Please note to which category of presentation you have been accepted, and read the description for detailed information. The session types and other information will be helpful to you as you prepare your presentation.

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Be sure to follow these steps no later than Wednesday, February 3 to notify us of your intention to present at the conference. Only lead presenters are notified. Please share your notification email with any co-presenters. Only one presenter (typically the lead presenter) can claim the session.

Please note: You MUST follow these steps to accept your presentation slot. If you do not actively follow these steps to accept to present, it will be assumed that you intend to withdraw your proposal.

  1. Login to OLC’s new conference management system. You will need to select “Request new password”. Please use the email address you used to submit your proposal in EDAS.

     

  2. Change your password when prompted.

     

  3. Click on “Account” in the upper right hand corner.

     

  4. Click on “My Sessions” and follow the prompts to accept or decline our offer to present. If you accept, you will be asked whether you will allow your presentation to be streamed* to the virtual conference audience.

    *Note if you accept with allowing streaming, you will also be asked to complete a release form. Please be sure to complete this step so that we may schedule your session accordingly. We recommend that you accept your session to be streamed. Streamed sessions are those that are viewable to our virtual attendees as well as being recorded for on-demand viewing by all conference attendees. Even if your session is not currently scheduled to be streamed, if the opportunity arises it will be helpful to have your permission statement on file. Not all sessions will be streamed.

 

Session Types and Descriptions

Please claim your session using the process outlined above, review your session page on the conference website, and make a note of the exact day, time, and room location of your session.* Note that as lead presenter, you MUST claim your session by the stated deadline in order to officially accept this offer to present.

During the claiming process, you will be asked to accept or decline to allow your session to be streamed from the conference. Please be sure to complete this step so that we may schedule your session accordingly. Not all sessions will be streamed.

*Session dates, time and rooms are subject to change.

The conference provides several session types:

1. Conversations that Work

2. Education Sessions

3. Emerging Ideas

4. Innovation Labs

5. Research Highlights and Trends in Innovation

6. Workshops

7. Featured Sessions

 


1. Conversations that Work

Conversations That Work are intended to tap into the collective intelligence to address challenges and dilemmas in our field. For your session, think of yourself as facilitator more than presenter, emcee more than expert. Provide a brief introduction (5 minutes or less!) of your topic or issue, seed some provocative questions, then step back and listen as the buzz begins to grow. At small tables, participants will dive into conversation with their own ideas, reactions and experiences, and you will circulate to tune in, stoke the flame, dig deeper or just observe. Tables will crowd-source notes and highlights of their conversations in a communal Google Doc (OLC Institute staff will be on hand to assist). Save some time before the end for everyone to hear from each table—what were their key take-aways or big a-has? To close, offer a concluding thought or two, or simply step back and appreciate what you’ve created together.

A Google doc link will be provided and an OLC Institute session archivist will be in attendance. We encourage you as a presenter to participate in the crowd source note-taking and contributions in the shared google doc.

Presenters should have no more than 2-3 slides to kick-off conversations. The session archivist’s notes will show on the screen the majority of the session.

Please note: Conversations that Work will not be part of the streaming session offerings due to the nature of the small table discussions.

All sessions are designated as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device.


2. Education Sessions

The total time allotted for your Education Session is 45 minutes. Please allow 5-10 minutes of that time for questions, answers, and discussion with the audience. An Education Session is a standard “presenter-as lecturer” session in a breakout room. We do encourage you to be as interactive as possible with your audience.

If your education session is part of our streamed session offerings, please keep the following in mind to be sure to include and engage your virtual audience:

  • Design with both virtual audience and an on-site in mind.
  • Deliver an interactive session, including providing any interactive features (i.e. polling) to both audiences.
  • Repeat any questions from your audience prior to answering to ensure the virtual audience clearly hears the question and answer.
  • Acknowledge both audiences throughout your session.

All sessions are designated as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device.


3. Emerging Ideas

The total time allotted for your Emerging Ideas Session is 45 minutes.These Emerging Ideas Sessions should include a brief (10-15 minutes maximum, repeated to attendees as needed over the 45 minute concurrent session time period) electronic presentation to elicit ideas from your peers, virtually and in person. The Emerging Ideas Sessions allow for interactive 1:1 discussions between presenters and attendees.

