Whether or not you’ve been to OLC Accelerate in Orlando in the past, missing the in conference experience can lead to serious FOMO (“fear of missing out”). Whether your flight was canceled or travel funds frozen, no matter what the reason, you can still have a presence as a virtual participant and experience some of the epic conference magic from outside of Orlando. For those looking to connect via the interwebs, here are five great ways to participate from the comfort of your own home, office, swimming pool, hotel, or wherever you may happen to be (assuming the broadband is ready and willing):
Register as a Virtual Participant
Cost $200 (Individual) / $1,595.00 (Unlimited Group Package)
Date/Time November 20-22, 2019
Think of this option as a distilled streaming of the best of the face-to-face conference! Registering as either an individual group participant or as a group provides access to live-streamed sessions and recordings of all streamed sessions. This includes the OLC Instructional Design Summit, all featured sessions, keynotes and all of the Best in Track award-winning sessions. During the sessions, you’ll be able to ask questions or interact with the speaker and audience via chat, as a session chair in each session facilitates communication between the virtual audience and the speaker. In between sessions, you can also jump into the OLC Live Lounge and the OLC Accelerate Slack team to connect with other folks and share ideas. Access to recordings is available for a full year after the conference ends so you can review anything you missed or revisit your favorite parts. Naturally, you’ll also want to follow along with various Twitter hashtags, such as #OLCAccelerate #OLCVirtual #OLCLive, among others you will discover!
Collaborate at the Online International Summit
Cost $0 (FREE)
Date/Time November 19, 2019 8:00 am – 8:45 pm Eastern (See Schedule)
The OLC Live Online International Summit will bring together participants and keynotes from around the globe to build a global perspective on the topic of openness. Speakers from every continent except Antarctica will present their local take on openness, followed by a collaborative annotation exercise that will result in a white paper with author credits to all contributors. Sessions will occur throughout the day between 8 a.m. and 8:45 p.m. (with some breaks in there – make sure to check the schedule!) Drop into the OLC Live Studio on the emeeting platform Zoom for some or all of the sessions to connect with advocates and practitioners of open education from every corner of the globe.
Chat with Brilliant Minds in the OLC Live Salons
Cost $0 (FREE)
Wed, Nov 20 11:00-12:00pm Adam Croom & Ben Scragg
Fri, Nov 22 10:30-11:15am Remi Kalir
Open to all, OLC Live Salons are lively and informal discussions with thought leaders of our field on topics related to the OLC Accelerate sessions and beyond. The salons afford participants the opportunity to interact with these special guests, ask questions, collaborate on ubiquitous challenges in digital learning, and delve into topics like human-centered design and open annotation practices.
Put Your Design Skills to the Test
Cost $0 (FREE)
Date/Time Wednesday, November 20th, 3-4:45 pm Eastern
We know you have mad design skills, and we’d like to showcase them! The OLC Live Intergalactic Design Battle is an opportunity for design teams to get a little competitive and put your skills to the test. Teams will receive the challenge via email at 3pm Eastern on Wednesday, November 20th. Your team will have 45 minutes to design a 5-minute presentation to demonstrate how you will meet the design challenge. Then, from 3:45-4:45, we’ll all get together in the OLC Live Virtual Studio to see how each team concocted their solution, followed by some discussion, voting and good cheer! And prizes. So many prizes.
Make Your Way Out of the Online Escape Room
Cost $0 (FREE)
Date/Time Thu, Nov 21 3:45-4:45pm
Building on the excitement of the face-to-face escape rooms custom built for OLC Accelerate and OLC Innovate the past two years, this year will feature our first fully-online OLC Live Virtual Escape Room. Come with a group of friends, get matched up with a group of strangers, or escape as a solo mission. Regardless of who you work with, the puzzles will be out of this world, and the concluding debrief will feature applications of escape rooms in various educational contexts. Oh, and did we mention that there will be prizes for this event as well?!?
Annotate Like Never Before
Cost $0 (FREE)
Date/Time At All Events for OLC Live
Wrapped up in all of the events for OLC Live (including the Online International Summit, the salons, the design battles, and the escape room) is one common theme – collaborative annotation. Join in on the aforementioned activities within OLC Live to participate in various annotation practices across a multitude of platforms and outlets. You’ll even hear from annotation experts throughout the virtual conference who will share ways to keep the conversation alive.
Now that we’ve given you the inside track to make FOMO a thing of the past, what are you waiting for? Gather your friends, mark your calendars, and prepare to join us for OLC Accelerate without wasting a single second in the TSA line. Registration links are featured above, but if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us – Angela Gunder (email at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM on Twitter @angelagunder) or Clark Shah-Nelson (email at email@example.com or DM on Twitter @clarkshahnelson) – and let us know. Can’t wait to see you online!
|Angela Gunder, University of Arizona – Virtual Engagement and OLC Live! Co-Chair|
|Clark Shah-Nelson, University of Maryland-Baltimore – Virtual Engagement and OLC Live! Co-Chair|