Please compile all of the following information listed below before submitting your proposal:

  • Login or register a user account with the OLC.

    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.

  • Note that each individual is limited to no more than three (3) submissions, including the roles of presenter, co-presenter, panelist, or workshop facilitator. 
  • Title of Presentation (limit of 120 characters): Please select a title that accurately describes your presentation content. Please use title capitalization for your proposal title. 
  • Session Type:
    • Education Session
    • Panel Discussion
    • Express Workshop
    • Discovery Session
    • Global Quality Summit Session
  • Program track: Please select the single track that most closely aligns with your proposal. If you are unsure, check the suggested keywords and select the track with the keywords that most closely align with your proposal. 
  • Keywords: Using the “Keywords” field in the submission process, include relevant keywords from the suggested keywords list from your selected track, and add as many additional unique keywords as apply. Please use commas to separate your keywords. 
  • Short Abstract (limit of 50 words) words for inclusion in the conference website and mobile app listings
  • Extended Abstract (up to 1500 words for inclusion in the conference website and mobile app). Please provide a longer description and goals of the presentation.
    • For research presentations please including a brief, concise description of context, questions, methods, results, conclusions, and a discussion/interpretation.
    • Workshops should be designed with specific, identifiable learning outcomes with in-class opportunities to support collaborative and/or interactive group activities.
  • Who might benefit from the presentation? Indicate institution type, audience level, and target audience for attendees:
    • Indicate Institution Type: K-12, Higher Ed, Industry, Government, Other
    • Indicate Audience Level: All, Expert, Intermediate, Novice
    • Indicate Target Audience: Administrators, Design Thinkers, Faculty, Instructional Support, Students, Training Professionals, Technologists, Researchers, All Attendees, Other
  • Note: The following standard audiovisual equipment will be provided in each room: data projector equipped with a universal VGA (subject to change to HDMI) cable to accommodate both PC and Macintosh platforms, an Internet connection, and a screen (16:9 slide ratio). Note: Presenters are required to provide their own computer equipment or other specialized equipment.

Helpful Tips:

  • Become part of the OLC Community – register for your (free) user account on
  • When developing your title choose keywords that accurately describe your presentation content. Please use title capitalization for your proposal title. 
  • The presentation teaser/ abstract should contain a maximum of 50 words.  This abstract is published on the website and in the mobile app.  When developing your presentation description and goals (up to 1,500 words), please make sure you identify how you plan to engage the audience. This can be accomplished through a number of techniques including small group moments, interactive question and answers, audience contribution, interactive handouts, games, partner exercises etc.
  • Please be sure to add to your “safe-senders” list so you receive your notification as well as other important communications from the OLC Conference Team. 

When developing your presentation abstract, description and goals, keep in mind they should:

  • Be concisely written, accurate, self-contained, and coherent
  • Use a clear and direct writing style with active voice rather than passive
  • Give a clear statement of what participants will learn from this presentation
  • List what materials—slides, handouts, web links—will be provided during the presentation, posted on the conference web site, or submitted to the conference proceedings
  • Give participants a good idea of the content and format of your presentation
  • Persuade the proposal reviewers and conference attendees that you are going to present something unique, valuable and engaging

Please make sure you check your work for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Presentation titles should be submitted in title caps. Keep the abstract short and to the point. Since a broad audience will view your abstract you should spell out all acronyms. Also keep in mind that all information submitted through the online system will be used verbatim to generate the web agenda and any conference publications. Please make sure that your information is accurate and carefully edited. This includes information about you and your co-presenters.