As Conference Chairs of the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) annual conference, Accelerate 2017, it is our pleasure to invite you to attend and participate! The conference will be held November 15-17, 2017, at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort, in Orlando, Florida.

In its 23rd year, OLC Accelerate 2017 is one of the largest and longest-standing conferences in online, blended learning, and emerging technology, considered premier by leaders in our field. Accelerate is an international conference, with leading academic and industry contributors and attendees across institutions and diverse disciplines, promoting K-12, higher education, industry, and government agency relationships around the world.  

Accelerate promotes innovative research and practice across a wide span of our community of practice in online and blended learning — from education, leadership, and instructional design, to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), to technology innovation, to User Experience (UX), and beyond.

The appeal of this conference continues to draw many attendees, on-site and virtual, to learn about innovative strategies and technologies that impact teaching and learning, and society. Last year, Accelerate drew a record number of attendees, nearing 2000. We aim to carry forward the tradition of excellence in offering quality content to inspire you and to facilitate your opportunities for networking and collaboration. 

OLC Accelerate 2017 promises to inspire, engage, and strengthen our community of practice. Please join us at the conference onsite or virtually! See you in Orlando!


Conference Chair

Laurie Dringus, Nova Southeastern University


Conference Chair

Frank Tomsic, OnCourse Learning


Executive Conference Chair

Kathleen Ives, Online Learning Consortium


Robbie Melton

Executive Conference Chair

Robbie Melton, Tennessee Board of Regents