Overview  | Call for Proposals  | Schedule  |  How to Attend  |  Sponsors 

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite K12 educators and administrators to join us in Denver, CO, April 10 – 13, 2024, as we explore important topics focused on online, blended and digital learning. This unique opportunity will give you time to learn, collaborate and network with peers at our first ever OLC K12 Education Symposium.

Our planning committee has busy working on through all of the great plans we have for this event, including our theme – Beyond the Classroom: Unleashing the Future of Online Education. This theme works with the idea that K-12 online education is now moving beyond the emergency response that took place during the pandemic and delving into the innovative and transformative potential of online learning. We would encourage sessions and participants to explore ideas that are mentioned below, along with pedagogical shifts due to AI and strategies for creating an effective and engaging online learning community, including exploring how collaboration and networks can be built between online schools.  The emphasis is on not just having schools adapt to the digital space but actively shaping how online education works to maximize student learning, enjoyment and success. 

Our symposium attendees will share their knowledge and experiences in the following tracks:

  • AI & Ed Tech: This track explores the cutting-edge technologies and innovations that are shaping the future of online, blended, and classroom education. It invites educators to share novel methods, tools, and insights that can enhance student engagement, personalize instruction, and foster creative learning environments.
  • Course Design & Curriculum Planning: This track invites proposals that explore cutting-edge approaches to learning design, curriculum development, and teaching in online and blended environments. This track embraces inclusivity, collaboration, engagement, and the pursuit of digital literacies. We welcome educators, designers, and facilitators dedicated to enhancing the learning experience through creativity, equity, and strategic integration.
  • Community Building: This track is for proposals specific to providing student and parent support (including for English Language Learners) specifically when working with online, blended or digital learning. Topics may also focus on how we as educators support and build our community.
  • Closing the Gap: A lot has happened since COVID and this track is designed to explore topics on how we continue to close the gap in learning and development since that time. We invite proposals that showcase research, innovative approaches, or other experiences that help educators support their students.

We hope you will join us for our first K12 Symposium which promises to be an engaging experience, features a keynote address and numerous networking opportunities. Don’t miss out on this event, where you can connect with educators from around the world and gain valuable insights into critical topics. We look forward to seeing you there!

Warm regards,
Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Online Learning Consortium

THE CALL FOR PROPOSALS IS NOW CLOSED!

 

Now is the time to share your innovative ideas with your global network of colleagues, your community, and those who inspire and seek inspiration.  Submit a presentation proposal for the OLC Innovate K12 Symposium (onsite from April 12 – 13, 2024 in Denver, Colorado).

To make the submission process quick and easy, be sure to collect all the necessary proposal information in advance using the template provided (Proposal Planning Template) so that you can easily cut and paste information into your submission form. The template will also guide you through the information you will need to obtain from your collaborators (including email addresses) prior to submitting your proposal.

We’ve put together a series of documents to help you prepare your presentation proposal:

Important Dates

  • January 5, 2024 (by 11:59pm ET): Proposals due date EXTENDED
  • January 26, 2024: Notification of acceptance
  • February 16, 2024: Deadline for presenters to accept
  • February 23, 2024: Full Symposium program published
  • March 20, 2024: Deadline for presentations to be uploaded
Time Program Room
Friday, April 12, 2024
7:30 AM – 9:15 AM MT OLC/MERLOT Breakfast Trivia Aurora Ballroom
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM MT Welcome and Keynote Speaker Aurora Ballroom
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM MT Networking Coffee Break Aurora Exhibit Hall 2
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM MT Concurrent Session 1
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM MT Engagement Lunch Aurora Exhibit Hall 2
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM MT Concurrent Session 2
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM MT Concurrent Session 3
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM MT Concurrent Session 4
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM MT Innovate Social Event Aurora Ballroom

 

Time Program Details
Saturday, April 13, 2024
8:15 AM – 9:45 AM MT OLC/MERLOT Awards, Student Lightning Talk, and Plenary Fireside chat Aurora Ballroom
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM MT Concurrent Session 5
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM MT Networking Coffee Break K12 Exhibit area
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM MT Concurrent Session 6
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM MT Closing Celebration Aurora Ballroom Pre-function

*Schedule is subject to change

  • All sessions are held at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center (Denver, CO)
  • All sessions are considered BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
  • All sessions are in US Mountain Time Zone

The K12 Symposium is free to all registered attendees of the OLC Innovate 2024 conference. Those only wanting to register for the K12 Symposium can do so at the reduced rate below by visiting the registration page and selecting the “K12 Symposium – ONLY” pass:

 

Price

K12 Symposium Only
(no access to the full  conference)

$425

 

Special Discount for K12 Educators and Administrators

K12 school or district employees are eligible for All Access Pass (Full conference & K12 Symposium) discounts with verification of employment. To apply for a discount, please fill out and submit this form and provide one of the items listed below as verification:

  • A color photocopy of your school or district issued ID
  • Letter from your employer (on school letterhead) verifying your employment
  • Link to school or district website that shows you as an employee.

Once employment is verified, you will receive information on how to register, including a unique code to apply the discounted rates shown below.

OLC Member Non-Member
Early Bird
K12 Educator
$575 $700
Regular Rate
K12 Educator
(after 2/21/2024)
$650 $800

* Additional proof may be requested if information provided is not sufficient.

Thank you to the sponsors of the OLC 2024 K12 Symposium. 

Please contact julie.threet@onlinelearning-c.org to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the symposium.