One of our main goals at OLC is to create spaces where community members can work together and think critically about our field’s practices and methods, focusing on creating positive change.  Within our conferences, these collaborative spaces take the form of engagement activities.  From networking breaks to evening socials to early morning mindfulness sessions, we offer a unique take on how we connect, collaborate, and innovate our practices within digital learning (and have a good time in the process).  This year, OLC Innovate is not just about sharing knowledge; it’s about creating experiences.  And with the launch of our new Engagement CFP, we’re looking for sessions that weave together fun, collaboration, and innovation, enhancing our understanding of digital learning in new and exciting ways.


What is the Engagement CFP?

We’re thrilled to extend an invitation for proposals to lead engaging sessions at this year’s Online Learning Conference, where we’re not just focused on sharing knowledge but also on fostering networking opportunities, building new connections, and having a great time while exploring innovation in the online learning realm.

We’re seeking dynamic presenters with insights into creative networking strategies, fun approaches to team-building in virtual spaces, or expertise in using technology for interactive and enjoyable learning experiences.  Join us in crafting sessions that not only impart knowledge but also create a vibrant community atmosphere.  Submit your proposal and be a part of shaping an event that combines learning, networking, and fun, making it an unforgettable experience for all participants.

What are we looking for?

Your proposal should breathe life into the spaces between our scheduled events (i.e. networking breaks, lunches, evening events). Whether it’s an early morning mindfulness session, an engaging coffee talk, or a lively evening social, we’re seeking proposals that break the mold.  Think unconventional:  design sprints, gamified activities, interactive workshops, or anything that encourages active participation and connection.  Your session should be a catalyst for conversation, collaboration, and community-building, adding a memorable dimension to the OLC Innovate experience. You’ll have the choice of submitting a session that you can lead at either our onsite or virtual conference.

We are particularly interested in proposals that showcase innovative methods for building connections, fostering meaningful collaborations and encouraging participants to interact beyond attending sessions at the conference.  Whether you have successfully implemented unique icebreakers, utilized cutting-edge technologies to enhance networking, or have a love of playing games, you are what we are looking for! The ideal engagement session should serve as a platform for forging lasting connections and promoting a sense of camaraderie among our diverse community of online learning professionals.  We invite you to bring your creativity, expertise, and passion for fostering connections to our conference.

Who should submit?

Are you an educator with a knack for creative engagement?  An instructional designer with innovative ideas?  A technology enthusiast who knows how to make learning fun and interactive?  Or someone with a fresh perspective on fostering collaboration and community in online spaces?  If so, we want to hear from you.  We’re calling on members of the OLC and MERLOT community to share their unique approaches to creating meaningful, engaging, and enjoyable experiences at our conference.

If you have successfully implemented engaging activities, developed effective networking strategies, experimented with creative teaching methods, or have insights into building a vibrant online community, you are the right person for the job! Join us in shaping OLC Innovate – submit your proposal and contribute to a conference that reflect the diversity and dynamism of our community.

What is the submission process?

  1. Submit Your Idea: Kickstart your journey at OLC Innovate by filling out our submission form with your engaging session idea.  Don’t worry if you’re still brainstorming – we’ve got you covered with a range of templates to spark your creativity and guide your proposal, including:
    • Family Feud Fun
    • Business Card Bonanza
    • Scattergories
    • Mindfulness
  2. Committee Review: Once your proposal is submitted, our dedicated Engagement Committee will carefully review it.  We’re looking for sessions that stand out in creativity, interactivity, and their potential to foster meaningful connections.
  3. Notification of Decision:  After thorough consideration, we will notify you about the decision on your session.  Our aim is to curate an eclectic mix of sessions that collectively enrich to the OLC Innovate experience.
  4. Session Acceptance: If your session is selected, you’ll have the opportunity to confirm and accept your role as a presenter.  This step is crucial for us to finalize the engaging and dynamic schedule of the conference.
  5. Finalizing the Schedule:  With your acceptance, we move closer to completing the engaging lineup of sessions.  Your contribution will be a vital part of an inspiring and educational event.
  6. Stay Informed: Keep an eye on the full timeline of important dates provided below.  This will help you stay on track and ensure you don’t miss any critical deadlines or updates in the lead-up to the conference.

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    Important Dates

    • December 19, 2023: CFP opens
    • January 23, 2024 (by 11:59pm ET): Proposals Due – Extended deadline
    • January 30, 2024: Notification of acceptance – Notifications have been extended until Feb. 7 due to the high volume of proposals received
    • February 16, 2024: Deadline for presenters to accept 
    • February 19, 2024: Engagement schedule published
    • February 21, 2024: Deadline for presenters to register/edit abstracts
    • March 20, 2024: Deadline for presentations/materials (if needed) to be uploaded

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    Questions or requests for assistance?

    Feel free to contact our Engagement Co-Chairs for support.

    Cynthia Pascal,

    Jenn Zaur,

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