Thank you for your patience as we reimagine these activities to accommodate the new all virtual event, to be held June 15-26, 2020.
New to OLC Innovate? Attended previous OLC conferences and want to share your knowledge and expertise? Interested in connecting with others to discuss particular topics like instructional design, blended learning, faculty development, emerging technologies or digital literacy before, during, and after the conference?
The OLC Field Guide Program is designed to enhance the conference experience for first-time conference attendees and anyone looking for additional networking opportunities at OLC conferences.
How to Sign Up
Please respond as soon as you can if you’d like to join the Field Guide team and contribute to attendee engagement and networking at OLC Innovate. You may sign up as either a Field Guide or a program participant.
Thank you for your patience while the engagement maps are being redesigned to accommodate the new all virtual program.
Scan this QR code to access the Engagement Maps on your mobile device.
Engagement map links (opens in a google document) can also be found in the “News” section of the OLC Conferences mobile app.
|Red||#TEACH||Online Teaching and the Faculty Experience|
|Lime||#OPEN||OER and OCW|
|Burgundy||#TRAIN||Faculty and Staff Development|
|Yellow||#LEARN||Online Learning and the Student Experience|
|Orange||#DATA||Data, Analytics, & Research|
|Hot Pink||#BLEND||Hybrid, Flipped, & Blended|
|Light Gray||#GEEK||EdTech Geeks|
|Kelly Green||#LEAD||Administrators & Emerging Leaders|
|Royal||#UDL||Equity, Inclusion, and UDL|
|Purple||#CC||Community and Two Year Colleges|
Schedule of Field Guide Program Events
Thank you for your patience as we update the schedule to accommodate the new all virtual event.
Come join other conference attendees and create an OLC Innovate game plan. During this power hour, you’ll have the chance to organize your conference schedule and select presentations and activities you want to attend. The OLC Field Guides will be there to suggest interesting presentations and activities, train you on the use of the OLC mobile app, and pass out Engagement Maps. We’ll also discuss ways to participate virtually–including Slack and Twitter! Meet up with old friends, make new acquaintances, plan your schedule, and have a bite to eat! We can’t wait to see you there!
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com.
How #OLCInnovate Attendees Can Engage with OLC Field Guides
Conference attendees will enjoy a guided experience that has been custom-built by peers and colleagues who seek to share their knowledge and insight, but also are experienced in navigating OLC conferences.
You can participate in as few or as many Field Guide activities as you’d like, and are free to explore the different guided learning journeys integrated with the various conference tracks and networking events.
We invite you to participate in a series of short and collegial engagement activities occurring before, during and after the conference. By signing up, you’ll be invited to join the #OLCInnovate Slack team (What is Slack?) to facilitate communication and coordination.
If this sounds good, please sign up!
Interested in being part of the OLC Field Guide Program? Please read on!
Before the Conference
- Participate in virtual discussion, via Slack discussion and/or synchronous virtual meeting. (What is Slack?)
- Receive engagement maps targeted for specific demographics (faculty, instructional designers, administrators, library, etc.). These maps will detail pathways through the conference program that include theme-based sessions to attend in support of a specific topic or focus area.
- Participate in on-site and virtual networking and mentoring events.
The main overall responsibilities of the OLC Field Guide are to:
- Familiarize attendees with the OLC conference landscape and language;
- Encourage dialogue and interaction between new and seasoned conference attendees;
- Help to create and distribute engagement maps through the conference program;
- Guide conversations at established OLC Field Guide events;
- Help attendees connect with appropriate networks; and
- Support existing and mentor new OLC Field Guides.
Before the conference, Field Guides will:
- Participate in virtual discussion, via Slack discussion and/or synchronous virtual meeting. (What is Slack?)
- Guide the development of the OLC Field Guide operations manual. This will help us scale and measure the effectiveness of our program!
- Create engagement maps through the conference program for targeted demographics (faculty, instructional designers, administrators, library, etc.). These maps will detail pathways through the conference program that include theme-based sessions to attend in support of a specific topic or focus area.
- Contribute to developing logistics and resources for on-site and virtual networking and mentoring events.
During the Conference
Please be sure to attend our Field Guide Orientation Events. Field Guides and participants are encouraged to join in as many of the following activities as they would like.
- Receive guidance before, during, and after the conference. You can use Slack for instantaneous communication to help participate in meet-ups during the conference.
- Engagement maps are available, providing detailed pathways through the conference program that include theme-based sessions to attend in support of a specific topic or focus area.
- Join a field trip or Talk-about with a Field Guide, such as a tour of the conference area for new attendees, a group dinner, or participate in a table discussion. Pick whatever you’d most enjoy, and explore and learn with new colleagues.
- Join a discussion during the Field Guide Orientation activities of the OLC Innovate 2020 Conference. Some discussions will be focused on navigating the conference, while others will be focused on issues or challenges that arise in the pre-conference discussion of different conference streams (e.g., managing relationships between faculty and instructional designers; getting buy-in to implement analytics).
- Learn about how to become an OLC Field Guide for a future conference.
- Guide conference attendees during the conference. You can use Slack for instantaneous communication to help coordinate your meetups during the conference.
- Lead a field trip or Talk-about with conference attendees, such as a tour of the conference area for new attendees, a group dinner, or lead a Talk-about discussion. Pick whatever you’d most enjoy, and share your experience and expertise with new colleagues.
