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Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center 2800 Opryland Drive Nashville , Tennessee 37214
Tel: (615) 889-1000
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OLC Innovate 2018 - Online Learning Consortium

Attendees

1,200

Exhibitors

85

Register

$770 - $1,395

Overview

Event Overview:

Education innovation. It’s how we, as a community, continue to thrive in this rapidly changing learning environment. It’s how we respond to, revolve around, and guide student success and satisfaction. Whether embracing emerging tech, incorporating intelligent learning management systems, or designing blended classrooms, now more than ever it is imperative that academic leaders, faculty, and administrators alike come together to ensure that our pedagogies are progressive, organic and continually break new ground.

Advancing education innovation requires continuous visionary leadership from all disciplines. And that’s why we’re inviting you to join us in Nashville this coming April. Together we will challenge our teaching and learning paradigms, reimagine the learning experience, and ideate on how disruptions in education today will shape the innovative classroom of tomorrow.

At OLC Innovate, we will conduct a series of engaging hands-on workshops aimed at fostering organic interactions and collaborative cross-disciplinary problem solving. Together we will build new foundations for stronger, better higher education environments. And because innovation scales best when ideas are shared, our work sessions will explore emerging technologies and adapted teaching behaviors aimed at informing policy, inspiring leadership, and evolving practice at all levels impacting institutions, universities and colleges.

About Online Learning Consortium (OLC):

OLC is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing quality online learning by providing professional development, instruction, best practice publications and guidance to educators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world.

About Mulitmedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT):

MERLOT is a community of staff, volunteers, and members who work together in various ways to provide users of OER (Open Educational Resource) teaching and learning materials with a wealth of services and  functions that can enhance their instructional experience.

Exhibitor Prospectus and Kit

Agenda

Apr 18   

7:00am

Registration Desk Opens

Ryman Hall Foyer B1

7:30am

Community College Summit Breakfast Gathering

Ryman ABDE

7:30am

HBCU Summit Breakfast Gathering

Ryman C/F

8:00am – 12:00pm

Exhibit Hall, Innovation Lab, Innovation Installation open; Continental Breakfast

Ryman Hall B1-B3

8:30am – 10:00am

Workshop Session I; Community College Summit begins; HBCU Summit begins

Breakout Rooms

10:00am – 10:30am

Networking Break

Ryman Hall B1-B3

10:30am – 12:00pm

Workshop Session II; Community College Summit continues; HBCU Summit continues

Breakout Rooms

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Welcome Lunch (lunch included for all attendees)

Tennessee Ballroom

1:00pm – 7:00pm

Exhibit Hall, Innovation Lab, Innovation Installation open

Ryman Hall B1-B3

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Concurrent Session 1

Breakout Rooms

2:00pm – 2:45pm

Concurrent Session 2

Breakout Rooms

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Networking Break

Ryman Hall B1-B3

3:30pm – 4:15pm

Concurrent Session 3

Breakout Rooms

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Opening Keynote: Campfire Stories

Tennessee Ballroom

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Innovate Welcome Reception

Ryman Hall B1-B3

6:30pm

MERLOT Leadership Meeting & Dinner

Ryman A/B

7:00pm

Dinner on your own. We recommend you make dinner reservations in advance if eating at the hotel. Hotel shuttles to Broadway are also available.

Cascades and Magnolia Canopy (see hotel website for shuttle times/details/fees)

9:00pm - 10:00pm

Evening "Campfire" Gathering

Delta Pavilion

Apr 19   

7:00am

Registration Desk Opens

Ryman Hall Foyer B1

7:30am – 8:30am

OLC/MERLOT Community Breakfast

Tennessee Ballroom

8:45am – 12:00pm

Exhibit Hall, Innovation Lab, Innovation Installation open

Ryman Hall B1-B3

8:45am – 9:30am

Concurrent Session 4

Breakout Rooms

9:45am – 10:30am

Concurrent Session 5

Breakout Rooms

10:30am – 11:15am

Networking Break

Ryman Hall B1-B3

11:15am – 12:00pm

Concurrent Session 6

Breakout Rooms

12:00pm - 1:20pm

OLC/MERLOT Awards Lunch (ticketed) OR Lunch on your own (Exhibit Hall closed during lunch)

