The Online Learning Consortium and MERLOT Invite You to Submit

For OLC Innovate 2018: Education Reimagined, to be held April 18-20, 2018 at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center and Resort in Nashville, Tennessee.

The OLC/MERLOT 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 your submission to your selected 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. Some session types have specific requirements to be met in the abstracts. Please review the details on these CFP pages before submitting your presentation proposal and align your proposal both with your selected track and with your selected session type. 

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 are sent to all presenters listed 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 December 21, please contact us at

Step 1. Login or Create an OLC user account.

When registering or logging in, please review and complete your OLC user profile. Be sure to include your name, title, affiliation, biography, a profile picture, and most current contact information. All additional co-presenters also need to have OLC user accounts. Please keep in mind that once you have registered or submitted a paper, all conference-related information can be found here at the OLC Innovate 2018 website.

After you login and proceed to the conference management system, you will be able to submit a proposal by clicking on “OLC Innovate 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, from any of the CFP pages, select the orange “Submit Now” button, which will direct you to the conference management system. Once you are in the CMS, select “OLC Innovate 2018 > Submit Session” to begin.


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


Submissions are now closed. Notifications will be emailed on December 20, 2017. The submission deadline was November 1, 2017 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 November 1, 2017 
  • Notification of acceptance by December 20, 2017
  • Deadline for presenters to accept is January 17, 2018
  • Deadline for presenters to register is February 21, 2018
  • Final date for presenters to edit abstracts is February 21, 2018
  • Final presentation upload date is April 1, 2018