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Nov 2017
Nov 2017


Walt Disney World Swan 1200 Epcot Resort Boulevard Lake Buena Vista , Florida 32830
Tel: (407) 934-3000
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OLC Accelerate 2017






Event Overview:

As always, this international conference promises outstanding keynote speakers, expanded programs, and engaging workshops. Our ever popular Technology Test Kitchen and Discovery sessions will once again deliver the opportunity to interact with experts in new and emerging eLearning technologies and topics, reinforcing why online educators worldwide affirm that OLC Accelerate is the premiere conference for online learning professionals.

CFP opens March 15, 2017.

About OLC:

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


Nov 15   


Registration Desk Opens

Convention Foyer

8:30am - 11:30am

Pre-conference Workshops & OLC Global Quality Summit

Asia 3, Oceanic 1-8

8:30am - 7:30pm

Exhibit Hall and Technology Test Kitchen Open

Atlantic Hall

10:00am - 11:00am

OLC Accelerate 2017 Field Guide Face-To-Face Kickoff

Northern Hemisphere C

11:00am - 1:30pm

Lunch Marketplace - A limited menu of salads, sandwiches, snacks, and beverages is available for purchase. (Vouchers provided for pre-conference workshop registrants)

Atlantic Hall

11:30am - 1:00pm

Women’s Leadership in Online Learning Luncheon

Northern Hemisphere C


Start of Regular Conference Sessions


12:00pm - 12:45pm

Concurrent Session 1

Breakout Rooms

1:00m - 1:45pm

Concurrent Session 2

Breakout Rooms

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Networking Coffee Break

Atlantic Hall

2:45pm - 3:30pm

Concurrent Session 3

Breakout Rooms

3:45pm - 4:30pm

Concurrent Session 4

Breakout Rooms

4:45pm - 6:00pm

Welcome and Wednesday Keynote Address - Matthew Luhn (Pixar)

Pacific Hall

6:00pm - 6:15pm

OLC Fellows Awards

Pacific Hall

6:15pm - 7:30pm

Welcome Reception

Atlantic Hall

7:30pm - 10:00pm

ProctorU "Hot Night In Havana" Party (open to all attendees)

Cabana Deck

7:30pm - 10:30pm

Proctorio “School of Rock” Karaoke Party (open to all attendees)

Pacific Hall


Dinner on your own



Nov 16   


Registration Desk Opens

Convention Foyer

7:45am - 8:45am

OLC Community Breakfast & IELOL Program

Pacific Hall

8:30am - 3:15pm

Exhibit Hall and Technology Test Kitchen Open

Atlantic Hall

9:00am - 9:45am

Concurrent Session 5

Breakout Rooms

10:00am - 10:45am

Concurrent Session 6

Breakout Rooms

10:45am - 11:15am

Networking Coffee Break

Atlantic Hall

11:15am - 12:00pm

Concurrent Session 7

Breakout Rooms

12:00pm - 1:20pm

OLC Awards Luncheon or Lunch on your own; Exhibit Hall and Technology Test Kitchen are open during lunch

Pacific Hall

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Concurrent Session 8

Breakout Rooms

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Final Exhibit Hall Networking Coffee Break

Atlantic Hall

3:15pm - 4:00pm

Concurrent Session 9

Breakout Rooms


Exhibit Hall Closes

Atlantic Hall

4:15pm Departures

Thursday evening on your own
Attendees may purchase
- After 5pm Tickets to EPCOT, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom 
- Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tickets (Magic Kingdom; must purchase by Sept 20 or check for availability)
- Dinner is on your own

EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, or Magic Kingdom 

Join Proctorio for our second annual OLC Scavenger Hunt! Win one of five Chromebooks that will be given away to the first individuals to decipher the clues and find the answers at either Disney World’s Epcot Center or Magic Kingdom. Two locations and twice the fun! Stop by the Proctorio booth for early clues and more details.


Nov 17   

7:00am Registration Desk Opens Convention Foyer

7:45am - 9:30am Continental Breakfast
- Breakfast 7:45am-8:30am
- Breakfast continues to be available through the keynote until 9:30am 

Pacific Foyer/Portico/Hall

8:30am - 9:30amKeynote Address - Dava Newman (NASA & MIT)Pacific Hall

9:00am - 12:30pmMobile Technology Test Kitchen and final Iron Chef Battle (10:45am)Northern Hemisphere C

9:45am -10:30amConcurrent Session 10Breakout Rooms

10:45am - 11:30amConcurrent Session 11Breakout Rooms

11:45am - 12:30pmConcurrent Session 12Breakout Rooms

12:30pm - 1:00pmClosing EventSouthern Hemisphere FoyerConference Ends

Keynote Speakers

Matthew Luhn

One of the original story creators at Pixar


Storytelling is one of the oldest and most powerful ways to to connect, motivate, and lead people. Stories compel us to engage, define our values and ourselves, and learn.

Matthew Luhn, a 20-year Pixar story veteran, brings his experience creating and developing 10 blockbuster films at Pixar, and provides practical strategies that teach and inspire people and teams to connect more effectively with audiences. Matthew uses the power of storytelling to bridge the gap between knowledge and heart, driving the story toward an unforgettable lesson.  

Dava Newman

Former Deputy Administrator of NASA


Recent space science missions to Pluto and Jupiter, the discovery of thousands of exoplanets, and orbital missions to monitor Spaceship Earth will be highlighted. Humanity will become interplanetary, and is on a journey to Mars. We are closer to reaching the Red Planet with human explorers than we have ever been in our history. Space agencies, academia and industry are working right now on the technologies and missions that will enable human “boots on Mars” in the 2030s. We are testing advanced technologies for the next giant leaps of exploration. From solar electric propulsion to cutting edge life support systems, to the first crops grown in space, the journey to Mars is already unfolding in tangible ways today for tomorrow. A three-stage plan will be highlighted – from missions close to Earth involving commercial partners and the International Space Station, advancing to missions in Earth–Moon orbit, or deep space, and finally moving on to Mars, where explorers will be practically independent from spaceship Earth. The innovation required to realize humanity becoming interplanetary cuts across science, human exploration and technology.

Fundamentally, education, knowledge and access are the keys to exploring our solar system, Spaceship Earth, and ourselves. The urgency of education about our own planet is shown through data visualizations accessible through online open platforms. The presentation concludes with an inclusive message on STEAMD (science-technology-engineering-arts-math-design) about changing the conversation. Online access and learning provide our greatest opportunities to reach the Mars Generation (anyone in school today) including the artists, designers, poets and makers. We are all astronauts on Spaceship Earth, and I believe through education and knowledge for allwe can turn our dreams in to reality.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said that the “future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

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