OLC Innovate™ 2020 Conference Moves to June with All-Virtual Format


Produced by the Online Learning Consortium, in partnership with MERLOT, OLC Innovate 2020 Virtual will gather digital learning leaders and practitioners, online, June 15-26, to focus on innovation in digital, blended and online learning.

BOSTON, Mass. (May 1, 2020) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) announced today that its annual OLC Innovate™ Conference is moving to an all-virtual format for 2020. OLC and conference partner MERLOT will gather the digital learning community, online, June 15-26, for OLC Innovate™ 2020 Virtual Conference (#OLCInnovate). This year’s theme, “Building Bridges in Digital, Blended and Online Learning,” frames a 10-day online program that highlights inspiring innovators and thought leaders from higher education, K-12, military, health care and workforce education. 

“The current health environment requires us to create a new OLC Innovate Conference experience – one that leans heavily on our mission of reaching and engaging ‘anyone, anywhere, anytime,’” said Jennifer Mathes, Chief Executive Officer for the Online Learning Consortium. “Moving our face-to-face conference to a fully online format presents the unique opportunity to spotlight the best of what the online modality affords – meaningful collaboration and the ability to reflect and connect with colleagues around the globe. We look forward to gathering our community for this reimagined event, and the opportunity to celebrate our collective resilience and dedication to forging connections without boundaries.”

Conference Co-Chairs Tina Rettler-Pagel of Madison College and Janet Smith of the University of Arizona, along with Executive Conference Co-Chairs Kaye Shelton of Lamar University and OLC’s Jennifer Mathes have worked diligently with Program Chairs Keegan Long-Wheeler of the University of Oklahoma and Kate Miffitt of California State University, and the OLC conference team to transition OLC Innovate to its all-virtual format while retaining its ability to address all experience levels through a variety of session formats that encourage broad attendee participation.

Featured Speakers

The OLC Innovate 2020 Virtual program includes an exciting lineup of innovators, including featured speakers:

  • Maha Bali, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching for American University in Cairo, will deliver a keynote address about “Centering Critical Care During Crises.” 
  • Michael L. Torrence, Ph.D., President of Motlow State Community College, will keynote the conference’s HBCU Summit (one of four summits included with conference registration). Dr. Torrence will present, “The Future of Everything: The Educational Complex.” 
  • Flower Darby, Director of Teaching for Student Success at Northern Arizona University, will participate in a fireside chat about “COVID-19 and Online Teaching.” Darby is also confirmed to keynote OLC Accelerate 2020 this November.

Unique Program Elements

Registration for the virtual conference includes live-stream and on-demand recordings of more than 300 sessions, including keynotes, featured sessions, education sessions and industry showcases. The program also includes four targeted summits – HBCU, Research, Community College and the Leadership Network. There will also be opportunities to connect with peers through virtual social and networking activities including happy hours, game socials, guided meditation sessions, and networking coffee breaks.

Registration for OLC Innovate 2020 Virtual is now open. Full program details are available on the conference website: https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/attend-2020/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.