OLC Accelerate 2016: Accelerating Online Learning Worldwide

The OLC Accelerate conference, held November 16-18, 2016 in Orlando, FL was a very successful event! Among the 1,807 onsite and 799+ virtual attendees, 24 countries were represented. This year’s program highlighted initiatives that reflect and showcase our communities of practice through presentations, panel discussions, express workshops, research highlights, discovery sessions, and pre-conference workshops. The dynamic keynote presentations along with reflective commentary on these educational offerings was inspiring and invigorating!

Don’t believe us? Watch these videos!

Technology Test Kitchen
Technology Test Kitchen: Perspectives
Leveraging the Power of Technology (Martha Kanter)
There Isn’t Just One Solution (Martha Kanter)
Martha Kanter and the Knowledge Society
Martha Kanter on Leading the Quest
Alexandra Pickett I
Alexandra Pickett II

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We sincerely hope you will join us at OLC Innovate 2017 taking place April 5-7, in New Orleans, LA, AND OLC Accelerate 2017, taking place November 15-17 back in Orlando, FL. Sign up for email updates on these events.

Missed the conference? No problem!

Your Institution can get an unlimited group package of 100+ recorded sessions for just $695!

Now you and your entire university can access over 100 recorded sessions including the Keynotes, Plenary, featured sessions, select information session and key vendor showcase sessions to view at your convenience.

Access to Recorded Sessions

The 100+ recordings are always free for registered attendees. If you were a registered attendee of the conference, you were sent instructions and the activation link before the conference, during the conference in the daily update e-mails and post conference in the post con/survey e-mail. Please e-mail conference@onlinelearning-c.org if you have any questions.

“I learned so much about the online learning landscape by attending this conference. I had no idea the vast amount of products, services and resources that were available until I attended this. I found other attendees to be friendly, helpful, bright and knowledgeable and it was great to network with them.”

– Martin Wallace, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

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SAVE THE DATE! Join us in Orlando November 15-17, 2017 for OLC Accelerate. 

Sign up for conference updates to receive the latest information on Online Learning Consortium events.

Take a look at the excitement shared during the conference on social media: #OLCAccelerate

Check out the Technology Test Kitchen Iron Chef Battle Recipes!

“Having the option to attend a conference that covers such a broad range of topics relevant to the online landscape of learning is priceless. Attending virtually and having some attend in-person allowed our institution to maximize our conference budget, while benefiting our faculty and staff with a great opportunity for professional development.”

– Heather Bushey, Director of SOUL and FIPSE Project Manager, Bay Path University

phylisebanner_circleA Note from Phylise Banner, Conference Chair

OLC Accelerate 2016 was held November 16-18 in sunny Orlando at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort. Together, we had close to 1,800 onsite and 800 virtual participants learning together, with representation from 24 countries.

OLC Accelerate is the premiere conference on online learning and this year was no exception!

The program successfully weaved together the topic strands that shape our communities of practice through presentations, panel discussions, express workshops, research highlights, discovery sessions, town halls, and pre-conference workshops.

Along with two dynamic keynote presentations and a thought-provoking plenary panel, participants were offered reflective artistic commentary on current topics in online teaching and learning, and the future we need to build together, so that our students can achieve their educational goals.

To top things off, the Technology Test Kitchen served up a new dish — the Iron Chef Battles — which gave educators a rare opportunity to team up with exhibitors to brainstorm on-the-spot effective practices to address the challenges we all face in the work we do.

Much thanks to the OLC Accelerate Steering Committee, Program Committee, OLC Board, and OLC Staff for helping to make the 2016 conference an engaging, rewarding, must-attend learning event!

Save the date for next year as we gather once again in Orlando, November 15-17, 2017.

Photo Galleries

    • Keynote Address – Dr. Michelle Weise, Dr. Jamila Lyiscott
    • Keynote Address – Dr. Stephen Kosslyn
    • Exhibit Hall
    • Technology Test Kitchen – Iron Chef Battles
    • Awards
    • Plenary Panel
    • General

Thank you to our generous sponsors for the prizes below!

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Booth Raffle Winners

Ken Pecka from Whitworth University won a campus-wide license of any Respondus product from Respondus.
Vicki Sahr from Fox Valley Technical College won a $100 Southwest Airlines gift card from Biometric Signature ID.
Brittany Anthony from USF won a FitBit Alta from Boundless. 
Katie Jacobson from Point Loma Nazarene University won her choice of Apple Watch Sport or Garmin Vivoactive from CogBooks.
Tara Crist from Straford University won a $25 Amazon gift card from SmarterServices’ Focus Group.

Proctorio Chromebook Wheel of Chance (partial list):
University of South Florida
Susan B. from BYU-Idaho
University of Texas at Arlington
April from Penn State
Melissa from University of Phoenix
Ilona from Intentional Futures
Caron from Liberty University
Stacey from Wiley

OLC/Proctorio Around the World Scavenger Hunt (partial list):
Jason Reed
Sean Nufer
Dorothy Loftin
Amy B.
Dawn Tolonen
Alan Pilkenton


OLC Stamp Card Winners

iPad Winner:
Michelle McNamara Glen Oaks Community College
Gift Card Winners:
Claire Abshire CSUEB
Jason Reed State College of Florida
Teresa Pagliuca Perkins
Emily Stanton CIP Courses
Jacob Fisher Daemen College
Dorothy Loftin Oregon State Univ
Chris Parent Rivier Univ
Bei Zhang Michigan State Univ
Anne Raines Univ of Arkansas
Mary Zatta Perkins School for the Blind


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iPad winner: Michelle McNamara, Glen Oaks Community College

Winners of the $25 Amazon gift certificates for completing session evaluations are:

