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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

Missed the event? Purchase the full set of recordings now – 65+ sessions for just $119!

Download the Proceedings

View the pictures of the conference

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

Travel and Hotel Information



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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin 

Make your Hotel Reservation Online


Please note that the WDW Dolphin is sold out for the nights of Oct 10, 11, 13, 14, 15.
The WDW Swan is sold out for the nights of Oct 13, 14, 15, and 16.

If you are looking to book a room for Oct 10 and/or 11, you will be put into the Swan Tower, which is a short walk across the breezeway to the conference space.

If you need to find alternate lodging, the Disney Boardwalk and Disney Yacht and Beach Club are nearby - just a short boat ride or a few minutes walk. Please note that we do not have room blocks or special rates at either of these hotels. 

We will update this page when/if we have any additional alternate lodging option information.


1500 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, P.O. Box 22653
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, US
Toll Free: 888-828-8850
Direct: 407-934-4000


*Last year, the hotel sold out well in advance of the cut-off date. We strongly recommend that you make your hotel reservations early.


Special Room Rates for 18th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning attendees:

All conference sessions will be held at The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin.  Attendees of the conference must book their hotel room through the conference website no later than Friday, September 7, 2012* in order to receive discounted rates starting at $177.00** per night plus taxes ($169 room fee + $8 resort fee per night for a total of $177 per night - the daily $8 resort fee is not charged at the time of reservation, but will be charged to the credit card at the end of the attendee's stay). The special conference rates also apply for three days prior to and three days after the conclusion of the conference. 

*After September 7, the room rate is $199 + $8 resort fee per night (plus applicable taxes).

**The conference room rate includes a mandatory resort service package fee of $8 per day. The resort service package includes: unlimited in-room high speed Internet access, up to 60 minutes of free local, toll free and credit card access calls (10 cents a minute thereafter), 20 minutes of domestic long distance calls per stay, 2 bottles of water daily, and unlimited access to the resort's health club facilities.

The Swan/Dolphin Resort will charge to your credit card a deposit of the first night's fee (plus applicable taxes) upon completion of your reservation.  Any reservations must be canceled no later than 5 business days prior to the start of your reservation for refund of that deposit. 

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, including the evening of Thursday, October 11 during the Sloan-C EPCOT Dessert Event.  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.  


About the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

Located in the heart of the Walt Disney World® Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is a deluxe Disney resort hotel and your gateway to Central Florida's illustrious theme parks and attractions. The Orlando vacations resort is located in between Epcot® and Disney's Hollywood Studios™ and close to Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and Magic Kingdom® Park. Discover our magical surroundings, superior service, luxurious facilities and redesigned guest rooms featuring the Heavenly Bed®. Enjoy the new Mandara Spa, 17 spectacular restaurants and lounges, five pools, a white sand beach, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf and many special Disney benefits.

Walt Disney World Resort Map

Staying on-site at our Disney resort allows you to enjoy many special Disney benefits (available exclusively for guests staying at Walt Disney World hotels) including:

  • Extra Magic Hours Benefit at Theme Parks
  • Complimentary Scheduled Transportation Throughout Disney
  • On-Site Disney Ticket Desks
  • Character Dining
  • Advance Tee Times on Championship Disney Golf Courses

These Disney benefits are just a few of the reasons you will enjoy staying at our Disney resort. We invite you to explore our web site to learn more!



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