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In celebration of National Distance Learning Week, November 6-10, 2017, OLC invites you to explore these resources that will help sharpen your skills and knowledge, as well as give you some great tools to help enhance digital teaching and learning. 

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Monday: Focus on Immersive Learning 

Online Learning Journal Articles:

  • Bringing Life to Learning: Immersive Experiential Learning Simulations For Online And Blended Courses, By Michael Watkins, John M. Beckem II
  • An Investigation into Cooperative Learning in a Virtual World using Problem-Based Learning, By Vanessa Parson, Simon Bignell
  • Headsets, Hololens, And Higher Ed: What’s Next On The Horizon For Immersive Learning? Lead presenter Dr. Susan C. Aldridge of Drexel University Online.

    As a follow up to our summer webinar series on immersive learning, join this panel of experts for an update on the immersive learning landscape. Thursday November 16, 2017 – 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM At OLC Accelerate in Orlando.

  • On-Demand Webinar Series: Exploring the Immersive Learning Landscape: Headsets, HoloLens, and Higher Ed
    • Webinar 1: The Immersive Learning Landscape: Learn all about the immersive learning landscape and discover some of the amazing initiatives being spearheaded by institutions using virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. Gain a clear understanding of these emerging environments and innovative applications in online learning. 
    • Webinar 2: Strategic Planning for Immersive Learning Initiatives: What does it take to implement immersive reality (VR/AR/holograms) initiative in your system, at your institution, and within your classroom?
    • Webinar 3: Content and Instructional Tools to Support Your Immersive Learning Initiative: Identifying and evaluating appropriate content are two key steps in preparing to use immersive reality in the digital learning space.
    • Webinar 4: Immersive Learning & Student Services: The real world is not flat after all, so why constrain our student services to experience the digital world on a flat screen? The shift from 2D to 3D is as natural as adding color to movies and television was in the 1950’s.a. In many ways, it is even more impactful.
    • Webinar 5: Assessment and Evaluation of Immersive Learning Initiatives: How do you evaluate the effectiveness of your immersive learning initiative? What benchmarks do you have in place to guide you in assessing your project?

Tuesday: Focus on OLC Conferences & Events 

  • OLC Accelerate 2017: Attend Virtually! Can’t travel? No problem! The virtual attendee option provides the opportunity for individuals and institutions to attend select sessions of the conference via live stream services. A selection of 100+ sessions will be live streamed, including the keynote and plenary sessions, featured sessions, research highlights sessions, select educations sessions, and key industry showcase sessions. On-demand access of all recorded sessions is provided to onsite and virtual attendees post-conference for one year. | Learn More

  • OLC Innovate 2018: Education Reimagined – A Joint Conference Presented by OLC and MERLOT. This conference is designed by and for a number of mixed roles. Practitioners, academics, and administrators representing a variety of career stages and goals come together to create learning experiences that encourage intersectional conversations and opportunities to interact with people that are both like and very different from you. | Learn More

  • OLC Collaborate 2018: Regional Events Connecting Online Learning Professionals. OLC is hitting the road to meet with online learning professionals, educators and administrators to address the opportunities and challenges we all face in online higher education today. 2018 locations include Los Angeles, CA, Pittsburgh and New York, NY Learn More

  • Online Learning Journal: Special Issue: The September 2017 issue of Online Learning includes 15 papers that advance our understanding of online learning with insights from both national and international investigators using quantitative and qualitative approaches to inquiry. The first section highlights the best research papers from the Online Learning Consortium’s 2016 conferences, OLC Accelerate and OLC Innovate, while the second section includes six papers submitted through the journal’s regular submission process. | Read Online Learning Now

Wednesday: Focus on Quality in Digital Learning

  • OLC Insights Blog: Online Learning Oversight and What’s at Stake, By Jennifer Mathes | Read Blog
    Concerns about the need for oversight of online programs, as discussed in a recent article by Inside Higher Ed, are not uncommon, and it’s not just faculty that are interested in more closely examining the online classroom.
  • OLC Quality Scorecard Suite: Five comprehensive scorecards with the necessary criteria and benchmarking tools to ensure digital learning excellence for your entire Institution. Download each of the PDFs – FREE. Learn More
  • Quality Scorecard Mastery Series: The recently revised Quality Scorecard (Version 2) is an internationally recognized tool to help online administrators evaluate and improve online higher education programs by measuring the quantifying elements of quality within online education programs.
  • Fundamentals: Framework for Quality Design Workshop: There are numerous quality frameworks for online courses, online programs and online teaching. In this workshop, you will explore various well-known and well-respected quality frameworks that can help you improve the quality of your online course.
  • Course Quality Review (OSCQR) – ID4 Workshop: In this course, participants will be introduced to the OLC and Open SUNY Course Quality Review (OSCQR) rubric and process. 
  • Essentials of the OLC Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice (QCTIP) Scorecard Workshop: The Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice (QCTIP) Scorecard is the latest addition to the OLC Quality Scorecard suite. This comprehensive rubric addresses primarily online pedagogy and instructional practices that online instructors can use to self-evaluate and improve practice. 

Thursday: Focus on OLC Research Center

OLC Research Center for Digital learning & Leadership

The purpose of the OLC Research Center for Digital Learning & Leadership is to provide resources for researchers and practitioners who seek knowledge on topics related to digital learning trends, innovations, and effective practices in the field. 

  • Annual Reports: Current Annual Survey Report: Digital Learning Compass: Distance Education Enrollment Report 2017
  • Digital Learning: Research studies and resources on how we teach and learning in a digital age. 
  • Instructional Design/Learning Design: Resources for the instructional designer to enrich their role and collaborations with others in the field. 
  • Leadership: The Leadership collection provides resources for the digital learning leader, as well as the opportunity to attend a private event: the Leadership Network is a bi-annual assembling of senior leaders in the field.
  • Teaching & Learning: These resources provide broad coverage of pedagogical and andragogical topics that are pertinent to those who interact with students in the digital age. 

    Friday: Focus on Leadership 

    • OLC Research Center for Digital Learning & Leadership: Resources for the digital learning leader, including original evidence-based and theoretical–based research created in collaboration with our vast network of professional and Institutional members. Review the Leadership topic area here. 
      • The Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) is a unique blended-learning program sponsored by Penn State and the Online Learning Consortium that provides a platform for growth, learning, and leadership development for educators who are tasked with creating or developing online learning programs. Applications for the 2019 program are now being accepted. | Learn More
      • OLC Leadership Network:  The Online Learning Consortium and Inside Higher Ed are teaming up to co-host a robust Leadership Network convening at the OLC Accelerate conference in Orlando on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Together, we will offer a robust schedule that highlights the 2017 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology. Learn More. 
      • Women’s Leadership Luncheon: Join us for lunch, networking opportunities, and an inspiring talk from Dr. Teresa Boyer on November 15th, 2017 at the OLC Accelerate conference in Orlando, FL. 

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