The Online Learning Consortium and MERLOT Thank You for your Submission

For OLC Innovate 2017: Innovations in Blended and Online Learning, to be held April 5-7, 2017 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The OLC/MERLOT Program Committee seeks proposals that reflect and showcase our vibrant community of practice — promoting theory, research, methodology and/or applied effective practices in online, blended, and web-enhanced teaching and learning. Both research and evidence-based proposals are encouraged for submission.  Please align your submission to your selected session type as shown on the session types and details page.

Note that each individual is limited to no more than three (3) submissions, including the roles of presenter, co-presenter, panelist, or workshop facilitator. 

The session type descriptions will be helpful to you as you shape your submission. Please review the details on these CFP pages before submitting your presentation proposal.

Be sure to read through all of the information in this section of our website to ensure you understand what needs to be done and when, including our submission checklist, conference tracks, session types and more!  

Notifications are sent to the lead author on each submission. All submissions are sent notification emails, regardless of acceptance status. Please be sure to “whitelist” emails from the domain. If you do not receive a notification email by December 22, please contact us at


Step 1. Register a user account with the OLC conference management system. 

In order to participate in the OLC Innovate 2017 Call for Presentations, you will need to register or log into an active account on the new OLC conference management system.

When registering please include as much information as possible in your user profile, including your biography, a profile picture, and most current contact information. All additional co-presenters need to also be registered with user accounts. Please keep in mind that once you have registered or submitted a paper, all conference-related information can be found here at the OLC Innovate 2017 website.

After you register a user account, you will be able to submit a proposal by clicking on “OLC Innovate 2017” in the top menu navigation within the conference management system. Please note: At this time, we do not have single sign-on and you will need to create a separate user account apart from your regular OLC website user account. If you encounter a login issue, use the reset your password link to get a new login link via mail or email to have us manually reset your password.


Step 2. Review the Session Types and Details.

Be sure to align your abstract with any special requirements outlined in the session type requirements. 


Step 3. Review the Track Descriptions.


Step 4. Review the Submission Checklist.


Step 5. Review the Presenter FAQs.


Step 6. When you are ready to submit, login and select “OLC Innovate 2017 > Submit Session” to begin.


The submission deadline has been extended to November 2, 2016 at 11:59pm ET.

Thank you for your contribution. We look forward to reviewing your presentation submission.


Timeline of Important Dates: 

  • Proposals due by 11:59pm ET November 2, 2016 
  • Notification of acceptance by December 21, 2016
  • Deadline for presenters to accept is January18, 2017
  • Deadline for presenters to register is February 8, 2017
  • Final date for presenters to edit abstracts is February 8, 2017
  • Final presentation upload date is March 15, 2017