Online Learning Consortium Accelerate 2017 Virtual Conference


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Wednesday, November 15 - Friday, November 17, 2017

Virtual Conference

Online registration is closed.


In 2017, you won't be able to have a dialogue about higher education without discussing, in part, online learning. It's one of the fastest growing sectors in education today. Because of its importance, we invite you to attend the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Accelerate conference, the premier conference devoted to online learning - all without leaving NIU. All NIU faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants are able to attend OLC Accelerate 2017 online for free and from the comfort of your office or home. 

This year, OLC Accelerate is devoted to driving quality online learning, advancing best practice, and accelerating innovation. Through outstanding keynote speakers and sessions led by renowned leaders in online learning, virtual conference attendees will interact with other online educators to learn and network.


The conference is held in Orlando, FL, so all times on the OLC Conference website are in Eastern Time Zone. Times given below are in Central Time Zone.

Attend all of the sessions or only a few - recordings will be available for a year for any sessions you are not able to attend live!

Wednesday, November 15

11:00 a.m.
Concurrent Session 1
12:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session 2
12:45 p.m.
1:45 p.m.
Concurrent Session 3
2:45 p.m.
Concurrent Session 4
3:45 p.m.
Welcome and Wednesday Keynote Address
Matthew Luhn from Pixar


Thursday, November 16

8:00 a.m.
Concurrent Session 5
9:00 a.m.
Concurrent Session 6
9:45 a.m.
10:15 a.m.
Concurrent Session 7
11:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session 8
1:15 p.m.
2:15 p.m.
Concurrent Session 9


Friday, November 17

7:30 am
Keynote Address
Dava Newman from NASA & MIT
8:45 am
Concurrent Session 10
9:45 am
Concurrent Session 11
10:45 am
Concurrent Session 12

Registration Details

This event is open to anyone at NIU: faculty, instructors, SPS and Civil Service staff, graduate teaching assistants, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

In order to participate in the virtual conference, you must register here. Within 2 days after your registration is received, you will receive a discount code to register for the conference at no cost. You must create an account with the Online Learning Consortium and register for the conference on their site to be able to participate in the streaming sessions. 


If you have questions, check out the Virtual Conference FAQ


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