Digital learning innovations can increase access and student success while lowering college costs. At OLC Innovate 2017, learn from trailblazing pioneers who are harnessing cutting-edge technologies and other solutions to address the equity challenge. Are you interested in implementing digital learning innovations to increase access and student success while lowering college costs? Through this curated conference track, discover how your institution can better serve underrepresented student populations!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

9:00 am – 4:15 pm Bayside A/B (4th Floor)
Introducing Digital Learning Technologies on Your Campus

Casey Green, ACAO Digital Fellows Project | Vanessa Peters, SRI | Renee Franzwa, EdSurge
Gates Bryant, Tyton Partners | Karl Rectanus, Lea(R)n Trials | Nori Barajas-Murphy, OLC

In this pre-conference workshop co-hosted by NMC and OLC, receive support for all stages of planning, adopting and evaluating digital courseware or adaptive learning initiatives. Discover the latest research on learning technologies’ impacts and resources to navigate digital courseware selection and implementation. Don’t miss hands-on demonstrations of digital learning technologies!

Innovators from the digital learning space will be on hand to provide one-on-one explorations of their next-generation solutions, alongside institutional partners who are implementing these technologies on their campuses to improve student outcomes. Participating providers include:

  • Acrobatiq
  • CogBooks
  • Lumen Learning
  • OpenStax
  • Smart Sparrow

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

** Check out innovations in the Exhibit Hall, 7:30 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 – 6:15 pm! **

8:30 – 10:00 am Maurepas (3rd Floor)
How to Promote Large Scale Adoption of Adaptive Courseware

Meaghan Duff (APLU) | Karen Vignare (APLU) | Cub Kahn (Oregon State University)
Patricia O’Sullivan (University of Mississippi) | Megan Tesene (Georgia State University)

Leveraging adaptive courseware is a growing trend.  Instead of just pockets of usage, is it time to figure out how you might adopt it on a wide scale at your university? In addition to developing criteria for selection of adaptive courseware, this workshop will also show you how to plan for faculty development, build institutional awareness, and develop staff capacity to sustain innovation at scale.

8:30 – 10:00 am Bayside C (4th Floor)
The Personalized Learning Journey: Using Immersive Narrative-Driven Science Courses to Motivate At-Risk Students

David Schönstein (Inspark Science Teaching Network) | Alfredo Leon (Miami Dade College)

What if you could teach with a course that was equal parts movie, with the interactivity and high production value digital natives have come to expect? Come learn about the creative process and curriculum innovation behind the development of HabWorlds and BioBeyond, two courses that are reimagining postsecondary science education. Hear how a key Teaching Partner, Miami Dade College, is scaling and evaluating learner success. This in-person workshop will consist of a mixture of hands-on demonstrations, guided discussions, and application activities to customize and implement web-based inquiry-based lessons.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Borgne (3rd Floor)
Integrating Resiliency into Coursework Through Adaptive Learning Technology

Alexandra Shinert (Passaic County Community College) | Heather Newlin (Smart Sparrow)
Michael Harris (Bunker Hill Community College) | Ed Fians (Passaic County Community College)

The Northeast Resiliency Consortium (NRC) worked with technology partner Smart Sparrow—to produce online resiliency lessons. We will show how this ten lesson bundle specifically designed to foster resiliency skills in community college students can be adapted and used by faculty and staff to integrate resiliency into learning experiences.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Grand Chenier (5th Floor)
Designing Next-Gen Digital Learning Environments

Michael Goudzwaard (Dartmouth College) 

How might we engage students, faculty, and administrators to design next-gen digital learning environments? Too often, digital learning tools are selected based on known tools rather than what is actually needed to facilitate learning. In seeking to meet the widest range of needs, existing tools clutter the learning environment and obscure what is essential for students and faculty. In this workshop, participants will engage in a design thinking process to imagine and prototype next-generation digital learning environments. Through this process, participants will identify how existing and emerging technologies might remain relevant in today’s learning landscape.

