Conferences

Conferences vary in cost and there are discounts available for early registration, OLC members, students, retirees and others. Go to http://www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/attend and click on your conference of choice for more information.

OLC hosts 2 major conferences per year. The OLC conferences include the annual OLC Accelerate conference in the fall, and OLC Innovate in the spring. Additionally OLC hosts Collaborate events – one day, regional events.

Conference locations can vary, go to http://www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/attend and click on the desired conference to find out where it will be located next.

OLC Innovate is a newer event combining our former Emerging Technologies and Blended Learning conferences, but with a new twist.  Throughout the 2.5 day conference, we will discuss and envision how advancing educational innovation through online learning can break through barriers and support systemic change in higher ed, K-12, and workforce education. OLC Innovate is an energetic and unique conference experience that “blends” emerging trends in technology with innovations in pedagogy and administration. This conference will feature interactive session formats, such as our Lightning sessions and Conversations that work.  You can read more about OLC Innovate and find a link to the current year’s conference on the Attend page.

Our fall conference is traditionally our largest event with over 300 sessions, workshops and micro-learning environments.  Formerly known as the OLC International Conference, it is now known as OLC Accelerate.  Here you will find 2.5 days of sessions discussing research in online learning, advancing best practice guidance, and many opportunities to engage with hundreds of online learning experts on topics focused at driving quality online learning.  Participants new to online learning frequently tell us this was the top conference they were recommended to attend, while many participants have come back year-after-year for decades.

Both events are geared to a wide array of professionals from higher ed, K-12, and industry with topics appealing to faculty/staff, administration, IT professionals and instructional design.

Our major conferences have both virtual and onsite components. Go to http://www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/attend and click on your conference of choice for more information.

Experienced professionals and interested newcomers to online learning including higher education, continuing education, business, government, health care, professional associations, and nonprofit organizations; college-level faculty and administrators, faculty members, instructional designers, instructional technology, trainers in public and private sector organizations and media professionals.

No, OLC conferences do not offer CEUs.

OLC offers a limited number of grants and scholarships. Please visit the Awards tab from the OLC home page.

Discounted rates for OLC Conferences include an early bird rate, Student Rates for degree-seeking students who qualify, and OLC paid members are eligible for conference discounts. Check the conference Register page for more specifics on the event you are interested in.

To register online, go to http://www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/attend and click on your conference of choice for more information.

Each conference sends out a Call for Proposals for presenters to apply. Go to http://www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/attend and click on your conference of choice for more information. Please sign up for Email Alerts within each conference to receive the latest conference news and updates.

Go to http://www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/attend and click on your conference of choice for more information, or contact the conference team directly at conference@onlinelearning-c.org.

Yes, each conference offers sponsorship opportunities. Go to http://www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/attend and click on your conference of choice for more information, or contact the conference team directly at conference@onlinelearning-c.org.

Attendance is robust at OLC conferences. OLC Innovate in the spring has approximately 1,500 attendees and the fall conference (OLC Accelerate) brings about 2,000 visitors. One-day regional events (OLC Collaborate) is limited to 150 participants at each location.

Keynote speakers are leaders in the online learning arena including cutting edge high profile authors, editors, researchers and technological experts.

Please visit the AWARDS tab on the OLC home page for details.

Some meals are included. Go to http://www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/attend click on your conference of choice and see the general schedule for which meals are included.

Cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing to OLC (email conference@onlinelearning-c.org). Requests received by the specified date will receive a refund minus a $75 administrative fee. Later requests may be granted OLC credit to use at a future event. Additional fees for special ticketed events may apply. Please check the specific event you are inquiring about on the REGISTER page of that event. Go to http:www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/attend and click on your conference of choice.

Each conference sends out a Call for Proposals for presenters to apply. Go to http://www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/attend and click on your conference of choice for more information, or, to received email notifications sign up for Conference Updates within each conference site.

Degree-seeking students may qualify for a conference discount. Go to http://www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/attend and click on your conference of choice for more information.

Exhibitors include organizations who offer hardware, software, Internet activities, distance learning, and other products and services of interest to higher education faculty, administrators, designers, and trainers.

Volume discounts are only available for major conference Virtual Attendee Packages (Buy 2 Get 1 Free or Group Unlimited registrations). Please check the event you are interested in for more details on Virtual options.

All Presenters must register and pay the registration fee for each conference. We encourage you to take advantage of early bird discounted rates (up to a $100 savings) as well as any OLC Professional or OLC Institutional Member Discounts (typically an additional $75 savings for major events).

No, certificates are not awarded for attended a conference.

OLC is happy to accommodate special needs. Please contact the Conference Team directly at conference@onlinelearning-c.org to discuss.

OLC is a non-profit organization that has full-time staff and expenses to account for. In order to be able to offer these conferences, OLC must charge registration fees to cover its costs.

All facilitators should provide their own handouts.

Yes, walk-in registration is always welcome.

All paid attendees have full access to all recorded conference presentations and presentation materials for one year after the event.

