The Online Learning Journal (OLJ) in partnership with the Online Learning Consortium invites submissions for the graduate student sessions at OLC Innovate 2018. The conference will convene April 18-20, 2018 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN. We will be selecting proposals for emerging ideas session presentations, or electronic poster sessions. 

We seek proposals that reflect and showcase our vibrant community of practice — promoting theory, research and methodology in online, blended, and web-enhanced teaching and learning. Note that each individual is limited to no more than one proposal submission.

Benefits of Attendance and Presentation at OLC

  • Share research ideas/results
  • Network with OLC experts & attendees
  • Sharpen Communication Skills
  • Receive Detailed Feedback from Experts in the Field

More about the Graduate Student Emerging Ideas Presentation Format
Proposals can include works in progress, research ideas, collaboration opportunities, or pilot projects. Emerging Ideas Sessions provide an excellent opportunity to present your ideas to your peers in a community forum.

Those presenting as a graduate student through this CFP process will receive a discounted registration rate of $195, as well as a ticket to the awards luncheon.

Please note that each presenter must bring his/her own laptop. 

Submission Process
We seek submissions by students currently enrolled in or recently graduated (within one year) from a Graduate (Master or Doctoral) program whose research is relevant to online, blended, and web-enhanced teaching and learning.  To be considered for the review process, students must indicate an academic sponsor from their program (research/thesis advisor preferred), including full contact information for both the student and the sponsor/advisor.  (It is often the case that the student and advisor submit as co-authors.) In addition, the proposal submission must follow the criteria of the OLC Innovate 2018 conference sessions.  Student authors are urged to coordinate with their advisor that the content for the proposal reflects the accuracy of the research study, as well as to ensure the proposal follows the submission guidelines.

Proposal Review Process
The following questions will guide evaluators in the refereed proposal review process.

  • Do the title and abstract clearly describe the presentation?
  • Is the proposed topic timely and/or appropriate?
  • Will this session positively contribute to the conference and to the field?
  • Are you sharing research data or assessment information during the session?


  • 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

For Assistance or Further Information Contact:

Dr. Jill Buban, Sr. Director of Research & Innovation,