Please note to which category of presentation you have been accepted, and read the description for detailed information. The session types and other information will be helpful to you as you prepare your presentation.

Claim Your Session | Session Types | Timeline | AV & Media | Presentation Repository

 

Be sure to follow these steps no later than Wednesday, January 18 to notify us of your intention to present at the conference.  

All affiliated presenters are notified, but only the lead presenter should claim the session. Only one presenter (typically the original author of the submission) can claim the session.

If you plan to join us in New Orleans, your next steps should be:

  • Register to attend the conference. The deadline for presenters to register is February 8.
  • Make your hotel reservations. The hotel is expected to sell out, so don’t delay in reserving your room.
  • Plan to upload your presentation materials to your session page no later than March 15. Instructions will be emailed closer to the due date. Presenters are reminded to not only present interesting and compelling content on their topic, but to also include their session audience in interactive and engaging dialogue.
  • Let your co-presenters know when you are scheduled to present. Be sure to check back frequently as presentation rooms, dates, and times do change. We recommend that you plan to stay through the end of the conference (Friday at 12pm CT) and make your travel arrangements accordingly. 
  • Review the Presenter FAQ page. This page will be updated with additional information as the conference approaches.
  • Review your user profile in the conference management system to make sure it is complete and up to date with your name, title, affiliation, photo and bio.
  • Send any abstract edits (title, abstract, co-presenters, etc.) to conference@onlinelearning-c.org no later than February 8.

Be sure to add conference@onlinelearning-c.org to your email safe-senders list to ensure you continue to receive logistical emails from the OLC Conference team as the conference approaches.

 

Please note: You MUST follow these steps no later than January 18 to accept your presentation slot. If you do not actively follow these steps to accept to present, it will be assumed that you intend to withdraw your proposal.

  1. Login to OLC’s new conference management system. Please email conference@onlinelearning-c.org if you have any difficulty signing into your account.
  2. Click on “My Sessions” in the upper right hand corner. 

  3. Select the “I accept that I will present this session” link for your session, and follow the prompts to accept or decline our offer to present. You will be asked to confirm several items of note in this process, including that you understand what your presentation type will be. If you accept, you will be asked whether you will allow your presentation to be streamed* to the virtual conference audience.


If you accept, you will be asked whether you will allow your presentation to be streamed* to the virtual conference audience.
 

*Note if you accept with allowing streaming, you will also be asked to complete a release form. Please be sure to complete this step so that we may schedule your session accordingly. We recommend that you accept your session to be streamed. Streamed sessions are those that are viewable to our virtual attendees as well as being recorded for on-demand viewing by all conference attendees. Even if your session is not currently scheduled to be streamed, if the opportunity arises it will be helpful to have your permission statement on file.

Featured and Best-in-Track presentations are required to agree to be streamed. If, as one of these “special” designations of sessions you do not agree, you will be re-categorized as a standard education session and your room and presentation time will change. Not all sessions will be streamed.

While Emerging Ideas Sessions are not streamed, if you are on the waitlist and should a slot open up and your session be eligible to be moved to your preferred presentation format, your odds will improve if you have agreed to potentially be streamed.

Session Types and Descriptions

Please claim your session using the process outlined above, review your session page in the conference program/session listing, and make a note of the exact day, time, and room location of your session.* Note that as lead presenter, you MUST claim your session by the stated deadline (January 18) in order to officially accept this offer to present.

During the claiming process, you will be asked to accept or decline to allow your session to be streamed from the conference. Please be sure to complete this step so that we may schedule your session accordingly. Not all sessions will be streamed.

*Session dates, time and rooms are subject to change. We recommend that you plan to stay through the end of the conference (Friday at 12pm CT) and make your travel arrangements accordingly.  

The conference provides several session types:

1. Education Session

2. Interactive Workshop

3. Conversation that Works

4. Research Highlights &Trends in Innovation

5. Emerging Ideas Session

6. Pre-conference Workshop

7. Featured Session

8. Innovation Lab

9. Solutions Showcase or National Sponsor Presentation

10. Career Forum Roundtable

11. Solution Design Summit

12. Master Class

 

 

 

1. Education Session:

The total time allotted for your Education Session is 45 minutes. Please allow 5-10 minutes of that time for questions, answers, and discussion with the audience.

An Education Session is a standard “presenter-as lecturer” session in a breakout room.

In order to best serve the diverse needs of our participants, presenters are reminded to design conference experiences to be as interactive and engaging as possible. Presentations should set the stage for interaction, but should not dominate the entire session time.

If your education session is part of our streamed session offerings, please keep the following in mind in order to actively engage your virtual audience:

  • Design your presentation with both virtual and on-site audiences in mind.
  • Deliver an interactive session, including providing any interactive features (i.e. polling) to both audiences.
  • Repeat any questions you take from your audience prior to answering in order to ensure the virtual audience clearly hears both the question and answer.  Use your microphone!
  • Acknowledge both audiences throughout your session.

