Accelerating Online Learning Worldwide

In 2016, you won’t be able to have a dialogue about higher education without discussing, in part, online learning. It’s one of the fastest growing sectors in education today, and as the pace of growth accelerates, we’d like to introduce you to OLC Accelerate, the premier global gathering covering this field.

As you might have guessed, OLC Accelerate is the new name of the Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference, now in its 22nd year. We chose OLC Accelerate because this conference is devoted to driving quality online learning, advancing best practice guidance and accelerating innovation in learning for academic leaders, educators, administrators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world.

Following the success of 2015’s annual conference, OLC Accelerate 2016 will be the ultimate event to network with—and learn from—thousands of your eLearning peers.

As always, this international conference promises outstanding keynote speakers, expanded programs, and engaging workshops. And our ever popular Technology Test Kitchen and Discovery sessions will once again deliver the opportunity to interact with experts in new and emerging eLearning technologies and topics, reinforcing why online educators worldwide affirm that OLC Accelerate is the premiere conference for online learning professionals.

Our curation of conference tracks and exhibits promises a cross section of timely eLearning topics, offering something for everyone involved in providing the highest quality educational experiences in 2016.

Join us in our commitment to accelerate online learning worldwide.  We look forward to connecting with you in Orlando, November 16-18, 2016.

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ATTEND: Choose from over 400 sessions spanning a wide breadth of topics and special interest areas including edtech, proctoring, accessibility, gamification, K-12, open educational resources, and much more.


LEARN: Arrive early and enroll in pre-conference workshops for your continued professional development. Topics this year will likely include Gamification, Women in EdTech, OLC Quality Scorecard, Policy Development, Open Educational Resources, and much more.


DISCOVER: You’ll want to make time to explore over 70 brands, entrepreneurs and innovators on the OLC Accelerate tradeshow floor. Preview firsthand many new and exciting education solutions.


TEST: The Technology Test Kitchen returns. Bring your own device (laptop, tablet, smartphone) and get ready to learn, explore, and share within a fun lab environment. Our tech chefs will help you discover new tools, tips, and tricks that you can incorporate into your own course designs.


CONNECT: OLC Accelerate has proven to be a once-a-year opportunity to network with online learning peers and leaders whom you rarely ever see in person. Informal situations like our tradeshow floor and Technology Test Kitchen are ideal for networking. 


HAVE FUN: It’s not all business. Last year we made time to enjoy Epcot and visit with Mickey and his friends at Orlando’s various Disney parks. Discounts and special Disney events, exclusive to OLC conference attendees, will soon be announced. It’s the perfect time and place to tag on a few days to enjoy with family and friends.


OLC Thanks You for Submitting a Proposal for Accelerate 2016, Accelerating Online Learning Worldwide

We are interested in proposals for interactive sessions for pre-conference workshops, discovery sessions, and 4 types of education sessions that engage and inform participants.

Proposed sessions will be targeted to all attendees or novice, intermediate, or expert levels of proficiency.

Presenters and facilitators from the following areas were encouraged to submit proposals:

Higher Education • K-12 Faculty • Researchers • Graduate scholars • Educational technology leaders • Instructional designers • Instructional technologists • Faculty • Instructors

OLC Accelerate 2016 Call For Presentations

Now Closed (June 6, 2016). Notifications were emailed August 3, 2016. 


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Simply the best, most focused and well organized technology conference. If you only choose one tech conference a year, this is the one.

Kevin Walsh
Associate Professor
William Paterson University

Very informative, hands on opportunities. If you didn’t take away a ton of new strategies to try, you were outside on a lounge chair!

Kathy Peno
Professor of Adult Education
University of Rhode Island

What I appreciate most about the OLC conference is the opportunity to network with leaders in the field of online education and learn about relevant resources I can apply immediately in my work.

Henrietta Siemens
Director, Center for Online Learning
Fresno Pacific University

This conference gave me an infusion of practical insight into online and blended learning implementation, administration, and assessment.

Cheryl Todd
Director of Instructional Design & Academic Technology