Presenters will receive an email with presentation upload instructions. If you do not receive this email or have additional questions, email conference@onlinelearning-c.org.

Yes, you may purchase access to conference recordings after the event. Check each conference from http://www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/attend or email conference@onlinelearning-c.org for further details.

We do not provide “Letters of Invitation” for international attendees to attend our events. Conference participants from other countries must obtain a tourist or student visa on their own merit and not be dependent upon Letters of Invitation from OLC to acknowledge or sponsor their attendance. It is up to the applicant, and the applicant alone, to demonstrate his or her desire and compelling plans to return to their home country after a brief visit in order to qualify for a visa.

 

Website

Please use the request new password feature on the website, http://olc.onlinelearningconsortium.org/user/password . If the system does not recognize your email address, you will have to set up a new account there.

Suggestions can be sent using our contact form. Please choose the category “Website – Bug Reports/Suggestions for Improvement.”

Information on the Workshop Pass can be found at https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/learn/workshop-pass. For questions, please contact OLC at http://www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/contact and select ‘Membership/Workshop Pass’ in the Category list for more details about Workshop Pass.

To access OLC publications go to http://www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/read.

Online Learning articles can be found by issue or search at http://www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/read/journal-issues.

Currently, OLC does not sell advertising on our site, but you can find other advertising and sponsorship options on our Advertise with OLC page: www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/about/olc-2/advertise-olc/

Customer Service

Contact Roberta Vigliani, Chief Financial Officer: roberta.vigliani@onlinelearning-c.org

Contact Member Services: membership@onlinelearning-c.org

Contact the Institute team: workshop@onlinelearning-c.org

Contact Conferences: conference@onlinelearning-c.org

Contact the Institute team: workshop@onlinelearning-c.org

Contact Customer Support: support@onlinelearning-c.org

Contact Customer Support: support@onlinelearning-c.org

See the list of Institutional Members or contact Member Services: membership@onlinelearning-c.org

Contact the Institute team: workshop@onlinelearning-c.org

Contact the Institute team: certificate@onlinelearning-c.org

Contact the Institute team: workshop@onlinelearning-c.org

You can access the recording of the session by returning to the workshop and selecting the ‘Recorded Session’ link.

Contact the Institute team: workshop@onlinelearning-c.org

Contact Jeff Seaman, conductor of the survey: jseaman@pondview.com

9am – 6pm ET, although most Online Learning Consortium staff check email outside of business hours.

Contact Jeff Seaman, conductor of the survey: jseaman@pondview.com

Contact Jeff Seaman, conductor of the survey: jseaman@pondview.com

Jobs may be posted to the website at http://olc.onlinelearningconsortium.org/jobline. Only OLC members can view the full position descriptions.

No, OLC does not sell any membership lists.

Once you log into your account, you can click on the “My Account” link on the right hand side of your screen. If you do not have an account already, please set one up here.

OLC accepts ONLY MasterCard, Visa, purchase orders, and checks.

To update your subscription preferences, please visit this page.

General Information about OLC

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), formerly The Sloan Consortium, is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of online learning worldwide. The member-sustained organization offers an extensive set of resources for professional development and institutional advancement of online learning, including, original research, leading-edge instruction, best-practice publications, community-driven conferences and expert guidance. OLC members include educators, administrators, trainers and other online learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies and corporate enterprises. 

OLC can help you connect, learn, and educate. As an individual, you have the opportunity to connect with others involved in online higher education. Through our publications, workshops, and conferences you have the opportunity to learn and keep abreast of trends in online higher education. You will be able to take the knowledge you acquire and apply in your online classroom.
As an institution, your faculty can take advantage of OLC offerings for a fraction of the cost of maintaining an in-house resource.

OLC does not provide grants.

For a profile of current board members, please visit our website:
https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/about/board-directors/

A call for nominations is sent out in the Spring. The Online Learning Consortium’s Nomination and Election Committee reviews submissions and provides a slate of candidates to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors votes on the candidates. Board terms begin January 1st.

Please visit our website for a complete list of institutional members:
http://olc.onlinelearningconsortium.org/institutional_members

The Online Learning Consortium maintains a virtual organization. Mail can be sent to the following address:
The Online Learning Consortium
P.O. Box 1238
Newburyport, MA 01950-8238.

No. However, OLC was originally funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. OLC is now a non-profit, member sustained organization.

The annual call for award nominations occurs in the spring each year. Individuals and/or institutions are recognized in the following categories:

Excellence in Online Teaching
John R. Bourne Outstanding Achievement Award in Online Education
Bruce N. Chaloux Award for Early Career Excellence
A. Frank Mayadas Leadership Award
Outstanding Online Program
Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching
Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education
Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education
Please visit our website for award criteria: http://www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/join/olc-awards. For effective practice awards, candidates are drawn from postings at http://www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/join/olc-awards/effective-practices submitted throughout the year.

The first step is to become a member. You can than take full advantage of OLC resources including publications, online workshops, conferences, and webinars.

