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Thank you for your patience as we reimagine these activities to accommodate the new all virtual event, to be held June 15-26, 2020.


Why Innovation Studio? 

Innovation for teaching and learning is born through our collaborations and interconnectedness as educators. In this spirit, the Innovation Studio is a dedicated space at the conference for you to explore the pervasive challenges we face in the classroom and to craft innovative approaches for better reaching our unique populations of learners.


What is the Innovation Studio?

OLC Innovate is not a passive conference experience! Join the designers in the Innovation Studio for a series of live experimental sessions, design thinking challenges, the sharing of trade secrets, and more! Make the Innovation Studio your hub and your home base at OLC Innovate 2020, using it as a space to be inspired, network with colleagues, and reflect throughout the conference.




Join others in completing the OLC Innovate Escape Room (#OLCEscapeRoom) – a fun challenge and puzzle-based experience that unites participants around collaboration and strategy

In the spirit of constructivist learning, the Innovation Studio will feature an Educational Escape Room.

We invite you to join others in completing the OLC Escape Room (#OLCEscapeRoom) – a fun challenge and puzzle-based experience that unites participants around collaboration and strategy. It will take place during the conference and participants will have the option to choose between a variety of time slots to accommodate their existing conference schedules. 

Escape Rooms are collaborative experiences where participants work together to solve a series of puzzles, challenges, riddles, or mysteries using clues, hints, and intentional strategy. They often feature a specific theme and a particular set of objectives that require participants to work as a team if they hope to complete the challenge in time. 

The OLC Escape Room will allow conference participants a fun and unique space to not only engage with a variety of educational technologies and innovative educational design strategies, but do so in a themed, challenge-based environment with others. Challenges might include finding a hidden code within a database to unlock a presentation, navigating through a virtual or augmented reality to receive your next clue, using distance-learning technologies to communicate with your teammates, or completing a circuit to turn on a device, among others. That said, they will all be fun, practical, and representative of the types of teaching and learning challenges that educators face in their day-to-day lives.  

To hear from others who have participated in OLC Escape Room challenges before, visit the OLC Escape Room Testimonials flipgrid page.

Each member of the winning team (max 10 members per team) will receive a $25 OLC gift card and some fun OLC swag!

Sign up to reserve a time slot to participate in the Escape Room 


Connect with Us

Want to learn more about the Innovation Studio and how you can get involved? Connect with us on social media with the hashtag #OLCInnovationStudio or join our channel in the OLC Slack Team https://olcinnovate.slack.com/. We’re excited to start the conversation, and looking forward to innovating with you in person in Chicago.



Innovation Studio Schedule

Thank you for your patience as we update the schedule to accommodate the new all virtual event.




About the Studio Designers

Maddie Shellgren

Madeline (Maddie) Shellgren, Michigan State, Innovation Studio Co-Chair

Daniel Trego

Daniel Trego, Michigan State University, Innovation Studio Co-Chair