In Orlando at the OLC ACCELERATE 2018 Conference!

Dear Commons Community,

I am in Orlando to attend the Annual Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan-C)  ACCELERATE Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is Back to the Future of Digital Learning.  The program and speakers are first-rate and include keynotes by Jane McGonigal (Director of Game Research & Development for the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California) and Jean Twenge (San Diego State University).  All of the details about the program are available at the Conference website.

Below is a welcome and quick overview from the Program Co-Chairs, Sherri Restauri (Coastal Carolina University) and Beth Rubin (Campbell University). I will be giving a session on Thursday afternoon.  Please stop by.



Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to OLC Accelerate 2018! The theme of this year’s conference is “Back to the Future of Digital Learning“. 

The OLC Accelerate 2018 conference marks our 24th year as the premiere international conference in digital learning. The conference team has updated many aspects of this year’s program, including an expansion of innovative and creative venues and sessions. We are excited about OLC Accelerate 2018 and promise it will carry forward its tradition of excellence in offering quality content which we hope will inspire you to engage, collaborate, and innovate. 

Online learning professionals are challenged to keep up with trends and advances in the field that continue to evolve and expand at such a fast pace. Join us at OLC Accelerate as we come together to build and strengthen our global network of expertise, increase collaboration and engagement among researchers and practitioners, share and discover new and emerging effective practices, and test and evaluate technologies for teaching and learning online. Our community cannot thrive without your active participation! We invite you to join the conference onsite or virtually.

New this year – Global Quality Summit and Graduate Student Discovery Session types are included in the CFP, and we have an updated track focusing on Leadership and Institutional Strategies. Not sure which track applies? Check the keywords listed for each track to help figure out to which track your proposal is most suited. The tracks for 2018 are:

  • Research
  • Professional Development and Support
  • Leadership and Institutional Strategies
  • Learner Services and Support
  • Learning Effectiveness
  • Innovations, Tools and Technologies

Please join us at OLC Accelerate 2018 onsite or virtually — we look forward to your participation!


Sherri and Beth

The OLC Accelerate 2018 Program Co-Chairs


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