OLC Live! Conference Preview (Programs and Pathways)

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There’s so much to take in, explore, and learn at Accelerate 2022! Join the conference leadership and planning team for an introduction to all of the exciting events, programming, and ways to engage and connect in this conference kickoff session. OLC Live! co-hosts will interview the conference chairs to share all of the exciting ways to make the most of your Accelerate 2022 experience.


Dr. Olysha Magruder is currently the Director of Learning Design and Faculty Development of the Center for Learning Design and Technology at the Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University. She teaches graduate-level education courses at Hopkins focused on online teaching and learning. Prior to this, she worked as an instructional designer at Hopkins and other higher education institutions as an instructional designer and adjunct faculty. Olysha started her career in a K-12 classroom, which sparked her love for all things teaching and learning. She is a graduate of the University of Florida's Educational Technology doctoral program. Her research interests include active learning, faculty development, blended learning, instructional design, and leadership.
Mel Edwards, CAPM, M.A. is Lead Instructional Designer for Quality Enhancement and Accessibility, and Quality Matters coordinator at Purdue University, and serves as Vice-Chair in UPCEA eDesign Collaborative and Online Administration networks. Prior to her roles at Purdue and joining UPCEA, Edwards began her career as a public educator, adjunct instructor, and served as a Curriculum Coordinator at Montana State University-Northern. She is a Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM), earned her M.A. in education from East Tennessee State University, a B.A. in English education from SUNY New Paltz, and an A.A. in liberal arts from SUNY Adirondack. She can be reached at meledwards@purdue.edu.

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