The OLC Accelerate Conference will again be held in Orlando, FL from November 17-20, 2020. In these uncertain times, it is important to the OLC and the OLC Accelerate 2020 conference committees that we create a reimagined program encompassing the rich opportunities for engagement of the face-to-face experience in a hybrid and fully-online format. As such, preparations for this year’s conference are underway for a dynamic and impactful conference that participants can enjoy onsite, online live, or asynchronously through a library of session recordings. We’ve also revised and extended the Call for Proposals so that prospective presenters have the ability to submit and present in their preferred modality. Full details on the programmatic changes can be found in our welcome from our Program Co-Chairs.

This year promises to bring a new and exciting focus as we look forward with “20/20 Vision: Envisioning the Future of Online, Blended and Digital Learning” in Orlando.  We’ll be sharing new and upcoming technologies, trends and pedagogical approaches that our colleagues worldwide are successfully implementing or envisioning within their digital learning spaces.

We are excited to continue to expand the depth and breadth to our conference agenda with exciting programming, networking, and a variety of informal opportunities for OLC Accelerate attendees to engage and connect with one another, and with OLC staff and volunteers. Some examples of exciting opportunities at the conference include:

    World-class professional development: With over 500 presentations given by speakers from around the world, you are guaranteed to have an exceptional learning experience that will equip you for educational challenges on the horizon. 

    Opportunities to share and advance your work: OLC Accelerate features over six different session types that align with the professional roles found in digital learning including; Gamified Sessions, interactive Discovery Sessions, Express Workshops, Education Sessions, and Graduate Student Discovery Sessions. We’ve also added Lightning Talks as a new way for presenters to quickly inspire audiences in short, 15 minute sessions. This variety of formats allows professionals in the field of digital learning to share their work and to advance the frontiers of education in diverse and meaningful ways.

    Access to the most advanced technologies: Our exhibit hall offers the opportunity to engage with technology partners and company entrepreneurs who are showcasing the most recent or upcoming technologies available. Connect with them to learn more about advancing the initiatives at your institution. 

    Networking to advance your career: Unmatched in-person as well as virtual networking with the OLC Accelerate community of online, digital, and blended learning peers and leaders. Informal opportunities such as networking breaks, the exhibit floor, Talk-abouts, the Field Guide program and the Discovery Sessions are ideal for exploring solutions to common challenges you and your fellow attendees face at their institutions.

    Leadership Opportunities: Leadership gatherings including the OLC Leadership Network Event, the OLC Digital Learning Research Summit, an IELOL Mastery Class, the Equity & Inclusion Leadership in Digital Learning Luncheon, and many others.

    OLC Accelerate 2020 provides all attendees, both onsite and virtual, with an exceptionally collaborative, reflective opportunity to explore and share our best practices and innovations. We hope you will attend, participate and share your 20/20 vision with us!

    Explore the site to learn more and Register today!

    Megan Kohler  

    Conference Co-chair

    Megan Kohler, Penn State University

         
    Doug Geier  

    Conference Co-chair

    Doug Geier, Golden Gate University

         
     Dr Jennifer Mathes  

    Executive Conference Co-chair

    Jennifer Mathes, Online Learning Consortium

     

    Tanya-Joosten

    Executive Conference Co-chair

    Tanya Joosten, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee