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Join a select group of your peers for a unique, blended-learning leadership development program from OLC.


The Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) is a unique blended-learning leadership development program sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium and in partnership with University of North Carolina Charlotte for the 2023 cohort. Now entering its 14th year, IELOL serves the development needs of leaders responsible for a variety of digital learning initiatives in higher education.

IELOL participants work with colleagues from around the world to explore and understand both the opportunities and barriers to advancing local and global online learning. Program graduates join a growing network of online leaders in higher education focused on improving and advancing the impact of digital learning on all aspects and formats of education.

Early Bird Admissions Deadline – Friday, January 27, 2023
Regular Admissions Deadline
– Friday, April 29, 2023

We anticipate opening applications for the 2023 cohort in November, 2022. If you are interested in receiving email updates about IELOL, please submit using the form in the sidebar on this page. 


Informational Webinars: 

OLC and University of North Carolina Charlotte will hold informational webinars for prospective participants to learn more about the program and ask questions. 

  • Wednesday, December 7th, 2022, 1:00 pm EST |  REGISTER
  • A second webinar will be added for early 2023.


“This is the best professional development money we’ve ever spent.”
— Heather Zink, IELOL Alumni