OLC Innovate 2020: Create a Winning Speaker Proposal

Want to know the secret to getting your presentation proposal accepted for our upcoming digital education conference OLC Innovate in March/April 2020? Join us for an inside look at the process used by the conference committee to select proposals for Innovate. In this webinar, you will learn exactly what the expectations are for proposals, the criteria used by the committee to score proposals, and how to ensure your presentation receives a high rating by conference attendees. We’ll also discuss potential awards you are eligible for if your proposal receives the highest score in its track. If you are looking to enhance the quality of your conference proposal for OLC Innovate, this webinar will provide you with everything you need.

Speaker Bio
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Christine Hinkley
Senior Director, Conferences, Online Learning Consortium
Christine Hinkley has worked in sales and marketing for over 25 years. She currently serves as the Online Learning Consortium’s Director, Conferences. In this capacity, Christine, in conjunction with the Associate Director, Conferences and the Conference Support Manager, provides direction and leadership toward the planning and implementation of OLC’s annual conferences. Formerly, Christine assisted with OLC’s conferences as part of her duties as Business Development Manager at The University of Central Florida’s Division of Continuing Education. Christine’s sales, marketing and business development skills were honed through the years in the transportation and medical fields, where she served in various sales and product management roles for Roche Molecular Diagnostics, Baxter Scientific Products, REMEL Microbiology, and CF AirFreight. Christine is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a B.B.A. Business Administration – Marketing.
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Katie Schuster
Director, Conferences, Online Learning Consortium
Katie Fife Schuster is the Director, Conferences for OLC. In conjunction with the Director, Conferences and the Corporate Relations Representative, Katie provides direction and leadership toward the achievement of OLC’s annual conferences. Prior to her current role, she held the position of Director of Online Learning for OLC and managed the planning, development, and production activities of the workshop program. She has also been OLC’s Director of Publications. She has experience from her years in the publishing industry prior to joining OLC and holds a BA from Tufts University in anthropology and Spanish.
Keegan Long-Wheeler
Keegan Long-Wheeler
Educational Technologist, Office of Digital Learning, University of Oklahoma
Keegan Long-Wheeler is an educational technologist in the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Oklahoma. Keegan uses his background in science, pedagogy, and technical expertise to provide instructors with holistic solutions to their instructional and technological needs. Additionally, Keegan passionately creates open source professional development curriculum to engage faculty in digital literacy, experiential learning, game design, coding, and more! In particular, Keegan loves working with Domain of One’s Own projects and his open professional development programs: GOBLIN eXperience Play, WebFest, Canvas Camp, and more!
Kate Miffett
Kate Miffitt
Assistant Director of Innovation, California State University’s Office of the Chancellor
Kate Miffitt is the Assistant Director of Innovation at the California State University’s Office of the Chancellor. Previously, she’s served in different roles in instructional design and digital learning at The Pennsylvania State University. She holds a B.A. in English from Stonehill College and an M.A. in education in instructional technologies from San Francisco State University.
Cathy Russell
Instructional Designer, Office of Digital Learning, The University of Arizona
Cathy Russell has over 10 years experience working in higher education. Upon receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and her Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Texas A&M University, she began her career. She started as an Instructional Designer for Blinn College, Lonestar College, and Pima Community College before arriving at the University of Arizona. She has worked with multiple Learning Management Systems, including WebCT, Angel, Blackboard, and D2L. Cathy is also in her 9th year of teaching online as an Adjunct for Lonestar College. Being an online student and online instructor has provided Cathy with invaluable perspective to aid in course design. She is interested in researching methods in online course design that will create higher rates of student success and is passionate about making online courses that enhance learning and are interactive.
Laura Widenor
Laura Widenor
Instructional Designer, Kansas State University
Laura Widenor serves as an instructional designer for Kansas State University Global Campus. Her primary responsibilities include assisting faculty in the design of online coursework, course reviews, and providing resources for best practices in online teaching.  Prior to joining the K-State Global Campus, Laura acquired several years teaching experience in Idaho and held a variety of administrative positions in student life. Laura holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Psychology. She holds two certificates from the Online Learning Consortium in online teaching and instructional design.
Todd Conaway
Instructional Designer, University of Washington | Bothell
Combining a passion for experiential learning and using technology to demonstrate learning, Todd has been able to utilize his ten years as a high school English teacher to bring higher ed faculty a vision for what is possible in academic settings. Todd has been an instructional designer for fourteen years and taught at the community college for fifteen years.
Janet Smith
Janet Smith
Instructional Designer, University of Arizona
Janet Smith serves as an Instructional Designer leading quality assurance initiatives at the University of Arizona with the Office of Digital Learning. She manages a multitiered and collaborative quality assurance process to ensure that courses developed for Arizona Online are designed for student success and engagement. Janet works with partners across campus to integrate best practices around course design, copyright, UDL, and accessibility into the instructional design process and leads the Quality Matters program for the university.