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This fall brought us an opportunity to try out the many ideas, modifications and improvements in blended and online learning from the past year. As we continue to share more about online and digital learning and what innovation means to us as the Innovate 2022, we continue to focus on the centrality of building a more equitable and inclusive future in the context of online learning. We are proud that this conference brings together people with a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to help everyone embark on this journey to ensure we are meeting the needs of all students, faculty, staff, and the broader communities we serve inclusively and equitably.

We aim to build connections amongst our conference attendees in creating an inclusive conference experience. The DEI Committee for Innovate 2022 virtual and in-person conference broadly defines inclusion, diversity, equity, and advocacy as honoring all individuals for who they are, and where they are: In so doing, both recognizing and also honoring the whole person. Diversity, equity and inclusion also means connecting with each other in meaningful and helpful ways to create an environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging within the conference community. We are always looking for individuals to help us shape and expand this mission, so please reach out to us if you have an interest in service with us in this event or future OLC events.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including those with disabilities, to engage fully in the virtual and in-person conference. If you need individual assistance to accommodate your needs, and to ensure you can fully participate in the conference, please contact us. We will then work with you individually and with the appropriate vendors to make sure that your specific accommodation needs are addressed. Closed captioning will be provided in all the live-streamed sessions and on-demand recordings. If you have questions or would like to discuss your accessibility needs or concerns, please email us at conference@onlinelearning-c.org.

For all conference participants – attendees and presenters alike – we are happy to provide suggestions on what you can do during the conference to bring diversity and inclusion to OLC Innovate 2022 Conference.


Preparing for the Conference

Presenters: Inclusive Presentation Materials and Formats

If you are a presenter, please attend the training session for your presentation type for guidelines to best accommodate all attendees in your session, as well as refer to our specific Presenter Guide on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility. You may find more information by visiting the OLC Presenter Services page.

General DEI Presenter Guidelines:

  • Presenters should ensure that their presentation materials are accessible for all participants.
  • Follow web accessibility guidelines to ensure everyone in the virtual room can benefit and that the presentation materials are accessible. Please feel free to use the OLC conference presenter slide template, which is accessible, available from the Presenter Services page
  • Please use a headset with microphone for virtual presentations, and a microphone for in-person presentations, if at all possible to ensure the quality of your sound during your presentation.
  • Presenters should plan to describe their slides, visual demonstrations, or videos to the audience for any attendees with visual impairments. To best conduct an accessible and inclusive session so that all attendees may engage, it is recommended that presenters repeat any questions that have been asked in the chat using the microphone for any attendees who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
  • If you are presenting and need an accommodation to effectively conduct your presentation, please let us know. There is a space for you to indicate that you have an accommodation request when you claim your presentation slot.
  • Closed captioning will be provided in all the virtual live and on-demand recordings.

Additional tips will be presented to speakers in the presenter webinars leading up to the conference as well as in our Presenter Guides.

We want to make participating in the conference experience simple, accessible, and inclusive. One of the ways we work to do this is by generating Engagement Maps; these maps highlight specially-curated sessions in themes such as instructional design, leadership, equity & inclusion, and much more, and attendees indicate that these focused and themed session guides help them to better engage at the conference with individuals who have similar interest areas. Consider attending sessions that have been carefully curated for you by OLC volunteers in our Engagement Maps that match your interests–OR–branch out to a brand new area and meet new people, and learn new information. That is what building connections is all about.


During the Conference

Unplug and Refocus

Everyone needs a break and time to decompress during a long conference. Take advantage of the opportunities to unplug and refocus.

Our Sanctuary is a reflective space available for all conference attendees to use. For the virtual conference, the Sanctuary page is asynchronous and open at all times. At the onsite conference, there will be a physical space called “The Sanctuary,” which is a quiet room. Please refer to the schedule for live mindful meditations in the Sanctuary.

What does DEI look like at the OLC Innovate 2022 Virtual and In-person Conference this year? 

Within the context of the DEI work at OLC Accelerate 2021, we have worked to create intentionally inclusive spaces. Here’s how you can enjoy:

  • Visit the virtual Sanctuary Room, asynchronous and open at all times.
  • Join us for the conference’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion centered events, including a DEI Reception onsite Wednesday, April 13, featuring a “thought-provoking, accessible “Gallery Walk,” themed around diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Closed Captions will be available in all virtual live and on-demand sessions. Discovery sessions in PlayPosit should also be captioned. 
  • Let us hear your feedback regarding how OLC is doing with our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives, and how we might improve. Please complete conference evaluations to provide us with your feedback.

Additional E&I Resources for Attendees & Presenters:

Please attend our conference sessions with a special focus on Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Diversity at our conference. Check out this curated-by-us selection of sessions by reviewing our DEI Engagement Map (coming soon). OLC Accelerate 2021 presenters are also encouraged to review the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Accessibility Guide as you prepare for your presentation, to ensure it is designed and presented in an inclusive manner for all attendees. Presenters should also review and incorporate the OLC Slide Template, review the OLC Slide Design Guide, and upload all digital materials to the OLC presentation repository prior to and/or after the presentation.

Amy Archambault      

Amy Archambault

With almost 20 years in higher education and online course development, I collaborate  with faculty in the development and improvement of their online/hybrid/F2F courses. My goal is to think of the whole student and how our designs will impact their learning experience. My journey into DEI work was kick-started many years ago through listening sessions and conversations, reading books and articles, attending programs and workshops, and getting involved with equity initiatives.  My journey continues to push me to think about how systems impact my work as an instructional designer and those that encounter my designs.  I love connecting around topics of design justice, co-design, ethics, and instructional design decision-making.

When I’m not thinking about all of these engaging topics, you can find me with my family, either on the soccer field with my son or the funky art shops with my daughter.  My husband and I love to hike and be outside. Our two dogs, Mojo and Pepper, would agree that this is a good way to spend every day (if they could!). Food, books, and good (decaf) coffee all rank high on my “ways to be more hygge” list, as well.  Hope to connect with you around shared interests online or in conference spaces!

William Prado

William Prado

Dr. William Prado has 20 years of experience in online education, including in administration, instruction, and course and curriculum design. He teaches sustainable business and other management subjects, and has served as Dean of Graduate and Online Programs at Green Mountain College and Prescott College. Currently Bill is the Director of the MBA in Sustainability Leadership and Sustainability Management programs of Prescott College. He also serves on the Institutional Advisory Committee of NC-SARA. Bill’s work in education is informed by a focus on BIPOC and marginalized students’ success, including integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion dimensions rooted in his experience as a first generation American Latinx and also as a first generation college graduate.