Online Learning Consortium Postpones March/April INNOVATE Conference to Summer!

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Dear Commons Community,

Due to concerns related to the coronavirus, Jennifer Mathes, Interim Executive Director of the Online Learning Consortium, announced yesterday the March/April INNOVATE 2020 Conference that was scheduled in Chicago has been postponed until the summer.  Below is her entire anouncement.



Dear OLC Innovate 2020 Attendees and Participants,

Due to circumstances related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have made the difficult decision to postpone OLC Innovate 2020, originally scheduled for March 31 – April 3, in Chicago. We are working with the Sheraton Grand Chicago to finalize details for new dates in the summer of 2020. We believe this is the right decision for our community, as we all work to manage through this period of disruption and concern.

We will notify you as more details become available.

We want to make things easier on you, so your registration for OLC Innovate 2020 will remain in place for the rescheduled conference. Should you find that the new dates do not work for you, please contact us at for more options. We plan to keep our program intact as much as possible. In addition, we will be offering a pre-conference virtual event to bring you the programming and opportunities to connect with your colleagues that had been initially planned for March. We will provide updates and more details in the weeks ahead via email and on the OLC Innovate website.

In the meantime, there are several immediate steps you should take related to the postponement of the conference:

  • Cancel your hotel reservations at
  • or by calling (312) 464-1000.
  • Be sure to cancel at least 72 hours before your planned check-in date to avoid any cancellation fees.
  • Cancel any transportation bookings. Many airlines are currently relaxing their cancellation policies.

We appreciate the dedication and flexibility of our community, especially those that have spent the past year involved in preparations for OLC Innovate 2020. This includes the significant time and effort invested by our Conference and Program Committees and our incredible community of volunteers. Our goal at this point is to fulfill our promise to our community to deliver a conference filled with opportunities to network and learn, free from undue risk to health and safety.

As you navigate these circumstances and their impact on your organization, we invite you to reach

out with any questions or concerns. And if you haven’t already, you might also want to take a look at OLC’s Continuity Planning and Emergency Preparedness resources [].

We thank you for your flexibility and understanding as our team and our community work through this challenging period.


Jennifer Mathes. Interim CEO

Online Learning Consortium


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