opportunities holds great potential for improving outcomes, it presents unique challenges. How can such a rich environment be achieved, what are some of the ways universities are reaching for this goal, and what are the key elements needed to make this a reality? The afternoon discussion brings together a diverse group of education leaders to share their thoughts and stories on how data analytics and inclusive accessibility means personalized learning for all students.


Leadership Roundtable on Academic Transformation, Digital Learning, and Design at Georgetown University: Towards The Creation of a Discipline?

May 5 and 6, 2016 | Gerogetown University | Washington, DC

Marie Cini, PhD, Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs, UMUC (President, OLC Board of Directors)

Kathleen S. Ives, D.M., Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, OLC

Discussions include: 

Creating a Discipline
Institutional Structures and the Emerging Discipline
Putting the Leadership Roundtable to Work
Underwritten with generous support from Pearson and the Online Learning Consortium


Serving Military and Veteran Learners:  Quality Indicators for Institutions

2016 CCME Professional Development Symposium | February 15-18 | San Antonio, TX

Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Partnerships, Online Learning Consortium

Quality can be so elusive. That’s why the Online Learning Consortium, since its founding in 1992, has focused on understanding and quantifying indicators of quality. OLC will soon be developing an ancillary scorecard identifying the indicators of quality for higher education institutions serving military and veteran learners. The scorecard will be used in parallel with one of OLC’s comprehensive scorecards. This session will showcase the comprehensive scorecard and highlight implementation approaches for higher education administrators.

At the conclusion of the session, attendees will:

  • Be able to recognize various indicators of quality
  • Have the knowledge and understanding to create a deployment plan for their institution to assess key quality indicators.
  • Possess the readiness to quantify and critique whether there institution is deficient, developing, accomplished or exemplary for each indicator.
  • Be positioned to construct an action plan to ameliorate deficiencies.

More information.

LEARN: The Education Evolution Understanding the Higher Ed Trends and Online Education Market

Embanet Partner Summit | February 8 – 10, 2016 | Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Fernandina Beach, FL

Neil Allison, Director, Business Model Innovation – Pearson
Jill Buban, Ph.D., Senior Director, Online Learning Consortium

This session will focus on the higher education landscape and the research that’s being done to understand trends in the market and how it can be used to inform decision making. Dr. Jill Buban from OLC will also provide key findings around OLC’s research in online education and how Pearson and OLC partner together to stay on top of issues and trends in the online environment. More information.

The ABCs and 123s of Digital Resources: Understanding OER and Implementing Digital Resources at Your Institution

Tuesday, February 9th 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM | Cite 2016 Online Learning Conference | Amelia Island, FL

Jill Buban, Ph.D., Senior Director, Online Learning Consortium

With definitive data to support the growing need for easily accessible resources, institutions are implementing the use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) as a cost-effective way to provide quality resources in a timely matter. While this implementation sounds simple, there are many factors to consider, such as copyright, faculty resource preferences, quality and level of the OER, and instructional design and information technology integration. Integration of a variety of digital resources, not limited to OER, can provide the bridge between textbook courses and OER courses.In this pre-conference session, attendees will gain knowledge of how to build a faculty-friendly repository of digital resources, implement a program that supports the use of such resources, and navigate the myriad third party vendors. Additionally, attendees will learn how to engage multiple departments to increase the success of such a program, as well as how to project resource allocation. More information.

State of Online Learning: Babson Annual Online Learning Report Release and What It Means to Your Institution

Tuesday, February 9th 1:00 PM – 1:50 PM  | Cite 2016 Online Learning Conference | Amelia Island, FL

Jeff Seaman, Ph.D., Research and Co-Director, Babson Survey Research Group
Jill Buban, Ph.D., Senior Director, Online Learning Consortium

This session will highlight key findings from the thirteenth annual Babson Online Learning Report, releasing in February 2016. The survey is designed, administered, and analyzed by the Babson Survey Research Group, with data collection conducted in partnership with the College Board and additional data from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Using survey responses from more than 2,800 colleges and universities and IPEDS data for more than 4,000, this study is aimed at answering fundamental questions about the nature and extent of online education. Presenters will review key findings and discuss ways to transition these trends into action items at your institution. More information.

