OLC Innovate 2017: Education Reimagined – A Joint Conference Presented by OLC and MERLOT

The second annual OLC Innovate conference, held April 5-7, 2017 in New Orleans, LA was a very exciting, festive and successful event. 18 countries were represented among the more than 1,275 onsite and approximately 750 virtual attendees. As the premiere conference on online learning, this year boasted a program consisting of an outstanding mix of more than 450 speakers.  Attendees had many outstanding and diverse options to choose from, including 113 Emerging Ideas sessions, and many other presentations (Education sessions, Workshops, Conversations that Work, Research Highlights & Trends, Featured Sessions, Career Forum Roundtables, etc.), as well as features such as the Innovation Lab, PlugIN Lounge, and Innovation Installation. This event also featured some exciting new sessions, including Keynote Lightning Talks, Innovation Lab presentations, the Solution Design Summit and even a marching band, a jazz band, a brass band, contests and prizes!

“OLC Innovate is the BEST & Most Informative Conference EVER!!  I’ve learned a lot from the conference educational sessions, which allows me to apply the online teaching strategies to my courses. With the size of the conference, I can easily manage my schedule and network with people that I want to meet in person. This whole experience has been one of the BEST things in my life.”  Brian Chen, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois – Springfield

We sincerely hope you will join us at next year’s OLC Innovate 2018, taking place April 18-20 in Nashville, TN, AND for OLC Accelerate taking place November 15-17, 2017 in Orlando, FL. Sign up for email updates of these events.


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Thank you to our generous sponsors for the prizes below!

Booth Raffle Winners:

Sponsor Company Booth Drawing/Raffle Prize Winner
AspirEDU, Inc Tiffany & Co ballpoint pen Harold Henry, Ashland Community and Technical College
Blindside Networks BAMBOO Slate Jeanne Samuel, Delgado Community College
EdgeMakers $100 Amazon Gift Card Maggie Murray, Rockingham Community College
GoReact Apple AirPods Ann Musgrove, Florida Atlantic University
IDSolutions 7″ Fire Tablet Sean Miller, Muhlenberg College
ilos Videos Amazon Echo Michael Erskine, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Intellify $50 Amazon Gift Card Armeda Reitzel, Humboldt State University
Lori Swinney, University of North Dakota
Michelle Williams, Bryant Stratton College – Online Education
SmarterServices $25 Amazon Gift Card John Vivolo, New York University
The Babb Group $125 Amazon Gift Card Rolando Mendez-Fernandez, Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Ponce Campus
Vitrium Security $150 Amazon Gift Card Bridget Powell, University of Wisconsin-Madison

OLC Stamp Card Contest iPad Winner: 

  • Meryem Udden, University of Alaska Fairbanks  

Session Evaluation Winners ($25 Amazon.com gift cards): 

  • Dana Wilkie, Post University
  • Krystal Hoefling, Silver State Charter School
  • Nikki Schutte, The College of St. Scholastica
  • Dee Thornton, Jacksonville University
  • Damian Hinojosa, Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary College

Complimentary Conference Registration Winners:

Name University Sponsor
Deanna Weierholt Utah Valley University Canvas
Adam Pate ULM School of Pharmacy Examity
Jose Noguera Southern University and A&M College Intellify Learning
Kelly Childs Chippewaa Valley Technical College Mediasite
George Hudson Metropolitan Community College ProctorU
Chad Marchong Georgia State University PSI/Software Secure
Robert Bernard Concordia University Realizeit
Angela Lee University of Louisiana at Lafayette Remote-Learner
Jennifer Irwin University of Western Ontario UCO-ILED
Rick Lumadue SkillsCommons VoiceThread

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Social Media Contest Winners:

Sponsor Prize Category Winner Winning Tweet/Post
The Babb Group $125 Amazon Gift Card Complaint Realness Michelle Pacansky-Brock http://bit.ly/2pneV8D
OLC $25 Amazon Gift Card Most Romantic Alexandra M. Pickett http://bit.ly/2p0vms8
4MedPlus Corporation $25 Amazon Gift Card Most Prolific Commentary Ida Jones https://twitter.com/idaj
SmarterServices $25 Amazon Gift Card Best Wrap Up Alan Kinsey http://bit.ly/2okM7Ox
ProctorU $100 Visa Gift Card Most Appreciated Conference Tip Jonathan Kulp‏ http://bit.ly/2p0I4XU
Labster Access to Labster’s 50+ simulations for six months Most Joyful Pic Dr. Ryan Straight http://bit.ly/2o1pgH8
Remote Learner Echo Dot Most Innovative Hashtag Tom Evans http://bit.ly/2oZbDfe
Canvas Skullcandy Navigator Headphones Most Enthusiastic OLC Dining Buddy Rolando Mendez http://bit.ly/2osNI75
Software Secure, a PSI Company Sonos Play 1 Most Honest Matt Crosslin http://bit.ly/2okJjkA
OLC $25 Amazon Gift Card Best Virtual Reflection Yin Wah Kreher http://bit.ly/2pnfgbp

Take a look at photos, videos, inspiring quotes, and more that were shared before, during, and after the conference by following the #OLCInnovate hashtag, here!