To help make quality online education accessible and affordable for anyone, anywhere, at any time, the OLC community shares techniques, strategies, and practices in online education that have worked for them. All effective practices are peer reviewed to insure quality and to give submitters some documentation for tenure and promotion files. The effective practices are based on OLC’s quality framework comprised of the following pillars: Learning Effectiveness, Scale, Access, Faculty Satisfaction, and Student Satisfaction. You can read more about effective practices and the OLC quality framework by visiting our website:
http://www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/join/olc-awards/effective-practices

No. Current board members vote to elect board members. But, you can nominate people to serve on the board.

A person can make a donation with credit card or check made payable to The Online Learning Consortium. Send to The Online Learning Consortium, P.O. Box 1238, Newburyport, MA 01950-8238. A receipt will be issued for tax purposes.

The privacy policy can be found here.

Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available with OLC. See details here

General Information About OLC Staff

You can contact Dr. Ives via email at kathleen.ives@onlinelearning-c.org.

The Online Learning Consortium
P.O. Box 1238
Newburyport, MA 01950-8238.

You can contact individual staff members via email by using first and last name. As an example, Kathleen Ives (Online Learning Consortium CEO and Executive Director) can be reached at kathleen.ives@onlinelearning-c.org.

You can browse a current list of staff members by visiting our website at http://www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/executive-leadership-staff/.

Publications

Our list of publications can be found at https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/read.

You can submit a paper to Online Learning at our online submission site http://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org.

Send an email to publisher@onlinelearning-c.org to request permission.

OLC View: Monthly
Online Learning: 4 times per year
Survey: Annually

A selection of people involved in and expert in the areas of online education.

You can volunteer and register to become a reviewer at http://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org.

Submission guidelines can be find at https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/read/guide-authors/.

It depends on the publication. For information on our publications, visit https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/read.

No, not technically, but we do encourage membership for our authors and submitters.

Individual articles can be downloaded for free at https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/read/journal-issues/.

The publication strategy is spearheaded by the Executive Director (Kathleen Ives)).

OLC Members receive discounts on publications.

Sorry, but our publishing program does not take book submissions.

While OLC is a non-profit organization, it does need to sustain its operational costs. Not all publications are not free because they require operational funds to produce and distribute. In order to continue to provide our publications resources, we need to ask you pay for some of them.

Online Learning (OLC Journal)

Online Learning is the official journal of the Online Learning Consortium, which promotes the development and dissemination of new knowledge at the intersection of pedagogy, emerging technology, policy and practice in online environments.

With the advent of our organization’s name change, we’ve renamed our signature journal, Online Learning a journal of the Online Learning Consortium. Although our name has changed, our aim and mission has not, which is to provide scholars, practitioners, administrators, and policy makers in online education with knowledge about the very best research in online learning.

Papers building on and/or developing theory and supported by rigorous methods are the norm. Occasionally, papers reviewing broad areas are published, including critical reviews of thematic areas. Online Learning is published 4 times a year, and entire issues are published from time-to-time around a single topic or disciplinary areas. Calls for papers for special issues include specific due dates, but general submissions are accepted year-round. The journal adheres to traditional standards of double-blind peer review, and authors are asked to provide systematic data in support of claims.

General inquiries may be emailed to Beth Meigs, managing editor at beth.meigs@onlinelearning-c.org or to the Publications department at olj@onlinelearning-c.org

We invite high quality manuscripts for blind peer-review on a wide variety of topics including but not limited to those that investigate how online environments amplify, shape and constrain teaching and learning. We welcome submissions that systematically investigate questions around online interaction, collaboration, individualized instruction, multimedia, adaptive environments, blended learning, issues of learning at scale (in both MOOCs and “traditional” online learning environments); emerging technologies; analysis of large data sets in understanding online educational processes; and effective approaches and interventions that promote online student engagement, persistence, improvement and success. We also solicit cutting edge research on how new technologies and the practices they enable urge us to reconsider policy and practice in educational settings.
Occasionally, papers reviewing broad areas are published, including critical reviews of thematic areas. Papers useful to administrators are welcome. Online Learning is published 4 times a year and entire issues are published from time-to-time around a single topic or disciplinary areas. Calls for papers for special issues include specific due dates, but general submissions are accepted year-round. The journal adheres to traditional standards of double-blind peer review, and authors are encouraged to provide data in support of claims.

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this journal, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

  1. The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with ‘Author’ and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors’ name, article title, etc.
  2. With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.
  3. With PDFs, the authors’ names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat’s main menu.

Currently, the acceptance rate is approximately 25%.

Online Learning uses general APA Style 6th Edition Style guidelines for its publications except where otherwise indicated.
For the basics of APA style, go to: http://flash1r.apa.org/apastyle/basics/index.htm.
For detailed assistance with APA style, refer to Purdue Online Writing Lab: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
Papers are single-spaced, usually 10-20 pages in length.

We use the Open Journal System to receive and manage submissions for Online Learning. To register or log in, visit: http://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/jaln/user. If you are already registered and logged in you may go directly to the submission page at: http://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/jaln/author/submit/1.

