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Accelerating Online Learning Worldwide

Accelerating Online Learning Worldwide – 20/20 Vision: Envisioning the Future of Online, Blended and Digital Learning  

New for 2020: OLC is offering our annual fall conference in two modalities. OLC Accelerate will be the all virtual option (virtual presenters to virtual attendees, November 9-18) and OLC Velocity will be the onsite program in Orlando (November 18-20). 

The OLC Accelerate & OLC Velocity conference emphasizes the most innovative and impactful research and effective practices in the field of online, blended, and digital learning. Supporting administrators, designers, and educators alike, this conference offers a comprehensive list of sessions and activities tailored to addressing the challenges and goals of our entire community. Our curation of conference tracks and exhibits promises a cross-section of the prime topics in our field, offering exciting programming formats, myriad formal and informal networking opportunities, and a wealth of resources aligned to supporting quality online, digital and blended learning.

OLC Accelerate (virtual, November 9-18) is devoted to driving quality online learning, advancing best practice guidance and accelerating innovation in learning for academic leaders, educators, administrators, digital learning professionals and organizations around the world. This portion of the conference is presented in an all virtual format. 

OLC Velocity (onsite, November 18-20) brings together individual participants and teams for active learning sessions that move presentational-style knowledge sharing into collaborative change work for immediate application within institutional contexts around the future of online and digital education. 

As always, this international conference promises outstanding keynote speakers, expanded programs, and engaging workshops. Our ever-popular Technology Test Kitchen and Discovery sessions will be presented asynchronously as part of the virtual program and will once again deliver the opportunity to interact with experts in new and emerging online and digital learning technologies and topics, reinforcing why educators worldwide affirm that OLC Accelerate is the premiere conference for online learning professionals.

Avoid the fear of missing out (#FOMO) on this opportunity to network with and learn from thousands of your fellow educators. We look forward to seeing you in the fall, and encourage you to learn more and register today.

Join us in our commitment to accelerate online learning worldwide. We look forward to connecting and celebrating with you both virtually and onsite in Orlando.

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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 and onsite exhibit halls.


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 & Velocity has proven to be a once-a-year opportunity to network both virtually and onsite 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 onsite 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 as well as onsite events in Orlando.


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
Instiutional 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