All sessions are designated as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device.

 

 

2. Interactive Workshop: 

The total time allotted for your Workshop is 90 minutes. Please allow time for questions, answers, and discussion with the audience.

Please note: Workshops will not be part of the streaming session offerings due to the interactive and small group work nature of the workshop.

Workshops are designed with specific, identifiable learning outcomes with in-class opportunities to support collaborative and/or interactive group activities. Presenters will provide an opportunity for questions, answers, and/or whole group discussion within the course of the workshop and will describe how this element will be used to best engage participants. Workshops provide participants with tangible “take-away” information, models, and/or products and should be a more in-depth look into technological tools available in a shorter Information Session. Please develop a minimum of 2-4 learning objectives for your participants. These should be clear and measurable outcomes for the 90-minute workshop learning experience.

Workshops are offered free to all participants and are open to all attendees on a first-come, first-serve, space available basis. Attendance at workshops can be anticipated to be anywhere from 40-100 attendees for this conference. Each presenter must specify what device requirements are expected of participants attending the workshop.

All sessions are designated as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device.

 

 

3. Conversation that Works:  

The total time allotted for your Conversation that Works is 45 minutes. Conversations that Work are a very unique session type at OLC Innovate, and require special attention by presenters in preparation for the session.

Conversations that Work are intended to tap into the collective intelligence to address challenges and dilemmas in our field. For your session, think of yourself as facilitator more than presenter, emcee more than expert. Provide a brief introduction (5 minutes or less!) of your topic or issue, seed some provocative questions, then step back and listen as the buzz begins to grow. At small tables, participants will dive into conversation with their own ideas, reactions and experiences, and you will circulate to tune in, stoke the flame, dig deeper or just observe. Tables will crowd-source notes and highlights of their conversations in a communal Google Doc (OLC Institute staff will be on hand to assist). Save some time before the end for everyone to hear from each table—what were their key take-aways or big a-has? To close, offer a concluding thought or two, or simply step back and appreciate what you’ve created together.

A Google doc link will be provided and an OLC Institute session archivist will be in attendance. We encourage you as a presenter to participate in the crowd source note-taking and contributions in the shared google doc.

Presenters should have no more than 2-3 slides to kick-off conversations. The session archivist’s notes will show on the screen the majority of the session.

Conversations that Work are part of our streamed session offerings; please keep the following in mind to be sure to include and engage your virtual audience:

  • Design your presentation with both virtual and on-site audiences in mind.
  • Deliver an interactive session, including providing any interactive features (i.e. polling) to both audiences.
  • Repeat any questions you take from your audience prior to answering in order to ensure the virtual audience clearly hears both the question and answer.  Use your microphone!
  • Acknowledge both audiences throughout your session.

All sessions are designated as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device.

 

 

4. Research Highlights & Trends in Innovation:  

The total time allotted for your Research Highlights and Trends in Innovation Session is 15 minutes. There will be 3 different presenters, each with their own 15 minute presentation slot, within a 45 minute concurrent session.

Research Highlights presentations provide authors the opportunity to present original work related to the conference program strands. Presentations must be on a completed or well-developed project. Presentations must contain sufficient information regarding the research problem, research question, methodology and potential results. Research Highlights presentations may be eligible to submit their full research manuscript for consideration for OLC Online Learning Journal.

Research Highlights sessions are part of our streamed session offerings; please keep the following in mind to be sure to include and engage your virtual audience:

  • Design your presentation with both virtual and on-site audiences in mind.
  • Deliver an interactive session, including providing any interactive features (i.e. polling) to both audiences.
  • Repeat any questions you take from your audience prior to answering in order to ensure the virtual audience clearly hears both the question and answer.  Use your microphone!
  • Acknowledge both audiences throughout your session.

All sessions are designated as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device.

 

 

5. Emerging Ideas Session

The total time allotted for your Emerging Ideas Session is 45 minutes. For your presentation, you will be assigned a concurrent session presentation time, a presentation table in the Emerging Ideas Session area, and a position number (1-12) to indicate your table location. In the Emerging Ideas Sessions, 10-12 presenters will present from their laptops at their assigned tables (1 presentation per table) as attendees circulate around the area to the various presentation stations to speak with presenters.

Emerging Ideas involve a brief (10-15 minutes maximum, repeated to attendees over a 45 minute time period) electronic presentation to elicit ideas from your peers. The Emerging Ideas Sessions are intended to allow for interactive 1:1 discussions between presenters and attendees. In general, we recommend a short series of PowerPoint slides (no more than 5) that hit your key points and are visually appealing to draw attendees to your table. There is no right or wrong way to present your Emerging Ideas Session. There are no specific requirements, other than they are conducted electronically on a laptop or other electronic device (such as an iPad) large enough for a small group of attendees to easily read the screen while standing next to you. No projector devices, please. The conference will provide a small table for your laptop, wireless internet, and power to the table.  There are no microphones or speakers, so any laptop audio would need to come directly from your device.