For your presentation, you will be assigned a concurrent session, a presentation table in the Emerging Ideas session room, and a position number (1-10) to indicate your table location. All sessions are designated at BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device. You will present on your laptop to attendees as they circulate around the area to the various Emerging Ideas stations. The conference will provide a small table for your laptop, wireless internet, and power to the table.

Please note: While Emerging Ideas Sessions are NOT part of the conference’s streamed sessions, should a slot open up and your session be eligible to be moved to your preferred presentation category, your odds will improve if you have agreed to potentially be streamed.

All sessions are designated as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device.


4. Innovation Labs

The total time allotted for your Innovation Lab Session is 45 minutes. All Innovation Lab Sessions will take place in the Innovation Lab area in the Exhibit Hall.

The steering committee is excited to share with you an inside look into the structure and format of the lab sessions held at OLC Innovate. In that the labs are quite different than your traditional education session at a conference, we wanted to offer some information on the space to help you in planning your session

Lab Presentation = Guided Experiments

As mentioned in the CFP, each lab should kick off with a quick-start conversation that you facilitate with the participants. This could be a challenge or reflection question that will guide the “experiment” you plan to lead the participants through in your session. You’ll follow this discussion with an interactive demo, ideally engaging the audience in a hands-on task. Lastly, the group will work collaboratively to attempt to address a challenge, utilizing the information offered in the demo and their own expertise to create an effective practice. The ultimate goal of the lab is to break folks out of sit-and-get mode by encouraging them to stay and play, get their hands dirty and leave with a meaningful takeaway.

About the Space

The Innovation Labs space is comprised of two distinct areas – a front area featuring a series of lab stations for participants to reflect and experiment at their own pace, and a live demo space for participants to take part in “guided experiments” led by presenters. The lab stations move participants through an Innovation Cycle, with each station featuring a different step in the process for creating a strategy, effective practice or pedagogical approach. Participants document their ideas on a virtual lab manual and connect with “lab assistants” stationed in the space.

The live demo space is adjacent to the lab stations, and features round tables for participants to work on a guided experiment that you will lead. You will have a podium and a display to hook up any technology. The two spaces are meant to work together, and ideally, participants can continue to hone and refine the ideas that arise from your guided experiment at the lab stations.

Lab Manuals and Lab Assistants

As a means of facilitating participants conducting “experiments” in the space, we are creating a virtual lab manual that can be used to document findings, reflections and new practices. We will make the lab manual available to you prior to the conference so that you can encourage participants to use it as they complete your lab. Additionally, the Innovation Lab will be staffed by “lab assistants” helping to facilitate experiments in the lab stations, and assist you with your lab in the live demo space as needed. If you have a specific task that you need support for during your lab, please do not hesitate to let us know in advance so that the lab assistants can be on hand to help out.

All in all, we’re super excited to work with you on the design of your lab session, and invite you to contact us with any questions, comments or requests. And our profound thanks in advance for helping us to create an innovation makerspace fostering discovery, active learning, and collaboration.

Please note: Innovation Labs will not be part of the streaming session offerings due to the nature of the presentation.

All sessions are designated as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device.


5. Research Highlights & Trends in Innovation

The total time allotted for your Research Highlights and Trends in Innovation Session is 15 minutes.

Research abstracts provide authors the opportunity to present their original work related to the broad theme of innovation related to the conference program proposal tracks. Research papers must be on a completed or well-developed project. Accepted proposals must contain sufficient information regarding the research problem, research question, methodology and potential results for the review committee to ascertain relevance to the conference program and to future practice or research with the corresponding track. Full papers must be submitted no later than January 31, 2016. All full paper submissions may be eligible for publication in the conference proceedings. Additionally, authors may choose to submit their papers to the Online Learning Journal. These manuscripts must be original (= not published or accepted for publication OR currently under consideration for publication elsewhere, i.e. journal or conference proceeding). Please be sure to upload your full paper in MSWord (.doc or .docx) format as an attachment to your EDAS submission prior to the Jan 31, 2016 deadline.

