OLC Collaborate Online Education Conference

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Join us October 10, 2019

OLC Collaborate - South Carolina
Hosted by Anderson University

OLC is heading to South Carolina to meet with online learning professionals, educators, and administrators to address the opportunities and challenges we all face regarding digital accessibility and 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.

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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 September 10 (up to 1 month out): Refund of payment minus the $50 cancellation fee(s). Cancellation between September 11 and October 2: 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 October 2, 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. 

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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.

Breakout Topics:
  • Breakout A – Developing Digital Learning Strategies
  • Breakout B – Practical Applications
  • Breakout C – Collaborative Strategies
Dr. Ben Deaton

Strategies for Creating a Culture of Innovation

Dr. Ben Deaton

VP of Technology, Online Learning, and Innovation
Anderson University

Preparing a university’s teaching and learning culture requires strategic planning, organizational restructuring, and collaborative approaches. Adapting and transforming a university’s teaching and learning culture requires vision, strategic planning, organizational restructuring, and collaborative approaches. This session will share how Anderson University developed a culture to serve as driver for supporting and sustaining innovation across the institution. We will highlight the initiatives, units, and professional learning opportunities that have been central to Anderson’s story and its success, which have led to it being recognized as one of the most innovative universities in its region.

Breakout Topics:
  • Breakout A – Open Educational Resources
  • Breakout B – Makerspaces and Innovation Hubs
  • Breakout C – Strategic Faculty Development
Dr. Jonathan Lashley

Embracing the ‘Elasticity’ of Faculty Learning

Dr. Jonathan Lashley

Associate Chief Academic Officer
Idaho State Board of Education

Faculty are key change agents in shifting an institution’s culture around teaching and learning. Engaged faculty reclaim pedagogy through open educational resources (OER), personalize instruction with active learning practices, foster innovation in collaboration with others, and more. When faculty development balances clear goals, support, resources, and assessment with empathy, we learn to serve the modern student well by celebrating the potential of our educators.

Breakout Topics:
  • Breakout A – External Partnerships
  • Breakout B – 60 Year Curriculum
  • Breakout C – Institutional Strategies for Continuous Learning

Unpacking the 60 Year Curriculum: Continuous Learning’s Do’s and Dont’s

Dr. Sherri Restauri

Director, Coastal Office of Online Learning
Coastal Carolina University

The modern learner is no longer the traditional, residential student. In fact, demographics and other research suggest that will continue to be the norm. On-demand, stackable credentials, and student services are needed to meet those experiences. This shift includes involving employers and other external partners, developing a curriculum that spans the learner’s lifetime, and thinking about the institution’s sustainability as demand and demographics change.

Jennifer Mathes

Josh Herron

Vision 2029 Panel

Dr. Jennifer Mathes, Panel Moderator

Interim Chief Executive Officer
Online Learning Consortium


Dr. Josh Herron

Anderson University

Dr. Ben Deaton

Anderson University

Dr. Jonathan Lashley

Idaho State Board of Education

Dr. Sherri Restauri

Coastal Carolina University

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 – South Carolina 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 Jennifer Mathes 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 2025?

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2025?

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2025?

Event Schedule

7:30am - 8:15am Registration and Check-in G. Ross Anderson Student Center Lobby
7:30am - 8:15am Breakfast Lobby
8:15am - 8:30am Welcome and Opening Remarks
- OLC & Anderson University
Student Center Theater
8:30am - 9:15am General Session 1 - Digital Strategy & Innovation Student Center Theater
9:30am - 10:15am Breakout Sessions 1
Conference Rooms A, B, C
10:30am - 11:15am General Session 2 - Faculty Development & Learning Design Student Center Theater
11:30am - 12:15pm Breakout Sessions 2
Conference Rooms A, B, C
12:15pm - 1:00pm Lunch and Networking Dining Commons
1:00pm - 1:45pm General Session 3 - Continuous Learning Student Center Theater
2:00pm - 2:45pm Breakout Sessions 3
Conference Rooms A, B, C
3:00pm - 3:30pm OLC COLLABORATE PANEL: Vision 2029
Student Center Theater
3:30pm - 3:45pm Program Wrap Up
- OLC & Anderson University
Student Center Theater

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 in the G. Ross Anderson Student Center at Anderson University, 316 Boulevard, Anderson, SC and are in Eastern Time (ET).


Joining us for OLC Collaborate? Come directly to the G. Ross Anderson Student Center at Anderson University, 316 Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621.

316 Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621

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.