The Online Learning Consortium Carries Momentum into 2016 with New Events and Resources for Online Educators

OLC announces new conference lineup, Quality Scorecard expansion and new member resources.

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (Jan. 28, 2016) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of online learning worldwide, today announced a slate of new and updated resources for its higher education members and the broader online learning community. Chief among these is a new conference lineup, expansion of its Quality Scorecard, and streamlined access to expanded member resources.

“We are entering 2016 with a keen focus on providing the kinds of programs and guidance that will enable educators to take their online programs to new levels of success,” said Kathleen Ives, D.M., CEO and executive director, OLC. “Just as technology is continually changing how teaching and learning is approached, we must continue to innovate the resources we provide to help online educators deliver quality programs for contemporary learners.”

2016 OLC Conferences – New Names, Locations; Same High-Value Experience

OLC’s annual conferences are essential gathering places for thousands of online education professionals from around the world who want to learn about the latest trends, technologies and best practices in online learning.

For 2016, OLC has unveiled a fresh conference lineup, with new event names, new locations and a strategically paced schedule of multi-day conferences and one-day regional events. Among its two major events is a new conference, OLC Innovate (replacing OLC’s Blended Learning and ET4Online events), which will be jointly presented with MERLOT, April 20-22, in New Orleans.

In the fall, OLC will once again host its highly regarded international conference, this year with a new name, OLC Accelerate (previously the Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference). This year’s event takes place Nov. 16-18, in Orlando, and marks the 22nd edition of OLC’s international conference.

In addition to these two signature conferences, OLC is expanding the OLC Collaborate series of one-day regional events with new locations: Los Angeles (March 2), Orlando (March 10), Las Vegas (June 10), and Maryland (September). These exceptionally interactive events gather online learning professionals, educators and administrators to hear from regional experts and collaborate on solutions for online learning challenges.

Delivering Resources for the Next Generation of Online Learning

Thousands of educators rely on OLC for expert guidance, professional development and resources to help them excel in online learning. In 2016, OLC is enhancing the range of resources it delivers to its members, including:

● Quality Scorecard Expansion: The OLC Quality Scorecard has become the essential tool for measuring and quantifying elements of quality within online education programs. The program offers criteria for excellence in the administration of online learning programs which includes over 70 quality indicators for higher education. In 2016, the Quality Scorecard will be expanded with new Spanish and blended learning versions.

● Streamlined Access to Member Resources: In 2016, OLC will unveil a new platform for members, providing robust discussion boards and networking capabilities, career and leadership-building opportunities, self-managing member dashboard, and job boards. Visit for more information on OLC membership options and benefits.

About Online Learning Consortium

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of online learning worldwide. The member-sustained organization offers an extensive set of resources for professional development and institutional advancement of online learning, including, original research, leading-edge instruction, best-practice publications, community-driven conferences and expert guidance. OLC members include educators, administrators, trainers and other online learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies and corporate enterprises. Visit for more information.