Presentation Format

Research papers selected for the new #OLCInnovate conference format should provide participants with insights, ideas, methods, and frameworks for research in online and blended learning innovation. If selected, the author(s) will invited to present a 15-minute oral presentation with two other researchers during a 45-minute concurrent session. The Research Highlights & Trends in Innovation paper sessions will be moderated to ensure each presenter adheres to the designated time format outline for the #OLCInnovate conference:

  • 10 minutes to present research study and findings
  • 5 minutes allotted for Q & A discussion with participants facilitated by the session moderator
  • All researchers will be given warnings signals or cues during their presentation about time remaining.
  • Please find your designated room in advance to prepare your presentation slides and materials at the beginning of the session to allow for smooth speaker transitions.

Please note: All Research Highlights and Trends In Innovation presentations will be part of the streaming session offerings. Please be sure to accept the streaming release when you claim your session.

All sessions are designated as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device.


6. Workshops

The total time allotted for your Workshop is 90 minutes. Please allow time for questions, answers, and discussion with the audience.

Please note: Workshops will not be part of the streaming session offerings due to the interactive and small group work nature of the workshop.

Design an interactive 90-minute workshop to engage a group of participants in relation to one of the conference tracks. Workshops should be designed with specific, identifiable learning outcomes with in-class opportunities to support collaborative and/or interactive group activities. Presenters must provide an opportunity for questions, answers, and/or whole group discussion within the course of the workshop and must describe how this element will be used to best engage participants. Workshops should provide participants with tangible “take-away” information, models, and/or products and should be a more in-depth look into technological tools available in a shorter Information Session. Please develop a minimum of 2-4 learning objectives for your participants. These should be clear and measurable outcomes for the 90-minute workshop learning experience.

Workshops are offered free to all participants, who are encouraged to sign up to attend in advance of the workshop during the conference registration process. Please note that computers are not provided for this or any session at OLC Innovate; therefore, all sessions are designated at BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device and must specify what device requirements are expected of participants attending the workshop.The program committee also reserves the right to change the presentation type from the type originally requested by the presenter in order to encourage more participation.


7. Featured Sessions

Thank you for agreeing to be a Featured Session Presenter. The total time allotted for your Featured Session is 45 minutes. Please allow 5-10 minutes of that time for questions, answers, and discussion with the audience.

The OLC Director – Conferences will communicate with you by email regarding the registration process, including what complimentary and/or discounted registrations are available for you and your co-presenters (if applicable).

During the claiming process, you will be asked to accept or decline to allow session to be live webcast from the conference. Featured sessions are an important part of our offering to virtual attendees; therefore, all featured session presenters are required to accept to be live webcast.

All sessions are designated as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device.

Timeline

  • Deadline for presenters to accept is February 3, 2016
  • Deadline for presenters to register is February 29, 2016
  • Final date for presenters to edit abstracts is February 29, 2016
  • Final presentation upload date is April 1, 2016

AV & Media

Standard A/V equipment, including an LCD projector, screen, audio output from your personal laptop, and a hard wired internet connection to the podium will be provided for your session. Wireless internet will be available for attendees in the session room.

Please note: The conference does not provide laptops for presenters. All sessions are designated as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device. Additionally, any handouts you may want to distribute or support materials you may want attendees to have must be provided by you. OLC will provide instructions to you closer to the conference on how to upload support materials to the conference website so that attendees can access them.

Presentation Repository

As an accepted presenter, you are strongly encouraged to post your materials as a pdf, PowerPoint file, or link (Prezi, VoiceThread, etc.) to the presentation repository by April 1, 2016. The contributions will remain online as part of the conference materials after the conference. You will be notified of the presentation repository access instructions at a later date by the conference management team. Session abstracts and information about the presenters also will be included in the resource.

IMPORTANT: In order to post your final presentation to your session page, you will need an account on onlinelearningconsortium.org. You can create your (free) user account at any time. Presenters will be provided instructions on how to upload their presentation materials in March.