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Join us in Tucson, Arizona September 29, 2017

OLC Collaborate
Hosted by The University of Arizona

OLC is going to Arizona to meet with online learning professionals, educators,
and administrators to address the opportunities and challenges we all face
in online higher education today.  

PRESS RELEASE: UA to Host Nation’s Thought Leaders in Online Learning

Join us to discuss emerging trends and challenges in online learning.

Join your fellow digital learning education professionals, educators and administrators to network with experts and collaborate on solving the challenges we all face in online higher education today. You’ll get the chance to hear from regional experts regarding current and emerging trends in online learning, collaborate and network with your regional peers during group discussions on top-of-mind challenges that may impact the future of online learning – and your career.



Member Pricing
Our one-day event is only $125* for OLC members. Membership discount applied upon registration. Lunch is included in registration fee. 

*A $25 fee will be charged for all cancelled registrations. Refund requests must be made in writing to Online Learning Consortium. Cancellation by August 29 (up to 1 month out): Refund of payment minus the $25 cancellation fee(s). Cancellation between August 29 and September 22: 50% refund will be issued less a $25 administrative/cancellation fee for registrations. There will be no refunds within 1 week of event date (cancellations must be received by September 22, 2017). If you are not able to attend, a substitute may attend in your place. The name, title, and email address of the substitute must be emailed to conference@onlinelearning-c.org. If you do not attend the program and do not submit a written refund request, Online Learning Consortium will retain all fees. IF you have not paid in advance but have cancelled your registration, you are responsible for the cancellation fee and will be billed. OLC is not responsible for any change / cancellation charges assessed by airlines, travel agents, hotels or other similar vendors. Email all cancellation requests/substitutions/ registration questions to conference@onlinelearning-c.org.

Institutional Members
If your institution is a member, you must have an individual user account. Register as a free OLC Community Member and affiliate with your member institution.

Not yet a member?
Non-member fee is $185*. You will also receive a free, three-month OLC professional membership as a part of your registration so you can get to know OLC and our community better! Details will be emailed post-conference. Lunch is included in registration fee.

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Engaging speakers, relevant topics, and dynamic discussions

We will take a deep look at the challenges and impact of digital learning in education today and work together to collaborate, define and help shape the changing university.  

Presentations will be followed by facilitator-led discussions that will allow participants to delve into each topic in greater detail.


Breakout Groups and Topics:
  • Virtual Reality: Exploring Virtual Spaces and Places – Catalina
  • AR and Holograms: Blending Real and Digital Worlds – Kachina Lounge
  • The Pedagogy of Mixed Reality: Mapping Technology to Curriculum – Rincon
  • The Classroom of 2027: Exploring Future Learning Environments – Santa Cruz


Michael Torrence

The 4th Dimension of Higher Education: Mixed Reality of VR, AR and Holograms

Michael Torrence

Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
Volunteer State Community College

As we look to the future of the online classroom, how might we take innovative approaches in defining and designing the learning environments themselves? This keynote presentation will explore the possibilities and challenges of the impact of mixed reality of virtual, augmented, and hologram reality technology in transforming teaching, learning, and training in higher education. This high-energy, keynote will feature resources and practical approaches that are critical to the design and curricular alignment of mixed reality content.

Breakout Topics:
  • Game Ideas in Your Domain – Catalina
  • Implementation of Gameful Learning – Kachina Lounge
  • Making a Difference – Rincon
  • Considerations for Academic Gaming – Santa Cruz
Norah Dunbar

The Gamification of Learning: Case Studies in Cognitive Bias and Deception Detection

Norah Dunbar, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of Communication
University of California Santa Barbara

Learning a new task can sometimes be dull, repetitive, and frustrating. Learners might be embarrassed to demonstrate new skills they have not yet mastered. They also may be resistant to learning new concepts that they think are unnecessary or mundane. Gamification can make learning both challenging and fun which improves motivation and engagement for learners and also encourages repetition of training sessions through repeated game play. In this talk, Professor Dunbar will share her team’s experiences creating video games and testing their efficacy. The game MACBETH was created for the intelligence community to help train analysts to avoid cognitive bias in their decision-making and the game VERITAS is a deception detection training game. Both games were tested extensively both with large samples of college students and small samples of professionals in their domains. The results revealed that combined with traditional teaching methods, games improved motivation and engagement from learners and improved retention of skills.

Breakout Topics:
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) – Catalina
  • Open Educational Resources (OER) – Kachina Lounge
  • Humanizing Online Education – Rincon
  • Equity and Diversity in Higher Ed – Santa Cruz
Michael Berman

Living Our Values: Working Together to Foster Educational Accessibility and Equity

Michael Berman

Vice President for Technology and Innovation
California State University Channel Islands
Chief Innovation Officer
California State University

Education has been a cornerstone of democratic society for at least 200 years. However, some evidence suggests that higher education in the US has done as much to harden inequality as it has to promote equity and social mobility. Every member of the educational community has a responsibility to reflect upon and understand how the choices we make – including technology choices – can help to create institutions that are more equitable, more accessible, and more effective at helping all our students achieve their goals. Whether we are instructional designers, technologists, faculty members, or administrators, we can each find a way to be a leader and an advocate for more accessible and equitable institutions of higher education.

Karen Pedersen

Vincent Del Casino

A Regional Response: Culmination of the Day’s Thinking and Invitation to Continue the Collaboration


Karen Pedersen

Chief Knowledge Officer
Online Learning Consortium

Vincent Del Casino, Jr.

