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Join us June 4, 2019

OLC Collaborate - San Diego
Vision 2029: Reimagining the Future of Digital Learning
Hosted by Ashford University

OLC is heading to San Diego 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.

The Online Learning Consortium and partner institution Ashford University invite you to engage in Vision 2029: Re-imagining the Future of Digital Learning. Join us as we explore our shared responsibility as educators to meet our diverse and changing student populations where they are, and to improve student success in online and digital learning. The San Diego Collaborate will host thought leaders who will provoke and inspire participants.

How do we reimagine education through digital learning? Join us for a thoughtful day of discussions with colleagues and experts.


Member Pricing
Our one day event is only $175* for academic registrants who are OLC members.  The rate for corporate registrants who are OLC members is $695.  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 May 7 (up to 1 month out): Refund of payment minus the $50 cancellation fee(s). Cancellation between May 8 and May 27: 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 May 28, 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.

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 $250*. The rate for corporate registrants who are not OLC members is $895.  Lunch is included in registration fee. 

Register Today

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 (Rm 104) – Vision for Next Generation Education Systems
  • Breakout B (Rm 115) – Data Needs and Digital Constraints at Your Institution
  • Breakout C (Rm 116) – Next Generation Data Optimization
Dale Allen

Next Generation By Design Solution Development: Transparent Data That Leads to Student Success

Dr. Dale Allen

President and co-founder
DXtera Institute

The Next Generation By Design (NGBD) Series is a growing international movement of innovators dedicated to deploying the next generation of educational infrastructure to enable student success.

A growing community of higher education institutions is leading the development of solutions that focus on designing and integrating systems that allow information to be shared easily, timely and accurately. This provides improved customization and personalization of the user experience and addresses the fundamental issues of information agency, focusing on issues of privacy, security, and data ownership.

This is an action-oriented session that will involve participants in designing and developing the Next Generation of educational solutions and provide consistent access to educational opportunities across a variety of learning experiences, including digital teaching and learning.

Breakout Topics:
  • Breakout A (Rm 104) – Validation Theory and Student Success
  • Breakout B (Rm 115) – Leveraging Student Strengths to Foster Success
  • Breakout C (Rm 116) – Culturally Relevant Deep Learning Experiences
Laura Rendón

Fostering Student Success: Employing Validation, An Asset-Based Framework and High-Impact Pedagogic Practices

Dr. Laura Rendón

Professor Emerita
University of Texas-San Antonio

This presentation will address themes related to fostering student success especially for low-income, first-generation students. Creating a culture of success requires attention to: 1) the importance of validating students, 2) the need to work with an asset-based framework, and 3) the importance of working with High-Impact Practices, including contemplative, deep learning experiences.

Breakout Topics:
  • Breakout A (Rm 104) – Sharing In: Incorporating OER/OCW Into Classes
  • Breakout B (Rm 115) – Sharing Out: Creating Open Resources
  • Breakout C (Rm 116) – Minding the Gap: Bridges Between Degrees
Clark Shah-Nelson

The Journey of Lifelong Learning: Integrating Non-Traditional Learning Opportunities

Clark Shah-Nelson

Assistant Dean of Instructional Design and Technology
University of Maryland School of Social Work

The proliferation and spread of information via the internet revolutionizes the capability of people with the knowledge, connectivity and equipment to learn about nearly any desired topic. Online social networks and communities enable people to share and spread information and knowledge more quickly than ever before in human history. A by-product of these developments is the growth of non-traditional learning opportunities, communities, micro-credentials, nano-degrees, MOOCs and open educational resources, which foster lifelong learning and can be incorporated into traditional teaching and learning paradigms. How can these developments be cultivated? How can we add value and bridge gaps between already existing degrees, programs and workforce training throughout the lifelong learning journey?

Devon Cancilla

Laura Palmer Noone

Vision 2029 Panel

Dr. Devon Cancilla, Panel Moderator

Chief Knowledge Officer
Online Learning Consortium


Dr. Laura Palmer Noone

Provost / Senior Vice President Academic Affairs / Chief Academic Officer, Ashford University

Amon Horne

DXtera Institute

Dr. Laura Rendon

University of Texas-San Antonio

Clark Shah-Nelson

University of Maryland School of Social Work

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 – San Diego 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 Devon Cancilla from 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

7:30am - 8:15am Registration and Check-in Lobby
7:30am - 8:15am Breakfast Leadership Room
8:15am - 8:30am Welcome and Opening Remarks
- Devon Cancilla, OLC
- Laura Palmer Noone, Provost, Ashford University
Leadership Room
8:30am - 9:15am General Session 1 - Innovating and Activating Leadership Room
9:30am - 10:15am Breakout Sessions 1
Rooms 104, 115, 116
10:30am - 11:15am General Session 2 - Equity and Excellence Leadership Room
11:30am - 12:15pm Breakout Sessions 2
Rooms 104, 115, 116
12:15pm - 1:00pm Lunch and Networking Leadership Room (outdoor seating available on the patio)
1:00pm - 1:45pm General Session 3 - Pathways to Achievement Leadership Room
2:00pm - 2:45pm Breakout Sessions 3
Rooms 104, 115, 116
3:00pm - 3:30pm OLC COLLABORATE PANEL: Vision 2029
Leadership Room
3:30pm - 3:45pm Program Wrap Up
- OLC & Ashford University
Leadership Room

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 8620 Spectrum Center Blvd, San Diego, CA and are in Pacific Time (PT).


Joining us for OLC Collaborate? Come directly to 8620 Spectrum Center Blvd, San Diego, CA 92123.

8620 Spectrum Center Blvd, San Diego, CA 92123

Staying the night or making a weekend of it?

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Make your reservations to stay in nearby hotel, Courtyard San Diego Central.


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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 Director, Sponsorship Sales, Brenda Weiss-Pesta by email, brenda.pesta@onlinelearning-c.org or by phone, 617.716.1417.