You may register to be a reviewer at: http://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/jaln/login. Please be sure to check the ‘reviewer’ box in your user profile and list your reviewing interests.

Please evaluate and comment on the manuscript in terms of each of the questions below, beginning with a short summary of the manuscript. For each question, please advise the author how to improve the manuscript. Your critique—rather than a yes/no answer— matters to authors and editors and influences the quality of the journal.

  1. Is the topic of interest to the readership of our journal, “Online Learning”? (Online Learning is abbreviated as OLJ in subsequent questions). Is the manuscript original, supported by empirical research and backed by data? For originality and interest to OLJ readers, you may wish to consult the OLJ bibliography.
  2. 2. Is the manuscript’s organization clear and does it include all the necessary components? (Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Review of Literature, Methods, Results, Discussion/Recommendations, References, and Acknowledgments section, if applicable.)
  3. 3. Are the research strategies and methods appropriate and are the choices for these strategies explained with analyses of strengths, weaknesses, limitations?
  4. 4. Is information provided on the research design, participants, and variables sufficient to allow others to replicate the study?
  5. 5. Is the manuscript correct in grammar, punctuation, and does it follow APA style?
  6. 6. What other improvements do you recommend to the author(s)? Please be specific.

The latest issue of Online Learning can be found on the Online Learning Consortium’s website at: https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/read/online-learning-journal/ or on the Open Journal System’s home page at: http://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/jaln/index.

Yes, printed copies and subscriptions are available at https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/read/journal-issues/.

Yes, for recent issues at https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/read/journal-issues/.

Online Learning’s back-issue archives can be found on the Online Learning Consortium’s “Find an Issue” page at: https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/read/journal-issues/ or on the Open Journal System’s “Archive” Page at: http://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/jaln/issue/archive.

JALN’s back-issue archives can be found on the Online Learning Consortium’s “Find an Issue” page at: https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/read/journal-issues/ or on the Open Journal System’s “Archive” Page at: http://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/jaln/issue/archive.

Articles may be searched by author name or key words on the Online Learning Consortium website at: https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/read/journal-issues/. Please scroll to the bottom of the page and select the “Article Search” tab. Individual articles are also available on the Open Journal System’s Archive page at: http://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/jaln/issue/archive and you can also use the search feature to find articles: http://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/jaln/search.

Advanced Certificate 

The Advanced Certificate Program is designed for online instructors with a few years of experience under their belts to further develop and refine their online courses and teaching. The program focuses on active learning strategies, the incorporation of multimedia and social media, and assessment techniques. The program is built to encourage collaboration among participants, sharing ideas based on diverse experiences.

The Advanced Certificate Program runs for 12 weeks from start to finish, with asynchronous and synchronous components throughout.

A live, synchronous session kicks off the program, followed by three weeks of asynchronous work in Moodle, our learning management system, where you will explore research, evaluate your own course against standards of quality, and engage in discussion with your peers. You will then engage in three synchronous workshops to explore the topics of active learning, multimedia, and assessment. The final deliverable is to create a narrated presentation demonstrating the ways in which you have revised an online course that you teach based on the knowledge you gained throughout the program.

All of our facilitators are professional educators who are considered experts in their field of study.

Traditional Certificate

The OLC Certificate program prepares educators to teach and improve online courses using the OLC pillars of quality in online education—learning effectiveness, scale, faculty and student satisfaction, and access. The program consists of an initial 10 week Foundation course, three electives (or one Mastery Series) of your own choosing and a final presentation in which you describe and demonstrate a fully developed or redesigned online course.  In addition, participants work with a seasoned online educator (mentor), who provides additional individual support.

There are currently over 1,069 graduates of the OLC Teaching Certificate Program (as of early 2015). 

As part of the Certificate program you will be asked to post deliverables in a specific area of the learning management system (LMS) under the guidance of a personal mentor. We use Moodle as our learning platform.

Unfortunately, the workshops you took last year will not count towards the OLC Certificate program.

We expect you to complete the entire program within 12-months. Most participants complete the program in less time.

The certificate consists of a ten-week Foundation course plus three OLC elective workshops in a learning specialization that focuses on improving overall competency within a specific area of academic focus. At the end of your program, you are also required to demonstrate a fully developed or redesigned online or blended course in a final presentation. Additionally, you will receive one-on-one mentoring while you complete the program.

Yes, there are four areas of specializations or tracks.
The specializations/tracks are: Online Design, Online Learners, Online Tools, Online Management.

You can use the OLC Workshop Pass to cover the three workshops that comprise your area of specialization, but you cannot use the OLC Workshop Pass to cover the cost of the ten-week foundation course.

To receive The OLC Certificate, you must take the ten-week Foundation course plus three workshops in the area of your specialization. You will also do individual work, applying your new knowledge and skills to your own online course that you demonstrate at the end of the program.

All of our facilitators are professional educators who are considered experts in their field of study.

