The Online Learning Consortium Invites You to Submit

For OLC Accelerate 2018: Accelerating Online Learning Worldwide, to be held November 14-16, 2018 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

The OLC Program Committee seeks proposals that reflect and showcase our vibrant community of practice — promoting theory, research, methodology and/or applied effective practices in online, blended, and web-enhanced teaching and learning. Both research and evidence-based proposals are encouraged for submission.  Please align submission to the session type as shown on the session types and details page.

Note that each individual is limited to no more than three (3) submissions, including the roles of presenter, co-presenter, panelist, or workshop facilitator. 

The session type descriptions will be helpful to you as you shape your submission. Please review the details on these CFP pages before submitting your presentation proposal. 

Be sure to read through all of the information in this section of our website to ensure you understand what needs to be done and when, including our submission checklist, conference tracks, session types and more!  

Notifications were emailed out on July 19. Notifications are sent to all authors on each submission. All submissions are sent notification emails, regardless of acceptance status. Please be sure to “whitelist” emails from the domain. If you do not receive a notification email by August 3, please contact us at

Step 1. Login in or register a user account with the OLC conference management system. 

When registering, please include as much information as possible in your OLC user profile, including your biography, a profile picture, and most current contact information. All additional co-presenters also need to have OLC user accounts and should be added to the proposal at the time of submission. Please keep in mind that once you have registered or submitted a paper, all conference-related information can be found here at the OLC Accelerate 2018 website.

After you login and proceed to the conference management system, you will be able to submit a proposal by clicking on “OLC Accelerate 2018” in the top menu navigation within the CMS. 

Step 2. Review the Session Types and Details.

Be sure to align your abstract with any special requirements outlined in the session type requirements. 

Note: Presenters should include active engagement methodology during presentations to encourage audience/participants to ask questions. The CFP ratings are based on the following major categories:

  • Relevance to the Conference
  • Clarity
  • Audience Appeal
  • Interactivity (Active Engagement)

Step 3. Review the Track Descriptions.

Step 4. Review the Submission Checklist.

Step 5. Review the Presenter FAQs.

Step 6. When you are ready to submit, login and select “OLC Accelerate 2018 > Submit Proposal” to begin. You must be logged in to submit.  Note: When you click “Save” at the end of the submission form, your proposal is submitted. You can edit your proposal up until the submission deadline, after which all submissions are considered final.  


If you need a PDF of the CFP pages for accessibility reasons, we have prepared a simple PDF of the OLC Accelerate 2018 CFP information. 


The submission deadline has been extended to June 4, 2018 at 11:59pm ET.

Thank you for your contribution. We look forward to reviewing your presentation submission.


Timeline of Important Dates: 

  • Proposals due by 11:59pm ET June 4, 2018 (extended from May 23)
  • Notification of acceptance by August 3, 2018
  • Deadline for presenters to accept is August 20, 2018
  • Deadline for presenters to register is September 19, 2018
  • Final date for presenters to edit abstracts is September 19, 2018
  • Final presentation upload date is November 1, 2018