On Tuesday, 3/10/20, OLC announced that they have decided to postpone the conference due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

April 1-3, 2020
All sessions broadcast in TB 225D-B

You are invited to attend the Online Learning Consortium's (OLC's) Innovate 2020 conference VIRTUALLY! eLearning and Faculty Development are co-hosting several sessions streamed live from the OLC national conference in Chicago (see the schedule below). Sessions will cover topics related to online education, including teaching and learning innovation; leadership and change management; processes, problems, and practices; effective tools and technologies, and research highlights.

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

Session Schedule



Wednesday, April 1, 2020


  • 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM: Digital Learning Innovations Environmental Scan: Reflect And Review. 
    Presenters: Kate Lee-McCarthy (The Online Learning Consortium (OLC)), Justin Dellinger (University of Texas at Arlington). 
    Abstract: Come join the Every Learner Everywhere Network to reflect on the findings of a recently completed environmental scan of digital learning innovations and learn more about the strategy created to address these trends.
  • 1:15 PM to 2:00 PM: Engaging In Equity In The Instructional Design Process: A Conversation On Where We Are And How We Learn More
    Presenters: Amy Archambault (Davidson County Community College), Veronica Armour (Rutgers University)
    Abstract: Where are we with equity in instructional design? How do we bring about discussions around equity issues, similar to accessibility, in our design process from course design to educational technology? This session will look at how equity and the instructional design profession intersect and how we begin to design with an equity mindset. We will explore where we are in our journey and seek to facilitate a conversation and collaborate with others along their journey of understanding race, culture and gender equity to bring this movement to the forefront similar to the push accessibility has had in the last five years.
  • 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM: Ice Cream, 3D Pens, And Barbies...Oh My: The Makings Of A Memorable Faculty Workshop On Teaching Presence
    Presenter: Erin Blauvelt (Clarkson University)
    Abstract: What do ice cream, 3D pens, & Barbies have in common? They are analogies used to engage faculty to improve teaching presence in online/blended courses, using innovative and memorable methods. Walk away from this interactive session with several customizable lessons to enrich faculty development & a greater understanding of teaching presence!
  • 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM: (KEYNOTE ADDRESS) A Pedagogy For The Digital Age
    Presenter: Zeynep Tufekci (University of North Carolina)
    Abstract: More and more learning integrates a digital component. Some classes are fully online but even those that are not often incorporate a class website, a forum or a similar tool. People from all walks of life can engage in self-directed learning via MOOCs and other digital offerings. Meanwhile, more and more classes are equipped with cameras, microphones and student computers that network with one another. Artificial intelligence, too, is increasingly integrated into learning. Students can find their work graded or their questions answered with the help of artificial intelligence. There's no doubt that these tools present a wide range of opportunities for teachers and students, but they also come with challenges and pitfalls. Digital tools can be used to empower teachers or students, or they may be used to control and surveil—creating conditions that we know aren't conducive to best kinds of learning even if they appear to work in the short run. As teachers, how do we avoid turning our classrooms into little panopticons that communicate mistrust? How do we envision a pedagogy based on trust and empowerment that incorporates all that these new technologies can offer, rather than the low-road? This talk will outline some of the opportunities and pitfalls that confront us, and outline some considerations for a healthy digital pedagogy for the digital age.


