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November 20-22, 2019

All sessions broadcast in TB 115W

You are invited to attend the Online Learning Consortium's (OLC's) Accelerate 2019 conference VIRTUALLY! eLearning and Faculty Development are co-hosting several sessions streamed live from the OLC national conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida (see the schedule below). Sessions will cover topics related to driving quality online learning, advancing best practice guidance, and accelerating innovation in learning for academic leaders, educators, administrators, digital learning professionals, and organizations.

Register in the MySLCC Employee Training Portal under Faculty Development (FE28 - OLC Virtual Conference).

Session Schedule



Wednesday, November 20, 2019


  • 11:15 AM to 12:00 Noon: Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) And Carolina Distance Learning Explore Online Science: Challenges And Solutions! - Science education has been challenged by the demands and rapid growth of online education. One challenge is how to run lab sections of science courses online. Basic science can be taught online when accompanied by well-designed investigations that can be completed in the student’s home. Another challenge can be once the faculty member is ready to order, how does the purchasing process occur most efficiently and ensure that faculty and student needs are being met. This session will include the experience of actively taking part in a hands on lab investigation developed for online science courses, as well as a robust discussion that addresses efficiency through strategic partnerships between colleges, universities and vendors. Presenters: Sujatha Kadaba (SUNY Empire State College), Heather Stuart (Carolina Distance Learning)
  • 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM: Online Education's Next Twenty-Five Years: Will The Academy Lose Its Sense Of Purpose? - A panel of leading educators will speculate on what the next twenty-five years will bring to online education. The discussants will consider both the near future (2020s) and more distant future (2030s and beyond) and will explore advances in adaptive technology, brain-machine interfaces, and artificial intelligence on teaching and learning. These evolving technologies have the potential to change the traditional role of professionals in our colleges and universities to the point that educators will have to redefine their purpose as teachers, administrators, and researchers. Presenters: Anthony Picciano (CUNY - Hunter College and Graduate Center) (Moderator), Elizabeth Ciabocchi (St. John's University), Julia Parra (New Mexico State University-Main Campus-Las Cruces), Michael Torrence (Motlow State Community College)
  • 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM: Experiential Learning To Develop The Digital Professionals Of The Future - Explore and connect around experiential learning strategies to ensure students across majors and backgrounds are ready to flourish in today’s quickly changing and increasingly digital professional landscape. Discover how students are using technologies such as the Internet of Things, online learning and collaboration tools to gain real-world professional experience. Discuss how curriculum can focus on career-competencies to help students toward their career goals and how cross-university collaboration and connections between higher education and industry can help students on their college-to-career path. Presenters: Phil Ventimiglia (Georgia State University), Julian Allen (Georgia State University)
  • 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM: Using Data-Informed Decisions To Drive Student Success In Higher Education And Online Learning - Colleges and universities are increasingly employing data analytics and online learning to leverage student success. Administrators, staff, and faculty frequently make tough decisions that can have an incredible impact on our student’s lives. But, what data should our campus community have access to in order to transform learning? And how can data be used effectively to shape the student experience, whether at community colleges, private liberal arts, public or research universities? As the higher education and online learning community evolve, we can shift our culture to better meet the needs of our students by incorporating data-driven strategies for success. Presenter: Talithia Williams (Harvey Mudd College)


Thursday, November 21, 2019


  • 7:45 AM to 8:30 AM: Increasing Online Student Engagement Through Peer To Peer Interaction - As enrollments in online courses grow, students are asking for more opportunities to engage with their peers. We will discuss an overview of strategies that support and program staff can employ to encourage online student engagement by fostering peer to peer interaction across all areas of program administration. Presenters: Shelby Harvey (Boston University - Office of Distance Education), Lawson Daves (Boston University Office of Distance Education)
  • 9:15 AM to 10:00 AM: No DQ, No Problem: Removing Discussion Boards From The Online Classroom - Removing weekly graded discussions from online courses is a scary proposition. Through a case study approach, we examine why we decided to go “discussion-free” in a second-year persuasive writing course, how we did it, and the impact on student learning. Presenters: Ed Buchanan (Strayer University), Lauren Philip (Strayer University), Jennifer M McVay-Dyche (Strayer University-Washington Campus)
  • 11:15 AM to 12:00 PM: Increasing Equity For Online Learners At Both Course And Institutional Levels: For institutions that want to create an equity initiative to support online learners, there are not many resources to support their efforts. That's what led our group to create first the Peralta Equity Rubric and more recently the Peralta Equity Initiative. Join us to learn about a) Peralta's two new equity rubrics to support online learners in both course and institutional environments, b) training modules to prepare faculty and staff to implement equity strategies, and c) a set of resources for you to start an equity initiative at your own institution! Presenter: Kevin Kelly (San Francisco State University)
  • 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM: No Textbook Cost General Education Pathway: Implementation At A State University Using Open, Library And Other Resources - Learn how a no textbook cost pathway through a General Education program was created at a state university using Open Educational Resources (OER). Learn how to find effective OER replacements while evaluating OER for copyright and fair use considerations. Discover how using OER to replace costly textbooks promotes social justice. Presenters: Maura Valentino (Central Washington University),  Geri Hopkins (Central Washington University)


Friday, November 22, 2019

  • 7:45 AM to 8:30 AM: Owning Your Success: Battling The Imposter Phenomenon In Higher Education - Are you an impostor? Full of doubt, inadequacy? Do you think your success is just luck? These feelings lead to a destructive mindset of stress, hesitancy, and disengagement. Together, we'll learn how to recognize and address the impostor phenomenon and how to flip the script on your own “impostor” dialogues. Presenter: Tina Rettler-Pagel (Madison College), Ryan Straight (University of Arizona)
  • 8:45 AM to 9:30 AM: How We Hacked Our LMS For Competency Based Education - Canvas tools and Mastery Path are flexible and customizable. Combined, these tools create a new type of competency-based learning experience. See how we hacked Canvas, to meet specific course objectives. Presenter: JeVaughn Jones (Lynn University - Boca Raton)
  • 9:45 AM to 10:30 AM: Student Selfie: Best Practices In Implementing A Student Readiness Snapshot - A focus on student readiness is essential in transitioning students from high school to college. One solution is a student readiness assessment. This session will explore why student readiness is important and translate three-years of experience into best practices for implementation that can be applied at your institution. Presenter: Crystal Faulkner (Austin Peay State University)

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