OLC Collaborate Online Education Conference

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Join us February 7, 2020

OLC Collaborate - Oregon
Vision 2030: Reimagining the Future of Digital Learning
Hosted by Oregon State University

OLC is heading to Oregon to meet with online learning professionals, educators, and administrators to address the opportunities and challenges in affordability
we all face in online higher education today.

Join us to discuss emerging trends and challenges in online learning.

The Online Learning Consortium and partner institution Oregon State University invite you to engage in Vision 2030: Re-imagining the Future of Online Education. Join us as we explore our shared responsibility as educators to meet our diverse and changing student populations where they are, and to improve student success and affordability in online and digital learning. The Oregon Collaborate will host thought leaders who will provoke and inspire participants.

How do we reimagine education through digital learning? Join us for a thoughtful day of discussions with colleagues and experts.


Member Pricing
Our one day event is only $195* for academic registrants who are OLC members.  The rate for corporate registrants who are OLC members is $745.  Membership discount applied upon registration. Lunch is included in registration fee. 

*A $50 fee will be charged for all cancelled registrations. Refund requests must be made in writing to Online Learning Consortium. Cancellation by January 10 (up to 1 month out): Refund of payment minus the $50 cancellation fee(s). Cancellation between January 11 and January 30: 50% refund will be issued less a $50 administrative/cancellation fee for registrations. There will be no refunds within 1 week of event date (cancellations must be received before January 31, 2020). If you are not able to attend, a substitute may attend in your place. The name, title, and email address of the substitute must be emailed to conference@onlinelearning-c.org. If you do not attend the program and do not submit a written refund request, Online Learning Consortium will retain all fees. IF you have not paid in advance but have cancelled your registration, you are responsible for the cancellation fee and will be billed. OLC is not responsible for any change / cancellation charges assessed by airlines, travel agents, hotels or other similar vendors. Email all cancellation requests/substitutions/ registration questions to conference@onlinelearning-c.org.

Institutional Members
If your institution is a member, you must have an individual user account. Register as a free OLC Community Member and affiliate with your member institution.

Not yet a member?
The academic non-member registrant fee is $275*. The rate for corporate registrants who are not OLC members is $945.  Lunch is included in registration fee. 

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Engaging speakers, relevant topics, and dynamic discussions

We will take a deep look at the challenges and impact of digital learning in education today and work together to collaborate, define and help shape the changing university.

Presentations will be followed by facilitator-led discussions that will allow participants to delve into each topic in greater detail.

Breakout Topics:
  • Breakout A – Cost Metrics
  • Breakout B – Student Success Measures
  • Breakout C – Creating an Affordable Initiatives Team
Amy Hofer

Stefanie Buck

Measuring Success: Introduction to OER Affordability Metrics

Amy Hofer

Statewide Open Education Library Services

Stefanie Buck

Director of the Oregon State Ecampus OER Unit
Oregon State University Ecampus

Creating an affordable learning initiative is one thing, but how do we determine if our actions are successful? What metrics do we use to measure success? Do we only look at savings or are there other factors we should be considering? In this session, we will discuss the challenges of measuring the success of an affordable learning initiative on the institutional and statewide level. We present different methods for determining the success of your affordable learning initiative. We will review some of the methods used here in Oregon and discuss the benefits and drawbacks. This interactive session will help participants consider the options available to apply to their own initiatives.

Breakout Topics:
  • Breakout A – Overview and examples of university tuition agreements with corporate entities
  • Breakout B – Business-to-business marketing overview for higher education
  • Breakout C – Benefits and challenges with forming and administering employee tuition agreements with corporate
Jessica DuPont

Improving Access: Emerging Corporate Partnership Models

Jessica DuPont

Executive Director, Market Development and the Student Experience
Oregon State University Ecampus

Learn about how higher education can partner with corporate to grow enrollment and provide access to adult learners as part of employee tuition benefit plans. Oregon State Ecampus will share its experience on this topic.

Breakout Topics:
  • Breakout A – Developing creative tuition models, hurdles and opportunities
  • Breakout B – Student audiences and their need for creative models
  • Breakout C – Partnerships needed to implement creative models (which offices at an institution need to get involved and how?)
Peter Risse

Subscribing Students: Boise State’s Passport to Education

Peter Risse

Associate Dean of Extended Studies
Boise State University

Boise State University’s Passport to Education is a subscription-based tuition model that reduces the overall cost of the degree, offers cost certainty over time, and provides adult students with a consistent framework for incorporating their education within their busy lives. Passport further reduces costs and time to graduation by leveraging Credit for Prior Learning options, Open Educational Resources, and a high level of student support to help keep students on track.

