Join the Online Learning Consortium this summer for a series of webinars designed to help you prepare for fall with research-backed practices, strategies, and ideas from the OLC Community.

Attendees selected each of these presentations—with topics including addressing workforce gaps, holistic self-care, inclusive OER, and digital storytelling—as best in their track at the OLC Innovate 2023 conference this spring.

This series is truly for the community, by the community.

Track: Process, Problems, and Practices

Energize Me! Caffeine-Free Energy!

July 26, 2023 at 1:00 PM ET

In this lively webinar, the presenters will invite participants on a virtual journey of their 10 favorite holistic self-care modalities to promote energy. By using healthy strategies, educators can increase their use of self-care health promotion strategies, which in turn promotes their overall performance.

Laura Schwarz
Professor of Nursing – Minnesota State University-Mankato School of Nursing
Nancyruth Leibold
Nurse Educator – Southwest Minnesota State University

Track: Open Learning

Creating 2SLGBTQ+ Inclusive OER

August 3, 2023 at 1:00 PM ET

As a framework for creating sustainable and authentic materials and assessment, open pedagogy and its related tools like open educational resources (OER) offers the possibility to increase inclusion in higher education. This webinar focuses on the importance of queer and transgender inclusion in OER and strategies for how instructors can both evaluate existing OER and find new sources for their courses.

Kat Klement
Assistant Professor of Psychology – Bemidji State University


Track: Teaching and Learning Practice

Tell Me Your Story: Building Engagement and Inclusion in Online and Hybrid Courses with Digital Storytelling Methods

August 24, 2023 at 1:00 PM ET

In this webinar, the presenters will demonstrate various digital storytelling techniques and projects along with templates, rubrics, and media applications that have been applied to online and hybrid courses that have included students from diverse learning communities made of multilingual, intergenerational, and neurodivergent participants.

Sonia Chaidez
Senior Instructional Technologist – Whittier College
Stephanie Carmona
Program Manager, Community Education Program Initiative (CEPI) – Whittier College