OLC Collaborate Online Education Conference

University of Hawai'i Maui College logo with academic partner

Join us September 19-20, 2019

OLC Collaborate - Maui
Creating Sustainable eLearning Communities
Hosted by University of Hawai'i Maui College

OLC is heading to Kahului, Maui, HI to meet with online learning professionals, educators, and administrators to address the opportunities and challenges we all face regarding 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 peers during group discussions on top-of-mind challenges that may impact the future of online, blended, and digital learning – and your career.

Informed by indigenous knowledge, values and connections, learn about perspectives of Native Hawaiian educators in the 21st century using technology, social networks, and experiential learning to address pressing challenges in higher education. 

OLC Collaborate Conference Maui Hawaii


Member Pricing
Our one and a half day event is only $325* for academic registrants who are OLC members.  The rate for corporate registrants who are OLC members is $795.  Membership discount code must be applied upon registration. The registration fee includes the Thursday experiential event and luau**, continental breakfast, snack breaks, and lunch on Friday.  

*A $75 fee will be charged for all cancelled registrations. Refund requests must be made in writing to Online Learning Consortium. Cancellation by August 19 (up to 1 month out): Refund of payment minus the $75 cancellation fee(s). Cancellation between August 20 and September 10: 50% refund will be issued less a $75 administrative/cancellation fee for registrations. There will be no refunds within 1 week of event date (cancellations must be received by September 11, 2019). 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.

**OLC is subsidizing a portion of the Thursday events in order to keep registration costs as low as possible. 

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 $400*. The rate for corporate registrants who are not OLC members is $995.  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.

Thursday Event


Thursday Welcome, Blessing, and Introduction to the History and Culture of Hawaii

Join us for a 15 minute welcome and blessing, followed by an immersive audio and visual experience in the new sphere at the Maui Ocean Center introducing the history and culture of Hawaiʻi. The sphere presentation for September will be Humpback Whale. Luau to follow. 

Friday Events


Miki Tomita

Featured Presentation:
Purpose-Driven, Place-Based Active Learning – Indigenizing Innovation in Education

Dr. Miki Tomita

CEO & Founder, Education Incubator,
Co-Founder, XLR8YOUTH

Lele ka ‘iwa, malie kai ko’o
When the ‘iwa flies, the rough sea will be calm

What might this ʻōlelo noʻeau (wise and poetical teaching) offer us as a way of viewing our learners and doers? At Education Incubator, we believe that our learners can see beyond the conditions in front of us; they can pull new islands of sustainability and peace from the sea of unrest we have created in our world. If we allow education to be the space to take on the challenges immediately threatening our communities, and allow our learners to collaboratively create innovative solutions that defy our imagination, we may just find our calm seas.

What does it take to support these new networks of learners and innovation, across landscapes some of us have only heard of? What does it take to dream impossible dreams? The work of social innovation and entrepreneurship is leading the charge towards converting our teaching time into changing-the-world-time. But working in the innovation and entrepreneurship sectors also requires us to question the privilege of capital and capitalism, and what counts as knowledge and knowing in this changing world. It requires us to dive deeply into what drives us, what our purpose is, and what our intentions are for the work we do with others.

In Hawaiʻi, as in many communities around the world, we are turning the page from a generation of economics driven by tourism and commoditization of culture and place, working towards a redefinition and revitalization of culture and economy that is grounded in the innovation, wisdom, and strengths of Hawaiʻi and her communities. By grounding innovation and entrepreneurship in values such as aloha and mālama honua, we can achieve transformation and abundance for our communities.

Break-out groups will focus on exploring the challenges and opportunities in connecting universities and their communities, and how networks can be developed, implemented and managed to create sustainable digital communities.

Breakout Topics:
  • Breakout A – Culturally Responsive Education in the Digital Age
  • Breakout B – Equity and Advocacy for Diverse Student Populations
  • Breakout C – Connective Technologies for Bridging Communities of Practice
Angela Gunder

From Islands to Archipelagos: The Power of Virtual Networks in Establishing Communities of Culture and Practice

Angela Gunder

Director of Instructional Design and Curriculum Development
The University of Arizona

The future of education depends on the strength and depth of the networks that educators, institutions and communities sustain as we collectively adapt to rapid change. In Hawaiʻi, the preservation and resurgence of culture-based education serves as a broader model for not only indigenous-serving and island universities to build effective online networks, but all institutions seeking to address issues of equity and intercultural competence in education. While the practice of creating and supporting robust and diverse networks is critical to the efficacy of our work, educators and practitioners consistently cite the marked struggle to break down silos and build meaningful cross-institutional collaborations in support of student success.

In this talk, the presenter will share collaborative methodologies informed by culture and technology tools, particularly those dedicated to collectively building and strengthening indigenous serving education systems. She will highlight thriving communities that exist to promote paradigm shifts in our isolating and exclusionary practices within higher education. Participants will leave with a call to action to consider the ways in which they might create “archipelagos” in their work, linking communities together like island chains in the vast ocean of education.