- Contribute to social media and other channels in support of guiding conference attendees through the engagement maps, and updating maps as needed. Whenever necessary, provide wayfinding services for attendees as they navigate through established learning pathway maps.
- Lead a discussion during the Field Guide orientation activities of the OLC Innovate 2020 Conference. Some discussions will be focused on navigating the conference, while others will be focused on issues or challenges that arise in the pre-conference discussion of different conference streams (e.g., managing relationships between faculty and instructional designers; getting buy-in to implement analytics).
- Mentor a future OLC Field Guide. Seasoned OLC attendees may ask about the OLC Field Guide program. Encourage them to explore what you are doing and share your experiences with them.
After the Conference
- Participate in the the OLC Conference Field Guide Slack discussions.
- Participate in the the OLC Conference Field Guide debrief session, and/or Slack discussions.
What You’ll Receive as part of the OLC Field Guide Program
- Orientation activities
- Engagement maps
- Learning opportunities in our growing online Slack community (200+ and growing)
- A chance to build your networks, strengthen your online learning community and find people with similar interests
- Kick-off orientation activities
- Recognition as a conference volunteer in the printed program and on the website and an invitation to the conference volunteer reception.
- An awesome Field Guide button for designation
- Leadership opportunities in our growing online Slack community (200+ and growing)
- A chance to build your networks, strengthen our online learning community and find people with similar interests
Field Guide Testimonials
Considering all of my conference-going experiences, there is something unique about the ways in which the OLC welcomes participation from presenters in conference leadership opportunities. The Field Guide Program is a great example of this. On the surface, it might seem like you are just giving directions, but being an OLC Field Guide can be so much more than that; it is an opportunity to network, share your knowledge(s) and expertise, help others consider ways to strategically attend presentations for a more personalized conference experience, and engage with a great and supportive new team. I would definitely recommend to anyone who has not participated as a Field Guide that they take the chance and try it out.
Maddie Shellgren, Michigan State University
I initially took a chance on becoming an OLC Field Guide because I felt that it would be a good way to get to know a wider group of attendees, and to give back to a community that I value greatly. I appreciate the fact that the OLC offers all of us in the online education space two opportunities each year to see how the environment is evolving, and being able to offer my time to help others have a great experience is rewarding.
Andrew Rourke, DigitalEd
The Field Guide program was so welcoming last year with my first time attending! It helped to know I could ask these folks any question I might have as I wandered around such an amazing array of choices. I appreciated their help so much that I have volunteered to help be a Field Guide this year!
Laura Widenor, Kansas State University
The Field Guides were very friendly. The participants were sharing information. It was a great environment.
Anonymous OLC Innovate attendee
The Field Guide Pre-Conference Meeting will be announced soon for program participants. We’ll discuss:
- using Slack
- what to expect
- engagement maps
- getting organized before the conference
- and answer all your questions!
After that, we hope to see you in Slack, and at the OLC Innovate 2020 Field Guide orientation activities!
Questions? Please ask us on Slack or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to meeting everyone very soon!
Please meet up with us on Slack! Slack is a “Team Communication Platform” (TCP), basically a chat client, but more expansive, since you can join “channels” or groups about various topics of interest, rather than just chat one-to-one. Slack can be used via a web browser, or as its own application on desktops, laptops, mobile phones, and tablets. For the uninitiated, please watch a short video demonstrating what Slack can do.
We have set up a Slack team to be used before, during, and after #OLCInnovate. We highly recommend you download the Slack applications for iPhone, Android, Mac, Windows, etc.
Once you have set up your account login/password, you can visit https://olcinnovate.slack.com to sign in with your new credentials on any of your devices. (Please note that you will need to sign in to the team separately on every device on which you use Slack. So, if you sign in on a phone, that doesn’t mean you’ll also be signed up when you open up the application on your desktop. You’ll need to add the team (olcinnovate.slack.com) on each device, and sign in on that device to get started.)
Once you have signed in, you’ll see a few default channels you have been added to. To see what other channels are available to join, click the “Channels” link in the left navigation to browse all channels. (Channel names may not exactly match what you see in this image.)
You’ll find a list of channels you can join, channels you belong to, and the number of participants in each channel. You can join as many channels as interest you – and you can always leave and re-join channels later based on your needs. You can also configure different types of notifications for each channel so that you aren’t constantly inundated with notifications.
Here are a few of the default channels and how they might be used:
You’ll also find channels for various personas or special interests in order to connect with like-minded folks, share ideas, and perhaps meet up in Chicago (keep in mind some of these may be sparsely populated until we get closer to the conference):
Once you have joined some channels – you can start by introducing yourself in a channel or two, perhaps posting a link to an interested or inspiring article or a question that is on the top of your mind. Share information about the conference, upcoming sessions, sessions you are excited to see, things you plan to do during the conference, etc. Just keep in mind that communication in Slack may be somewhat synchronous, but may be entirely asynchronous, too, depending on when others are online and participating. If you have other ideas for channels or connected apps, please let us know and we’ll see what we can do.
Some Slack Video Resources to get you started:
- A short video on messaging in Slack. Keep in mind that if you really want to alert someone personally and quickly, you can use a direct message to that person, OR use @username in the channel to mention that person and send a notification.
- A short video on managing the notifications in Slack
We are inviting everyone to start joining the Slack channels whenever you like leading up to the conference. You can share session tips, ask questions, plan meet ups and your conference schedule, etc.