Please compile all of the following information listed below before submitting your proposal:

  • Register a user account with the OLC conference management system. In order to participate in the OLC Accelerate 2016 Call for Presentations, you will need to register or log into an active account on the new OLC conference management system. When registering please include as much information as possible in your user profile, including your biography, a profile picture, and most current contact information. All corresponding presenters need to also be registered with user accounts. After you register a user account, you will be able to submit a proposal by clicking on “OLC Accelerate” in the top menu navigation within the conference management system. Please note: At this time, we do not have single sign-on and you will need to create a separate user account apart from your regular OLC website user account.
  • Note that each individual is limited to no more than three (3) submissions, including in the roles of presenter, panelist, discovery session leader, and workshop facilitator.
  • Title of presentation (limit of 120 characters)
  • Session Type:
    • Education Session (4 types)
      • Individual or Dual Presentation
      • Panel Discussion
      • Express Workshop
      • Research Highlights
    • Discovery Session
    • Pre-conference Workshop
  • Program strand and applicable tags to which the topic relates. Please select only 1 strand per proposal, and select as many tags as apply within that strand. Tags represent emerging or accelerating themes and topics in the strands and will be used to crowdsource knowledge and content from conference participation. Select from the list, the tag(s) that best represent your content and the strand you select. Please add unique and innovative tags that are not in the prescribed tag list and that best describe the content of your presentation by using the Keywords field. Be sure your tags are relevant to the strand you select.
  • Presentation Teaser / Abstract (limit of 50 words) words for inclusion in the conference website and mobile app listings
  • Presentation Description and Goals (up to 1500 words for inclusion in the conference website). Please provide a longer description of the presentation.
    • For research presentations please including a brief, concise description of context, questions, methods, results, conclusions, and a discussion/interpretation.
    • Workshops should be designed with specific, identifiable learning outcomes with in-class opportunities to support collaborative and/or interactive group activities.
  • Who might benefit from the presentation? Indicate target audience for attendees
    • Indicate Institution Type: K-12, Higher Ed, Industry, Government, Other
    • Indicate Audience Level: All, Expert, Intermediate, Novice
  • Note: The following standard audiovisual equipment will be provided in each room: data projector equipped with a universal VGA cable to accommodate both PC and Macintosh platforms, an Internet connection, and a screen. Note: Presenters should plan to provide their own computer equipment or other specialized equipment.

Helpful Tips:

  • Become part of the OLC Community – register for your (free) user account on
  • When developing your title choose keywords that accurately describe your presentation content. 
  • The Presentation teaser/ abstract should contain a maximum of 50 words.  This abstract is published on the website and in the mobile app.  When developing your presentation description and goals (up to 1,500 words), please make sure you identify how you plan to engage the audience. This can be accomplished through a number of techniques including small group moments, interactive question and answers, audience contribution, interactive handouts, games, partner exercises etc.
  • Please be sure to add to your “safe-senders” list so you receive your notification as well as other important communications from the OLC Conference Team. 

When developing your presentation abstract, description and goals, keep in mind they should:

  • Be concisely written, accurate, self-contained, and coherent
  • Use a clear and direct writing style with active voice rather than passive
  • Give a clear statement of what participants will learn from this presentation
  • List what materials—slides, handouts, web links—will be provided during the presentation, posted on the conference web site, or submitted to the conference proceedings
  • Give participants a good idea of the content and format of your presentation
  • Persuade the proposal reviewers and conference attendees that you are going to present something unique, valuable and engaging

Please make sure you check your work for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Keep the abstract short and to the point. Since a broad audience will view your abstract you should spell out all acronyms. Also keep in mind that all information submitted through the online system will be used verbatim to generate the web agenda and any conference publications. Please make sure that your information is accurate and carefully edited. This includes information about you and your co-presenters.