OLC Ranger Program Kick-Off Luncheon **Program participants only**

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Brief Abstract

Are you new to OLC Innovate and could use some guidance or a friendly face to talk with? Have you attended previous OLC conferences and want to share your knowledge and expertise? Are you interested in connecting with others to discuss particular topics like instructional design, blended learning, faculty development, emerging technologies or digital literacy before, during, and after the conference?  If so, the OLC Innovate Ranger program is for you.  Sign-up here!

The Ranger program is designed to enhance the conference experience for first-time conference attendees and anyone looking for additional networking opportunities at OLC conferences.  Sign-up to participate in advance of the conference, and join us for our invitation-only Ranger Program Kick-off Lunch on Wednesday, April 3 at 12:00pm in Summit 6-7.  This is the only lunch provided by OLC and MERLOT during the conference, so don't miss your opportunity to join in the fun!  

Note that you must sign-up to participate in the Ranger Program in advance of the conference in order to receive a ticket to the Ranger Kick-off Lunch.  Pre-registration and tickets are required to attend this luncheon. 

Extended Abstract

Rangers and participants are encouraged to join in as many of the following activities as they would like.

Participants:

  • Receive guidance before, during, and after the conference. You can use Slack for instantaneous communication to help participate in meet-ups during the conference.
  • Engagement maps are available, providing detailed pathways through the conference program that include theme-based sessions to attend in support of a specific topic or focus area.
  • Join a field trip or Walk ’n Talk with a Ranger, such as a tour of the conference area for new attendees, a trip off site, a group dinner, or participate in a table discussion. Pick whatever you’d most enjoy, and explore and learn with new colleagues.
  • Join a table discussion during the Face-to-Face Ranger Kickoff session of the OLC Innovate 2019 Conference. Some tables will be focused on navigating the conference, while others will be focused on issues or challenges that arise in the pre-conference discussion of different conference streams (e.g., managing relationships between faculty and instructional designers; getting buy-in to implement analytics).
  • Learn about how to become an OLC Ranger for a future conference.  

Rangers: 

  • Guide conference attendees during the conference. You can use Slack for instantaneous communication to help coordinate your meetups during the conference.
  • Lead a field trip or Walk ’n Talk with conference attendees, such as a tour of the conference area for new attendees, a trip off site, a group dinner, or lead a table discussion. Pick whatever you’d most enjoy, and share your experience and expertise with new colleagues.
  • Contribute to social media and other channels in support of guiding conference attendees through the engagement maps, and updating maps as needed. Whenever necessary, provide wayfinding services for attendees as they navigate through established learning pathway maps.
  • Lead a table discussion during the Face-to-Face Ranger Kickoff session of the OLC Innovate 2019 Conference. Some tables will be focused on navigating the conference, while others will be focused on issues or challenges that arise in the pre-conference discussion of different conference streams (e.g., managing relationships between faculty and instructional designers; getting buy-in to implement analytics).
  • Mentor a future OLC Ranger. Seasoned OLC attendees may ask about the OLC Ranger program. Encourage them to explore what you are doing and share your experiences with them.