Through Every Learner Everywhere (a network of twelve partner associations focused on improving student outcomes for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, poverty-affected, and first generation students), we’ve collectively determined that through intentional collaborations, we must identify and operationalize critical support initiatives for equity within digital learning environments. The OLC Ideate format, which consists of a series of provocations, discussions and hands-on activities, emerges as a way to bring together thought leaders, practitioners, and scholars around how we might amplify effective practices for digital learning equity.
Over the course of five days (December 7-11), the OLC (in partnership with Every Learner Everywhere) will hold a series of open salons (a casual and inclusive space with discussions organized and facilitated by a salon leader) that offered educators of all levels the opportunity to listen to emerging ideas and effective practices from their peers. These casual discussions are designed to specifically encourage reflection, co-creation, and synthesis, with connections to future OLC events for further collaboration.
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The Online Learning Consortium constantly strives to create new points of engagement amongst educators across the field of online, digital and blended learning. The OLC Ideate format was born of the opportunity to engage our diverse and robust community of educators in conversations and collaboration around best practices for ensuring quality in online teaching and learning. This particular Ideate event brings together the work of countless educators in our field who are exploring key questions around diversity, equity and inclusion within digital learning environments. Through five days of both live and asynchronous activities, this event seeks to answer the following driving question:
How might we create infrastructure, resources and support to ensure that our digital learning environments are equitable and inclusive of ALL learners?
OLC Ideate makes its goal to both surface and model effective online engagement to educators, designers, practitioners and leaders of all levels and arenas. Moving past the notion of a passive, “sit-and-get” online experience, each salon will focus on inspiring participants to leverage the power of online and digital learning with the goal of extending impact and access to education. The OLC wants to support educators in creating a landscape where institutions are able to serve their learners without obstacles or disruption, particularly in this time of increased conversations of emergency preparedness and instructional continuity. Our hope that in bringing people together for these salons, the effective practices and methods shared will serve as a model of what is possible in terms of collaborative and constructivist engagement in the online learning environment, staying with educators well beyond times of crisis.
Additionally, the connections made in each salon will become a springboard to the larger conversations and collaborations held in a connected OLC Ideate event in Spring 2021, and we invite you to join us there as an attendee, fueling the fire of the ideas sparked in the salon discussions.
How It Works
This OLC Ideate event borrow from the same structure as the previous two events held on Effective Methods for Online Teaching and Labs for Online STEM. Each salon is structured as a working session that requires each salon leader to consider how they might balance the following elements in forty-five (45) minutes:
- A brief explanation or provocation that ends with a challenge or driving question
- A series of activities to engage participants in reflection and collaboration
- A synthesis of the collaborative work of the group with a closure or call to action
- The production of some sort of new idea, resource or artifact to be shared out after the salon
Part lightning talk and part collaborative session, each salon is structured to be highly interactive and participatory. Salon leaders will guide participants through discussions on topics related to a series of themes that are anchored around a week long design sprint.
These themes include:
- Orientation: Mapping the Landscape of Digital Learning and Our Work Together at OLC Ideate
- Inspiration: Surfacing Where We’re Collectively At
- Ideation: Charting a Path for Where We Want to Go
- Implementation: Determining Our Needs for Meeting Our Outcomes
- Operationalization: Identifying the Concrete Steps and Collaborations Required Moving Forward
Over the course of five days, OLC Ideate will collaboratively generate a charter for ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion within digital learning environments, connecting to a follow-up event in Spring 2021. Participants will leave with new connections to advocates and allies in this area, as well as resources that institutions and associations can use to improve access and impact of education for all learners.
As we finalize the full schedule with session leaders and topics, we invite you to explore the general schedule at a glance below. We have three distinct ways for participants to connect during OLC Ideate:
Live Salons are structured 45 minute blocks with a leader guiding the entire group through a series of provocations and discussion prompts.
Asynchronous salons are provocations and activities assembled by a series of leaders that you can work on at your own pace. These will include recordings and links to online engagement spaces.
Evening Socials are casual 45 minute meetups featuring informal topics, online games, and lightweight ways to connect with colleagues. They’re meant to restore our energy, good will and spirit after a long day of cogitation and ideation.
OLC Ideate will take place from Dec 7-11, 2020 with Monday and Friday primarily consisting of self-paced asynchronous salons, and Tuesday-Thursday for live salons and social saloons:
|Mon Dec 7
|Tue Dec 8
|Wed Dec 9
|Thu Dec 10
|Fri Dec 11
|9:00am ET||Asynchronous: Self-Paced Activity||Live: Morning Social and Official Welcome||Live: Morning Social and Official Welcome||Live: Morning Social and Official Welcome||Asynchronous: Self-Paced Activity|
|10:00am ET||Asynchronous: Self-Paced Activity||Live: Salon||Live: Salon||Live: Salon||Asynchronous: Self-Paced Activity|
|11:00am ET||Asynchronous: Self-Paced Activity||Live: Salon||Live: Salon||Live: Salon||Asynchronous: Self-Paced Activity|
|12:00pm ET||Asynchronous: Self-Paced Activity||Live: Salon||Live: Salon||Live: Salon||Live: Closing Event|
|1:00pm ET||Asynchronous: Self-Paced Activity||Asynchronous: Self-Paced Activity||Asynchronous: Self-Paced Activity||Asynchronous: Self-Paced Activity||Asynchronous: Self-Paced Activity|
|2:00pm ET||Asynchronous: Self-Paced Activity||Live: Salon||Live: Salon||Live: Salon||Asynchronous: Self-Paced Activity|
|3:00pm ET||Live: Opening Kickoff and Happy Hour||Live: Salon||Live: Salon||Live: Salon||Asynchronous: Self-Paced Activity|
|4:00pm ET||Asynchronous: Self-Paced Activity||Live: Salon||Live: Salon||Live: Salon||Asynchronous: Self-Paced Activity|
|5:00pm ET||Asynchronous: Self-Paced Activity||Live: Evening Social||Live: Evening Social||Live: Evening Social||Asynchronous: Self-Paced Activity|
We’re delighted to be able to extend the OLC’s suite of offerings to include this new opportunity to deeply engage with your colleagues in a series of salons. If you have any questions or would like to share comments or ideas on how we might make this event as impactful as possible, please reach out. We welcome your suggestions, and cannot wait to see you at the salons!