Break-out groups will engage in discussions on effective methods to support student success informed by perspectives of multicultural education, the needs of non-traditional learners and accessibility.

Breakout Topics:
  • Breakout A- Shifting the Paradigm: Pedagogical Strategies for Creating Engaged Online Learning Communities
  • Breakout B – Current Challenges/Solutions when Creating Engaged Online Learning Communities
  • Breakout C – Anticipating the Multiple Possible Futures of Online Learning Communities
Derek Snyder

Supporting Student Success by Creating Engaged Online Learning Communities

Derek Snyder

Assistant Professor, English Department
University of Hawai’i Maui College

A high functioning distance education course relies on a paradigm-shift in pedagogy that focuses on a relationship-driven model to encourage student participation, create communities of practice, and support equity through effective support and building connections with students, including non-traditional and under-represented students. The presenter will share strategies to support student success in distance classrooms from an island university perspective.

Break-out groups will explore generational and multicultural perspectives on gaming including students, game designers and educators.

Breakout Topics:
  • Breakout A – Representation in Gaming
  • Breakout B – Gamifying your curriculum/work
  • Breakout C – You’re going to build a game. What is it?
Ryan Straight

The Games Peoples Play

Dr. Ryan Straight

Assistant Professor of Educational Technology
University of Arizona

Rapidly emerging technologies and cultural shifts pose ongoing challenges for higher education. The current and future generations of students learning in the digital age are immersed in online gaming. The presenter will explore opportunities for higher ed to adapt to the interests and experiences of its students through integrating concepts related to online gaming, creativity and design through the lens of multicultural education and indigenous perspectives.

How are indigenous and multicultural identities represented in video games? How can games be used to engage underrepresented groups and support deep learning in higher education? In this talk, Dr. Straight explores phenomena like gamification, game-based learning, and best practices for including these incredibly powerful but often mis- or under-utilized instructional strategies in supporting multicultural perspectives in education. He suggests ways in which, through these lenses, video games can create better understanding, engage underrepresented groups, and support more authentic learning experiences.

Jennifer Mathes

Deanna Kamakeeaina Reece

Vision 2029 Panel

Dr. Jennifer Mathes

Interim Chief Executive Officer
Online Learning Consortium


Deanna Kamakeʻeʻāina Reece

University of Hawaii Maui College

Miki Tomita

Education Incubator, XLR8YOUTH

Angela Gunder

The University of Arizona

Derek Snyder

University of Hawaii Maui College

Ryan Straight

University of Arizona

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 – Maui 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 OLC, 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.


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 2029?

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2029?

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2029?

Event Schedule

4:30pm Bus pickups begin Maui Beach and Maui Coast Hotels
5:00pm - 6:30pm Thursday Welcome, Blessing, and Introduction to the History and Culture of Hawaii Maui Ocean Center
6:30pm - 8:00pm Luau Maui Ocean Center
7:30am - 8:15am Registration and Check-in, Breakfast Lobby of 'Ike Le'a Science Building
8:15am - 8:30am Welcome and Opening Remarks
- OLC & University of Hawai'i Maui College
‘Ike Le’a Science Building Auditorium, Room 144
8:30am - 9:15am Featured Presentation - Entrepreneurial Innovation in Education ‘Ike Le’a Science Building Auditorium, Room 144
9:30am - 10:15am General Session 2 - Virtual Networks ‘Ike Le’a Science Building Auditorium, Room 144
10:30am - 11:15am Breakout Sessions 2 Ka Lama Building, Rooms 107, 108 and 109
11:30am - 12:15pm General Session 3 - Student Success ‘Ike Le’a Science Building Auditorium, Room 144
12:15pm - 1:00pm Lunch and Networking Paʻina Cafeteria
1:00pm - 1:45pm Breakout Sessions 3 Ka Lama Building, Rooms 107, 108 and 109
2:00pm - 2:45pm General Session 4 - Student Engagement ‘Ike Le’a Science Building Auditorium, Room 144
3:00pm - 3:45pm Breakout Sessions 4 Ka Lama Building, Rooms 107, 108 and 109
4:00pm - 4:30pm OLC COLLABORATE PANEL: Vision 2029 ‘Ike Le’a Science Building Auditorium, Room 144
4:30pm - 4:45pm Program Wrap Up
- OLC & University of Hawai'i Maui College
‘Ike Le’a Science Building Auditorium, Room 144

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). 

General sessions will take place in the ‘Ike Le’a Science Building and breakout sessions will take place in the Ka Lama Building, both at the University of Hawai’i Maui College, Kahului, HI 96732.


Joining us for OLC Collaborate? Come directly to the ‘Ike Le’a Science Building at the University of Hawai’i Maui College, 310 W. Ka’ahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI.

University of Hawai’i Maui College, 310 W. Ka’ahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI 96732

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.