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You are invited to participate in a unique and prestigious international event focused on blended learning around the world. This is a multi-part program that offers a truly blended engaging and collaborative experience for learning, discussion, work, and networking. The program will consist of synchronous and asynchronous activities, available with onsite and virtual participation options. The outcome of participating in this symposium will be co-authorship on a report on blended learning research and publication opportunities.

Tracks in the symposium will include:

  • Leadership and Administration of Programs
  • Blended Learning Research
  • Evidence-Informed Blended Course Design
  • Quality and Continuous Improvement
  • Equity and Access to Education.

The Blended Learning Symposium is available as an add-on for both virtual and onsite attendees of OLC Accelerate 2022. Reserve your seat today by selecting the Blended Learning Symposium agenda item on the OLC Accelerate 2022 registration page.

Register for Symposium

If you already registered for OLC Accelerate and would like to add the Symposium to your existing registration, or if you have any other questions, please email customerserivce@onlinelearning-c.org for assistance.

OLC Member OLC Non-Member
Academic Affiliate
Faculty/Staff of academic organizations
$300*  $500*
Corporate Affiliate
OLC Membership is required for the member rate.
$800* $1,000*

*Registration for the Blended Learning Symposium is an add-on cost to your OLC Accelerate conference registration. 

The 2022 OLC Blended Learning Symposium will be presented as a four-part blended event

Date Time Program
Part 1: Webinar
June 21, 2022 12:00-4:00 PM ET

The international symposium launches with a webinar featuring speakers from around the world will address topics across all tracks of the Blended Learning Symposium. 

The June 21 webinar is free to register and attend for all. 

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Part 2: Asynchronous Sessions 
November 1-3, 2022 The next part of the symposium will align with the OLC Accelerate 2022 Virtual Conference, with asynchronous sessions available starting on November 1. The sessions will be across all Blended Learning Symposium tracks and will be presented as Discovery sessions. On-demand sessions will be available for one year after the conference.
Part 3: Onsite Symposium 
November 15-16, 2022 This portion of the symposium will provide the opportunity for participants to meet alongside the OLC Accelerate Onsite Conference in Orlando, Florida. The program will include a special blended learning keynote speaker, as well as featured speakers across all Blended Learning Symposium tracks. Sessions will be streamed to the virtual audience to allow participation for those not able to join onsite.
Part 4: Virtual Symposium
November 29 – December 1, 2022 The summation of the Blended Learning Symposium will provide a unique opportunity to engage with a global blended learning community through interactive presentations and facilitated collaborative writing. The end result will be a report on Blended Learning with authorship recognition for participants. Taking place across three days of featured speakers, plenary presentations, and co-writing sessions, the event will also include virtual receptions and community engagement opportunities.

*Schedule is subject to change

12:00pm - 4:00pm ET Part 1: Webinar The international symposium launches with a webinar featuring speakers from around the world will address topics across all tracks of the Blended Learning Symposium.

The June 21 webinar is free to register and attend for all.

Register for Webinar

Welcome and Introduction Angela Gunder, Online Learning Consortium

Tawyna Means, Geis College of Business,
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Liz Ciabocchi, Adelphi University and OLC Board of Directors
What Have We Learned - 1 Tanya Joosten, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and OLC Board of Directors
Networking Break
What Have We Learned - 2

The Challenges of Blended Learning (and potentially some solutions)

The term blended learning was first used in 1999, when the American Interactive Learning Center began to launch software programs designed for teaching over the Internet. The focus of this session is to highlight and discuss the challenges encountered with this approach to learning and teaching over the past twenty years.
Norm Vaughan, Mount Royal University
Networking Break
What Are We Doing Now - 1 Charles Graham, Brigham Young University
Networking Break
What Are We Doing Now - 2 Brian Beatty, San Fransisco State University
Collaborative Activity

Designing Learner Personas for Blended Learning Experiences

Great learning experiences begin with learners. This session explores the importance of empathy and access when designing blended learning experiences. Participants will discover how to create and use learner personas to support collaboration and design processes. This interactive session will also provide guided opportunities to practice creating personas and learn from one another. Downloadable templates and resources will be provided.
Bucky Dodd, University of Central Oklahoma

Kiran Budhrani, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Networking Break
Panel: The Future of Blended Learning Moderator:
Tawnya Means, Geis College of Business, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Panelists:
Tony Picciano, City University of New York - Hunter College

Kelvin Thompson, University of Central Florida

Karen Arnesen, Brigham Young University

Florence Martin, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Wrap Up and Setting the State for the Next Parts of the Symposium
Asynchronous Engagement Part 2: Asynchronous Sessions Begin The next part of the symposium will align with the OLC Accelerate 2022 Virtual Conference, with asynchronous sessions available starting on November 1. The sessions will be across all Blended Learning Symposium tracks and will be presented as Discovery sessions. On-demand sessions will be available for one year after the conference.

*Registration for the Blended Learning Symposium Parts 2, 3, and 4 is an add-on cost to your OLC Accelerate conference registration.

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Asynchronous Engagement Part 2: Asynchronous Sessions Continue
Asynchronous Engagement Part 2: Asynchronous Sessions Conclude
9:00am ET Part 3: Onsite Symposium Begins This portion of the symposium will provide the opportunity for participants to meet alongside the OLC Accelerate Onsite Conference in Orlando, Florida. The program will include a special blended learning keynote speaker, as well as featured speakers across all Blended Learning Symposium tracks. Sessions will be streamed to the virtual audience to allow participation for those not able to join onsite.
9:00am - 12:00pm ET Keynote, Featured Session 1, Featured Session 2
9:00am - 12:00pm ET Featured Session 3, Featured Session 4, Featured Session 5
12:00pm ET Part 3: Onsite Symposium Concludes
Part 4: Virtual Symposium Begins The summation of the Blended Learning Symposium will provide a unique opportunity to engage with a global blended learning community through interactive presentations and facilitated collaborative writing. The end result will be a report on Blended Learning with authorship recognition for participants. Taking place across three days of featured speakers, plenary presentations, and co-writing sessions, the event will also include virtual receptions and community engagement opportunities.
Part 4: Virtual Symposium Continues
Part 4: Virtual Symposium Concludes

*Schedule is subject to change

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