Please compile all of the following information listed below before submitting your proposal:

  • 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 co-presenters need to also be registered with user accounts. 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.
  • Note that each individual is limited to no more than three (3) submissions, including the roles of presenter, panelist, co-presenter, and workshop facilitator.
  • Title of presentation (limit of 120 characters)
  • Session Type:
    • Conversation that Works
    • Education Session
    • Emerging Ideas
    • Innovation Lab
    • Research Highlights & Trends in Innovation
    • Workshop
    • Career Forum Roundtable
    • Solution Design Summit
  • Program track and any unique keywords. Please select only 1 track per proposal, and add as many unique keywords as apply within that track. Please add unique and innovative keywords that best describe the content of your presentation by using the “Keywords” field. 
  • Presentation Teaser / Abstract (limit of 50 words) words for inclusion in the conference website and mobile app listings.
  • Presentation Description and Goals (up to 1500 words for inclusion in the conference website). Please provide a longer description of the presentation.
    • Research Highlights proposals should include a brief, concise description of context, questions, methods, results, conclusions, and a discussion/interpretation.
    • Workshop proposals should be designed with specific, identifiable learning outcomes with in-class opportunities to support collaborative and/or interactive group activities. Proposals should answer the following questions for reviewers:
      • ​What types of collaboration or interactivity will occur in the workshop?​
      • What will participants take home as a tangible deliverable or takeaway?
      • How will they be able to apply the effective practices shared in the workshop at their home institution?
    • Career Forum Roundtable proposals should include responses to the following:
      • What specific EdTech career issue, challenge or opportunity will the proposed Career Forum address? [The proposal should lead with a clear statement of an issue, challenge or opportunity of significance.]
      • Who is the target audience for this Career Forum? [Example target audiences might include faculty (full-time and adjunct), university administrators, instructional design professionals, consultants, and entrepreneurs.]
      • 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? [A brief discussion protocol would be useful to include.]
      • What specific career-related takeaways (e.g., lessons learned, resources) will the Career Forum attendees glean from their participation?
    • Innovation Lab proposals should include:
      • How will participants work collaboratively to prototype a meaningful solution to a particular problem using design thinking?
      • What is an applicable deliverable with which participants will leave the session?
      • How will the session assist participants to identify emerging trends in educational technology and their potential uses?
    • Solution Design Summit proposals should include:
      • In order to participate in the OLC Innovate 2017 Solution Design Summit you will need to complete the following items:

        1. Complete the OLC Solution Design Summit Submission Form.
        2. In this application, you will need to include:
          1. A title of your Solution Design Summit plan.
          2. Short abstract about the challenge & solution (100-150 words).
          3. Extended abstract or description (up to 500 words) to detail the problem/challenge your solution team will be working on.
          4. Description about each team member (affiliation, contact information, and how they will contribute to the team). Each team member will need a user account in the OLC Conference Management System and will need to be added to the submission in the “Presenters” area. Be sure to add additional details to the “Extended Abstract section of the submission form. 
          5. Potential ideas for the solution or approach your team will take to solve this challenge (up to 200 words). Be sure to include this in the “Extended Abstract” section of the submission form. 
          6. Who might benefit from this solution? Be sure to include this in the “Extended Abstract” section of the submission form. 

        Be sure to read through all of the information about this program feature. Review the timelines and requirements, and be sure to email and/or add to your address book to ensure you receive your notification.

        Proposals will go through a blind peer review process by a team representing K-12, higher ed, training, and EdTech. Proposals will be reviewed for clarity, relevance to one or more of the challenge areas, inclusion of a team, and overall relevance to OLC Innovate 2017 conference.  

    • Blended Session proposals (applicable to all session types) should include:
      • Is the primary focus of this proposal blended learning?
      • If the primary focus is blended learning, how will those interested in blended learning benefit from the content?
      • If the primary focus in not blended learning, how might those interested in blended learning benefit from the content?
  • Who might benefit from the presentation? Indicate target audience for attendees.
    • Indicate Target Audience: Administrators, Design Thinkers, Faculty, Instructional Support, Students, Training Professionals, Technologists, All Attendees, Other
  • Note: The following standard audiovisual equipment will be provided in each room: data projector equipped with a universal VGA cable to accommodate both PC and Macintosh platforms, an Internet connection, and a screen. Presenters should plan to provide their own computer equipment or other specialized equipment.

Helpful Tips:

  • Become part of the OLC Community – register for your (free) user account on
  • When developing your title choose keywords that accurately describe your presentation content. 
  • The Presentation teaser/ abstract should contain a maximum of 50 words.  This abstract is published on the website and in the mobile app.  When developing your presentation description and goals (up to 1,500 words), please make sure you identify how you plan to engage the audience. This can be accomplished through a number of techniques including small group moments, interactive question and answers, audience contribution, interactive handouts, games, partner exercises etc.
  • Please be sure to add to your “safe-senders” list so you receive your notification as well as other important communications from the OLC Conference Team. 

When developing your presentation abstract, description and goals, keep in mind they should:

  • Be concisely written, accurate, self-contained, and coherent
  • Use a clear and direct writing style with active voice rather than passive
  • Give a clear statement of what participants will learn from this presentation
  • List what materials—slides, handouts, web links—will be provided during the presentation, posted on the conference web site, or submitted to the conference proceedings
  • Give participants a good idea of the content and format of your presentation
  • Persuade the proposal reviewers and conference attendees that you are going to present something unique, valuable and engaging

Please make sure you check your work for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Keep the abstract short and to the point. Since a broad audience will view your abstract you should spell out all acronyms. Also keep in mind that all information submitted through the online system will be used verbatim to generate the web agenda and any conference publications. Please make sure that your information is accurate and carefully edited. This includes information about you and your co-presenters.