OLC Announces Best-in-Track Sessions and Keynote Speakers for OLC Innovate 2018, Taking Place April 18-20, in Nashville

Jointly presented by OLC and MERLOT, #OLCInnovate will explore emerging technologies and adapted teaching behaviors aimed at informing policy, inspiring leadership and evolving practice in digital learning.

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (Feb. 27, 2018) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and MERLOT will gather the digital learning community in Nashville, April 18-20, for OLC Innovate 2018 (#OLCInnovate), the annual event focused on innovation in digital teaching and learning. The conference program, framed by the theme “Education Reimagined,” highlights inspiring innovators and thought leaders from higher education, military, health care and workforce education.

“Advancing education innovation requires continuous visionary leadership from all disciplines,” said Kathleen Ives, CEO and executive director, OLC. “At OLC Innovate 2018 we will gather leaders and innovators from across the digital learning community to challenge our teaching and learning paradigms, reimagine the learning experience and examine how disruptions in education today will shape the innovative classroom of tomorrow.”

Keynotes, New Session Formats and Integrated Events

The three-day conference offers learning experiences that encourage conversations and opportunities to interact with practitioners, academics and administrators representing a variety of career stages and goals. Session formats include education sessions, emerging ideas sessions, workshops, innovation labs, “Conversations Not Presentations” sessions, and career forum roundtables. The third and final installment of the Innovation Installation will also be featured at the event.

Keynote speakers for OLC Innovate 2018 are Jordan Shapiro, globally celebrated public intellectual and Senior Fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop; and Ruha Benjamin, sociology and African American Studies scholar and author.

New for 2018 are Keynote Campfire Stories, in which five innovation leaders will share stories of failure that helped to drive innovation and change. Another new format is Conversations, Not Presentations, designed to foster slide-free discussion and dialogue.

The richness of the Innovate program extends to the HBCU Summit, Community College Summit, OLC Leadership Network Event and four pre-conference workshops focused on the imperatives of accessibility and quality, including real-world applications of the OLC Quality Scorecard. 

Best-in-Track Sessions

OLC has announced the following Best-in-Track sessions for OLC Innovate that exemplify the innovation taking place across the digital learning landscape:

  • Track: Effective Tools, Toys and Technologies – “Growing Digital Pedagogy in the Digital Innovation Greenhouse at the University of Michigan,” by Amy Homkes-Hayes, University of Michigan Office of Academic Innovation Digital Innovation Greenhouse
  • Track: Leadership and Change Management – “Diversity, Inclusion, and the Stage: Engaging Students Through a Performing Arts-Based Hybrid Model,” by Gary Chinn and Kate Miffitt, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Track: Processes, Problems and Practices – “Walking In Someone Else's Shoes- The Real Impact of Digital Accessibility,” by Chris Smith, North Carolina Virtual Public School
  • Track: Research: Designs, Methods and Findings – “An Adaptive Learning Partnership,” by Patsy Moskal and Chuck Dziuban, University of Central Florida; Connie Johnson, Colorado Technical University; and Colm Howlin, Realizeit
  • Track: Teaching and Learning Innovation – “Tools & Tactics for Reimagining Higher Ed Teaching & Learning Online,” by Kim Weller, Queens University of Charlotte; Bethany Goodier, College of Charleston; Kathleen Golden, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; and Jason Zalinger, Mercy College
  • Track: The Education-Workforce Continuum – “When Community Colleges Engage with Workforce Partners,” by Dawn Drinkard, MO Community College Association

Complete information about OLC Innovate 2018 is available online at https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/attend-2018/innovate/.    

About Online Learning Consortium

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is a collaborative community of higher education leaders and innovators, dedicated to advancing quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner – anyone, anywhere, anytime. OLC inspires innovation and quality through an extensive set of resources, including, best-practice publications, quality benchmarking, leading-edge instruction, community-driven conferences, practitioner-based and empirical research and expert guidance. The growing OLC community includes faculty members, administrators, trainers, instructional designers, and other learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies and corporate enterprises. Visit http://onlinelearningconsortium.org for more information.