Come Join Us for Our Research-oriented Activities at OLC Accelerate!

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Dr. Sherri Restauri, Coastal Carolina University; OLC Accelerate Conference Co-Chair and IDEA Co-Chair; Tracy Cosker, University of New Hampshire Online; OLC Accelerate Conference Co-Chair; and Dr. Lynette O’Keefe, Director of Research & Innovation, Online Learning Consortium

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Welcome to Part 2 of our research-focused OLC Accelerate 2019 blog (see our earlier one, Research is for Everyone, when you have a moment if you missed it).  We are excited to share some of the new research focused opportunities we’ve added to the conference this year, along with highlighting the fabulous ones returning to share new updates and recent findings.   

Are you wondering how to get involved with some of the exciting research going on in the digital learning community?  Are you looking for ways to share out information on your current research while on-site at OLC Accelerate? One of the quickest ways to find exciting, research-oriented presentations and events is to take a look at the Data, Research, & Analytics Engagement Map.  This helpful and informative guide developed by Lynette O’Keefe (OLC Research Director) and Beth Rubin, (the Accelerate 2019 Data Analysis Advisor and Volunteer Mentor), highlights various formats of presentations and events throughout the span of the conference.  The Accelerate 2019 engagement maps, including the Data, Research, & Analytics map, provide attendees with a quick-start guide of high profile sessions, workshops and events, selected from among the hundreds available, centered around a specific topic or area of interest.  They are an excellent way to get started! Below you will find a list of 5 highlighted opportunities available at Accelerate 2019 and beyond designed to promote, support and engage in the research agenda. 

  1. Research Talk-about: Join OLC Field Guides on Thursday, November 21, from 8:45-9:30am for a talk-about focused on Research.  This is a great opportunity to network with research-interested peers and decide how you want to engage with research and related sessions during the conference, while giving you a unique opportunity to stretch your legs and brainstorm at the same time. Read more about this and other Talk-abouts
  2. Attend the OLC Research Summit and network with peers. This year, we are focused on digital STEM education, and in addition to networking, resources, and a great discussion, participants will have the opportunity to contribute to survey development for the upcoming National Survey on the State of Online Science Education in America.  We can’t wait to see you there!
  3. Research Center Focus Group: Join the OLC Research Director and play an active role in shaping the direction of the Research Center.  This discussion will take place on Thursday, November 21, from 3:00 PM-3:45 PM. Note that this is an invitation-only event, but don’t hesitate to email lynette.o’keefe@onlinelearning-c.org if you’re interested in participating!
  4. As noted above, the Data, Research, & Analytics Engagement Map has a great list of Research Track sessions spanning a wide variety of interests, applications, and theoretical perspectives. Here are a few to get you started as you think about how to best use the conference and research track to engage with your work: 

5. Is your research ready for prime time? Contribute to the OLC Research center through Peer-Reviewed Articles, standard non-peer-reviewed Articles, White Papers, Case Studies, and/or Blogs about your research. 

What ideas do you have for us about research collaborations that you would like to see? Let us know and we will work to incorporate those at this or a later conference date where possible! Feel free to contact the OLC Research Director, Dr. Lynette O’Keefe  lynette.o’keefe@onlinelearning-c.org, with suggestions!

Dr. Sherri Restauri, Coastal Carolina University; OLC Accelerate Conference Co-Chair and IDEA Co-Chair
Tracy Cosker Tracy Cosker, University of New Hampshire Online; OLC Accelerate Conference Co-Chair
Lynette O'Keefe Dr. Lynette O’Keefe, Director of Research & Innovation, Online Learning Consortium

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