The fourth annual OLC Innovate conference, held April 2-5, 2019 in Denver, Colorado, generated a great deal of energy, enthusiasm, and new connections. More than 1,200 onsite and approximately 1,000 virtual attendees participated, representing all 50 states and 13 countries.
This year’s program included a diverse group of more than 626 presenters and contributors. Attendees chose from a myriad of learning opportunities, featuring 140 Emerging Ideas sessions, and a multitude of Educate & Reflect Sessions, Workshops, Conversations—Not Presentations, Featured Sessions, Career Forum Roundtables, and more! Attendees engaged in various collaborative experiences, included the Innovation Studio, Speed Networking Lounge, OLC Ranger Program, and Evening Campfire Gatherings.
Watch OLC Live! interviews captured onsite.
We hope you will join us at next year’s OLC Innovate 2020, taking place March 31 – April 3 in Chicago, IL, and at OLC Accelerate, taking place November 19-22, 2019 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Sign up for email updates about these events.
Access Recorded Sessions
The 80+ recordings are always free for registered attendees. If you were a registered attendee of the conference, the instructions and the activation link were emailed to you prior to the conference, and in the post-conference survey email. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The designated Group Manager must purchase this package first. Upon completion of this package registration, the Group Manager will receive the allotted number of package participant coupon codes to assign and distribute to each participant in their group. Each participant will then register themselves as an “Individual” Virtual Attendee and enter their unique package participant coupon code.
A Message from the Conference Co-Chairs
Wowee zowee! As we settle back into our work at our home institutions, we are compelled to reflect on all the community, learning, sharing and growth we experienced at OLC Innovate 2019. Connections were forged, relationships deepened, and gazillions of neurons were plasticized! Here are some of our favorite moments and occurrences:
- Delving deep into learning experiences and networking in Pre-Conference workshops and the Leadership Network
- Rick Franklin playing live blues to accompany the awards ceremony
- Loads of fun and music in the evening gatherings, from Game Night to IDEA Night, to going out on the town
- Community College and HBCU Summits
- Ranger Program family-style lunch, Talk-abouts tours, and Slack connections
- Thought-provoking keynotes from Tressie McMillan-Cottom and Manoush Zomorodi
- Campfire stories from the community, Angela Gibson, Michael Caulfield, Joshua Steele, Brian Kane and Ben Scragg
- The Innovation Studio, Designers in Residence, and reflection station
- A challenging digital learning-based Escape Room from which only a few teams escaped!
- OLC Live, broadcasting extra interviews behind the scenes, including keynote Manoush Zomorodi, virtual attendees, OLC Board members and many more (See 2019 Playlist!)
- Gorgeous views of the mountains – especially from the outdoor steamy infinity pool!
- Fire pits galore!
- Sooo many amazing and interesting sessions
- Speed Networking Lounge!
- Wellness and self-care oriented space and activities with morning yoga and meditation in the Serenity Lodge
While a conference is a finite event with respect to its planning and programming, we have found that the community around OLC Innovate stays engaged and committed to building relationships with one another – especially once the conference ends. So we encourage you to stay committed to the community. Revisit the #OLCInnovate hashtag on Twitter, pour back through the Slack channel, and dig through that stack of business cards you’ve already stuffed in that second-from-the-bottom office drawer! The work of education is challenging, slow, and often difficult, but we are in this together, so help make this conference live on through the relationships you forged while there.
We are grateful for your time and energy in Denver (and virtually), and we are committed to the idea that we can move mountains in education together! If you need any relational connecting, support, or just want to talk with a friend, reach out to us (Clark and Ben). And we’ll look forward to seeing you in Chicago next spring for Innovate 2020!
- Awards Ceremony
- Exhibit Hall #1
- Exhibit Hall #2
- General Conference
- Sessions & Workshops
- Wednesday Reception
- HBCU Summit
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Thank you to our generous sponsors for the prizes below!
