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The OLC Innovate 2020 Virtual Conference, held June 15-26 online, generated a great deal of energy, enthusiasm, and new connections, even in its fully virtual format. More than 5,500 virtual attendees participated from nearly 500 institutions/organizations, representing all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and 35 countries around the globe.

This year’s program included a diverse group of more than 370 presenters and contributors. Attendees chose from a myriad of learning opportunities, featuring nearly 100 Educate & Reflect sessions, and a multitude of Workshops, Conversations—Not Presentations, Featured Sessions, Career Forum Roundtables, and more! Attendees engaged in various collaborative virtual experiences including the Innovation Studio, Speed Networking Lounge, OLC Field Guide Program, and Evening Happy Hours.

We hope you will join us at next year’s OLC Innovate 2021, taking place March 17-20 in Denver, CO, and at OLC Accelerate, taking place November 17-20, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Sign up for email updates about these events.

Access Recorded Sessions

Registered conference attendees have access to the on-demand recordings for one (1) full year post-conference. (You must be logged in to your OLC user account to access the on-demand recordings.) OLC and MERLOT offer two avenues of access for attendees to view the Innovate 2020 on-demand program: Classic and Beta.

  • In the Classic platform, each of the individual session pages has a link to “Watch this Session”. 
  • In the Beta platform, each of the individual session pages has a link to “Watch on Demand”. 

To access streamed sessions, participants need to be logged in at

Missed the live conference? No problem!

It’s not too late to get access to this amazing, first-ever OLC virtual conference! The recorded sessions (nearly 300) are available on-demand for one full year. See full details and register here.

Please email if you have any questions.

A Message from the Conference Co-Chairs: 

Move. Switch. Alter. Pivot. Transition. Adapt. Modify. Rethink. Change. Transform.

It’s that last word, transform, that sums up OLC Innovate 2020, OLC’s first fully all-virtual conference, held from June 15-26. 

Transform is the best way to describe what happened when the conference team and the OLC staff took a “mostly” face to face conference and turned it on its head to a fully online, two-week long, nearly 300 session-strong virtual conference with over 5,500 attendees.  No small feat, the conference surpassed all expectations and may have redefined how OLC approaches some of its conference events in the future, and particularly its virtual attendance opportunities. 

Here are some of our favorite moments and events:

  • The creative ways our session presenters found to virtually engage attendees
  • Happy Happy Hour
  • Community College and HBCU Summits
  • The Field Guide Program Power Hours and Slack Channel engagement
  • Virtual Game Night
  • Keynote speakers Maha Bali and Martin Waller
  • The tunes of Rick Franklin throughout the different conference activities
  • The Innovation Studio’s redesigned virtual presence
  • OLC Live interviews and sessions that added a new level of engagement and connection for conference attendees
  • The virtual expo hall!
  • Clark Shah Nelson’s daily meditation sessions, coupled with the availability of a virtual serenity lounge
  • The hundreds of volunteers and the amazing OLC staff for their work as virtual room hosts and session chairs 

We are grateful for your time and energy throughout the virtual conference and hope this year’s fully virtual conference showed we can build bridges even if we aren’t together in person. We heard over and over from first-time attendees that they had never been able to join us for our in-person conference and how grateful they were to participate. A special thanks to all of those who joined us for the first time, we hope that you felt embraced by the OLC community. 

We invite you to continue to engage with the OLC, the conference committee, and the attendees and presenters you connected with. We look forward to seeing you in Denver next spring for Innovate 2021!

Wishing you all the best,

Tina Rettler-Pagel Janet Smith
Tina Rettler-Pagel Janet Smith

Congratulations to these lucky winners and thank you to our generous sponsors!

Pre-Conference Workshop Happy Half Hour – Trivia $25 OLC Gift Card Winner:

  • Whitney Zimmerman, Oregon State University

Community College Summit Happy Half Hour – Kahoot! Trivia $25 OLC Gift Card Winner:

  • Carolyn Burbee, Central Methodist University

Session Evaluation $25 Amazon Gift Card Winners:

  • Kekeli Nuviadenu, Bethune-Cookman University
  • Hillary Blevins, Walden University
  • Maryasha Katz, Palo Alto University
  • Theresa Gaffney, Marymount University
  • Melanie Howard, Fresno Pacific University

Evening Event: Musical Bingo Winners:

Name University Prize
Barbara Taylor
Dominique Svarc
Katie Schuster
Becky Benkert
Barb Sperling
Brittni Racek
Laura Harste
Alana Baird
California State University – San Marcos
Harper College
College of DuPage
California State University – Chancellor’s Office
Oregon State University
Berkeley College-Woodland Park
Appalachian State University
Starbucks – $10
Itunes – $10
Panera – $10
Cold Stone Creamery – $10
Barnes & Noble – $10
Barnes & Noble – $10
$25 Amazon
$25 Amazon


Sponsor Scavenger Hunt Winners:

Name University Sponsor Prize
Laura Sheehy
Kim Vandervort
Brahim Oulbeid
Christy Heid
Jung Oh
Stephanie DeCicco
Michelle Watson
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Fullerton College
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Strayer University-District of Columbia
Kansas State University
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Washburn University
Innovative Educators
HHMI BioInteractive
Apple Air Pods
$100 Amazon Gift Card
D2L Swag Pack
Gift Card
Formstack Swag Basket
IE webinar registration
BioInteractive Prize Pack

Virtual Speed Networking Lounge: You Don’t Know Jack & Innovation Studio Session Winners:

Name University Prize
Ilse Wolf
Diana Ruggiero
Christine Carnes
Becky Benker
Beth Case
Laura Harste
Elissa Routh
The NROC Project
University of Memphis
Central Methodist University
College of DuPage
University of Louisville
Berkeley College
Central Methodist University
Panera – $10
Panera – $10
Panera – $10
Panera – $10
OLC Swag bag
OLC – $25
OLC – $25