Vice President for Academic Initiatives and Student Success
The University of Arizona


Michael Torrence

Volunteer State Community College

Norah Dunbar

UC Santa Barbara

Michael Berman

CSU Channel Islands & CSU

Significant changes are coming to online education. From balancing the need for educational innovation against regulatory realities, to using data driven approaches to better understand and manage change, to a new model of the university built around competency-based assessments, these are just a few of the factors driving change. The day’s final session brings together the thoughts and conclusions generated from the OLC Collaborate – Arizona discussions to formulate a regional response to the changing educational environment. Topics gathered by OLC facilitators and session archivists during breakout sessions along with those posted online by participants during the day will be used to guide this interactive final session. Led by Karen Pedersen from OLC, each of the day’s keynote speakers will have the opportunity to address the collectively generated questions and topics and place them in the context of the broader changes occurring in higher education. The OLC Collaborate – Arizona response will become the second contribution to a national discussion as the OLC Collaborate sessions continue across the country.

Conversations Around Innovation

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in the future?  How much should today’s faculty and administrators do to prepare for this future? There is no question that extraordinary change is coming.  The question is, how much of that change is within our powers of prediction, and how should we proactively prepare for the future?

Participate in the regional OLC Collaborate discussion on the “Changing University” and share in an open dialogue with other colleagues from around the region.

Keynote speakers will offer insightful views of the changing university through short, focused presentations. This will bring together how the use of technologies, the dictate of economic realities, increasing regulatory oversight, the need for constant innovation, and new societal expectations of what colleges can and should be are bringing change to higher education.

Presentations will be followed by facilitator-led discussions to allow participants to delve into each topic in greater detail.  OLC Collaborate session archivists will document the discussions throughout the day, culminating in a collaborate regional response to the changing university. 

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2025?

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2025?

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2025?

Event Schedule


7:30am - 8:15am Registration and Check-in; Breakfast Diamond Atrium
8:15am - 8:30am Welcome and Opening Remarks
- Karen Pedersen, OLC
- Melody Buckner, UA South
North Ballroom
8:30am - 9:15am General Session 1 - Virtual and Augmented Reality
- Michael Torrence, Volunteer State Community College
North Ballroom
9:30am - 10:15am Breakout Sessions 1
- Catalina
- Kachina Lounge
- Rincon
- Santa Cruz
Breakout Rooms
10:30am - 11:15am General Session 2 - Gameful Learning
- Norah Dunbar, UC Santa Barbara
North Ballroom
11:30am - 12:15pm Breakout Sessions 2
- Catalina
- Kachina Lounge
- Rincon
- Santa Cruz
Breakout Rooms
12:15pm - 1:00pm Lunch and Networking North Ballroom
1:00pm - 1:45pm General Session 3 - Access to Education
- Michael Berman, CSU Channel Islands
North Ballroom
2:00pm - 2:45pm Breakout Sessions 3
- Catalina
- Kachina Lounge
- Rincon
- Santa Cruz
Breakout Rooms
3:00pm - 3:30pm OLC COLLABORATE PANEL: Education in 2027
- Karen Pedersen, OLC
- Vincent Del Casino, Jr., UA
- Michael Torrence
- Norah Dunbar
- Michael Berman
North Ballroom
3:30pm - 3:45pm Program Wrap Up
- Karen Pedersen, OLC
- Vincent Del Casino, Jr., UA
North Ballroom

Collaborate General Sessions are 45 minutes long, followed by 45 minute Collaborate Breakout Sessions.  

Attendees will select one of several breakout sessions to attend following each general session.

All sessions are considered BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). 

All sessions are held at The University of Arizona Student Union and are in Mountain Standard Time (MST).


UA Tech Crawl

Join members of the UA community in a “progressive” style tour of the innovative spaces and practices across the campus.

Prior to the conversations on the future of online learning at OLC Collaborate, The University of Arizona will be holding its very first Tech Crawl showcasing effective practices and innovations to support digital learning in the online, hybrid and face-to-face classroom.  The Tech Crawl, consisting of a series of casual, hands-on demos, will be held at designated locations around the center of main campus. Participants can join in on a new demo starting every 30 minutes, with ample time to explore, play, and walk to the next location.  The Tech Crawl is FREE and open to all OLC Collaborate guests. Maps will be distributed to registered participants at the entrance of the Main Library (1510 E University Blvd) as the event begins. Afterward, there will be a cash bar Happy Hour at Gentle Ben’s (865 E University Blvd). 

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm (followed by a No-Host Happy Hour – Gentle Ben’s (865 E University Blvd))
Location: Starts at the entrance of the Main Library (1510 E University Blvd), proceeds to designated stops on the Main Campus of The University of Arizona 
RSVP: During the online on the OLC Collaborate Registration process (simply check off that you will attend the UA Tech Crawl)

More information on the UA Tech Crawl

Joining us for OLC Collaborate?  Come directly to The University of Arizona, UA Student Union.

The University of Arizona, UA Student Union, 1303 E. University Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85721

Staying the night or making a weekend of it?

UA Campus Map (pdf or interactive map) and get Driving Directions (google) 

Make your reservations to stay in a nearby hotel.


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If you are an education technology or distance learning company, this intimate one-day session will give you the chance to collaborate with educators, administrators, and online learning professionals – your potential clients in discussion forums, at lunch and in our small exhibitor showcase. 

To learn more, contact our Manager, Sponsorship Sales, Brenda Weiss-Pesta by email, brenda.pesta@onlinelearning-c.org or by phone, 617.716.1417.