Keynote and Featured Speakers

Flower Darby celebrates and promotes effective teaching in all class formats to include, welcome, and support all students as they learn and succeed.

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Exposition Foundry

An informal collaborative space that brings our community together to design and implement change work around online, blended and digital learning.

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Pre-conference Workshops

Hands-on instruction around A/R and V/R in education, humanizing online learning, learning engineering in academic and workplace settings to extend data enable decision-making, UDL and best practices in online pedagogy, and our IELOL Master Class.

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Lightning Talks

Lightning talks, informal networking, and sessions on topics such as competency-based education, instructional design, servant leadership and crisis management, temperament-inclusive pedagogy, and quality assessment.

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Immersive day-long convenings featuring critical topics and provocations from thought leaders in our field: Instructional Design, Research and Leadership.

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On-demand access of all recorded sessions is provided for one (1) year post-conference.

Discounts are available for OLC members and for groups of three or more. Considering registration for all sessions is about the cost of one typical workshop outside of the conference; it’s an incredible value.

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Does your institution already have an unlimited pass? Contact to find out. Campuswide passes are available, providing unlimited access to virtual sessions and recordings.

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ATTEND: Choose from hundreds of sessions spanning a wide breadth of topics and special interest areas including edtech, proctoring, accessibility, gamification, K-12, open educational resources, and much more.


LEARN: Enroll in pre-conference workshops for your continued professional development. Topics this year will likely include AR/VR, Humanizing Online Learning, Learning Engineering, and Basic Fundamentals of Online Learning.


DISCOVER: You’ll want to make time to explore new and exciting education solutions through our virtual exhibit hall.


TEST: The Technology Test Kitchen returns in an asynchronous format. Gt ready to learn, explore, and share within a fun online lab environment. Our tech chefs will help you discover new tools, tips, and tricks that you can incorporate into your own course designs.


CONNECT: OLC Accelerate has proven to be a once-a-year opportunity to network virtually with online learning peers and leaders. This conference has a heavy emphasis on community-building through our collaborative sessions as well as our networking and social events. This year’s conference will feature unique collaborative opportunities.


HAVE FUN: It’s not all business. Make time to join us for social events and networking coffee breaks virtually.


OLC Invited Proposals for Accelerate 2020, Accelerating Online Learning Worldwide

We are interested in proposals for interactive sessions for Gamified Sessions, Discovery Sessions, Graduate Student Discovery Sessions, Workshops, Express Workshops, Lightning Talks, and Education Sessions that engage and inform participants.

Proposed sessions will be targeted to all attendees or novice, intermediate, or expert levels of proficiency.

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

Higher Education • K-12 Faculty • Researchers • Graduate Scholars • Educational Technology Leaders • Instructional designers • Instructional Technologists • Faculty • Instructors

OLC Accelerate 2020 Call For Presentations is Now Closed. Thank you for your submission.

Submission deadline has was 11:59pm ET, June 1, 2020. 
Notifications are scheduled to be emailed on July 27, 2020.


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The OLC Accelerate conference is THE higher ed online learning conference to attend. Great sessions, speakers, and innovations. It is good for IDs, faculty, and administrative leaders.

Taylor Kendrick
Instructional Designer
Samford University

As a newcomer to the field of online learning, I can’t imagine a better way to get my feet wet. After OLC Accelerate, I have a new vocabulary and toolkit to share with my home institution.

Amanda Watson
Simon Fraser University

I have been teaching in higher education for more than 10 years. I have attended many conferences and this one ranks as one of the best. I left with so many takeaways to use at my college. I can’t wait to share with colleagues./p>

Sarah Prezioso
Program Director, Early Childhood Education
Nash Community College

The impact of technology and data in online learning has increased vastly, and OLC provides the best opportunity to connect all branches of learners, vendors, practitioners and others a forum to share ideas.

Rayshad Ali
Institutional Research Officer
Hillsborough Community College

Being new to the Instructional Design field, my experience at OLC Accelerate was an excellent opportunity to network and develop new relationships. I left the conference feeling inspired to lead my own session at an OLC Conference one day!

Melissa Sittler
Sr. Academic Advisor – Aspiring ID
University of Arizona

I consider OLC the premier national conference for online learning. After attending each year, I return to work with the enthusiasm to implement what I’ve learned at the conference such as Micro-learning, creating a podcast, and using more inclusive language in my online courses.

Susan Darlington
Director of Online Learning
Gwynedd Mercy University