OLC Velocity Overview  |  Format  |  General Schedule  |  Register & Travel

Connected Plenary  |  Regional Collaborate Sessions  |  Exposition Foundry

 

Overview

OLC Velocity brings together institutional teams for unconference-style collaborative sessions related to change work being done within their local institutional contexts around the future of online and digital education. This reimagining of the conference experience is built around the concept of what we do best – sharing of provocations and big ideas that in turn lead into rich action-based design work and collaborations. 

You’ll hear from thought leaders who will inspire you to consider how you might apply current and emerging trends in online learning into your institutional and professional contexts. Then, in a series of lightweight activities, you’ll share stories with your peers on what opportunities sit on the horizon as we move towards answering our ubiquitous challenges. Best of all, you will leave with a series of resources that will help us collectively meet our shared responsibility for improving access to education and student success.

 

Format

So what does OLC Velocity look like in action? As a complement to the OLC conference experience that you are used to, OLC Velocity features elements such as lightning talks, design sprints, salon-style discussions, and a hefty dose of collegiality within a highly-curated learning environment. Below, we highlight a few of the programmatic elements that sit at the heart of the OLC Velocity experience:

  • Connective Plenary Session: The event’s plenary speaker not only opens the event, but also serves as a key reference point throughout the event via connected plenary sessions. Together, the plenaries serve to open the dialogue on the importance of regional collaborations around the future of online and digital education, onboard attendees to the unconference-style collaborative sessions to follow, and position the keynote as facilitator of key and intentional gather points which aim to bring OLC Velocity attendees collectively back together throughout the day for the purposes of further driving the conversation (and their work) forward.
  • Regional Collaborate Sessions: Bringing in online learning professionals, educators and administrators, super collaborates invite institutionally-based teams to hear from the experts, collaborate on solving the challenges we all face in online higher education today, gather around regionally-situated current and emerging trends in online learning, and participate in networking discussions on top-of-mind challenges that may impact the future of online learning.
  • Exposition Foundry: Informally called “The Foundry,” this collaborative space brings together educators, technologists, researchers and advocates of all positions (from institutions, companies, associations, etc.) to design and implement change work around online, blended and digital learning.
  • Onsite Learning-Lab style Presentations: Celebrating the intentional shift from sit-and-get presentations, to collaborative exchanges of ideas and opportunities, these sessions bring together thought leaders in our field providing provocations that participants will use as a springboard in the collective creation of shared notes and artifacts for use as open educational resources post-event.

Eager to learn more about this new OLC offering? Visit the OLC Velocity website for detailed information:

 

General Schedule

In designing this event we were inspired by the concept of velocity, defined as “the rate at which an object changes its position.” As an organization dedicated to growth and change through educator community building around innovation and quality within online, blended, and digital modalities, we wanted to create a space where we could move from the foundation of sharing our research, evidence and stories into the subsequent initiatives and actions for our community. As a result, the OLC Velocity program is anchored in these goals and a collective commitment to collaborative change work. 

OLC Velocity 2020:  Onsite Sessions (Orlando)

ALL SESSION TIMES ARE LISTED IN U.S. EASTERN STANDARD TIME

Please note that masks will be required for all onsite attendees in the conference area.

