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Registration for summit events is included in your All Access Pass conference registration. There are no additional steps to register for these sessions. All summit sessions are held during the onsite conference in Nashville.  

Each summit is divided into two or three segments. Feel free to attend an individual summit session or the full series of sessions within a summit.  The schedule for each summit can be found by clicking on the links for each of the four summit topics.   All summit sessions will be held in Washington B.

HBCU Summit

Strategically Supporting Student Success

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

9:00am – 4:00pm CT

The on-site HBCU summit will focus on strategies, actions, and outcomes for HBCUs providing quality online education that prioritizes student success.  The summit topics will include: 

  1. HBCU leadership in the design and implementation of virtual immersive learning environments for accelerating skills and motivations for learning, 
  2. multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary strategies for building a free and open collection of teaching and learning resources that is culturally relevant for Africana students,
  3. national programs for digital equity and economic inclusion that fosters financial literacy and the diversification of the banking and wealth management industry sector, 
  4. how COVID pandemic has challenged HBCUs to innovate in online education and the emerging strategies for institutional success,
  5. “Discussion not Presentation” about strategies for strengthening HBCU institutional collaboration through consortium initiatives that support the development of leadership and organizational capabilities,  and more.   

Each topic will not only share the exciting work of HBCUs in these areas but will also be an invitation for HBCUs to participate in these initiatives.   This summit is open to all registered onsite (All Access Pass) conference participants and we encourage any of the HBCUs in the United States to participate.

** Special Note:  With funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Tennessee State University and the HBCU Affordable Learning Solutions Community will provide faculty and staff affiliated with any HBCU complimentary registration to the VIRTUAL INNOVATE Conference (April 4-7, 2023).  To get the complimentary registration for the VIRTUAL INNOVATE Conference (ONLY), please contact Gerry Hanley at ghanley@csulb.edu

HBCU Summit  

  • 9:00am-12:00pm: Part 1 
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch break (on your own)  
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm: Part 2  

Instructional Design Summit

Learning Analytics (Re)Imagined: Leveraging Data to Engage Learners  

Friday, April 21, 2023 

9:45am-12:30pm CT

The role of the instructional designer in online teaching and learning is as varied and complex as the institutions they work in. Join us for this three session event, as we share our experiences on how to leverage learning analytics to inform our instructional design practices and collaborations with instructors.

Leadership Summit

The Engaged Leader:  Attending to the Complexities of Digital Learning

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 

8:00am – 12:00pm CT

Today’s leaders in digital learning must be attuned to the needs and priorities of many people: faculty, staff, students, executive leaders, vendors and business partners, and the community.

Join us at the Leadership Summit to hear from leaders who are engaged in making a difference for those they serve.

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Research Summit

Cultivating Sustainable Development through Flexible Learning Research

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 

1:15pm – 4:30pm CT

The OLC is delighted to host a research summit dedicated to the relationship between flexible learning research and sustainable development. Flexible learning, or anytime, anywhere learning, has emerged as a “pervasive practice and narrative” within higher education, particularly over the last several years (Veletsianos and Houlden, 2019, p. 454). Research has provided a vital way for educators, practitioners, and leaders to ensure that our flexible learning practices and pedagogies lead to sustainable development for students and programs. By designing research frameworks that emphasize ongoing impact, we can also foster resilient programs that advance quality instruction in changing educational landscapes. We welcome all who have a stake in flexible learning – including instructors, instructional designers, learners, and program administrators –  to join us as we consider how best to leverage flexible learning research to cultivate sustainable digital transformation.

More specifically, this summit welcomes emerging and experienced researchers to engage with panels that will:

  • Consider emerging insights and trends in sustainable research that should influence flexible learning; 
  • Develop sustainable frameworks for research design and facilitation;
  • Leverage research insights to shape more sustainable practices and pedagogies and resilient institutions;
  • Build communities to generate new knowledge, improve practice, and engage in research.

We look forward to seeing you at the OLC Innovate 2023 Summits!  As you participate in these “deeper dives” into critical topics in the online learning world, we are certain they will complement your Innovate 2023  experience!  Questions?  Contact us at conference@onlinelearning-c.org.

Janet Smith  

Summit Co-chair

Janet Smith, University of Arizona


Summit Co-chair

Kate Grovergrys, Madison College