The OLC Community: Connecting Leaders for Success - Webinar

December 7, 2016 | 1:00pm EST

Are you an online faculty or learning professional looking to expand your experience as well as network with colleagues who share your passion for innovation and advancing technology in education?

Are you interested in learning more about OLC or possibly becoming a member?  

Come and learn more about the OLC Community from current members in our upcoming webinar!  

During this free, 45min session, you will hear from current OLC members regarding their specific involvement with OLC and how that involvement has impacted initiatives within their institution.  To secure your spot in the upcoming session, please be sure to register.  

Speaker Bio

John Vivolo

John Vivolo is the Director of Online and Virtual Learning for New York University. John partners with faculty to devise a set of pedagogical and technical practices often known as “Best Practices for Online Learning.” Working to create a rich and interactive learning experience, John also researches new methods and technologies to incorporate into online learning. In addition, John monitors and coordinates efforts to scale-up online learning at NYU. Read more.


Dr. Arifa Garman

Dr. Arifa Garman, born in the Middle East, educated in Canada and United States, is now the Director of E-Learning at Gulf Coast State College (GCSC), Florida. Her graduate degrees range in topics from multicultural education, to educational leadership and policy studies and finally her doctorate is in instructional technology specializing in distance education. Her responsibilities at GCSC range from faculty professional development to (full and part-time faculty) to creating solutions to existing challenges and anticipating and meeting the needs of faculty and maintaining and growing the online programs at the College.

Arifa Garman, has a doctorate degree from The University of West Florida (UWF) in Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Design, specializing in Distance Education. She has worked with The Defense Language Institute, University of West Florida and University of South Florida as an instructional designer. She is a certified facilitator with Quality Matters and Online Learning Institute (OLC). She is a Certified Online Instructor from UWF as well. She teaches Arabic online with the University of West Florida for many years and was part of the Language and Culture Institute program with sister city in Malaga, Spain.

She is always involved in continuing education, taking classes and workshops like Advanced Certificate for Online Teaching (OLC), STARTALK 2015 Technology as the Core of Standards-Based Arabic Instruction (CSU, Bakersfield), Creating Multimedia Introduction, and Creating Effective Assessment (OLC). She regularly attends workshops and seminars at Magna Publication, such as The Flipped Approach to a Learner-Centered Class, Supporting Your Online Faculty, and Course Design Strategies to Enhance Critical Thinking. She shares all the information learned in these workshops/seminars with faculty who teaches in the traditional Face-to-Face or online. She has been serving on the Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) as the primary for over 5 years. She now serves as the Chair for Quality Work group for online course design and facilitation with FLVC. She has been invited to serve on the “Implementation Committee” for the Board of Governors’ Strategic Plan for Online education, the Quality of online courses/programs.

She also serves on several committees as a volunteer, such as Life-Management-Center (Board Members and Chair for one year), Take Stock in Children and the Muslim-Jewish inter-faith women group.

On a creative side, Dr. Garman is an artist, specializing in Islamic Art on porcelain and a fashion designer graduated from a Canadian College. Her art shows ranged from small local art shows to the Glenbow Museum in Calgary Alberta, Canada.