From the onset of the ten-week Foundation course, we expect you to complete the entire program within 12 months.

Our mentors are all highly experienced and proficient online educators, carefully selected for their ability to coach and support new-to-online educators. You will be assigned your mentor at the end of the initial foundation course. Assignments will be based on your areas of interest and needs, as well as mentor specialties.

There is a prerequisite workshop for anyone who has little or no online teaching experience.

Visit our Online Teaching Certificate page to see pricing options. The fee includes the ten-week Foundation course, plus personal mentoring throughout the completion of the program. The three workshops taken in one’s area of specialization have an additional cost.

As with all of the OLC online workshops, the program is asynchronous with several live sessions. There is a schedule of activities and deadlines by which deliverables must be posted to forums.

To successfully complete all Foundation course and elective requirements, you should expect to spend at least six – eight hours per week. Our assignments and activities are designed to support both those who wish to complete work during regular working hours as well as “week-end warriors”.  Additional work needed to complete the design of your online course and final presentation is dependent on your needs and schedule.

No, OLC workshops are held in Moodle, our LMS, and only require internet access. However, if the workshop you are taking has a live session it is recommended that you have a noise-reduction headset and a microphone to maximize your learning experience.

For assignments that require a document submission, participants may use Microsoft Word (or similar software that saves to Word format).

For any questions you have throughout the Certificate program, please contact us at certificate@onlinelearning-c.org

We are flattered that you wish to do so! However, all materials hosted within our Moodle site are proprietary and are meant for the sole use of enrolled individuals while in our Certificate program.

No, you do not have to specialize. But you must take three elective workshops.

If you do not specialize, you must complete the ten-week Foundation course and three elective workshops. These workshops should be selected with the advice of your mentor to ensure they will support your area of interest so that you can bring the knowledge gained to your online courses.

To obtain the Certificate, you will be required to complete the Foundation course, three electives (or one OLC Mastery Series) and a final presentation. Foundation course deliverables include: weekly activities and postings to discussion threads, as well as the development of an online course plan, syllabus, and online learning activity with assessment. After the completion of the foundation course, deliverables include evidence of the successful completion of three electives. Additionally, you will be required to prepare a final presentation of your online or blended course for the benefit of your mentor and peer group.

We require everyone who has little or no experience in online teaching to take the prerequisite OLC workshop titled “New to Online: The Essentials.”

We expect our participants to honestly inform us if they do not have experience prior to beginning the ten-week Foundation course. We have found that those who participate without prior experience have a difficult time understanding the concepts and/or applying the ideas taught.

Yes, you only need to complete the prerequisite workshop if you have little or no online teaching experience.

Mastery Series

OLC Members choose an OLC Mastery Series to explore a specific area of online teaching and learning over the course of three workshops. Members benefit from the Mastery Series format because it highlights practical strategies, includes breaks for reflection and application of concepts, and allows you to get acquainted with other members who share your interests. Successful completion of the Mastery Series results in a Recognition of Mastery from OLC and requires enrollment by the third day and completion of all graded activities by their stated deadlines. Some members elect to participate in a Mastery Series and not complete graded activities, but are still welcome to participate and learn in community.

Since the OLC Mastery Series began in 2013, over 350 people have completed the program and earned a Certificate of Mastery in their chosen topic.

OLC Mastery Series programs can have 25-30 in a cohort. 

You will access your OLC Mastery Series materials in the OLC Moodle learning management system at institute.onlinelearning-c.org. Reliable, regular internet access is required.  Live sessions will be offered and recorded for those who cannot attend. A noise-reduction headset and a microphone is recommended, but not required. Most of the activities can be accessed on a mobile device, but a desktop computer or laptop is definitely ideal.

Visit our Mastery Series Program page for pricing options. (Note: OLC Workshop Pass coupons may not be used on any OLC Mastery Series programs).

Registration is when you sign up and pay for your OLC Mastery Series at onlinelearning-c.org. Registration closes 24 hours prior to the start date/time of the OLC Mastery Series at onlinelearning-c.org.

Enrollment is when you use your enrollment key (sent to you by workshop@onlinelearning-c.org 24 hours before the series begins) to access the materials and activities for your series at institute.onlinelearning-c.org. Access expires 365 days after you enroll.

OLC Mastery Series facilitators are experts in online learning and faculty development specialists. Facilitators will be named on the registration page for the series. Biographies including credentials are also included. Please note facilitators are subject change due to availability.

An example of an OLC Mastery Series schedule is shown below with approximate time commitments required to complete graded activities and earn a Recognition of Mastery from OLC.  

  • Workshop 1: Approximately 7 asynchronous hours of work in 7 days plus 1 synchronous hour (available as a recording)
  • Reflection and Application 1: Approximately 2-4 asynchronous hours of work in 3 weeks
  • Workshop 2: Approximately 7 asynchronous hours of work in 7 days plus 1 synchronous hour (available as a recording)
  • Reflection and Application 2: Approximately 2-4 asynchronous hours of work in 3 weeks
  • Workshop 3: Approximately 7 asynchronous hours in 7 days of work plus 1 synchronous hour (available as a recording)

Each of the OLC Mastery Series has specific learning objectives included on the registration page. To determine if the series is a good fit for you, begin by comparing these learning objectives to your own professional goals. For additional information about the graded activities as they may address your needs, please contact workshop@onlinelearning-c.org .

