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eLearn Magazine: A Recap of the 18th Annual Sloan Consortium Conference on Online Learning


New Issue of JALN released, featuring 2011 Best in Track Award Winners.


Creating an Institutional Culture that Embraces Accessibility and Supports Online Student Success  - By Kristen Betts, Director of Online and Blended Learning, Armstrong Atlantic State University. Kristen Betts will be presenting “From Compliance to Culture: Building an Effective Infrastructure to Support Accessibility and Online Student Success” on October 11, 2012.


Online and On the Move - By Emily Boles, Senior Instructional Developer, University of Illinois, Springfield. Ray Schroeder will be presenting "Online and On the Move: Mobile Online Learning" on October 10, 2012.

Conference News

Today's Campus Highlights Sloan-C Annual Conference in Nov-Dec Issue

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Watch the keynote and plenary recordings:

Keynote Address: Democratizing Higher Education
Sebastian Thrun, VP & Fellow Google

Plenary Panel: Evolution or Revolution? What's Happening with Traditional Online Learning?
Jeff Young (The Chronicle of Higher Education, US) - Panel Moderator
Jose Cruz (The Education Trust, US)
Alan Drimmer (University of Phoenix, US)
Jack Wilson (University of Massachusetts, US)

Plenary Address: Citizen Science - Authentic Participation in Research
Arfon Smith (Citizen Science-Adler Planetarium, US)

Press Release: October 9, 2012
Sonic Foundry Partners with the Sloan Consortium to Webcast International Conference on Online Learning

Best in Track Awards Winners Announced. Read the Press Release.

Call for Presentations for the 2013 conference will open in February 2013.

Check out last year's conference.


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22st Annual OLC International Conference
November 16-18, 2016 | Orlando, Florida | Walt Disney World Swan/Dolphin Resort

OLC Innovate 2016 - Innovations in Blended and Online Learning
April 20-22, 2016 | New Orleans, LA | Sheraton New Orleans Hotel


Who Should Attend? | Attendee Demographics | Conference Location | Conference Fees | Special Events | Attendee Checklist

We welcome you to the 18th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning. The conference program will offer a full complement of presentations that reflect the implications for the field of specific e-learning experience and practices. Keynote and plenary addresses, as well as pre-conference workshops, featured sessions, information sessions, Best-in-Track presentations, and poster presentations will address blended learning, issues of diversity, international applications of online learning, open educational resources, social networking, online learning and community colleges, and K-12 online education as well as other topics of common interest.

Who Should Attend?
This conference, which will provide the latest information on asynchronous learning programs, processes, packages, and protocols, is geared to both experienced professionals and interested newcomers to online learning who hail from a variety of work sectors, including higher education, continuing education, K-12 professionals, business, government, health care, professional associations, and nonprofit organizations. It is especially designed to meet the needs of:

  • College-level faculty and administrators
  • Instructional technology and media professionals
  • Instructional designers
  • Trainers in public and private sector organizations


Attendee Demographics
Attendance at the 2011 Annual conference located in Orlando, FL attracted 1,484 onsite attendees and 600 virtual attendees from over 675 institutions, 47 states & territories, and 25 countries representing college level faculty and administrators, instructional technology professionals and instructional designers.  Specific details on institutions, states/territories, and countries represented at the Symposium are available from the Conference Services Manager. 

1,484 Onsite, 600 Virtual attendees in 2011


Conference location
All presentations and pre-conference workshops will be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotel in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  In the heart of the Walt Disney World® Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is your gateway to Central Florida's illustrious theme parks and attractions.

For additional information, please visit our Travel/Hotel page on this website.

Conference fees
Check our registration page for a full list of onsite and virtual attendee option registration fees


 2012 Conference Information
Interested in attending in 2012 and curious about what to expect? 


Special Events


Welcome Reception

Wednesday, October 10
5:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Northern Hemisphere B-D (Exhibit Hall)


Awards Luncheon

Thursday, October 11
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Southern Hemisphere I-V
Ticket price: $12 (tickets required for entrance to luncheon)

Tickets should be purchased prior to the conference during the registration process.  Only a limited number of tickets will be available onsite (at the conference registration desk). 

Please join us for an Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 11. The Sloan Consortium annual awards recognize excellence and effectiveness.  


Forgot to purchase your lunch ticket when you registered? Purchase your ticket here; click on "View or Change your existing registration" to proceed.


Epcot Dessert Reception

Thursday, October 11

Complimentary event for all attendees - RSVP required prior to the start of the conference during the registration process. 


7:00 p.m. Entrance to Epcot  Food and Wine Festival* (dinner on your own)
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. Sloan-C Dessert Reception and viewing of IllumiNations laser/fireworks show (Worldview Plaza West)

(*Please note: Entrance to the park prior to the 7:00pm time is NOT permitted. If you would like to enter the park earlier, you may purchase a discounted after 2pm or after 4pm ticket through Disney.)

