Thousands of Online Educators and Experts Expected at 21st Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference This October

OLC2015 Best-in-Track sessions highlight international students’ needs; multi-disciplinary courses; social collaboration; virtual experiential learning; open resources; HBCU approaches; and public policy around digital learning for national workforce development.

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (Sept. 1, 2015) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), formerly The Sloan Consortium, is gathering the online learning community this fall at the 21st Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference (OLC2015), in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 14-16, 2015. OLC today announced “Best-in-Track” sessions, recognizing exceptional speaker submissions for the OLC2015 conference program

“Online learning has come to play a strategic role in transforming and advancing higher education,” said Kathleen S. Ives, D.M., CEO and executive director, Online Learning Consortium. “It’s incredibly constructive for the global online learning community to gather each year at this event to gauge progress, share insights and look to the future.”

“As the field of online learning continues to mature, our work as researchers and practitioners continues to evolve in support of quality online teaching and learning initiatives,” said Conference Program Chair Phylise Banner, director of Online Teaching and Learning at Union Graduate College. “Congratulations to our Best-in-Track presenters for delivering on the conference mission with contributions that offer inventive approaches to delivering quality online learning experiences.”

OLC2015 Best-in-Track sessions are:

  • HBCU Innovations Track: “Going High-Tech in Higher Education: The HBCU Dilemma,” Richard Peters, Xavier University of Louisiana (lead presenter)
  • Faculty and Professional Development & Support Track: “Going Global: Preparing Faculty to Teach International Students Online,” Gerald LeTendre (lead presenter), with Laurence Boggess and Ronald Musoleno, all from Penn State University
  • Institutional Strategies & Innovations Track: “Integrated Instructional Design: Building A Process for Creating Multi-Disciplinary Courses At the Graduate Level,” Kimberly J. Brower (lead presenter), with Elizabeth Wellman, Theresa Bruece and Lanore Larson, all from the University of Southern California
  • Learning Effectiveness Track: “Identifying Free Riders in Online Work Groups by Using an Intra-Group Peer and Self Evaluation,” Kadriye O. Lewis, Children’s Mercy Hospital (lead presenter)
  • Student Services and Learner Support Track: “Leveraging Online Learning Communities to Drive Student Success,” Matthew Thornton, Southern New Hampshire University & Dakota State University (lead presenter), with Matthew Belanger, SNHU
  • Technology and Emerging Learning Environments Track: “Competency Based Virtual Experiential Learning: Bridging the Academic-Practitioner Divide,” Kevin Cojanu (lead presenter), with Sean Doyle, Monica Hubler and Desiree DePriest, PhD, all from Kaplan University
  • Open, Global, Mobile Track: “Making Open Educational Resources COOL for Education – California’s Open Online Library Ready for Your Use,” Gerry Hanley, California State University, Office of the Chancellor & MERLOT (lead presenter)
  • Leadership, Values and Society Track: “An Insider’s View: Using Public Policy to Build and Reinforce a National Workforce Development Digital Learning

The 21st Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference is the premier forum for online learning, offering the opportunity for all concerned with the future of online learning to come together, collaborate and share experiences. With more than 2,000 onsite attendees and another 2,000 virtual attendees, representing more than 950 institutions, from 50 states and territories and 20 countries around the world, the event is the largest gathering of college-level faculty and administrators, instructional technology professionals and instructional designers, all focused on the latest developments in online learning.

About Online Learning Consortium

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), formerly The Sloan Consortium, 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.  


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