Accelerate your online learning initiatives: best practices shared by academic leaders and administrators in one easy-to-access 15-session package.

Those of you that have attended any of our conferences and events – virtually or in-person – know that we offer hundreds of informative sessions for you to learn and share best practices in online learning with your peers.  That said, putting a leadership package together featuring only15 of the sessions was quite a challenge.

The Best of OLC Leadership Pack features a diverse range of session topics showcasing innovative best practices for online administration, building quality online programs, and faculty development.  We are pleased to share this package with our OLC professional members for free. Non-member? See side panel for special offer and save.  Interested in sharing this and faculty tracks with your entire university, click here.

  1. DIY Blended Learning: A Ready-Made Faculty Development Program

Participants will explore open educational resources (OER) from UCF’s Blended Learning Toolkit and BlendKit Course to meet their faculty development needs. Presented by Linda S. Futch and Rohan Jowallah of University of Central Florida. WATCH PRESENTATION

  1. Blend and Flex: One Size Fits All Faculty Development

A blended, flexible faculty development model is presented- designed to deliver comprehensive, quality PD while meeting the needs of busy faculty across multiple campuses. Presented by Julie Golden of Florida Atlantic University. WATCH PRESENTATION

  1. A Blended Approach to Faculty Development, Preparing Adjunct Faculty for Teaching Success

Providing adjunct faculty with online and on campus options for training can increase their comfort level in the classroom and improve the student experience. Presented by IAmber L. Vaill of Becker College. WATCH PRESENTATION

  1. Creating an Online Teaching Certification Program for Faculty

Create professional development opportunities to help your faculty gain the skills and confidence they need to design and teach exemplary and engaging online courses! Presented by Robert Rivas and Julie Lyon of Odessa College. WATCH PRESENTATION

  1. Burn the Box: Emerging Technologies that Educate, Engage, and Empower

Educate, Engage, and Empower with technologies that play a strategic role in innovation and improvement of higher education and student engagement. Presented by Ulanda Forbes and Sherry Boyd of North Lake College. WATCH PRESENTATION

  1. Leading Online Learning in a Time of Change

This session will explore how the innovative leader may utilize authentic and distributed leadership to lead an online learning unit in today’s higher education climate. Presented by Vickie Cook of the University of Illinois Springfield. WATCH PRESENTATION

  1. Leading From Where You Are: How to Develop Great Ideas and Get Senior Administration to Support Them

Proven, real-world techniques for creating new ideas and for obtaining buy-in for projects that promote innovation and change on campus.  Presented by Michael Berman of California State University Channel Islands, Crista Copp of Loyola Marymount University, Kyle Johnson of Chaminade University of Honolulu, and Jennifer Sparrow of Pennsylvania State University.WATCH PRESENTATION

  1. How to Evaluate Online Teaching and Improve Faculty Development

Faculty and administrators: learn six use-them-now evaluation strategies and tools from the authors of the new book, Evaluating Online Teaching. Presented by Thomas Tobin of Northeastern Illinois University, B. Jean Mandernach of Grand Canyon University, Ann Taylor of Penn State University – College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. WATCH PRESENTATION

  1. Moving From “Sit and Get” to Fully Online: Our Experience Making Faculty Development Awesome!

Learn how CU Online transformed faculty development and is now training faculty to design and teach online courses. Presented by Crystal Gasell CU Online and Patrick R. Lowenthal of Boise State University. WATCH PRESENTATION

  1. Quality Blended Programs – Translating the Quality Scorecard

Interested in program quality? In this three hour hands-on workshop, learn more about the OLC Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Programs and consider ways it can be translated/modified/restructured to apply to blended programs on your campus. Presented by Karen Pedersen of the Online Learning Consortium. WATCH PRESENTATION

  1. Sustainability Strategies for Blended Learning

This workshop examines critical factors in sustaining a campus blended learning initiative. Strategic approaches incorporating blended learning meeting mission and goals and how resources are allocated. Presented by Mary Niemiec of the University of Nebraska. WATCH PRESENTATION

  1. Challenges and Best Practices in Support of Blended, Hybrid, Online and Technology-Enhanced Learning

In this session, explore the political backdrop and structural/institutional influences affecting how the support of blended, hybrid and online learning is happening today. Presented by Sheryl Hathaway of the University of California, Riverside and Therese DeSimone, Learning Consultant. WATCH PRESENTATION

  1. Competency-based Education: A Model

Brandman University faculty will describe the process by which the university developed a competency-based degree program. They will also provide a program demonstration. Presented by Melanie Borrego and Carrie Perry Brandman University. WATCH PRESENTATION

  1. Cross-Institutional Partnerships Through Open SUNY: Connecting Individuals and Teams Across a Public University System

Open SUNY initiative adds campus partners to address system-wide access, completion, and student success through online learning, student supports, and faculty development. Presented by Michele Forte and Thomas P. Mackey, Kathleen Stone, Tai Arnold and M. Bridget Nettleton of SUNY Empire State College. WATCH PRESENTATION

  1. Creating a Scalable Innovation Process At an Online University

Learn key strategies and a rapid prototype model for increasing high quality scalable innovations based on experiences at the University of Maryland University College. Presented by Cristi Ford and Karen Vignare of UMUC. WATCH PRESENTATION


"I found the workshop to be engaging as well as informative. The balance between reading and discussion was managed well and the facilitator encouraged effective discussions. An excellent introduction into student retention!" 

Rhian Gahagan, Customer Service Manager, University of Derby Online Learning (Strategies to Improve Student Retention)