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ex·po·si·tion

/ˌekspəˈziSH(ə)n/

  • a large public exhibition of resources, services and ideas
  • a comprehensive description and explanation of an idea or theory
  • the part of a movement in which the principal themes are first presented
  • the action of making public

found·ry

/ˈfoundrē/

  • a workshop or factory for casting metal

 

Overview 

The Exposition Foundry is a new initiative for partners not affiliated with an educational institution to speak to their work in new and exciting ways and aim to further bridge relationships across our entire community. Sessions in the Exposition Foundry (or “The Foundry”) are created by companies and vendors to bring together community members of ALL roles around topics related to innovation and change work in the field of online, blended and digital learning.

Whether onsite or virtual, Exposition Foundry sessions are meant to contribute to the promotion of a paradigm shift from the traditional exhibit hall experience and the current educator/partner relationship through:

  • Authentic relationship building
  • Sharing of knowledge and ideas
  • Creation of intentional spaces for testing and play, and
  • Co-working and collaboration

The Exposition Foundry is a space where we invite you to speak into the future of online and digital learning through provocations you direct towards conference attendees. This might mean dialogue around the products and tools used across the work you do in supporting online and digital learning, but it can also mean planting seeds for new ideas, new collaborations, new points of engagement, and new opportunities for us to connect and build as a community. Importantly, the Exposition Foundry is also a place for conference attendees and community members to direct provocations toward you, resulting in a collection of different voices and perspectives from areas across the OLC community around the amazing work that you do and all that you contribute to education.

Read the FAQ below to learn more about how The Foundry is designed and how you can participate at either OLC Accelerate online (Nov 9-18) and/or onsite at OLC Velocity (Nov 18-19). Please note that the Exposition Foundry is an experience for contracted sponsors only. If you have not yet opened a dialogue with us regarding sponsorship opportunities but would like to, please contact Brenda Weiss Pesta (brenda.pesta@onlinelearning-c.org or 617-716-1417), OLC’s Director of Sponsorship and Membership.

 

FAQ

How does The Foundry work for sponsors at the onsite OLC Velocity conference onsite in Orlando?

In the onsite environment the Exposition Foundry reimagines and transforms the transition Exhibition Hall experience into a collaborative community building and co-working space. These sessions are distinctly marked as Exposition Foundry sessions in conference materials including the program book, website and room signage.

The expectation is that these are not strictly one-way dialogues or presentations. Facilitators will be expected to consider and implement strategies to actively engage the audience in sharing their own experiences, asking questions, brainstorming, and collaboratively building community around online, digital, and blended learning.

In terms of the design of the space, it is up to sponsors facilitating sessions in the Foundry to coordinate their use of the physical spaces that they run in the Foundry based on the set of parameters given by the conference organizers (e.g. a select list of options for space configurations). The OLC Staff has dedicated time to work with you on creating an amazing space for conference participants and have put together some suggestions for how you might do this below under the question “What should I do in my space at the Exposition Foundry?”

How does The Foundry work for sponsors at the OLC Accelerate virtual conference?

In the virtual space, Exposition Foundry sessions are interactive sessions, where facilitators and participants can share provocations via recorded video sessions hosted on VoiceThread. Like the OLC Discovery Sessions, these fully-online, asynchronous sessions are accessible during and beyond the conference, and attendees and community members will have the continued opportunity to comment, provide feedback, and further the conversation well past a typical 45 minute session.

The expectation is that these are not strictly one-way dialogues or presentations. Facilitators will be expected to consider and implement strategies to actively engage the audience in sharing their own experiences, asking questions, brainstorming, and collaboratively building community around online, digital, and blended learning.

I’d love to have a space in the Exposition Foundry – what do I need to do next?