Booth Raffle Winners:
|Sponsor Company||Booth Drawing/Raffle Prize||Winner|
|Blindside Networks||Apple AirPods||Renee Ford, Penn State University|
|Carolina Distance Learning||$100.00 Amazon gift card||
Vanessa Birney, Eastern Gateway Community
|Docsoft Inc||New version of Kindle||
Aimee Greene, University of Louisville
Erin Warham, Concordia University of Texas
|Packback||A pair of AirPods, a Packback t-shirt, and a Packback note||
Sara Williamson, University of Tennessee – Knoxville
|Techsmith||A free copy of Camtasia||
Nancy Rubin, Northwestern Health Science
|Yellowdig||Yellowdig starter license for 500 users||
William Schulz, Walden University
OLC Stamp Card Contest iPad Winner:
- Angela Meek, LCSC
Stamp Card Contest Gift Card Winners:
- Traci Rushing, SAU Tech
- Sarah Chambers, Castelton University
- Sean Nufer, TCS Education System
- Kristen Hartman-Fowler, D’Youville College
Session Evaluation Gift Card Winners:
- Nicole Drumhiller
- Crissy Dodson
- Joy Adams
- Monnica Gavin
- Tracy Schaelen
- Laurie Berry
- Kristin Kowal
Complimentary Conference Registration Winners:
|Jennifer Obando||Stevens Institute of Technology||ProctorU|
|Michael Amick||Pima Community College||PSI|
|Larry Gonzalez||Houston Community College||Proctorio|
|Rachel Sale||Lincoln University||D2L|
|Debra Throgmorton||Front Range Community College||Examity|
|Sky King||FIU Online||Soomo Learning|
|Ruby Choudhury||University of Tennessee at Chattanooga||TechSmith|
|Sonia Cooper||Dillard University||Tuesday Reception|
|Justin Lee||Capella University||Wednesday Reception|
Social Media Contest Winners:
|Bibliotech||$75 Amazon gift card||Tonya Hartman||https://twitter.com/TonyaHartman17/status/1114230399541051392|
|Canvas||Bluetooth headphones||Dorothy Loftin||https://twitter.com/rolypepe/status/1113312068818468864|
|Innovative Educators||Webinar certificate ($425 value)||Erin Milanese||https://twitter.com/ErinMilMil/status/1113525143119077376|
|Innovative Educators||Webinar certificate ($425 value)||Maria H. Andersen||https://twitter.com/busynessgirl/status/1113564885231620096|
|OLC||$25 OLC gift card||Rolando Mendez||https://twitter.com/rolypepe/status/1113312068818468864|
|TechSmith||Free copy of Snagit screen capture software for PC or Mac||Kaitlin Kozlowski||https://twitter.com/KaitKoz/status/1113594848362225665|
|Verbit||Wireless Bluetooth speaker and smartphone charging device||Jessica Rogers||https://twitter.com/DrJRogers/status/1113873402727677953|
|VitalSource||$100 Visa gift card||Leeann Waddington||https://twitter.com/LeeannW73/status/1113926019738529792|
|Respondus||$50 Amazon gift card||A. Michael Berman||https://twitter.com/amichaelberman/status/1113931970273144832|
Take a look at photos, videos, inspiring quotes, and more that were shared before, during, and after the conference by following the #OLCInnovate hashtag!
Mediasite Captures the Dynamic Energy of OLC Innovate 2019 with Live-Streamed Video & Recordings
OLC Innovate 2019 is over, but many conversations onsite and virtually centered around the especially dynamic energy and enthusiasm of this event, which was captured for our continued enjoyment thanks to the power of video. OLC selected Sonic Foundry to be the national webcasting partner for the event in Denver, CO in early April.
Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite Events team streamed OLC Innovate 2019 to the online audience. In the OLC Live! Virtual Hub online attendees could converse with presenters and their peers and watch sessions in real-time.
Through the live webcasts of more than 80 conference sessions, OLC engaged more than 1,000 online attendees who were unable to make it to Denver, but still chose to participate – virtually! They posed questions to presenters and, along with the 1,250 people who attended the conference on-site, can now watch these sessions on-demand on any device for one full year.
OLC Innovate is a joint, annual conference presented by OLC and MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching), a program of the California State University System that provides free and open online teaching, learning and faculty development services. Academic leaders, faculty and administrators came together to discuss education innovation, including emerging technologies, how to incorporate intelligent learning management systems and designing blended classrooms.
Mediasite Events helps the world’s top companies harness the power of video to stream their events globally and engage attendees wherever they are. With the most experienced project managers and the most rock-solid technology in the industry, Mediasite Events is the go-to solution for the world’s largest companies and continuing educational conferences.
Mediasite Events is powered by the award-winning Mediasite Video Platform, trusted by more than 4,900 educational institutions, corporations, health organizations and government entities in 65 countries. Learn more at www.mediasite.com/events and @mediasite.
"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 (OLC Innovate 2018)