Often groups or members from the same team or institution enroll in a series at the same time, but each individual is completing the series on their own. Although there may be additional collaboration possibilities within the series, each individual will still have to successfully complete all graded activities by the stated deadlines to be eligible for a Recognition of Mastery.

No. All of the graded activities in the OLC Mastery Series must be completed by the stated deadlines of that series in order to be eligible for a Recognition of Mastery. Once you use your enrollment key to access a workshop or series, you have the option to transfer for a fee of $350 to another series, but your previous work in the series will not transfer (see Institute Policies).

Access expires 365 days after you enroll.

You will need to wait until 24 hours before the OLC Mastery Series begins. Access is granted through an enrollment key (sent to you by workshop@onlinelearning-c.org 24 hours in advance) to access the materials and activities for your series at institute.onlinelearning-c.org.

If you require special accommodations, please check the accommodation box during registration and contact workshop@onlinelearning-c.org so that we can provide the needed assistance as soon as possible.

A Recognition of Mastery is the result of completing an OLC Mastery Series which documents your successful completion of learning objectives in that Mastery Series specialty area. For OLC Members, this recognition signifies knowledge and skills in a specialty area beyond the basics of online education and would added to their vitae as “Recognition of Mastery in [Series Title], Online Learning Consortium – [Date].” Recognition of Mastery is delivered in a PDF document suitable for framing.

If this happens before you enroll, you may request to transfer to a different session of a workshop for which you are registered at no additional charge provided the request is made before the day the workshop opens. In this case, your payment can be applied to another OLC series in the same calendar year upon your written request to workshop@onlinelearning-c.org.  No refunds will be given. Once you use your enrollment key to access a workshop or series, you have the option to transfer for a fee of $350 to another series, but your previous work in the series will not transfer (see Institute Policies).

If this happens after you enroll, you have the option to transfer for a fee of $350 to another series, but your previous work in the series will not transfer (see Institute Policies). If you choose not to transfer, you can request a short extension (24-48 hours) for graded assignments by emailing your facilitator before the due date. You’ll find your facilitator contact information in your course materials.  If you choose not to complete graded activities, you’ll still be able to continue accessing the materials, live sessions and discussion forums for the 365 days post enrollment. Successful completion of graded activities are only required in order to download the Recognition of Mastery PDF at the conclusion of the series.

OLC Membership

Go to https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/join and purchase the desired membership type.

There are varying costs for each level of membership. Please browse our membership page for more information.

We accept Visa and MasterCard as well as a check or PO.

OLC currently offers Community (Free), Professional, Institutional, Institutional Community College, Institutional HBCU, and Corporate levels of membership.

Benefits include online workshop, conference, and publications discounts as well as access to member resources on the website. Specifics for each membership can be found on our membership page.

Membership in the Online Learning Consortium provides knowledge, practice, community, and direction for educators. Our online workshops, conferences, and resources help educators stay up to date in this ever changing field.

OLC offers Corporate Membership; you can find the details for this program on our Institutional Membership page.

Yes, OLC offers a free Community Membership as well as a paid Professional Membership.

OLC offers a free Community Membership which grants access to limited information on the OLC website including document abstracts, newsletters, announcements and selected videos and publications.
Paying memberships offer benefits and discounts of monetary value and therefore cannot be free.

Our members come from all around the world. We have educators, institutions, corporations, educational organizations, and government agencies among our members.

Please check the membership list, http://www.olc.onlinelearningconsortium.org/members_list. If you have any questions about membership, please contact membership@onlinelearning-c.org.

Membership provides access to website resources as well as discounts for workshops, conferences, and publications. The Workshop Pass is a professional development package that bundles seats in the OLC workshops for one low price. Depending on your organization’s needs, you might purchase membership or the Workshop Pass, or both.

Yes, members of the Online Learning Consortium come from around all around the world. We welcome international organizations and individuals to join the Online Learning Consortium community.

Anyone that is interested in online learning should become an OLC member. We count higher education and K-12 institutions, for-profit institutions, corporations, non-profits, faculty, administrators, instructional designers, and students among our members.

No, currently you do not have to be an OLC member to submit a paper/proposal for any of our conferences.

No, you do not have to be an OLC member to attend any of our conferences. We welcome anyone interested in joining and participating to attend our events.

No, you do not have to be an OLC member to sign up for any of our workshops. We welcome anyone interested in joining and participating to attend our events.

To take advantage of website benefits, please set up your ‘New Account for an Institutional Member Affiliate’ under your institution, http://olc.onlinelearningconsortium.org/user/register . Once you associate your account with your institution, you will be able to access all the resources on the website. You can also find all the member resources on the members page, https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/olc-member-resources/.

