The Online Learning Consortium and MERLOT thank you for your submission. 

For OLC Innovate 2019: Education Reimagined, to be held April 3-5, 2019 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. This year’s theme is “Moving Mountains in Digital, Blended, and Online Learning.”

The OLC/MERLOT Program Committee seeks proposals that reflect and showcase our vibrant community of practice — promoting theory, research, methodology and/or applied effective practices in online, blended, and web-enhanced teaching and learning. Both research and evidence-based proposals are encouraged for submission.  Please align your submission to your selected session type as shown on the session types and details page.

Note that each individual is limited to no more than three (3) submissions, including the roles of presenter, co-presenter, panelist, or workshop facilitator.  

The session type descriptions will be helpful to you as you shape your submission. Some session types have specific requirements to be met in the abstracts. Please review the details on these CFP pages before submitting your presentation proposal and align your proposal both with your selected track and with your selected session type. 

Be sure to read through all of the information in this section of our website to ensure you understand what needs to be done and when, including our submission checklist, conference tracks, session types and more!  

Notifications are sent to all presenters listed on each submission. All submissions are sent notification emails, regardless of acceptance status. Please be sure to “whitelist” emails from the domain. If you do not receive a notification email by December 1, please contact us at

Step 1. Login or Create an OLC user account.

When registering or logging in, please review and complete your OLC user profile. Be sure to include your name, title, affiliation, biography, a profile picture, and most current contact information. All additional co-presenters also need to have OLC user accounts. Please keep in mind that once you have registered or submitted a paper, all conference-related information can be found here at the OLC Innovate 2019 website.

After you login and proceed to the conference management system, you will be able to submit a proposal by clicking on “OLC Innovate 2019” in the top menu navigation within the CMS. 

Step 2. Review the Session Types and Details.

Be sure to align your abstract with any special requirements outlined in the session type requirements. 

Note: Presenters should include active engagement methodology during presentations to encourage audience/participants to ask questions. The CFP ratings are based on the following major categories:

Note: Submissions undergo a three-stage review process: 1) peer review (double-blind); 2) track chair review; 3) program committee review. 

Step 3. Review the Track Descriptions.

Step 4. Review the Submission Checklist.

Step 5. Review the Presenter FAQs.

Step 6. When you are ready to submit, login, from any of the CFP pages, select the orange “Submit Now” button, which will direct you to the conference management system. Once you are in the CMS, select “OLC Innovate 2019 > Submit Session” to begin.


We thank you for your submission. Submissions are now closed. Notifications will be emailed on November 28. 



Timeline of Important Dates: 

  • Proposals due by 11:59pm ET September 26, 2018 (extended from September 12)
  • Notification of acceptance by November 28, 2018
  • Deadline for presenters to accept is December 12, 2018
  • Deadline for presenters to register is February 6, 2019
  • Final date for presenters to edit abstracts is February 6, 2019
  • Final presentation upload date is March 20, 2019