Supporting Online Learners:  Insights for Every Campus

Friday, February 5th 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM | American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Winter Meeting | Austin, TX

Dr. Marie Cini, Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Maryland University College
Dr. Karen Pedersen, Chief Knowledge Officer, the Online Learning Consortium
Dr. Joselyn Zivin, Director, Huron Consulting Group
Moderated by Dr. Tim Fournier, Managing Director, Huron Consulting Group

Session Abstract: In the evolving world of online education, many colleges and universities struggle with how best to deliver powerful and effective online learning approaches that will inform and engage a variety of students. The varying needs of post-traditional learners, the proliferation of different options for learning modalities (e.g., online, blended, competency-based), and the growing demand for integrated student advising and success coaching strategies have highlighted the fact that we must be more nimble and creative in our approach to success for these students. Our panel offers the perspectives of an adult-serving, online institution; the leading professional organization dedicated to online learning; and a professional services firm that helps colleges and universities develop online learning strategies and operations. Together, our panelists will provide insights from their practical experience and market research with students about their online learning interests.

Our goal will be to help attendees:
  a) see online education more holistically as part of institutional mission and strategy
  b) consider methods for measuring student success in an online environment
  c) evaluate frameworks for approaching online student success more strategically

More information.

A New Lens on Digital Courseware Evaluation

Wednesday, February 3rd, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM | ELI Annual Meeting | San Antonio, TX/Online

Gates Bryant, Partner, Tyton Partners
Kathleen S. Ives, CEO and Executive Director, Online Learning Consortium
Barbara Means, Director, Center for Technology in Learning, SRI International

Digital courseware is a tool with the potential to support personalized learning for thousands of postsecondary students; however, it is not broadly adopted or very well understood by many postsecondary stakeholders. In response to this gap, Tyton Partners, the Online Learning Consortium and SRI International, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have led the development of a taxonomy to help stakeholders navigate the digital courseware market, as well as a framework for evaluating courseware. In this session, we’ll introduce these tools and offer a forum for feedback and discussion.

Outcomes: Introduce the taxonomy and quality framework, highlighting where stakeholders can find these tools and how they may be of value to postsecondary stakeholders * Collect initial feedback and questions * Share “how-to’s” for the effective use of tools

More information.




December 5, 2015 | The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges 2015 Annual Meeting Program | George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas

Dr. Kaye Shelton, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership; and Dr. George Saltsman, Associate Research Professor, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX 

Much of higher education is now engaged in offering online classes and programs. But how do you know if it is quality online education? This hands-on workshop provides an overview of the 75 quality indicators for the administration of online programs from the Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Education. Topics will include a brief validation of the study, presentation of the quality indicators, and an overview of how to implement the instrument. A majority of the time will be spent providing examples and discussing each of the nine categories in the scorecard and making the connection to SACSCOC distance learning standards. This session is designed for anyone involved in the delivery of online programs: assessment coordinators, provosts, programs directors, and coordinators. More information.



December 3, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.  at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Robbie Melton, senior Board Member, Online Learning Consortium (OLC)and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs: eLearning, Tennessee Board of Regents

BOD Color Photo - MeltonThe National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) was founded in 1977 by 90 African American state legislators (membership base it nearly 700 legislators currently), whose primary purpose is to secure parity in the state legislatures for their constituents. NBCSL conducts research and policy analysis to help improve policy and decision making at the national and state level. The research is keenly focused and grounded in issues impacting socio-economically disadvantaged communities. The Annual Legislative Conference is an opportunity for legislators, legislative staff, corporate members, and stakeholders to convene about different policy issues occurring in the states. “The Future of Historically Black Colleges and Universities” will explore the evolution and future of these storied institutions of higher education and the new ways legislators can ensure their vitality and significance for future students. More information.


The MENA Higher Education Leadership Forum

November 9-11, 2015

Kathleen S. Ives, D.M., Chief Executive Officer, Online Learning Consortium 

Launched for the first time in 2013, the MENA Higher Education Leadership Forum (MENA-HELF) is one of the region’s exclusive network addressing specifically Higher Education leaders and decision makers from within the MENA region and beyond. Via its various meetings, the Forum aims at providing a dynamic platform to discuss latest trends, developments and challenges pertinent to the field; support the exchange of good practices and ‘know-how’; identify and suggest future directions and strategies for HE and promote the establishment of new regional and global collaborations and partnerships. More information. Read article.

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What is quality online education? 

November 3, 2015, INACAP, Chile

Karen L. Pedersen, Ph.D., Chief Knowledge Officer, Online Learning Consortium 

The goal of this presentation is to highlight key quality standards used internationally at the course, program, and institutional levels with a deeper dive into the Online Learning Consortium Quality Scorecard.  The quality imperative is real with worldwide online education growth powered by a substantial uptick in technology investments worldwide.  Whether the driving force is consumer protection, maintaining accountability or strengthening international competitiveness, operationalizing quality standards during the design, implementation or enhancement stages of maturity is a solid investment.  In this presentation, Karen will showcase her top 10 reasons for implementing a quality framework. 