Laura Widenor
Phillip Conrad
Michelle Burcin
Stephanie Richter
Shannon Dunn


Social Media Contest Winners

Link to winning post: Prize: Sponsor:
@Rangerdavie free 1 yr license to Atomic Campus Integrate + $50 Amazon gift card Atomic Learning
@adaptivechat $25 Starbucks gift card Boundless
@saskyles #SkullCandy headphones Canvas LMS
@JustStormy $50 Amazon gift card MyDay by Collabco
@ethollis Chromebook Proctorio
@taykendesign $100 American Express Gift Card ProctorU
@phelpsja $50 Amazon gift card SmarterServices
@ThomasJTobin pair of books on Blended Learning Stylus Publishing
@acroom 1 yr subscription to ILED Studio Service University of Central Oklahoma Institute for Learning Environment Design
@MelMasonUTA $25 Amazon gift card Online Learning Consortium
Vickie J Maris Amazon Fire Online Learning Consortium


Goosechase Winners

Amazon Fire tablet from OLC: Dr. Amy Blowers
$25 Amazon gift card from OLC: Julianne Cottin
Savvy Infusion – Flip-Top Sport Infuser Water Bottles from OLC:
Emily Stanton
Sean Nufer
Dawn Tolonen
Sharon Wavle
Brady Boswell
Amazon Fire tablet from OLC: Stephanie Richter
$25 Amazon gift card from OLC: Jenny Roye


CONGRATULATIONS to our winners and THANK YOU to all who participated!


Winners of 2017 OLC Complimentary Conference Registration

Winner: Institution: National Sponsor:
Qadri Syed Rollins College Mirum Learning
Sheila Baker University of Houston-Clear Lake The Chronicle of Higher Ed
Peace Ossom Williamson University of Texas Arlington Blackboard
Amanda Young University of South Florida Canvas
Sarah Gouzoules Emory University Pearson
Amanda Smith Ultimate Medical Academy Bisk
Tommy Aicher University of Cincinnati Keypath Education

DLIAward Winners Announced at OLC Accelerate 2016

The 2016 OLC Digital Learning Innovation Award – Institution has been awarded to:

  • Bay Path University (MSI-Eligible, Title III and Title V), Longmeadow, Massachusetts, for its use of Realizeit Boundless for its deployment of a revolutionary model for The American Women’s College Online called Social Online Universal Learning (SOUL), which delivers online accelerated baccalaureate degree programs targeted to adult women.
  • Cerritos Community College (HSI), Cerritos, California, for its use of Lumen Learning courseware in shifting nearly all courses in its Retail Management Program to low-cost digital courseware designed using OER from Lumen Learning.
  • Northern Arizona University (NAU) (AIANSI), Flagstaff, Arizona, for its use of Pearson MyMath Test in MyLabsPlus powered by Knewton courseware in its Peak Performance Mathematics Summer Bridge Program, which aims to promote timely STEM degree attainment by students at Northern Arizona University (NAU).

The 2016 OLC Digital Learning Innovation Award – Faculty-Led Team has been awarded to:

Lehman College of CUNY (HSI), New York, New York, for its use of Sapling Learning/Macmillan and a WordPress custom CUNY site, to increase the success of students in gateway science courses and reduce out-of-pocket costs for students.

  • Tougaloo College (HBCU), Jackson, Mississippi, for its use of Junction Education, OpenStax to address the challenge faced by instructors in engaging students of online biology classes.
  • Fisher College, Boston, Massachusetts, for its use of Cengage Learning’s Enhanced WebAssign to help students in developmental mathematics courses to master required math skills and successfully complete mathematics coursework.
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Salisbury, North Carolina, for its use of 3-Text, a Cengage Learning Partnership, to help overcome high textbook costs, which was preventing students from buying books and limiting their ability to succeed.
  • Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, for its use of ALEKS to address student success related to completion of developmental math courses by taking on a new approach tailored to today’s online-savvy students.

Complete descriptions of the digital courseware initiatives of the 2016 OLC DLIAward honorees are available here. OLC will also share these success stories with the online learning community through a series of white papers and featured profiles.

 Download Technology Test Kitchen Iron Chef Battle Recipes.

Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite Events Team Live Streams OLC Accelerate 2016

videoOLC Accelerate is a wrap, but the conversations that began at the conference are still going strong. For the ninth consecutive year attendees are able to watch the sessions on-demand via Mediasite, OLC’s conference webcasting platform and technology partner. Mediasite Events live-streamed all conference sessions to the online audience and made the sessions available on-demand for attendees to review. Powered by the award-winning Mediasite platform, Mediasite Events delivers worry-free video streaming and webcasting for hundreds of live and hybrid events of all sizes every year. The expert team provides turnkey video streaming services or works with your own event team as needed.

Mediasite also exhibited at the show, demoing the latest enhancements to Mediasite including Mediasite Join, a cloud-based service that transforms distance learning into rich, searchable video-on-demand; and Mediasite Catch, a podium capture solution for classrooms with little or no AV capabilities.

More than 1,600 colleges and universities use Mediasite to automate the capture, management, delivery and search of live and on-demand videos and rich media. Campuses that use Mediasite see increased student achievement and retention, create a unified campus video library and help their institutions stay competitive with flexible programs that reach more students. Learn more about Mediasite at www.sonicfoundry.com.




"Having the option to attend a conference that covers such a broad range of topics relevant to the online landscape of learning is priceless. Attending virtually and having some attend in-person allowed our institution to maximize our conference budget, while benefiting our faculty and staff with a great opportunity for professional development."

Heather Bushey, Director of SOUL and FIPSE Project Manager, Bay Path University (OLC Accelerate 2016)