Jennifer Mathes

Vision 2030 Panel: Reimagining the Future of Affordability in Online Education

Dr. Jennifer Mathes, Panel Moderator

Interim Chief Executive Officer
Online Learning Consortium


Amy Hofer

Oregon HECC (Higher Education Coordinating Committee)

Jessica DuPont

Oregon State University Ecampus

Peter Risse

Boise State University Extended Studies

Significant changes are coming to online education. From balancing the need for educational innovation against regulatory realities to using data-driven approaches to better understand and manage change, to a new model of the university built around competency-based assessments, these are just a few of the factors driving change. The day’s final session brings together the thoughts and conclusions generated from the OLC Collaborate – Oregon discussions to formulate a regional response to the changing educational environment. Topics gathered by OLC facilitators and session archivists during breakout sessions along with those posted online by participants during the day will be used to guide this interactive final session. Led by Jennifer Mathes from OLC, each of the day’s keynote speakers will have the opportunity to address the collectively generated questions and topics and place them in the context of the broader changes occurring in higher education.


Conversations Around Innovation

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in the future?  How much should today’s faculty and administrators do to prepare for this future? There is no question that extraordinary change is coming.  The question is, how much of that change is within our powers of prediction, and how should we proactively prepare for the future?

Participate in the regional OLC Collaborate discussion on the “Changing University” and share in an open dialogue with other colleagues from around the region.

Keynote speakers will offer insightful views of the changing university through short, focused presentations. This will bring together how the use of technologies, the dictate of economic realities, increasing regulatory oversight, the need for constant innovation, and new societal expectations of what colleges can and should be are bringing change to higher education.

Presentations will be followed by facilitator-led discussions to allow participants to delve into each topic in greater detail.  OLC Collaborate session archivists will document the discussions throughout the day, culminating in a collaborate regional response to the changing university. 

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2029?

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2029?

What will teaching, learning, and working in the Digital Age of Higher Education actually be like in 2030?

Event Schedule

7:30am - 8:15am Registration and Check-in Oregon State University Memorial Union Lobby
7:30am - 8:15am Breakfast Oregon State University Memorial Union, Lobby
8:15am - 8:30am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Horizon Room (Mezzanine floor)
8:30am - 9:15am General Session 1 - Measuring Success Horizon Room (Mezzanine floor)
9:30am - 10:15am Breakout Sessions 1
Journey Room (First floor),
Room 211, Room 213 (Second floor)
10:30am - 11:15am General Session 2 - Improving Access Horizon Room (Mezzanine floor)
11:30am - 12:15pm Breakout Sessions 2
Journey Room (First floor),
Room 211, Room 213 (Second floor)
12:15pm - 1:00pm Lunch and Networking Horizon Room (Mezzanine floor)
1:00pm - 1:45pm General Session 3 - Passport to Education Horizon Room (Mezzanine floor)
2:00pm - 2:45pm Breakout Sessions 3
Journey Room (First floor),
Room 211, Room 213 (Second floor)
3:00pm - 3:30pm OLC COLLABORATE PANEL: Vision 2030
Horizon Room (Mezzanine floor)
3:30pm - 3:45pm Program Wrap Up
Horizon Room (Mezzanine floor)

Collaborate General Sessions are 45 minutes long, followed by 45 minute Collaborate Breakout Sessions.  

Attendees will select one of several breakout sessions to attend following each general session.

All sessions are considered BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). 

All sessions are held in the OSU Memorial Union, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR and are in Pacific Time (PT).


Joining us for OLC Collaborate? Come directly to OSU Memorial Union, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331.

OSU Memorial Union, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331

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If you are an education technology or distance learning company, this intimate one-day session will give you the chance to collaborate with educators, administrators, and online learning professionals – your potential clients in discussion forums, at lunch and in our small exhibitor showcase. 

To learn more, contact our Director, Sponsorship Sales, Brenda Weiss-Pesta by email, brenda.pesta@onlinelearning-c.org or by phone, 617.716.1417.