Please note: While Emerging Ideas Sessions are NOT part of the conference’s streamed sessions, should a slot open up and your session be eligible to be moved to your preferred presentation category, your odds will improve if you have agreed to potentially be streamed.

All sessions are designated as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device.

 

 

6. Pre-conference Workshops

The total time allotted for your Pre-conference Workshop is 3 hours. The Pre-conference Workshops will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. We recommend that you arrive 15-20 minutes early to prepare and set up any necessary configurations needed for your session.  Presenters must account for questions, answers, and/or whole group discussion within the course of the workshop.

These 3 hour pre-conference workshops will provide participants with tangible “take-away” information, models, and/or processes and will offer a more in-depth look into tools and approaches than the 45-minute Education Sessions.

Your pre-conference workshop session includes specific, identifiable learning outcomes with in-session opportunities to support collaborative and/or interactive group learning activities. Presenters will provide an opportunity for questions, answers, and/or group discussion and activities within the course of the workshop to best engage participants in related learning activities.

Note that presenters are responsible for providing all pre-conference workshop materials.  You will receive instructions at a later date on how to upload materials to the conference website, so that attendees can print them in advance or access them during your session.  You will also be provided a list of attendees registered for your pre-conference workshop two weeks prior to the start of the conference.  You will be able to email them instructions and pre-read materials, as well as any items they should print and bring with them, in advance.

Please note: Pre-conference Workshops will not be part of the streaming session offerings due to the interactive and small group work nature of the workshop.

All sessions are designated as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device.

 

 

7. Featured Sessions

Thank you for agreeing to be a Featured or Invited Presenter.

The total time allotted for Featured Sessions is 45 minutes. Please allow 5-10 minutes of that time for questions, answers, and discussion with the audience.

During the claiming process, you will be asked to accept or decline to allow session to be live webcast from the conference. Featured and Best-in-Track presentations are required to agree to be streamed. If, as one of these “special” designations of sessions you do not agree, you will be re-categorized as a standard education session and your room and presentation time will change. Not all sessions will be streamed.

All sessions are designated as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device.

Send any abstract edits (title, abstract, co-presenters, etc.) to conference@onlinelearning-c.org no later than February 8.

 

 

8. Innovation Lab

The total time allotted for your Innovation Lab Presentation is 45 minutes. Innovation Lab presentations will take place in the Innovation Lab, located in the exhibit hall.

In that the Innovation Lab is quite different than your traditional education session at a conference, we wanted to offer some information on the space to help you in planning your session.

About the Space

The Innovation Lab space is comprised of two distinct areas – a front area featuring a series of lab stations for participants to reflect and experiment at their own pace and a live demo space for participants to take part in live, large group, hands-on demos of innovative, effective practices and cutting-edge emerging technology.  The lab stations move participants through an Innovation Cycle, with each station featuring a different step in the process for creating a strategy, effective practice or pedagogical approach. Participants document their ideas on a virtual lab manual and connect with “lab assistants” stationed in the space.

The live demo space is adjacent to the lab stations, and features round tables for participants to work on a guided experiment that you will lead. You will have a podium and a display to hook up any technology. The two spaces are meant to work together, and ideally, participants can continue to hone and refine the ideas that arise from your guided experiment at the lab stations.

Please note: Innovation Lab presentations will not be part of the streaming session offerings due to the nature of the presentation.

All sessions are designated as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device.

 

9. Solutions Showcase or National Sponsor Presentation

The total time allotted for your Solutions Showcase or National Sponsor Presentation is 45 minutes. Please allow 5-10 minutes of that time for questions, answers, and discussion with the audience.

  • Design your presentation to be interactive and highlight how your company solves an issue that online and blended educators face.
  • Avoid an obvious sales pitch.
  • Solve a real-world problem – provide solutions or suggestions to common problems that educators or institutions face.

In order to best serve the diverse needs of our participants, presenters are reminded to design conference experiences to be as interactive and engaging as possible. Presentations will set the stage for interaction, but should not dominate the entire session time.

If your education session is part of our streamed session offerings, please keep the following in mind in order to actively engage your virtual audience:

  • Design your presentation with both virtual and on-site audiences in mind.
  • Deliver an interactive session, including providing any interactive features (i.e. polling) to both audiences.
  • Repeat any questions you take from your audience prior to answering in order to ensure the virtual audience clearly hears both the question and answer.  Use your microphone!
  • Acknowledge both audiences throughout your session.

All sessions are designated as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device.