3:00pm – 7:00pm Early Registration Convention Foyer
4:00pm – 6:00pm The Exposition Foundry Preview & Reception (all attendees) Southern Hemisphere I/II
6:00pm – 6:45pm Field Guide Program Tours of Swan/Dolphin Convention Center and Property Departures from Convention Foyer (Field Guide Station)
Dinner on your own. We recommend you make dinner reservations in advance if eating at the hotel. Additional dining options are also available by an easy walk or boat ride to Disney’s Boardwalk.
7:30am – 5:00pm Registration Desk Open Convention Foyer
7:30am – 9:00am Attendee Breakfast Southern Hemisphere Foyer
7:30am – 8:30am Field Guide Power Hour Southern Hemisphere IV
8:30am – 10:00am Workshops - Session 1 Breakout Rooms
9:00am – 9:45am Field Guide Program Talk-abouts Departures from Convention Foyer (Field Guide Station)
10:00am – 10:30am Networking Coffee Break Exposition Foundry (Southern Hemisphere I/II)
10:00am – 10:45am Field Guide Program Tours of Swan/Dolphin Convention Center and Property Departures from Convention Foyer (Field Guide Station)
10:00am – 12:00pm Exposition Foundry Open Southern Hemisphere I/II
10:30am – 12:00pm Workshops - Session 2 Breakout Rooms
12:00pm – 1:15pm Welcome Lunch (Exposition Foundry closed) Pacific Hall B/C
Start of Regular Conference Sessions
1:00pm – 7:00pm Exposition Foundry Open Southern Hemisphere I/II
1:15pm – 2:00pm Concurrent Session 1 Breakout Rooms
2:15pm – 3:00pm Concurrent Session 2 Breakout Rooms
3:00pm – 3:45pm Networking Coffee Break; Speed Networking Lounge Open Southern Hemisphere I/II
3:45pm – 4:30pm Concurrent Session 3 Breakout Rooms
4:45pm – 5:30pm Concurrent Session 4 Breakout Rooms
5:45pm – 7:00pm Welcome Reception (all attendees) Southern Hemisphere I/II
Dinner on your own. We recommend you make dinner reservations in advance if eating at the hotel. Dining also available by an easy walk or boat ride to Disney’s Boardwalk.
7:30am – 4:00pm Registration Desk Open Convention Foyer
7:30am – 9:00am Attendee Breakfast Pacific Hall B/C
8:00am – 12:00pm Exposition Foundry Open; Speed Networking Lounge Open Southern Hemisphere I/II
8:45am – 9:30am Field Guide Program Talk-abouts Departures from Convention Foyer (Field Guide Station)
8:45am – 9:30am Concurrent Session 5 Breakout Rooms
9:45am – 10:30am Concurrent Session 6 Breakout Rooms
10:30am – 11:15am Networking Coffee Break; Speed Networking Lounge Open Southern Hemisphere I/II
11:15am – 12:00pm Concurrent Session 7 Breakout Rooms
12:00pm – 1:15pm Equity & Inclusion Luncheon (all attendees) Pacific Hall B/C
1:15pm – 3:00pm Exposition Foundry Open Southern Hemisphere I/II
1:15pm – 2:00pm Concurrent Session 8 Breakout Rooms
2:00pm – 3:00pm Final Networking Coffee Break; Speed Networking Lounge Open Southern Hemisphere I/II
3:00pm – 3:45pm Concurrent Session 9 Breakout Rooms
4:00pm – 4:45pm Concurrent Session 10 Breakout Rooms
5:00pm Thursday Evening on your own
7:30am – 1:00pm Registration Desk Open Convention Foyer
7:45am – 9:00am Attendee Breakfast Pacific Hall B/C
8:30am – 9:15am Connected Plenary: Flower Darby Pacific Hall B/C
9:30am – 10:15am Plenary Breakouts - Part 1 and Unconference Sessions Breakout Rooms
10:15am – 10:45am Networking Coffee Break Convention Foyer
11:00am – 11:45am Connected Plenary Part 2 - Flower Darby Pacific Hall B/C
12:00pm – 12:45pm Plenary Breakouts - Part 2 and Unconference Sessions Breakout Rooms
12:45pm – 1:30pm Closing Event Southern Hemisphere Foyer
End of Conference

 

Register and Travel Info

OLC Velocity is an additive complement to the fully-online OLC Accelerate program. Participants can register with an All-Access pass that will give them the ability to attend the OLC Accelerate virtual event live (or watch back the recordings), and then attend OLC Velocity in person in Orlando as an extension to the professional development and networking held prior at Accelerate. Participating in both events will help to propel meaningful change work in new ways, providing inspiration through evidence-based practices and world-class collaboration and engagement.

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