Education Reimagined
A Joint Conference Presented by OLC and MERLOT

Moving Mountains in Digital, Blended, and Online Learning

Education innovation. It’s how we, as a community, continue to thrive in this rapidly changing learning environment. It’s how we respond to, revolve around, and guide student success and satisfaction. Whether embracing emerging tech, incorporating intelligent learning management systems, or designing blended classrooms, now more than ever it is imperative that academic leaders, faculty, and administrators alike come together to ensure that our pedagogies are progressive, organic and continually break new ground.

Advancing education innovation requires continuous visionary leadership from all disciplines. And that’s why we’re inviting you to join us in Colorado in April 2019. Together we will challenge our teaching and learning paradigms, reimagine the learning experience, and ideate on how disruptions in education today will shape the innovative classroom of tomorrow.

At OLC Innovate, we will conduct a series of engaging hands-on sessions aimed at fostering organic interactions and collaborative cross-disciplinary problem solving. Together we will build new foundations for stronger, better higher education environments. And because innovation scales best when ideas are shared, our work sessions will explore digital technologies and adapted teaching behaviors aimed at informing policy, inspiring leadership, and evolving practice at all levels impacting institutions, universities and colleges.

Advancing education innovation begins with you. Join us in Denver, April 2-5, 2019, and help us shape the future of online and digital learning.

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To ensure learning remains at the forefront while we witness the confluence of technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge, OLC Innovate aims to provide compelling reasons to attend:


Fantastic Networking

“It’s one of the best networking opportunities in a reasonably-sized conference.”
Angela Velez-Solic, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation, Rush University

“OLC Innovate provides the chance to network with educators who are not afraid to try out new ways to improve higher ed for students and who are generous with their ideas.”
Tracey Osborne, AVP of Academic Resources, Southern NH University


Recharge Your Batteries

“OLC Innovate really recharged my Instructional Design batteries. To have three days of motivated, engaging, and innovative people has been the highlight of my year. I can’t wait to attend OLC conferences and events in the near future! The conference paid for itself after about 2 hours on the first day!”
Emily Brooks, Instructional Design Consultant, UW Colleges Online – Madison, WI


Now, New, Next

“OLC Innovate was an amazing opportunity to connect with peers in the field, learn about new initiatives and technologies, and deepen my understanding and appreciation for what’s now, new, and next.”
Lindsay Armstrong Vance, Interim Director, Instructional Design and Learning Support, UCLA Extension


New Ideas and Insights

“The OLC Innovate Conference was one of the best conferences I’ve attended. The sessions and workshops all provided me with new ideas and insights for improving or incorporating innovation into the programs we’re developing under our TAACCCT grant. Everything was great, from the speakers to the venue and even the food and entertainment. Very enjoyable, I can’t wait to attend again.”
Emma Baumann, MnAMP Grant Project Associate, South Central College


Community Engagement

“I definitely would recommend this conference to colleagues because they will get a sense that they are not alone in their fields, they will meet people who can share strategies and resources to help solve the daunting problems we are facing in online learning.”
Leah Wendt, Digital Learning Coordinator, South Central Kentucky Community and Technical College


Immediately Applicable

“I highly recommend this conference for anyone in the online learning field regardless of institution size. I am from an institution of less than 1500 students and was able to gain insight, ideas, and knowledge of applicable programming I can immediately start planning for my institution upon return.”
Ellen Bloomfield, Ed.D., Director of Instructional Technology, Midway University


Explore, Share, Discover

“An exciting and engaging opportunity to explore, share, and discover!”
Armeda Reitzel, Department Chair and Professor, Humboldt State University


Richness of Program Offerings

“This conference was a truly wonderful experience. The richness of the program offerings and the Community College Summit provided so many new ideas to take back to my students and institution for implementation now and into the future.”
Laurie Tenzer, Adjunct Faculty, St. Petersburg College


OLC and MERLOT thank you for your submission to for Innovate 2019: Education Reimagined

OLC and MERLOT thank you for your submission for presentation at our OLC Innovate 2019 conference.  Topics for 2019 include: Effective Tools, Toys and Technologies; Experiential and Life-Long Learning; Leadership and Advocacy; Open Learning; 
Problems, Processes, and Practices; Research: Designs, Methods, and Findings; and Teaching and Learning Practice.

We seek proposals for interactive sessions for workshops, emerging ideas sessions, education sessions, conversations (not presentations), career forums, and hands-on innovation studio demonstrations that engage and inform participants.

Proposed sessions will be targeted to administrators, design thinkers, faculty, instructional support, students, training professionals, technologists, researchers and others.

Presenters and facilitators from the following areas are encouraged to submit proposals:

• Higher Education • K-12 Faculty • Researchers • Graduate scholars • Educational technology leaders • Instructional designers • Instructional technologists • Faculty • Instructor

OLC Innovate 2019 Call For Presentations is Now Closed. Thank you for your submission. 

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Here Are A Few Photos From Our Past Conferences

IN18  Campfire Stories Sing-along

OLC Innovate 2018 hallway banner

OLC Innovate 2018 lunch

OLC Innovate 2018 attendees

OLC Innovate Emerging Ideas Session

OLC Innovate 2018 Clark and Keegan Innovation Lab