Building Bridges in Digital, Blended, and Online Learning

Welcome to year five of the OLC Innovate conference, in partnership with MERLOT!

We are excited to invite you to join us for #OLCInnovate 2020, which will be held March 31-April 3, 2020 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.   

You are meant to be here!  We want your voice, your experiences, your challenges, and your solutions.   OLC conference attendees have made incredible contributions to online learning research, teaching and learning practice, advocacy and leadership, and innovations.  Be a part of that history and future!   

The OLC Innovate conference experience is designed for everyone, whether one is new to online learning or is a seasoned expert.  We have worked hard to design an inclusive, supportive, and engaged experience that transcends a traditional conference design. The professional community at OLC Innovate encourages reflection, celebration, and exploration and we are excited for you to be a part of it. 

As we embark on the fifth year of #OLCInnovate, Get Ready To Be…

  • Inspired: Choose from over 300 workshops, presentations, and conference sessions that will educate, challenge, and inspire you.
  • Engaged:  Connect with attendees from around the world to share ideas, discuss challenges, and dream about solutions.  
  • Challenged:  Hear from a diverse panel of speakers and keynoters who will encourage you to consider new ideas and opportunities for the future. 
  • Transformed:  Take home strategies and solutions for today’s online learning challenges!  Reflect on future possibilities and opportunities for online learners! Celebrate the development of a larger professional learning network.  

We encourage you to get involved early and take advantage of the many opportunities both before and during the conference. Whether this is your first or fifth #OLCInnovate, we invite you to engage and share. Please submit CFP proposals, sign up for the OLC Field Guide program, utilize the various conference services, and join the Slack team to communicate with fellow attendees prior to, during, and after the conference. We’re certain these opportunities will lead to opportunities to engage with a wide network of colleagues who are here to collaborate, share, and learn from one another.  

The conference location offers a unique opportunity to experience all the Windy City has to offer. Plan on joining us for opportunities to explore the city and see some of Chicago’s iconic landmarks. 

As you join us in Chicago, March 31-April 3, 2020, or through the virtual community leading up to and during the conference, we hope you’ll bring your excitement, your willingness, your challenges, and your ideas and your solutions to this year’s #OLCInnovate.  

We look forward to meeting you! 

Tina Rettler-Pagel  

Conference Co-chair

Tina Rettler-Pagel, Madison College

Janet Smith  

Conference Co-chair

Janet Smith, University of Arizona

 Dr Jennifer Mathes  

Executive Conference Co-chair

Jennifer Mathes, Online Learning Consortium


Dr Kaye Shelton

Executive Conference Co-chair

Kaye Shelton, Lamar University