HBCU  | Research  | Instructional Design 

These immersive summits are participant favorites, and are included with your OLC Accelerate 2024 Conference Pass registration at no additional charge. All summit sessions are held during the conference in Orlando. We ask that during the registration process you RSVP for the summit(s) you plan to attend.

The OLC HBCU Summit: An Community-Centered and Community-Designed Event for HBCU Institutional Success and Advancement

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2024
  • 1:15pm – 3:00pm U.S. Eastern Time Zone
  • Northern Hemisphere E3/E4

The hands of black people in the center hold each other to unite

We cordially invite you to the HBCU Summit, a dedicated space for community-building, collaboration, establishing partnerships, capacity building, and action-oriented change, with the goal of empowering HBCU communities, thereby enriching the overall educational landscape. This summit continues the tradition of focusing on enhancing education opportunities for underrepresented communities within Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through diversity, inclusion, and equity-driven initiatives. It also represents an opportunity to showcase that HBCUs are at the forefront of advocating for and implementing equity-minding institutional changes. The summit this year is composed of two topically-specific sessions and a community forum and action-planning event.

Who Should Attend? The summit welcomes HBCU faculty, staff, students, and all advocates for affordable education who are dedicated to the success of underrepresented communities in higher education.

Registration information: Any HBCU that formally sends an “Institutional Representative” to the HBCU Summit will also receive free live-streaming access for additional members of their institution to attend the HBCU Summit sessions. For information on becoming an “HBCU Summit Institutional Representative,” please email OLC’s Director of Global Outreach, Madeline Shellgren madeline.shellgren@onlinelearning-c.org, with the subject line “HBCU Summit Institutional Representative.”

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Reimagining Research: The Role of Generative AI

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2024
  • 1:00pm – 3:45pm U.S. Eastern Time Zone
  • Southern Hemisphere II

On Stage Visionary Male Speaker Presents New Technology, Uses Remote Control for Presentation, Showing Infographics, Statistics Animation on Screen.

In the two years since the launch of ChatGPT in November 2022, generative AI has transformed all sectors of everyday life – from healthcare to higher education. Its application in higher education has opened new avenues for research collaboration and innovation, in addition to raising important questions about academic integrity and the future of work. This year’s research summit will showcase opportunities for generative AI to become a partner for research across stages of the research process. Sessions will focus on ways in which researchers are engaging AI tools to enhance research design and execution, teaching students to navigate generative AI as a tool in their emerging research practices, and leveraging these tools to generate funding for research projects. Participants will gain critical insights into working with our existing technologies to streamline research, fostering innovative research collaborations, and addressing ethical considerations in AI-enhanced research. The summit aims to equip attendees with practical strategies and a forward-thinking mindset to effectively integrate generative AI into their research endeavors, ensuring they remain at the forefront of changing research practices in their respective fields.

We extend a warm welcome to researchers across roles and disciplines and those who teach, support, and facilitate research at their institutions to join us for these important conversations.

Please RSVP for the Research Summit when you register for the Conference Pass.

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Pioneers of Change: Leading Innovation in Instructional Design

  • Thursday, November 21, 2024
  • 9:45am – 12:30pm U.S. Eastern Time Zone
  • Southern Hemisphere II

women speaking

Instructional designers are frequently tasked with leading innovation. Most often, they lead by influence to ensure their organization navigates the latest issues and trends in digital learning successfully  At the same time, they’re continuously advancing their own skills and knowledge to stay ahead.  Through a series of interactive and thought-provoking sessions, participants will gain valuable insights and practical tools to effectively navigate the critical roles of change management and leadership within instructional design.

Session topics will include Change Management, Innovate Leadership, and Career Pathways.  Detailed descriptions coming soon! 

Join us for a thought-provoking morning at the Instructional Design Summit, an integral part of the 2024 Accelerate Conference.  This summit is specifically designed for current and aspiring instructional designers, leaders of instructional design teams, and other stakeholders involved in learning design projects.

Please RSVP for the Instructional Design Summit when you register for the Conference Pass.

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    We look forward to seeing you at the OLC Accelerate 2024 Summits!  As you participate in these “deeper dives” into critical topics in the online learning world, we are certain they will complement your Accelerate 2024 experience!  Questions?  Contact us at conference@onlinelearning-c.org

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    HBCU Summit Chair

    Dionne Thorne, Morgan State University



    maddie shellgren



    HBCU Summit Chair

    Madeline Shellgren, Online Learning Consortium






    HBCU Summit Advisor

    Robbie Melton, Tennessee State University





    HBCU Summit Advisor

    Gerry Hanley, MERLOT and California State University-Long Beach





    Instructional Design Summit Chair

    Josh Herron, Online Learning Consortium




    Research Summit Chair.

    Kristen Gay