Education Reimagined
A Joint Conference Presented by OLC and MERLOT

Education innovation. It’s how we, as a community, continue to thrive in this rapidly changing learning environment. It’s how we respond to, revolve around, and guide student success and satisfaction. Whether embracing emerging tech, incorporating intelligent learning management systems, or designing blended classrooms, now more than ever it is imperative that academic leaders, faculty, and administrators alike come together to ensure that our pedagogies are progressive, organic and continually break new ground.

Advancing education innovation requires continuous visionary leadership from all disciplines. And that’s why we’re inviting you to join us in Nashville this coming April. Together we will challenge our teaching and learning paradigms, reimagine the learning experience, and ideate on how disruptions in education today will shape the innovative classroom of tomorrow.

At OLC Innovate, we will conduct a series of engaging hands-on sessions aimed at fostering organic interactions and collaborative cross-disciplinary problem solving. Together we will build new foundations for stronger, better higher education environments. And because innovation scales best when ideas are shared, our work sessions will explore emerging technologies and adapted teaching behaviors aimed at informing policy, inspiring leadership, and evolving practice at all levels impacting institutions, universities and colleges.

Advancing education innovation begins with you. And it all starts at OLC Innovate. Please be there. Nashville, April 2018.

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To ensure learning remains at the forefront while we witness the confluence of technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge, OLC Innovate aims to provide compelling reasons to attend:


Fantastic Networking

“The networking at OLC Innovate 2017 was fantastic. It was a great opportunity to see the innovative ways that other University’s are tackling the challenges of online education. I am returning to my campus with many excellent ideas on how to personalize the online student experience (both in and out of the classroom) at my University.”
Elizabeth Johnson, Provost, Post University


Recharge Your Batteries

“OLC Innovate really recharged my Instructional Design batteries. To have three days of motivated, engaging, and innovative people has been the highlight of my year. I can’t wait to attend OLC conferences and events in the near future! The conference paid for itself after about 2 hours on the first day!”
Emily Brooks, Instructional Design Consultant, UW Colleges Online – Madison, WI


Now, New, Next

“OLC Innovate was an amazing opportunity to connect with peers in the field, learn about new initiatives and technologies, and deepen my understanding and appreciation for what’s now, new, and next.”
Lindsay Armstrong Vance, Interim Director, Instructional Design and Learning Support, UCLA Extension


New Ideas and Insights

“The OLC Innovate Conference was one of the best conferences I’ve attended. The sessions and workshops all provided me with new ideas and insights for improving or incorporating innovation into the programs we’re developing under our TAACCCT grant. Everything was great, from the speakers to the venue and even the food and entertainment. Very enjoyable, I can’t wait to attend again.”
Emma Baumann, MnAMP Grant Project Associate, South Central College


Immediately Applicable

“I highly recommend this conference for anyone in the online learning field regardless of institution size. I am from an institution of less than 1500 students and was able to gain insight, ideas, and knowledge of applicable programming I can immediately start planning for my institution upon return.”
Ellen Bloomfield, Ed.D., Director of Instructional Technology, Midway University


Explore, Share, Discover

“An exciting and engaging opportunity to explore, share, and discover!”
Armeda Reitzel, Department Chair and Professor, Humboldt State University


Richness of Program Offerings

“This conference was a truly wonderful experience. The richness of the program offerings and the Community College Summit provided so many new ideas to take back to my students and institution for implementation now and into the future.”
Laurie Tenzer, Adjunct Faculty, St. Petersburg College

OLC and MERLOT invite you to submit for Innovate 2018: Education Reimagined

OLC and MERLOT invite you to submit for presentation at our OLC Innovate 2018 conference.  Topics may include: Teaching and Learning Innovation; Leadership and Change Management; the Education-Workforce Continuum; Processes, Problems, and Practices; Effective Tools, Toys and Technologies or Research Highlights and Innovations.

We seek proposals for interactive sessions for workshops, emerging ideas sessions, education sessions, conversations (not presentations), career forums, Solution Design Summit entries, and hands-on innovation lab demonstrations that engage and inform participants.

Proposed sessions will be targeted to administrators, design thinkers, faculty, instructional support, students, training professionals, technologists, researchers and others.

Presenters and facilitators from the following areas are encouraged to submit proposals:

• Higher Education • K-12 Faculty • Researchers • Graduate scholars • Educational technology leaders • Instructional designers • Instructional technologists • Faculty • Instructor

OLC Innovate 2018 Call For Presentations is now closed. Submission deadline was November 1, 2017, 11:59pm ET. 

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