Tennessee Ballroom

1:30pm – 4:00pm

Exhibit Hall, Innovation Lab, Innovation Installation open

Ryman Hall B1-B3

1:30pm – 2:15pm

Concurrent Session 7

Breakout Rooms

2:30pm - 3:15pm

Concurrent Session 8

Breakout Rooms

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Networking Break

Ryman Hall B1-B3

4:15pm – 5:30pm

Keynote Address: Jordan Shapiro

Tennessee Ballroom

5:30pm – 7:00pm

ProctorU Post-Keynote Beer, Bourbon, BBQ Party (all attendees)

Tennessee Lobby A

7:00pm

Dinner on your own. We recommend you make dinner reservations in advance if eating at the hotel. Hotel shuttles to Broadway are also available.

Cascades and Magnolia Canopy (see hotel website for shuttle times/details/fees)

9:00pm - 10:00pm

Evening "Campfire" Gathering

Delta Pavilion

Apr 20   

7:30am

Registration Desk Opens

Ryman Hall Foyer B1

7:30am – 9:30am

Continental Breakfast

Tennessee Ballroom

8:15am – 9:30am

Keynote Address: Ruha Benjamin

Tennessee Ballroom

9:00am – 11:15pm

Exhibit Hall, Innovation Lab, Innovation Installation open

Ryman Hall B1-B3

9:45am - 10:30am

Concurrent Session 9

Breakout Rooms

10:30am – 11:15am

Final Networking/Exhibits Break

Ryman Hall B1-B3

11:15am – 12:00pm

Concurrent Session 10

Breakout Rooms

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Closing Event: OLC/MERLOT Innovate 2018 Closing Celebration Event: Failing Forward

Tennessee Lobby A

12:30pm

End of Conference

 

Keynote Speakers

Jordan Shapiro, PhD

Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop

Jordan Shapiro, PhD is a world-renowned thought-leader on global policy and education. He’s currently senior fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, where he coordinates research and advocacy around digital technology and playful education. His Forbes’ column on global education, learning through digital play, kids and culture was read by over 5 million people around the world, also resulting in a Twitter following (@jordosh) of more than 116,000. He’s an internationally celebrated speaker and consultant whose fresh perspective combines psychology, philosophy, and economics in unexpected ways. Shapiro works as a consultant for the United States Air Force, helping to make sure Air University’s officer training and professional military education remains pedagogically and technologically relevant in a rapidly changing world. He has been a pioneer in new online adult education at Thomas Edison State University, where he developed their soon-to-be-released flagship course 'Critical Thinking with Video Games.' He is also a member of Teach For All’s Global Advisory Council and has been an expert adviser to UNESCO and the World Economic Forum.

He authored KQED’s popular 'Mindshift Guide to Digital Games and Learning' and the soon-to-be-released 'Guide to Digital Play for Global Citizens' created in partnership with Sesame Workshop and The Asia Society. During the week, you can find him in the classroom at Temple University, where he teaches in the Intellectual Heritage Program and designed the online version of the university’s core curriculum. Jordan lives in Philadelphia with his two sons. His forthcoming book, The New Childhood: How Kids Can Live, Learn, and Love in a Connected World, will be published by Little, Brown, and Company in early 2019.

Ruha Benjamin

Professor of African American studies at Princeton University

Ruha Benjamin is a professor of African American studies at Princeton University and author of People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier (Stanford University Press). She has studied the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine for over fifteen years and speaks widely on issues of innovation, equity, health, and justice in the U.S. and globally. Ruha is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the 2017 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton. Ruha received her PhD in Sociology from UC Berkeley, completed postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA’s Institute for Genetics and Society and Harvard University’s Science, Technology, and Society Program, and has received grants and fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study, American Council for Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, and California Institute for Regenerative Medicine among others. Her work is published in numerous journals including Science, Technology, and Human Values; Policy & Society; Ethnicity & Health; and the Annals of the American Academy of Social and Political Science and reported on in national and international news outlets including The Guardian, National Geographic, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Nature.

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