Thursday, April 2, 2020


  • 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM: (KEYNOTE ADDRESS) Teaching Excellence + Technology Innovations: Empowering Students To Engage And Learn
    Presenter: Flower Darby (Northern Arizona University)
    Abstract: Online education affords more people more opportunities to earn a college degree. The steady growth of online enrollments shows the value and importance of making online learning experiences as effective and impactful as we can. When we combine excellent instruction in digital environments with the affordances of emerging technologies, we create a synergistic opportunity to support all of our learners in their educational journeys. Let’s focus in on the potential we have to combine great teaching with great technology to help our students engage more fully and learn more effectively.
  • 8:45 AM to 9:30 AM: Promoting Student To Student Engagement Outside The Virtual Classroom
    Presenter: Sharon Goldstein (Berkeley College - Online)
    Abstract: Do your students express feeling isolated and alone? Join Berkeley College as we share an innovative program for creating community and connection among online students, designed to replicate the camaraderie often found on college campuses. Leave with a roadmap for immediate implementation at your institution.
  • 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM: Inspiring Faculty: Improving Student Outcomes Through Increased Faculty-Student Engagement
    Presenters: Morgan Johnson (Ashford University), Cole McFarren (Ashford University), Alan Belcher (Ashford University), Marjorie Estivill (Ashford University)
    Abstract: How do institutions enculturate and empower faculty to leverage proactive outreach strategies to address student performance gaps? This session will provide an overview of how a large online institution partnered their faculty, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and student success teams to implement University-wide programming of instructional strategies, such targeted outreach to struggling students, that encourage faculty-student engagement. Attendees will learn about technology support solutions, program details, and student outcomes. Reflection and Q&A will focus on a cross-institutional discussion on how universities and solution providers are attempting to address this question.
  • 1:15 PM to 2:00 PM: Online Learning Leadership And Support: Building The Structure And Keeping It Together
    Presenter: John Vivolo (Katz School of Science and Health, Yeshiva University)
    Abstract: For 20-plus years, we assumed the systems in place at an institution could absorb the needs of a fully online program. This session will engage the audience to discuss what institutions need to do to succeed when supporting online learners (and teachers). Let’s build an ideal support department together!
  • 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM: Five Key Components To Successful And Engaging Online Labs
    Presenter: Jennifer Lewis (Madison Area Technical College)
    Abstract: Ever wondered what it takes to create a dynamic and engaging online science laboratory? Join us as we identify the five key components found in successful online science labs and discuss how we can incorporate them into our own online lab courses.


Friday, April 3, 2020

  • 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM: (KEYNOTE ADDRESS) Bridging Critical, Digital, And Open Pedagogies
    Lead Presenter: Rajiv Jhangiani (Kwantlen Polytechnic University)
    Abstract: What would teaching and learning look like if it foregrounded social justice and a pedagogy of care? How might we interact in digital learning environments if surveillance and suspicion hadn’t colored their very design? How could uncritically embracing openness in education reinforce the very power hierarchies we seek to challenge? Drawing on work in both critical digital pedagogy and open educational practices, this presentation will explore the potential of open pedagogy to transform, inspire, amplify, exploit, and damage.
  • 8:45 AM to 9:30 AM: The Open Patchbooks
    Presenter: Terry Greene (Fleming College)
    Abstract: Educators from around the world have built (& continue to build!) a community patchwork of ‘chapters’ into a quasi-textbook about pedagogy for teaching & learning in higher education called the Open Faculty Patchbook. Each patch of the quilt/chapter of the book focuses on one pedagogical skill and is completed and published by different individual faculty members from any institution wanting to join in. The success of the project has lead to a follow up/companion piece known as The Open Learner Patchbook, which collects similar stories from a student perspective. The stories will continue to be collected for as long as they keep coming in! This session will describe the Patchbooks and participants will discuss and advise where the projects should go next.
  • 9:45 AM to 10:30 AM: A Mind Stretched Never Returns To Its Original Form: A Growth Mindset
    Presenters: LaVonne Riggs-Zeigen (Grand Canyon University - Main Campus), Sue Small (Grand Canyon University - Main Campus)
    Abstract: Learn how to encourage student success by changing their mindset. In this session, faculty will discover methods that will address issues that interfere with student progress when faced with critical feedback. Come explore strategies, resources, and research that will increase student engagement while helping turn their mistakes into positive opportunities.
  • 10:45 AM to 11:30 AM: How Can We Design Asynchronous Online Discussions To Maximize Student Participation And Engagement?
    Presenters: Andrew Feldstein (Fort Hays State University),  Gulinna A (Fort Hays State University)
    Abstract: We investigate the influences of discussion design rules and instructor intervention on student engagement in asynchronous online discussions. Initial findings suggest that both strategies influence patterns of student participation.  In this presentation, we will discuss insights gleaned from the study that provide for best practices for facilitating engaging online discussions. 

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