Welcome to OLC Innovate 2020 Virtual Conference
Welcome to OLC and MERLOT’s first ever all-virtual conference. Despite the cancellation of the onsite gathering in Chicago this April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are very excited to instead host this conference in a modality that exemplifies the best practices in online teaching and learning. Thank you for your patience and support as our staff and team of volunteers worked to update the program in order to deliver it in this new virtual presenters-to-virtual attendees format.
During the two week conference (June 15-26), the most important item you need to know is how to access the conference. It is very important that ALL attendees read through the log-in instructions below.
How to Log in to the Conference Daily
OLC and MERLOT will be offering two avenues of access for attendees to join the Innovate 2020 program: Classic and Beta.
Classic Access: Available to all registered attendees, this provides entrance to conference sessions through the OLC Innovate website. This is the standard view that previous virtual conference attendees would be familiar with. To access via the Classic view:
For additional guidance on accessing and navigating sessions in the Classic view, please watch this video:
Beta Access: You are invited to access the conference in a new platform that the Online Learning Consortium is beta testing for this conference. Our hope is that you will find the new platform provides easier navigation of conference sessions, access to resources, and more interaction through our virtual exhibit hall. To access via the Beta view:
For additional guidance on accessing and navigating sessions in the Beta view, please watch this video:
Attendees please note: As you enter a session in either “Watch Now” (Classic view) or “Attend” (Beta view), remember that links will be active 15 minutes before the start of each live-streamed session. Each room does have a maximum capacity of 1000 participants, so we encourage you to arrive a few minutes early to ensure you get a “seat” in the session. If you find that the capacity of the room has been reached, please select another session to attend during that time block and come back to view the on-demand recording at a later date.
Presenters and session chairs please note: You will enter your assigned presentation room the same way you would enter a session as an attendee, depending on which system (Classic or Beta) you are using. Please plan on entering your presentation room 10-15 minutes before the scheduled start time (as soon as the link is available).
Note to ALL Attendees:
We will send Daily Update emails throughout the two week conference. Included in those daily updates will be a reminder of the access options with log-in instructions.
If you have access questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Post-conference, we will ask OLC members via the post-conference survey for feedback on the beta test.
Planning Your Schedule
Additional Items of Note
Note that there are 4 special program events throughout the virtual conference. Make sure to visit their overview pages and bookmark the sessions you are interested in attending. These include the Community College Summit, HBCU Affordable Learning Summit, OLC Leadership Network Event, and OLC Research Summit. There are also many networking and evening social opportunities available, so don’t forget to look for those as well.
Need Help? Field Guides are here to help
Our volunteer Field Guides are here to help answer your questions as you navigate the Innovate conference. In addition to joining us at each Monday’s Field Guide Power Hour, we encourage you to post questions/ start conversations in the Innovate Field Guide Slack channel. If you haven’t already joined the Innovate Slack community, learn more.
Not getting conference updates? Please check your spam or talk with your IT department about whitelisting emails from the onlinelearningconsortium/onlinelearning-c.org domains.