If you missed Karen Pedersen’s talk at the INACAP summit in Santiago, Chile, here it is – translated in Spanish.

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October 30, 2015

Matt Norsworthy, Membership Representative, Online Learning Consortium 

Interested in understanding the foundations of a quality online program? Join us in playing Quality Jeopardy while learning about the Online Learning Consortium Quality Scorecard. This session will focus on the OLC Quality Scorecard Review and the criteria used for measuring performance in developing and administering an online program.

Outcomes: Learn about the Quality Scorecard and Quality Scorecard Review * Identify the Quality Scorecard Review’s benefits * Learn how to implement the Quality Scorecard as a tool. Co-presented with Debbie Faires, Director of Online Learning, San Jose State University. Visit website.

Women’s Leadership in Online Learning

October 1, 2015

Kathleen S. Ives, D.M., Chief Executive Officer, Online Learning Consortium 

This event is co-sponsored by the ACE Women’s Network of NY, the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), and St. John’s University.

Please mark your calendar to join us for a discussion of current issues and challenges for women leaders in online learning.  The event will feature a distinguished women’s leadership panel from New York higher education institutions and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), a leading professional organization in this burgeoning field. More information.  

Women’s Leadership Symposium for eLearning and Academic Technologies – Boston, MA

July 29, 2015

Kathleen S. Ives, D.M., Chief Executive Officer, Online Learning Consortium 

Panel discussion: Characteristics of Leadership 

What makes a good leader? How are concepts of leadership changing in the 21st century? What do women bring to leadership? Panelists: Kathleen Ives, Online Learning Consortium, Karen Graham, University of New Hampshire, Mary Lee, Tufts University. This symposium provides an intimate opportunity for cross-cultural dialog on leadership.  We will examine the characteristics of 21st century leaders, discuss the challenges of leadership in academic technologies, and explore how leaders can motivate faculty to embrace eLearning and new pedagogies. The format will feature panel discussions by US female leaders in online and eLearning, followed by round table discussions on the topic between Saudi and US colleagues. There will be 18 US and 20 Saudi participants.  

The Sixth TCU International e-Learning Conference 2015 Global Trends in Digital Learning – Bangkok, Thailand

July 20-21, 2015 

Dr. Kaye Shelton, Lamar University and Online Learning Consortium

Quality e-Learning and How to Show It 

The Thailand Cyber University Project (TCU), Office of the Higher Education Commission, Ministry of Education has an aim to promote e-Learning by cooperating with national and international educational institutes. The TCU, recognizing the importance of e-Learning knowledge management to create comprehensive knowledge for educational personnel, has organized the International e-Learning Conference 2015 (IEC2015) : “Global Trends in Digital Learning” The conference objective is to assemble knowledge on every aspect of e-Learning from Thai and international experts. Conference topics will include the quality and standard of learning management and evaluation, effective utilization and implementation of new technologies, understanding of new generation learners’ behavior, and cost-effective and sustainable learning management. View website. 

Network for Change and Continuous Innovation: Higher Education’s Network for Change Leadership – Nashville, TN

July 17, 2015

Karen L. Pedersen, Ph.D., Chief Knowledge Officer, Online Learning Consortium 

“Operational Excellence: How to Put Your Organization into Overdrive”

Are you experiencing greater calls for accountability from multiple directions, is retention a metric tied to your funding model, are you wondering how technological advances will change your organization or are you struggling with changing demographics in your state?  Today, many higher education leaders need their organizations to be effective, innovative, and growth oriented…all while boosting performance, optimizing speed and executing mission-specific strategies.  So, how do we do it?  At the heart of any organization is its culture.  If your organization needs to become better, faster and more effective we’ll showcase how to put your organization into overdrive.
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EDEN Annual Conference – Barcelona, Spain 

June 9-12, 2015

Dr. Kaye Shelton, Lamar University and Online Learning Consortium

A Quality Scorecard For The Administration Of Online Learning Programs In Higher Education

The delivery of education online has forever changed higher education and distance learning programs throughout the world. Many institutions experienced quick success in this new method for teaching and learning; however, there was much concern expressed regarding quality and how it compares to the traditional method for teaching and learning. In fact, both administrators and faculty have questioned how to measure quality in online education and what evaluation methods should be used for continuous improvement strategies and accreditation requirements. Read more