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Join us in New York City August 7, 2018

OLC Collaborate
Hosted by Berkeley College

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

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 $150* for academic registrants who are OLC members.  The rate for corporate registrants who are OLC members is $595.  Membership discount applied upon registration. Lunch is included in registration fee. 

*A $50 fee will be charged for all cancelled registrations. Refund requests must be made in writing to Online Learning Consortium. Cancellation by July 10 (up to 1 month out): Refund of payment minus the $50 cancellation fee(s). Cancellation between July 11 and July 30: 50% refund will be issued less a $50 administrative/cancellation fee for registrations. There will be no refunds within 1 week of event date (cancellations must be received by July 30, 2018). 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?
The academic non-member registrant fee is $200*. The rate for corporate registrants who are not OLC members is $695.  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 Topics:
  • Breakout A – Quality and Accreditation
  • Breakout B – Student Affordability
  • Breakout C – Regulatory Compliance
Russell Poulin

The Shifting Sands in Federal, State, and Accreditation Policies

Russell Poulin

Director, Policy & Analysis
WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET)

Innovations and serving non-traditional student populations have become popular subjects for policymakers in recent years. Congress is considering a Higher Education Act update, governors and state legislators are promoting and regulating digitally-based education, and accreditors are adjusting to review academic innovations. What are we to do as the ground shifts beneath our feet? This session includes updates on this changing landscape and will provide time for your questions…and opinions, if answers are not possible.

Breakout Topics:
  • Breakout A – Next Steps
  • Breakout B – Planning and Implementing Interventions
  • Breakout C – Assessing the Impact
Diane Recinos

Forecasting the Future: Utilizing Predictive Analytics to Identify Trends and Patterns of Online Learners that Support Their Overall Success

Diane Recinos

Senior Vice President, Student Success
Berkeley College

The competitiveness of higher education today is forcing colleges to become more reliant on predictive analytics when making decisions. Identifying trends and behavioral patterns in online learning is an opportunity to understand the resources and support that will be required to assist students in a meaningful deliberate way. There are many advantages to using predictive analytics; however, there are also challenges. Avoid big data pitfalls and learn how you can use predictive analytics at your institution.

Breakout Topics:
  • Breakout A – Identifying Institutional Policies and Procedures
  • Breakout B – Regular and Substantive Interactions – What does that mean?
  • Breakout C – Academic Integrity Issues versus IT Acceptable Use Policies
Devon Cancilla

Cyber-Scary or Cyber-Secure: One institutions Journey into the Biometric Authentication of Online Students

Devon Cancilla

Vice Provost for Online Learning
University of Missouri at Kansas City

Whether it is an individual student paying for term papers or criminal organizations enrolling fake students to collect financial aid, academic and financial fraud in online programs is suspected to be a multi-million dollar business. To ensure the integrity of its online programs and to meet evolving federal guidelines, UMKC has undertaken a journey into the use and development of technologies, policies, procedures and practices to identify and prevent online fraud.

Not only is this the right thing to do but, as published in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs), it is a requirement that “…. institutions that offer distance education or correspondence education have processes in place through which the institution establishes that the student who registers in a distance education or correspondence education course or program is the same student who participates in and completes the course or program and receives the academic credit.” In addition, online courses must also provide opportunities for “regular and substantive interactions” between faculty and students. In other words, there must be active engagement within the course. Finally, accreditation standards stipulate that the “institution assures the integrity of its online learning offerings” and that “training of for faculty members engage in online learning includes consideration of issues of academic integrity, including ways to reduce cheating.”

But in an online course, how does an institution really know a student is who they say they are? For that matter, how does the institution know the instructor is who they say they are? Are surrogates participating in the course to demonstrate engagement? What does an institution do if it detects fraudulent activities and what are the rights of students and faculty?

This presentation will describe UMKC’s experience with tackling these types of questions. Starting with the evaluation and implementation of biometric tools for identifying students in online courses, the talk also describes our explorations with the use of learning analytics to provide evidence of regular and substantive interactions. Tying this all together was the need to develop new policies and practices associated with authentication and engagement. Key among our discoveries was that data is part of a story and that story has many possible outcomes.

Liz Ciabocchi

Education in 2028


Liz Ciabocchi

Vice Provost for Digital Learning
St. John’s University

OLC Board of Directors


Russell Poulin

WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET)

Diane Recinos

Berkeley College

Devon Cancilla

University of Missouri at Kansas City

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 – New York 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 Liz Ciabocchi from the OLC Board of Directors, 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 –New York 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 Lobby

(All sessions take place in the 41st Street Building at Berkeley College)
7:30am - 8:15am Breakfast Lower Level
8:15am - 8:30am Welcome and Opening Remarks
- Sharon Goldstein, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College
- Michael Smith, President, Berkeley College
- Beth Castiglia, Provost, Berkeley College
- Liz Ciabocchi, St. John's University & OLC Board of Directors
Room 202/203/204
8:30am - 9:15am General Session 1 - Innovation and Regulation
- Russell Poulin, WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET)
Room 202/203/204
9:30am - 10:15am Breakout Sessions 1
Breakout Rooms: 401, 402, 404
10:30am - 11:15am General Session 2 - Predictive Analytics
- Diane Recinos, Berkeley College
Room 202/203/204
11:30am - 12:15pm Breakout Sessions 2
Breakout Rooms: 401, 402, 404
12:15pm - 1:00pm Lunch and Networking Lower Level
1:00pm - 1:45pm General Session 3 - Student Authentication
- Devon Cancilla, University of Missouri at Kansas City
Room 202/203/204
2:00pm - 2:45pm Breakout Sessions 3
Breakout Rooms: 401, 402, 404
3:00pm - 3:30pm OLC COLLABORATE PANEL: Education in 2028
- Liz Ciabocchi, St. John's University & OLC
- Russell Poulin, WCET
- Diane Recinos, Berkeley College
- Devon Cancilla, UMKC
Room 202/203/204
3:30pm - 3:45pm Program Wrap Up
- OLC & Berkeley College
Room 202/203/204

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 Berkeley College, 12 East 41st Street, NY, and are in Eastern Time (ET).


Joining us for OLC Collaborate?  Come directly to Berkeley College, 12 East 41st Street, NY.

Berkeley College, 12 East 41st Street, NY, NY 10017

Staying the night or making a weekend of it?

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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.