Closing Event Winner:

Name University Prize
Marc Lehmann Haywood Community College Unlimited Virtual Package for OLC Accelerate 2020

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#IspyOLC Game Winners:

Prize Winner Sponsor
$25 Amazon Gift Card Amy Pate OLC
$25 Amazon Gift Card Rolando Mendez OLC
$50 Amazon Gift Card Loretta Driskel  OLC
$50 Amazon Gift Card Beth Case  MERLOT


Social Media Contest Winners:

Prize Winner Sponsor
$25 OLC Gift Card Adam Croom


$25 OLC Gift Card Wendy Torres OLC
$25 OLC Gift Card Elizabeth Barrow OLC
$25 OLC Gift Card S. Witherspoon, PhD OLC
$25 OLC Gift Card Dr. Rebecca Quintana OLC
$25 Amazon Gift Card Jasmina Najjar OLC

Take a look at photos, videos, inspiring quotes, and more that were shared before, during, and after the conference by following the #OLCInnovate hashtag!

Listen to OLC Live! Sessions & Maha Bali Keynote Address

During OLC Live daily sessions, select presenters and a variety of personalities from the OLC community shared colorful conversations. If you missed them live, you can still enjoy the recorded sessions. Of special note, check out these recordings: 


“In a time when so many of us are forcibly engaged in online education, it was great to hear from those who specialize in – and enjoy! – different aspects of online learning and brand practices. The volunteers were positive and helpful, the topics were relevant and current, the presenters were knowledgeable and personable. Attending virtually was almost entirely painless and the entire program was well executed! It was great and I will continue to share my experiences so more people can collaborate with OLC! Thank you!”
Tia Swain
Administrative Assistant, Technical Communications
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis


“This was my first OLC conference and I was impressed by the breadth of topics available to attend. We purchased unlimited access so our entire Academic Affairs team could attend and from what I’ve heard so far, everyone got a lot out of attending. We are considering an institutional membership now as well to take advantage of other OLC offerings. We will certainly be attending future conferences offered by OLC!”
David Mannaioni
Dean of Academic Programs
College for Financial Planning


“I was disappointed that we had to move to a virtual format. However, after the wonderful and uplifting experiences and the ease of navigating the sessions, it was an amazing experience!”
Arletha McSwain, PhD
HR Senior Training Specialist-Educational Technology
Bethune Cookman University


“This conference was incredible – one of the best I’ve attended. It re-invigorated my love of online education and provided great ideas and inspiration I immediately implemented in my classroom.”
Cyndi Briggs, PhD
Core Faculty Member
Walden University


“What an incredible two weeks of opportunity to participate with more than 5,000 talented colleagues in hundreds of conference, workshop, discovery, and conversation sessions. The ability to engage ‘live’ and later review sessions of particular interest – or those missed – contributed to an incredibly worthwhile professional opportunity.”
Nancy Chapko
Instructional Design Strategist
Gateway Technical College


“This whole conference blew my mind. I was so impressed by how much work went into making my experience from afar seamless. The wealth of information is priceless. I can’t wait to dig back in and watch some of the sessions that I missed.”
Maryasha Katz
Palo Alto University


“[OLC Innovate 2020] offered diversity in topics, speakers, presentations, and attendees. Connecting people in a time of distance and crisis. Thank you OLC for the opportunity to connect, share, and promote innovative educational solutions, research, and technologies.”
Araz Markosian
American University of Armenia


“I had a great experience! I learned a lot and think you all did a good job creating an engaging virtual experience. The presenters in the sessions I attended did a good job using breakout rooms to make the sessions interactive. I wish I could have attended more sessions; during the second week I was too busy. Thankfully the sessions are recorded so I can watch sessions I missed later.”
Alana Baird
Appalachian State University


“The workshops provide a world of resources, existing as well as innovative ideas to assist faculty in becoming better educators. The experiences and genuine collaboration from the presenters made the OLC conference truly a great experience.”
Nisreen Hamarshah, M.S.
Lecturer in Biology
Indiana University Kokomo


“OLC Innovate is such an impactful and well-run conference. The fact that OLC could pivot the entire conference to fully online was not only impressive but extremely advantageous for our institution: Ten times as many of our faculty attended than would have been able to F2F.”
Sharon Gray
Director of Instructional Technology
Augustana University

Thank You, OLC Innovate Volunteers!

You may have noticed that in addition to our presenters, each session had a Zoom room manager and volunteer session chair helping manage this huge program. A special thanks to our session chair team!

Additionally, beyond the OLC and MERLOT staffs, there was a team of reviewers, track chairs, engagement, program and conference chairs, steering committee, Field Guides, Innovation Studio staff, etc. helping plan and implement the various aspects of the conference.  

Special thanks to the Innovate 2020 team, who ended up volunteering for an additional 3 months when the conference pivoted to an all-virtual event. If you are interested in becoming more involved, become part of our volunteer team.

Asian business woman talking to colleague team about plan in video conference. Group of multiethnic business people using computer for online meeting in video call conference. Smart working from home.

“I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to volunteer as session chair during the Innovate conference. I also wanted to share faculty have provided very positive feedback on the conference and several have asked about the Accelerate conference virtual attendance. I look forward to future volunteer opportunities with OLC.”

Penny Kuckkahn
Director of Instructional Effectiveness and Flexible Learning
Nicolet Area Technical College


"OLC Innovate was awesome! I loved meeting the amazing range of curious and connected educators excited to explore and try new things!"


Adam Parker Goldberg, Engagement, Flipgrid (OLC Innovate 2018)