A Joint Conference Presented by OLC and MERLOT
Building Bridges in Digital, Blended, and Online Learning
Education innovation. It’s how we, as a community, continue to thrive in this rapidly changing learning environment. It’s how we respond to, revolve around, and guide student success and satisfaction. Whether embracing emerging tech, incorporating intelligent learning management systems, or designing blended classrooms, now more than ever it is imperative that academic leaders, faculty, and administrators alike come together to ensure that our pedagogies are progressive, organic and continually break new ground.
Advancing education innovation requires continuous visionary leadership from all disciplines. And that’s why we’re inviting you to join us in Chicago in April 2020. Together we will challenge our teaching and learning paradigms, reimagine the learning experience, and ideate on how disruptions in education today will shape the innovative classroom of tomorrow.
At OLC Innovate, we will conduct a series of engaging hands-on sessions aimed at fostering organic interactions and collaborative cross-disciplinary problem solving. Together we will build new foundations for stronger, better higher education environments. And because innovation scales best when ideas are shared, our work sessions will explore digital technologies and adapted teaching behaviors aimed at informing policy, inspiring leadership, and evolving practice at all levels impacting institutions, universities and colleges.
Advancing education innovation begins with you. Join us in Chicago, March 31 – April 3, 2020, and help us shape the future of online and digital learning.
Registration opens in August 2019.
To ensure learning remains at the forefront while we witness the confluence of technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge, OLC Innovate aims to provide compelling reasons to attend:
“It’s one of the best networking opportunities in a reasonably-sized conference.”
“OLC Innovate provides the chance to network with educators who are not afraid to try out new ways to improve higher ed for students and who are generous with their ideas.”
Recharge Your Batteries
“OLC Innovate really recharged my Instructional Design batteries. To have three days of motivated, engaging, and innovative people has been the highlight of my year. I can’t wait to attend OLC conferences and events in the near future! The conference paid for itself after about 2 hours on the first day!”
Now, New, Next
“OLC Innovate was an amazing opportunity to connect with peers in the field, learn about new initiatives and technologies, and deepen my understanding and appreciation for what’s now, new, and next.”
New Ideas and Insights
“The OLC Innovate Conference was one of the best conferences I’ve attended. The sessions and workshops all provided me with new ideas and insights for improving or incorporating innovation into the programs we’re developing under our TAACCCT grant. Everything was great, from the speakers to the venue and even the food and entertainment. Very enjoyable, I can’t wait to attend again.”
“I definitely would recommend this conference to colleagues because they will get a sense that they are not alone in their fields, they will meet people who can share strategies and resources to help solve the daunting problems we are facing in online learning.”
“I highly recommend this conference for anyone in the online learning field regardless of institution size. I am from an institution of less than 1500 students and was able to gain insight, ideas, and knowledge of applicable programming I can immediately start planning for my institution upon return.”
Explore, Share, Discover
“An exciting and engaging opportunity to explore, share, and discover!”
Richness of Program Offerings
“This conference was a truly wonderful experience. The richness of the program offerings and the Community College Summit provided so many new ideas to take back to my students and institution for implementation now and into the future.”
OLC and MERLOT invite you to submit a proppsal to for Innovate 2020: Education Reimagined
OLC and MERLOT invite you to submit a proposal for presentation at our OLC Innovate 2020 conference. Topics may include: Effective Tools, Toys and Technologies; Leadership and Advocacy; Lifelong Learning and Workforce Partnerships; Open Learning; Process, Problems, and Practices; Research: Designs, Methods, and Findings; and Teaching and Learning Practice.
We seek proposals for interactive sessions for workshops, emerging ideas sessions, education sessions, conversations (not presentations), career forums, and hands-on innovation studio demonstrations that engage and inform participants.
Proposed sessions will be targeted to administrators, design thinkers, faculty, instructional support, students, training professionals, technologists, researchers and others.
Presenters and facilitators from the following areas are encouraged to submit proposals:
• Higher Education • K-12 Faculty • Researchers • Graduate scholars • Educational technology leaders • Instructional designers • Instructional technologists • Faculty • Instructors
OLC Innovate 2020 Call For Presentations is now open. Submissions will be accepted until
11:59pm ET September 11, 2019.
This was an exellent conference. I left with tools I can implement immediately to improve the interactive possibilities of online education. The networking available at the conference was invaluable. Personally, I appreciated the morning yoga sessions and mindfulness meditation sessions.
Michelle Novotny-Sedelis, RN
MSN Nursing Instructor
Nicolet Area Technical College
I really enjoyed attending OLC Innovate 2019! I was able to learn about new technologies and techniques to help improve my department’s courses, and everyone was very friendly and happy to give advice. As a newcomer to this field it is wonderful to network and hear about others experiences.
I love OLC conferences because you have the opportunity to learn from others, feel each other’s pain and struggles with advice on how to get through in this innovative time, talk to vendors, and then talk to others as to why or why not they choose to work with those vendors. I love the research aspect, the practicality, and the networking OLC has to offer. It is the only conference I ever insist on attending because it keeps me up to date in this fast changing world and keeps me grounded in research even at the administrative level.
Dr. Maeghen M. Kuhn
Assistant Vice President, Adult and Online Education
OLC Innovate was one of the best professional development conferences I have attended. Ever. The sessions were well described, the presenters knew their stuff, and everything I experienced was well organized.
OLC Innovate 2019 was wonderful. Apart from the engaging and thought-provoking sessions, plenty of time was structured in the program for networking and reconnecting with colleagues around the world.
Anonymous OLC Innovate 2019 Attendee
I would definitely recommend this conference to my colleagues because of the variety of topics and quality of the presenters. The location was great and the quality of the services was outstanding.