Sloan-C is excited to offer complimentary admission to EPCOT for all our conference guests on Thursday evening.  Following our interactive poster session, which concludes at 6:00pm, take a short 10 minute stroll or ride Disney's Friendship boat from the Swan/Dolphin over to the International Gate at EPCOT.  There, you will be admitted for an evening of fun at EPCOT!  Guests will have access to the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival (entrance is on Sloan-C; dinner and drinks are on your own), then join Sloan-C at 8:00pm at the Worldview Plaza West.  Be our guest for complimentary dessert; cash bar will be available. Network with other conference attendees and enjoy EPCOT's famous IllumiNations laser and fireworks extravaganza. 

Entrance to this event is complimentary for registered attendees. Guest tickets are available to purchase ($55 for ages 10+; $15 for ages 3-9; 3 and under have free access to Disney parks).  All RSVPS and additional ticket purchases must be made during the registration process.  Wristbands will be distributed during check-in at the conference to those who RSVPd to this event; the wristbands are needed to enter EPCOT that evening.
Epcot Event Map

Download walking directions from the WDW Dolphin to EPCOT.

Download a map of EPCOT's World Showcase.

Dinner and drinks at the Food & Wine Festival are on your own.  Tapas-size food portions, which can be purchased all around EPCOT's World Showcase, range from $3-$8 each.    For additional information on the Food & Wine festival, visit


Forgot to RSVP for the EPCOT reception when you registered? RSVP here; click on "View or Change your existing registration" to proceed.



Discounted Walt Disney World park tickets and giftcards for conference attendees:

Sloan-C conference attendees may purchase discounted park ticketsPlease note: Discounted multi-day park tickets should be purchased in advance for the largest discount.  Multi-Day park tickets may be bought onsite at the Swan and Dolphin ticket kiosk; however, the discount is lower onsite.  The special "After 2pm" and "After 4pm" tickets are only available for advance purchase;  they are not available for purchase onsite at the Swan and Dolphin ticket kiosk. 

Purchase a Walt Disney World giftcard - The giftcard may be used for food and drink at the EPCOT International Food and Wine festival prior to Sloan-C's dessert event at EPCOT on Thursday evening.  Giftcards may also be used for many other Walt Disney World purchases and for purchases at the Disney merchandise shop located at the Swan and Dolphin hotel. 


Attendee Checklist - Be fully prepared for a great conference experience by reviewing this checklist.

Onsite Attendees:

  • Participate in the Conference Commons Training session on Tuesday, October 2 @ 2:00pm ET. This is an important step to understanding how to access all uploaded materials pre-conference and recorded sessions post-conference. Registered attendees will receive an email later in September with the link for the training session.
  • Download the program book (coming soon). This will provide you full session descriptions. The printed Schedule-at-a-Glance that you will be provided onsite does not include session descriptions.
  • Sign up for the EPCOT dessert reception (amend your registration here to add your RSVP)
  • Sign up for the Sloan-C Awards Luncheon  (amend your registration here to add your luncheon ticket)
  • A few Hotel rooms are still available at the Swan and Dolphin, but they are going fast. If you would like to add a night on either end of your trip, now is the time to book.
  • Join in the conversation – follow the Sloan-C Conference Social networking. Join us on Facebook (, Twitter (@sloanconsortium and @sloac_aln and #aln12) and Linkedin (
  • Let your colleagues know you are attending the conference. Download an electronic badge for use in your email signature or on your website.
  • Review the program schedule prior to departure for Orlando; plan how you will use your time at the conference.
  • Familiarize yourself with our keynote speaker, Sebastian Thrun, and the topics of his address.
  • Consider taking advantage of the Sloan Consortium membership while it is discounted to you.
  • Watch for the final Conference Update and Welcome email in late September. More exciting information to come!

Virtual Attendees:

  • Participate in the Conference Commons Training session on Tuesday, October 2 @ 2:00pm ET. The training session will provide important information on how to access the live and on-demand streamed sessions, presentations, and supplemental materials. A complete review of how to test your system and access the webcast seamlessly will be covered in the training session. Registered attendees will receive an email later in September with the link for the training session.
  • Look for a separate email with Conference Commons Access instructions. Read that email thoroughly and bookmark it for future reference.
  • Review the streamed program schedule ahead of time and plan which sessions you want to watch live vs. on-demand.
  • Join in the conversation – follow the Sloan-C Conference Social networking. Join us on Facebook (, Twitter (@sloanconsortium and @sloac_aln and #aln12) and Linkedin (
  • Let your colleagues know you are attending the conference virtually. Download an electronic badge to use in your email signature or on your website.
  • Test Sonic Foundry's Mediasite before the event. Don't wait until the last minute.
  • Be on the lookout for future "Countdown to the Sloan-C Annual Conference" emails. These emails will serve to remind you of the access instructions and the importance of testing your system prior to the start of the live streamed sessions. Read these and you will have a smooth, seamless conference viewing experience.