Solution Design Summit

Judges Vote Winner
Leveraging Instructional Technology To Enhance Learning In A Multi (- Generational, -Lingual, -Stratus, -Experience) Classroom
Lead Presenter: Frances Villagran-Glover (Northern Virginia Community College) Co-presenters: Kirsten Riddick (NVCC), Laura Franklin (NVCC)

Judges Vote Runner-up
Engaging Communities Of Practice Across The Disciplines And Generations To Promote Student Success: Inside Teaching MSU
Lead Presenter: Melissa McDaniels (Michigan State University)
Co-presenters: Reggie Noto (Michigan State University), Erik Skogsberg (Michigan State University), Patti Stewart (Michigan State University), Stephen Thomas (MSU)

Community Vote Winner
Supporting Collaborative Learning Design Experiences
Lead Presenter: Stacy Southerland (University of Central Oklahoma)
Co-presenters: Bucky Dodd (University of Central Oklahoma Institute for Learning Environment Design), John Gillmore (University of Central Oklahoma – Institute for Learning Environment Design), Michael Willis (University of Central Oklahoma – Institute for Learning Environment Design), Milissa Copeland (University of Central Oklahoma)

Whose Design is it Anyway?

Kirstin Riddick, accepting her 1 year OLC membership for winning “Whose Design is it Anyway?” contest.

Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite Events Team Live Streams OLC Innovate 2017


Mediasite Keeps Conversations from OLC Innovate 2017 Conference Alive with Dynamic Video

OLC Innovate 2017 is over, but thanks to the power of video the conversations that took place there are still going strong. Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) selected Sonic Foundry to be the national webcasting partner for the event in New Orleans, La. earlier this month.

Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite Events team live streamed OLC Innovate 2017 to new online audiences. In the OLC Innovate 2017 Virtual Lounge, online attendees could converse with presenters and their peers and watch sessions in real-time.

Through the live webcasts of 96 conference sessions, OLC engaged 750 online attendees who were unable to make it to New Orleans. They posed questions to presenters and, along with the 1,200+ people who attended the conference on-site, can now re-watch these sessions on-demand on any device for the next 12 months.

OLC Innovate is a joint conference presented by OLC and MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching), a program of the California State University System that provides free and open online teaching, learning and faculty development services. Academic leaders, faculty and administrators came together to discuss education innovation, including emerging technologies, how to incorporate intelligent learning management systems and designing blended classrooms.

“OLC has been working with Sonic Foundry for the past decade to create dynamic hybrid events that involve a much larger audience around the world. It’s essential to offer an online experience where attendees can engage in real-time and on-demand, because a conference is only the starting point. The conversations that happen there continue. Having sessions available afterwards provides attendees with an opportunity to continue to glean insights from the sessions they can apply in their organizations. It’s impossible to do that without a powerful video platform like Mediasite that creates rich video libraries of the content,” said Karen Pedersen, Chief Knowledge Officer of the Online Learning Consortium.

Gerry Hanley, Executive Director of MERLOT, said: “Mediasite enables all those who could not attend the Innovate conference in New Orleans to participate as active members of the audience and learn from the expertise and experiences of the presenters and workshop leaders. We greatly appreciate Mediasite’s services and partnership.”

OLC Accelerate 2017 in November in Orlando, Fla. will also be webcast via Mediasite.

Mediasite Events is a leading provider of event webcasting for hybrid events and high-profile meetings. The team delivers worry-free video streaming and webcasting to hundreds of live and hybrid events of all sizes every year to Fortune 500 companies, university associations, sporting events and more worldwide.

Learn more about Mediasite at www.sonicfoundry.com/mediasite/.




This was a great experience. I learn so much from networking and am looking at things from a different perspective. Talking through my process with others has given me new ideas on how I can work with different faculty in different ways. Seeing presentations from others and having conversation was inspirational. Making new networking connections has given me new energy. I highly recommend putting this on a list of conferences to attend!

Barbara Taylor, Lead Instructional Developer, CSU San Marcos (OLC Innovate 2016)