We’re excited that you want to join us! For next steps, you will want to do the following:

  1. BOTH: Notify Brenda Weiss Pesta (brenda.pesta@onlinelearning-c.org or 617-716-1417), OLC’s Director of Sponsorship and Membership, that you would like to have a space in The Foundry, and let her know if you would like an online space and/or an onsite space
  2. ONSITE: Make a schedule for the types of sessions that you would like to hold in the space over the course of the onsite event. Sessions can be scheduled and facilitated at certain days or times (and listed in the conference program) or offered on-demand as people drop by. Want some help? Reach out to our Director of Online Engagement, Maddie Shellgren, who will help you create innovative and engaging session formats. Contact her using the Exposition Foundry email: thefoundry@onlinelearning-c.org
  3. BOTH: 
    1. Submit your virtual session requests to be included in the conference program by October 2, 2020
    2. Submit your onsite session requests no later than October 16. 
    3. We consider these hard deadlines, so please keep this in mind as you plan your submissions. Any submissions received after the deadlines will not be considered for inclusion in the program.
  4. ONSITE: Once you have submitted your session requests, you will be contacted regarding your design request for your space, which you will need to submit by October 16, 2020. This will ask you to indicate what you need in the physical space (within the boundaries of specific safety parameters we must follow). We consider this a hard deadline, so please keep this in mind as you plan your submissions. Any submissions received after the deadline will not be considered for inclusion in the program.
  5. BOTH: Promote your space on social media using the hashtags #OLCAccelerate and #OLCVelocity and let our community know what you plan to cover at your session(s).

What should I do in my onsite space at the Exposition Foundry?

We’re so glad you asked! These spaces are meant to be creative and generative, so thinking about how the physical layout of the space 

  • Design: Each pod is spacious in The Foundry, built to cover a 20×20 ft. area. We will provide draped tables, seating and power in each pod and have it laid out for you with the specifications you provide us with beforehand. You are more than welcome to bring additional items to decorate your space, as well as order A/V or additional technology for participants to use in the pod.
  • Session formats: Not meant to be sit-and-get sessions, we are looking to build a space that will build lasting community beyond the onsite experience, which is a point of pride of the OLC.  Some session formats that move beyond sales to authentic relationship buildings include: focus groups, collaborative research activities, design sprints, storytelling circles, gamified sessions, show and tells, meet ups, discovery sessions, etc. Have an idea for another generative and collaborative session format? Let us know and if you need we can build it out together.
  • Presenter Services: In the same way that we offer support to presenters for making the most of their accepted presentations, we are offering design help to assist in structuring sessions around the requests of our conference attendees and the goals for The Foundry. Reach out to us at thefoundry@onlinelearning-c.org and we will happily help construct your space and sessions with you prior to the conference.

Can I use the space to do a sales pitch of my product?

Sessions that center on sales and promotions, alone, are not appropriate for this session format. Rather, the Exposition Foundry is a space where we invite you to speak into the future of online and digital learning through provocations you direct towards conference attendees. This might mean:

  • Demos, dialogue and activities centered on the products and tools used across the work you do in supporting online and digital learning
  • Discussions and focus groups aimed at highlighting new research, collaborations and initiatives
  • Games, storytelling activities, facilitated design sprints, and other creative concepts that you design (or that you create with the OLC’s help!)

Have an idea for a session that is not on the list and want some feedback or help designing it for the Foundry? Let Maddie Shellgren, our Director of Online Engagement, know and we will schedule some time to help build it with you! Reach Maddie at thefoundry@onlinelearning-c.org

I really want to do a sales pitch – where should I do that at the conference?

Our industry showcases are a fantastic place to share information on your product or services as a traditional sales pitch. Reach out to Brenda Weiss-Pesta (brenda.pesta@onlinelearning-c.org or 617-716-1417) for more information on how to secure an industry showcase session.

I have my schedule for sessions that we will hold onsite in our space at The Foundry – what next?

Exciting! Be sure to submit the sessions to our online form so that we can post them in the printed program and market them to our participants.

I have questions – who should I reach out to next?

We are here to help – reach out to thefoundry@onlinelearning-c.org for expert help if you have questions around any of the following: 

  • Requests to Participate
  • Session Design
  • Space Design and A/V Orders
  • General Sponsorship Questions

 

Schedule

For a list of scheduled collaborative sessions, please visit the schedule on the Exposition Foundry main webpage.

 

Contact Us

Contact us at thefoundry@onlinelearning-c.org.

We’re delighted to be able to extend the OLC’s suite of offerings to include this new opportunity to deeply engage across the OLC community via The Exposition Foundry.  If you have any questions or would like to share comments or ideas on how we might make this event as impactful as possible, please reach out to us at thefoundry@onlinelearning-c.org. We welcome your suggestions, and cannot wait to see you at OLC Accelerate and OLC Velocity 2020!