Please check the membership list(institutional members and corporate affiliates), http://olc.onlinelearningconsortium.org/institutional_members. If you have any questions about membership, please contact membership@onlinelearning-c.org.

As soon as we receive payment, your welcome email along with your coupon codes will be sent to the email address provided.

Membership in the Online Learning Consortium starts the day we receive payment and will end one year
from that date.

No, there is no set enrollment period. Membership in the Online Learning Consortium is rolling.

Discounts on membership are available for community colleges and HBCUs. Community college and HBCU discounts are also available for the Workshop Pass.

To take advantage of website benefits, please set up your account under your institution here, http://olc.onlinelearningconsortium.org/user/register. Once you associate your account with your institution, you will be able to access all the resources on the website according to the membership level of your institution.

Please use the request new password feature on the website, http://olc.onlinelearningconsortium.org/user/password.

The Corporate Membership program is for corporations who would like greater involvement in the OLC community. Benefits include deeply discounted pricing on conferences, workshops, seminars, journals, free webinars, peer networking, early access to research and more. Go to https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/join/corporate/ for more information.

OLC Online Workshops

To register for an OLC workshop, find it among the list of upcoming workshops, click on the workshop you want to take, click “Learn More” and choose “Add to Cart” on the workshop page. Complete checkout with the required information, including payment options.

Yes, all of the OLC workshops are held online in Moodle, our LMS.

Workshop prices vary, however most are $270 for non-members, $170 for Members.

No, you do not need to be a member to participate in an OLC workshop, but members do receive a discount on workshop prices.

Most workshops require a time commitment of 5-10 hours per week.

No, OLC workshops are held in our Learning Management System, Moodle, and only require internet access. However, if the workshop you are taking has a live session it is recommended that you have a noise-reduction headset and a microphone to maximize your learning experience.

Some do have pre-requisites. Please see the full description of the desired workshop for pre-requisites.

No, currently the Online Learning Consortium does not offer CEUs for their workshops.

To use your OLC Workshop Pass for a workshop, during checkout enter your OLC Workshop Pass code when prompted.

Please email info@onlinelearning-c.org and someone will be happy to help you.

Most workshops do not need to be taken in any order. However, if you are registered for the OLC Teaching Certificate and do not have any online teaching experience you are required to first complete the OLC “New to Online: The Essentials” workshop. Additionally, you are required  to complete the ten week Foundation course before you can take the elective workshops for the certificate program.

OLC facilitators are experts in the field of online education. You can find facilitator biographies that include credentials and other information about them on the workshop description page for each workshop.

When you register for an OLC workshop you will receive a confirmation email. OLC workshops are held in Moodle Learning Management system which has a different URL than the OLC website and require you to create a separate account. The day before the workshop starts, you will receive another email that contains step-by-step instructions on how to access your workshop and also contains an enrollment key that you will use to access your particular workshop.

All OLC workshops are held in Moodle, our Learning Management System, and most use Blackboard Collaborate as the platform for their live sessions.

Workshop participants can access the course materials for one year from the start date of the workshop.

Contact Jennifer Rafferty, Director of the Institute at jennifer.rafferty@onlinelearning-c.org .

Yes, you must complete the required workshop deliverables and satisfaction survey in order to download your certificate of completion.

No. You will receive your enrollment key in an email the day before the workshop begins. You will then have access to your workshop using the enrollment key provided. The workshop will officially start at noon ET on the workshop start date. Please see our workshop model for more details.

Workshop live session times vary and will be posted within the workshop course itself. Please see our workshop model for more details. If you have further questions, you can contact the Institute team at workshop@onlinelearning-c.org.

No, as long as you have internet access, you can participate in OLC workshops from any location.

If you register and pay for an OLC workshop and are unable to attend, we will be happy to apply your payment to another OLC workshop at your request. However, no refunds will be given. This offer is good for one year. Please see our workshop model for more details.

OLC workshops are targeted for a broad range of audiences. If you are unsure whether a workshop will suit your needs and goals, please contact the Institute team at workshop@onlinelearning-c.org.

Email workshop@onlinelearning-c.org to  request to transfer to a different session of a workshop for which you are registered at no additional charge provided the request is made before the day the workshop opens. Once you use your enrollment key to access a workshop or series, no transfer or refund will be allowed.

Yes, the workshops are accessible. However, if you require special accommodations, please contact workshop@onlinelearning-c.org for assistance and check the accommodation box during registration.

Since a wide variety of topics are covered, many institutions choose to obtain OLC membership or the OLC Workshop Pass to offer workshops to their faculty at the best prices. Whether your institution is looking for the basics of online learning or want to keep up with the trends, OLC workshops are a great way to bring faculty development to your faculty and administrators.

No. You will need to create a new account on our Moodle Learning Management System at http://institute.onlinelearningconsortium.org/login/index.php and wait to receive your enrollment key for the workshop you signed up for.

Unfortunately, we do not currently offer scholarships for our workshops.

