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Making the Most of Your Virtual Experience

As part of the broader Virtual Experience at #OLCAccelerate 2018, OLC Live! is an interactive virtual lounge and presentation space where participants can ask questions of select presenters, interact with keynote speakers, and join featured conversations with other virtual attendees. Join us Tuesdays at 12pm EST leading up to the conference and on-site every day in Orlando for your chance to interact with a variety of key speakers and personalities.


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OLC Live! Youtube Playlist of Recorded Interviews


OLC Live! Organizers & Hosts:


John Stewart  

John Stewart, Oklahoma University

John Stewart is the Assistant Director of Digital Learning for the OU Center for Teaching Excellence. John is interested in developing learning environments to promote digital literacy and opportunities for undergraduate research. Before joining the center, John lectured on history of science at the University of Oklahoma and Missouri University of Science and Technology. He earned his Ph.D. in the History of Science from the University of Oklahoma.

Kelvin Thompson

Kelvin Thompson. University of Central Florida

A popular speaker and facilitator, Dr. Kelvin Thompson regularly addresses groups throughout the US on topics related to online/blended learning and educational technology while he serves as the Executive Director of the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Center for Distributed Learning ( with a faculty appointment as a graduate faculty scholar in UCF’s College of Education & Human Performance. Dr. Thompson has collaborated on the design of hundreds of online and blended courses over the past twenty years and is active in the online education community. Kelvin developed the BlendKit Course open courseware ( as part of UCF’s Blended Learning Toolkit, and he also co-hosts TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast available on iTunes and at His personal research interests center around how interaction affects learner engagement, and information on his Online Course Criticism qualitative evaluation model for facilitating the scholarship of teaching and learning in online and blended environments is available online ( Kelvin Thompson holds an EdD in curriculum and instruction and an MA in instructional systems technology from UCF and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Florida State University. Curriculum vitae is available online at

Dave Dannenberg   

Dave Dannenberg, University of Alaska

David is the Director of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Academic Innovations & eLearning (AI&e). Reporting to a Senior Vice Provost, he leads UAA’s efforts to innovate teaching through the use of instructional technology. In this role, he oversees the instructional design, eLearning, professional development. online student and ePortfolio Services. David has expanded online student service offerings, established new and innovative professional development pathways, established an ePortfolio initiative, and redesigned the unit’s instructional design and development processes. David currently serves as Co-Executive Editor of The AAEEBL ePortfolio Review and the Public Four-Year Institution Representative to the WCET Steering Committee. He has multiple publications on the use of technology in education and has presented at regional, international, and online conferences on topics including instructional design, wearable technologies, online/distance education administration, virtual/augmented reality, and leadership and management.

Taylor Kendal  

Taylor Kendal, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Taylor brings experience in educational leadership, culture-crafting and instructional design from his work at the Library of Congress, MSU Denver, and CU Denver. Through working with these preeminent institutions, he was led to a love for critical thinking, education, design, improvisation, skepticism, and anything else that elicits philosophical revelations and forces a re-imagining of the adjacent possible.


Chris Downs, Shindig Events

Vice President of Business Development – Higher Education, Shindig Events