 

 

10. Career Forum Roundtable

The total time allotted for your Career Forum Roundtable is 45 minutes. Please allow plenty of time in this roundtable format for questions, answers, and discussion with the attendees. Be sure to include discussion on the following topics (from the CFP):

  • What specific EdTech career issue, challenge or opportunity will the proposed Career Forum address? 
  • Who is the target audience for this Career Forum? 
  • What major discussion points will be covered? Do these points reflect contemporary EdTech trends and issues? Do they connect with current workforce innovation trends or opportunities? 
  • What specific career-related takeaways (e.g., lessons learned, resources) will the Career Forum attendees glean from their participation?

In order to best serve the diverse needs of our participants, presenters are reminded to design conference experiences to be as interactive and engaging as possible. Presentations will set the stage for interaction, but should not dominate the entire session time.

Please note: Career Forum Roundtables will not be part of the streaming session offerings due to the nature of the presentation.

All sessions are designated as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device.

 

 

11. Solution Design Summit

SDS team participants should plan on being at the conference all three days. We will have a 2-part morning session – from 8:30-10 am on Wednesday, where each team will share their challenge & solution and have an opportunity for Q & A; 10-10:30 is a coffee and networking break provided by OLC; 10:30 am-12 pm – You will be given feedback by the experts/stakeholders and provided with time to work with your SDS team for your pitches (For Thursday & Friday)

There will be a one hour informational meeting week of Jan 15. Day and time to be determined based upon participant availability.

  • #OLCInnovate SDS Pitch Video Information: Review of video criteria, submission, and deadline.
    • 2 minutes maximum
    • Video files should be in a .mp4 or .MOV format
    • Video will be uploaded to the OLC YouTube Channel and publicly shared online
    • Describe the specific learning challenge your team selected.
    • Describe the potential solution(s) your team will address for this learning challenge.
    • Explain how your learning challenge supports the Solution Design Summit goals (i.e. design thinking, fosters creative approaches, and the promotion of dialogue and collaboration).
    • Clearly demonstrate how the challenge, which your team is working on, could lead to learning improvement and success.
    • Review pitch videos from last year here: https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/innovate/cfp/solution-design-summit/
    • Pitch Video Submission Deadline Feb. 13, 2017
    • Pitch Video Comment Period  February 27 – March 10, 2017

Please note: The Solution Design Summit will not be part of the streaming session offerings due to the nature of the presentation.

All sessions are designated as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device.

 

 

12. Master Class

The total time allotted for your Master Class is 45 minutes. Please allow time for questions, answers, and discussion with the audience.

Please note: Master Classes will not be part of the streaming session offerings due to the interactive and small group work nature of the session.

Master classes are designed with specific, identifiable learning outcomes with in-class opportunities to support collaborative and/or interactive group activities. Presenters will provide an opportunity for questions, answers, and/or whole group discussion within the course of the class and must describe how this element will be used to best engage participants. Master Classes provide participants with tangible “take-away” information, models, and/or products. 

Master Classes are offered free to all participants and are open to all attendees on a first-come, first-serve, space available basis. Attendance at master classes can be anticipated to be anywhere from 40-100 attendees for this conference. Each presenter must specify what device requirements are expected of participants attending the session.

All sessions are designated as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device.

 

Timeline

  • Deadline for presenters to accept is January 18, 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

 

AV & Media

With the exception of Emerging Ideas sessions*, standard A/V equipment, including an LCD projector, screen, audio output from your personal laptop, and a hard wired internet connection to the podium will be provided for all sessions. Wireless internet will be available for attendees in the session room. 

*Emerging Ideas session presenters will be provided a small table for your laptop, wireless internet, and power to the table.  There are no microphones or speakers, so any laptop audio would need to come directly from your device.

Please note: The conference does not provide laptops for presenters. All sessions are designated as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device. Additionally, any handouts you may want to distribute or support materials you may want attendees to have must be provided by you. OLC will provide instructions to you closer to the conference on how to upload support materials to the conference website so that attendees can access them.

 

Presentation Repository

As an accepted presenter, you are strongly encouraged to post your materials as a pdf, PowerPoint file, or link (Prezi, VoiceThread, etc.) to the presentation repository by March 15, 2017. The contributions will remain online as part of the conference materials after the conference. You will be notified of the presentation repository access instructions at a later date by the conference management team. Session abstracts and information about the presenters also will be included in the resource.

IMPORTANT: In order to post your final presentation to your session page, you will need to log into your user account on the OLC Conference Management System. Presenters will be provided instructions on how to upload their presentation materials in February.  Presenters will also be provided a slide that we encourage them to insert at the beginning of their presentation to encourage attendees to provide evaluation feedback through the mobile app or website for their presentation.

OLC does not require or provide a specific conference PowerPoint template for your presentation. We encourage presenters to use their own template to build their personal or institutional brand.