August 21-22, 8:00am-5:00pm | OLC Collaborate Alaska 2017 | University of Alaska Anchorage

Digital learning innovations can increase access and student success while lowering college costs. Join fellow education professionals, educators, and administrators at OLC Collaborate Alaska to work on solving the challenges facing digital education today. Attendees will get the chance to hear from experts regarding current and emerging trends focused on the convergence of teaching, learning, and technology. In addition, there will be opportunities to collaborate and network with regional peers during group discussions on top-of-mind challenges that may impact the future of digital learning. Register now to join the NMC in attending OLC Collaborate Alaska!

Digital Learning Workshop Program:

 Monday 21st of August 2017 08:15 AM — 09:00 AM AHDT
Room: CH106
Michelle Pacansky-Brock (California State University, Channel Islands)

In the digital, networked era, faculty are at various stages in the technology adoption spectrum: some are visionary edTech enthusiasts, others are technology skeptics, while many see the potential technology brings to teaching and learning but are reluctant to change. How can institutions leverage this diversity to create a culture of eLearning that supports student learning, inspires faculty, and recognizes organizational barriers that may impede change?

 Monday 21st of August 2017 09:00 AM — 10:30 AM AHDT
Room: CH106
Renee Franzwa (EdSurge)

Join the EdSurge team for a hands-on workshop digging into ‘the why’ of digital learning. We’ll explore what problems you are trying to solve for your institutions and how digital learning practices and products can be leveraged to increase the quality and accessibility of learning for students.

 Monday 21st of August 2017 10:45 AM — 11:00 AM AHDT
Room: CH106
Vanessa Peters (SRI International) | Nori Barajas-Murphy (Online Learning Consortium)

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.

 Monday 21st of August 2017 11:30 AM — 12:30 PM AHDT
Room: CH106
Nori Barajas-Murphy (Online Learning Consortium)

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) analysis of Digital Learning Innovation Awards (DLIAward) submissions captures the current state of digital courseware implementations across undergraduate institutions of higher education. Strategies to increase student success were identified in undergraduate programs at various institution types with 2-year and 4-year programs.

 Monday 21st of August 2017 12:30 PM — 02:15 PM AHDT
Room: CH106
Kristin Powers (Intentional Futures) | Ilona Chebotareva (Intentional Futures)

Building on the well-received Instructional Design in Higher Education report, we are in a pivotal position to support the ID field and bring awareness to the impact they can have in the overarching field of higher education. We see instructional designers as the glue between students, technology, and instructors. Instructional designers have the potential to become the go-to people on campus for online and blended learning expertise- but they aren’t currently being fully utilized. This workshop will focus on real problems going on today at higher-ed institutions and the ways that IDs can help solve them. Learn design thinking, best practices, and ways to fully engage the ID on your campus.

 Monday 21st of August 2017 02:30 PM — 03:45 PM AHDT
Room: CH106
Renee Franzwa (EdSurge)

Join the EdSurge team for a guided deep-dive into the unique problems your campus is trying to solve. Leveraging research, data and the EdSurge product index, you’ll walk out with a defensible method to evaluate and choose student success tools for your campus. 




Monday, August 21 from 4:15-6:15pm, UAA Planetarium & Visualization Theater

Time to celebrate! Join friends of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success initiative for a reception at the University of Alaska Anchorage Planetarium & Visualization Theater. Attendees will enjoy great food, good drinks, and two theater showings highlighting some of Alaska’s greatest sights (seating is limited and on a first come, first serve basis). Capitalize on this opportunity to get to know partners from the Digital Learning Solution Network, and experience a little bit of Alaskan fun!