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We cordially invite senior leaders and their trusted advisors to join us in Orlando, Florida this fall for a remarkable opportunity to learn, collaborate, and network. We are thrilled to announce the third annual OLC Leadership Network Symposium, taking place prior to our larger community gathering at OLC Accelerate (November 18-21). This symposium will bring together trailblazers and influential voices in our field, fostering discussions and debates about our digital learning futures. Together, we will determine our top priorities for the upcoming year, addressing the most significant challenges and opportunities facing our field.

The Leadership Symposium is a highly collaborative one-day event specifically tailored for senior leaders. It aims to collectively identify areas that require our focused attention in addressing the ubiquitous challenges and promising opportunities for creating equitable, inclusive, and quality online and blended education. The symposium builds upon the success of our previous Leadership Network events and responds to the requests from senior leaders for a dedicated meeting space. 

This year’s symposium attendees will address critical questions in the following tracks:

  • Digital Strategy & Policy: What are the key strategic areas of focus that leaders need to prioritize in the current higher education landscape to improve the efficacy and impact of digital strategy and policy? Attendees will learn from experts in the field and gain practical insights into aligning digital strategy and policy with institutional priorities.
  • Emerging Leaders: How do emerging and seasoned digital leaders partner to build leadership capacity? This track will provide opportunities for attendees to share experiences and learn from each other’s successes and challenges in developing effective digital leadership strategies and inclusive pathways to leadership. Topics will include managing change, fostering innovation, and leading with purpose.
  • Equitable and Inclusive Digital Learning Leadership: How can leaders create equitable and inclusive digital learning environments that promote the dimensions of diversity across the educational landscape? This track will explore strategies for transforming practices to support all learners, including addressing systemic barriers and endemic inequities, promoting inclusive pedagogy, and fostering resilient community engagement.
  • Student Experience: How can leaders improve the student experience throughout the student lifecycle, from the moment students enter the institution to credential completion? This track will explore strategies for providing entering students with adequate preparation and support within and beyond the classroom to make informed decisions and navigate major milestones.
  • Workforce Education: How can leaders align new programs and program redevelopment with the needs of the labor market to best prepare learners for the future of work? This track will explore how to structure skills alignment and attainment, and develop meaningful partnerships with the workforce. Attendees will learn strategies for developing programs that meet the evolving needs of our future workforce, including reskilling and upskilling opportunities.

This year’s symposium promises a truly engaging experience, featuring a keynote address, panel discussions, and numerous networking opportunities. Do not miss out on this unique and prestigious event, where you can connect with leaders from around the world and gain valuable insights into critical topics. We eagerly anticipate your presence at the symposium!


OLC Leadership Network Symposium 2024 Program Schedule

Full-day Pre-conference Event

Time Program Details
Monday, November 18, 2024
7:45 AM – 8:30 AM ET Registration & Check-in
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM ET Welcome & Opening Session
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM ET Concurrent Session 1

Breakout Sessions

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM ET Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET Concurrent Session 2

Breakout Sessions

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET Lunch on Your Own
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM ET Concurrent Session 3

Breakout Sessions

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM ET Break
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM ET Closing Plenary Panel & Wrap-up

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET Evening Event

*Schedule is subject to change

  • All sessions are held at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort & Convention Center (Orlando, FL)
  • All sessions are considered BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
  • All sessions are in US Eastern Time Zone

The Leadership Network Symposium is available as an add-on event ticket for the onsite attendees of OLC Accelerate 2024. Select the Leadership Network Symposium agenda item on the OLC Accelerate 2024 registration page to reserve your seat. 

The price of the symposium also includes a one-year membership in the OLC Leadership Network, with access to exclusive events, reports, publications, and networking opportunities from November 2024 – November 2025. 

To encourage active dialogue and actionable next steps, registration will be limited to no more than 150 participants.

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 customerservice@onlinelearning-c.org for assistance.

OLC Member OLC Non-Member
Leadership Network Symposium $595*  $850*

*This represents the registration cost for the Leadership Network Symposium, regardless of whether it’s purchased as a stand-alone registration or as an add-on item to your OLC Accelerate conference registration. After completing the first registration for the combined conference and the Leadership Network Symposium add-on ticket, up to 9 additional registrations from the same institution are eligible for a $100 discount each. Please reach out to conference@onlinelearning-c.org for further information.

Online Learning Consortium (OLC) conferences and events bring together individuals interested in research, innovation, and practical application-based aspects of online, digital, and blended learning.

OLC’s Leadership Network Symposium will bring together senior leaders and their trusted advisors in online, blended, and digital education to discuss new pathways to digital partnerships. Increasingly, the changing educational landscape along with the rise of alternative educational providers have opened new pathways and opportunities in digital leadership, research, and collaboration.

This one-day highly collaborative event is tailored for senior leaders to determine where we should collectively focus our attention in best addressing the ubiquitous challenges and promising opportunities for creating equitable, inclusive, and quality online and blended education. The Leadership Network Symposium was inspired by the success of our previous Leadership Network events and requests from senior leaders for a dedicated meeting space.

Sponsor the Leadership Network Symposium and participate fully in sessions and discussions while hearing from leaders as to challenges they face across their institutions. Sponsors receive premium recognition in this opportunity, which is limited to four organizations.

Please contact julie.threet@onlinelearning-c.org to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the symposium. 


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