We are thrilled to invite you to join us at OLC Accelerate 2021! This year we continue to adapt to the challenges and changing conditions of online education and global pandemics by offering two #OLCAccelerate conference experiences. We begin with a fully virtual conference experience September 20-24, 2021 and continue the professional development, networking, learning and sharing opportunities when we reconnect in Washington, D.C. at the gorgeous Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center: October 5-8, 2021. 

As always, our program of top rate presenters, keynotes, workshops will stimulate your neural cortex and put you in social contact with like-minded professionals from around the world as you expand your network of international colleagues. We hope you’ll attend this year’s summits that focus on leadership, research, instructional design and blended learning.  Whether you attend virtually, onsite or both, you’ll have access to view recorded sessions for a year and your expanded personal learning network for the rest of your career!

We are excited to offer dynamite engagement opportunities at #OLCAccelerate! Whether it is your first or fifteenth OLC conference, we’ll support and connect you with live interactive streaming conversations from OLC Live, Speed Networking games, and Field Guides to help guide you in finding the right sessions or evening activities. You’ll also be able to participate in interactive and hands-on learning and development experiences in the Technology Test Kitchen, or take a cognitive break and recharge, meditate or do some yoga in the Sanctuary quiet space. OLC Accelerate 2021 provides all attendees with an exceptionally collaborative, reflective opportunity to explore and share our best practices and innovations. We hope you will attend, participate and connect! 

Be sure to keep an eye out for more information on these fantastic opportunities:

  • World-class professional development presentations given by speakers from around the world
  • Opportunities to share and advance your own work
  • A variety of session types to fit your needs and interests 
  • Access to the most advanced technologies to support for online and distance learning
  • Unmatched networking opportunities with other leaders in education
  • Leadership opportunities designed to support your growth and increase your opportunities

It takes a village to create the #OLCAccelerate experience, and we are ever-so-grateful for all the volunteers that fill the steering committee and sub-committees. From proposal reviewers to track chairs, session facilitators and field guides; from Technology Test Kitchen chefs to summit leaders and workshop presenters, #OLCAccelerate is created by and for online education practitioners, instructors and researchers. We thank you deeply for your contributions and proposals toward making the #OLCAccelerate ‘21 program shine. For those who will be presenting your work and sharing your knowledge, we’ll be offering a whole host of presenter services to support you and infuse your presentations with guidance. The CFP is open, so we invite you to submit your proposal to share your work at #OLCAccelerate!

Clark Shah-Nelson  

Conference Co-chair

Dr. Clark Shah-Nelson
University of Maryland School of Social Work

Megan Kohler  

Conference Co-chair

Megan Kohler
The Pennsylvania State University