OLC members, including those with free community membership, may submit a workshop or webinar proposal anytime.

You must register 24 hours before the start of the workshop. Please see our workshop model for more details.

The length of OLC workshops varies, please see our workshop model for more details.

The OLC Workshop Pass provides institutions 10 seats in the widely acclaimed OLC online workshop series for one calendar year. Many institutions use the workshops as a cost-effective and convenient way to improve quality in online education while networking with new colleagues.

Virtual Events

OLC offers virtual events related to our conferences as well as webinars.

It depends on the event. We do not use proprietary technologies for any of our events. Streaming video is usually accommodated within a browser using either Flash or SilverLight. We have used and will be using Sonic Foundry’s MediaSite Player, Blackboard Collaborate, Google+, and other standard web-based technologies.

Mostly we use Blackboard Collaborate, Sonic Foundry’s MediaSite, Google+, Skype, Moodle, and other standard web-based e-learning technologies.

The cost varies from event to event.

Most webinars are single events. To see the sessions available for virtual conferences, please visit the individual conference pages from https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/attend.

One registration or “seat” may only be used by one person. You may not invite others to attend with you, they will need to register separately. For large groups in our virtual conferences, consider purchasing a Virtual Institutional Package.

That’s a good question. We also believe this space is evolving and our answer today could be different a year from now. There are a few key factors that make an event “virtual.” First, it must be available to a geographically disperse group. That is typically achieved through technology and not loud speakers! The audience must have a way to communicate with each other to discuss, preferably real-time, the presentations. The audience must have a method to communicate comments and questions to the presenter.

Actually, for OLC, it’s both! Our conferences offer virtual attendance, but we also have standalone webinars.

Oftentimes, yes, there are discounts. We also like to bundle the cost of virtual events with memberships…watch for those, they’re a great deal!

Typically yes. Most streamed sessions will be available on demand for up to one year.

Yes. We strongly encourage this activity and feel it is an essential component of a virtual event.

There is always a person designated to assist the virtual participants during an event.

Proposals for presentation at virtual conferences must follow the conference Call for Papers system and deadlines. You can find those by clicking on the specific conference at https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/attend. OLC members, including those with free community membership, may submit a workshop or webinar proposal anytime.

Please let us know. If your paper was accepted by a conference committee, perhaps we can accommodate your request by bringing in a co-presenter and including your presentation as part of our virtual event. Please contact conference@onlinelearning-c.org for more information.

You will be notified upon registration how to gain access to the various virtual components.

The computer requirements are typically not anything more than general web-based technologies.

The virtual presentations will be clearly identified one our event websites.

Absolutely, webinar attendees can ask questions by voice or chat. Conference virtual attendees may ask questions by chat, which will be brought to the presenter by an in-person representative.

Yes. All events are scheduled whether they are part of an on-ground event or exclusively virtual. On demand recordings are usually made available for one year post-event.

Yes. We typically identify a Twitter hashtag to use, as well as other social networking activities. We also like to encourage people to provide us feedback and encourage “ground-swell” sorts of activities…this is how we learn and can evolve our activities in this space!

There are costs associated with producing our virtual events. Each session is streamed, registrations need to be collected and managed, the program is produced, etc., so fees are collected to cover costs. Some of our events, such as most webinars, are “free” to members.

Webinars

OLC offers virtual events related to our conferences as well as webinars on various topics related to online education.

Quality Scorecard

The concept of ‘quality’ in online education can be elusive and complex. Nevertheless, educators continue to seek out ideal learning environments and share effective practices for advancing quality. Through a collaborative effort of several dozen seasoned online educators, the OLC Quality Scorecard continues to advance the field, simplifying the steps needed to identify, measure and quantify elements of quality within an online education program. OLC members will learn how to apply Quality Scorecard metrics, uncover and evaluate quality indicators in key categories, and consider thoughtful recommendations for implementation. By using the OLC Scorecard an administrator – regardless of size or type of institution – can determine strengths and weaknesses of their program, and initiate planning efforts towards areas of improvement. It can also be used to demonstrate elements of quality within the program, as well as an overall level of quality, to higher education accrediting bodies.

After 3 years of user study and feedback, the Quality Scorecard now has more indicators (75), a higher score potential and includes a scoring rubric in the updated handbook. OLC Institutional Members have access to the interactive scorecard and can download the pdf handbook for free. The 2-page downloadable rubric of indicators is free to all. Institutional and Corporate Members can also request an official review by OLC and have access to consulting and advisory external evaluation services.

After self-scoring with the OLC Quality Scorecard, the program administrator develops justifications and submits documenting artifacts that are placed inside the OLC online repository (available to OLC institutional Members). Trained Scorecard reviewers virtually examine each score, justification, and artifact and certify that each quality indicator was scored correctly. This process includes a report prepared for the institution with recommendations for possible improvements if applicable. Programs that score 202 points or more after the “official review” will be awarded an Online Learning Consortium Exemplary Program logo that may be displayed on their website and other materials.