1:30 – 2:15 pm Grand Couteau (5th Floor)
The #3Wedu Conversation: Challenging Barriers for Women Who Innovate

Jessica L. Knott (Michigan State University) | Tanya Joosten (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee)
Patrice Torcivia Prusko (Cornell University) | Nori Barajas (OLC)

This session will provide a forum for all conference participants to engage in a meaningful conversation about ways women are innovating in academia; why it is important for them to be part of the conversation, and ways women’s ideas can be heard at all levels of the innovative organization.

2:30 – 3:15 pm Waterbury (2nd Floor)
Big Data Is Upon Us: How Can You Use It to Enrich Your Teaching?

Nicholas Rebne (CogBooks)

Edtech tools give us access to vast amounts of learning data but instructors hardly have the time to explore the full potential of these data reports. In this session, learn from Drew Russell (Instructional Lab Assistant, GSU) how to use data in your teaching and reach higher levels of student success, engagement and retention.

2:30 – 3:15 pm Maurepas (3rd Floor)
Making Smart Decisions about Digital Learning with the CWiC Framework

Gates Bryant (Tyton Partners) | Karl Rectanus (Lea(R)n) | Emma Zone (Colorado Technical University)

Explore the new interactive CWiC Framework, a tool developed to enable institutions to better evaluate digital courseware products and digital learning implementations.

4:00 – 4:45 pm Nottoway (4th Floor)
Themes & Trends in Digital Courseware — OLC’s 2017 DLIAward Submission

Nori Barajas (OLC)

In this session:
– Learn the submission requirements and scoring rubric for the 2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award
– Identify themes illustrating barriers faced by underrepresented students across institution types
– Identify trends in current digital courseware implementations

Thursday, April 6, 2017

** Check out innovations in the Exhibit Hall, 8:45 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 – 4:00 pm! **

8:45 – 9:30 am Grand Chenier (5th Floor)
Big Impacts: Assessing and Communicating the Value of Learning Initiatives

Michael Goudzwaard (Dartmouth College) | Romy Ruukel (Boston University)
Adam Nemeroff (Dartmouth College)

Research-intensive universities have long been charged with favoring research over teaching and many liberal arts institutions favor face-to-face instruction. However, in the last few years, major teaching and learning initiatives have had an extensive impact on the discourse on teaching and learning at the highest levels of the university. In this conversational session we will explore how we assess the impacts of learning initiatives and communicate these to adminstrators, our campus communities, funders, and legislators.

8:45 – 9:30 am Edgewood A/B (4th Floor)
The Easiest Way to Help More Students Complete Courses

Eric Frank (Acrobatiq) | Michael Medlock (Rio Salado College)

With just over half of students who start college finishing, it’s time to take a new approach. In this session, learn about how data-driven instructional design can be your secret ingredient in the student success sauce.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm Rhythms (2nd Floor)
Navigating Quality Course Review in Online and Blended Learning

Jennifer Mathes (OLC)

If you are teaching in an online or blended format, how do you know that your course meets quality standards? This session can help guide you through best practices and quality rubrics to identify options to meet your needs.

Friday, April 7, 2017

** Check out innovations in the Exhibit Hall, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm! **

9:45 – 10:30 am Borgne (3rd Floor)
Themes & Trends in Digital Learning — Beyond the Hype

Nori Barajas (OLC) | Emily Lammers (Tyton Partners) | Vanessa Peters (SRI International)

There has been a lot of discussion about the promise of digital learning to increase access to postsecondary courses and improve student outcomes, yet there is still much work to be done to demonstrate these outcomes for all learners. Join three different researchers as they share insights from recent work in the digital learning landscape related to faculty, research evidence, and courseware implementation.

9:45 – 10:30 am Rampart (5th Floor)
Improving Quality at All Levels in Higher Education Institutions

Jennifer Mathes (OLC)

Since its founding, the Online Learning Consortium has had as a foundation the Five Pillars of Quality Online Education. The Pillars have long signaled that quality and excellence matter and a focus on quality is an eternal quest. In 2011, OLC launched its first quality scorecard. Since then, the OLC team has listened to you and continued to build additional scorecards to meet your needs. The most recent addition to OLC’s “suite” of quality scorecards, which we are showcasing during this session, is a Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice (QCTIP) scorecard. Join us to learn about this newest scorecard and also help us develop our plan for adding other scorecards in the future.