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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

2015 Blended Conference Submission Details

CFP Main Page | Submission Checklist | Submission Details | Presenter FAQ


  1. Session Types
  2. Selection Criteria
  3. Timeline
  4. AV & Media
  5. Presentation Repository
  6. Vendor Presentation Policy


1. Session Types

The conference provides several session types:

Session TypeDescription
Information Session
(50 minutes)
Give a 50 minute presentation in which you share information related to one of the learning tracks. Each 50 minute presentation should include 15 minutes for questions, answers, and discussion with the audience.
Discovery Session

Design an (electronic) Discovery Session to share the main points of your research results or program related to a learning track. You will participate in an Discovery Session for one 60-minute session dedicated to Discover Session presentations only. Discovery Session presentations provide the opportunity for you to both expand your audience and interact individually with interested viewers. We will provide a small table for your laptop and power to the table.

All Discovery Sessions are presented simultaneously during one of a 60-minute Discovery Session. During the Discovery Session presentation, attendees will freely move between presentations to view your work and talk with you 1:1 about your findings.
Discovery Sessions at OLC conferences are conducted electronically. OLC will provide a table for your laptop and any handouts you may have. Presentations should be made via Powerpoint, Keynote or other method on your computer.
Because you will constantly have attendees stopping by your table, we recommend you keep your presentation down to a few slides (5-6 seems to work well) that can be easily restarted as new viewers come by. You will also have wireless internet access, so that should an attendee want to delve further into your session topic with you, websites and other information can be easily accessed by you.  Please note that computers are not provided. Each presenter must bring his own laptop. Because of the length of the session, we will provide electricity to your table so that your laptop remains fully charged. Set-up time will be emailed to Discovery Session presenters as we get closer to the conference.

Best-in-Track Selection: Each accepted presentation is eligible to be considered within its assigned track for the “Best-in-Track” Award. Track Chairs who are experts in this field are charged with selecting the Best-in-Track session for their particular track. Each Best-in-Track selection is reviewed and approved by the Program Chair and Conference Chair. Best-in-Track Award recipients will be notified prior to the conference and will be recognized with a certificate of achievement at the conference.

2. Selection Criteria

The following rubric will be used to evaluate all proposals in the refereed proposal review process.

  • Clarity: A clear and concise description of the proposed presentation.
  • Relevance to Conference: Relevance and importance of the topic to blended teaching and learning.
  • Relevance to Field: Contribution to research, theory, and/or practice.
  • Appropriate scope and focus for session type and time allotted.
  • Presenter Qualifications: Evidence of presenter experience with topic and blended learning implementation. (Please be sure to complete your bio in your EDAS profile!)
  • Participant Appeal: A compelling presenter that would benefit the overall conference.
  • Tangible outcomes leading to an immediate impact.
  • Areas of special interest may be given special priority.

During the review process, reviewers are also asked to indicate whether or not your proposal meets Effective Practice criteria and would be a good candidate for EP submission. We encourage, but do not require, Effective Practice submissions from conference presenters.  EP submissions from conference presenters will be eligible for Effective Practice Awards selection; awards will be presented onsite at the conference. With regard to effective practices, reviewers will consider proposals in light of this question: 

  • Does this proposal include all 5 of the following elements: innovation, replicability, impact, evidence and scope?


3. Timeline

  • Proposals due by February 9, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance by April 7, 2015
  • Deadline for presenters to accept is April 21, 2015
  • Deadline for presenters to register is May 7, 2015
  • Final date for presenters to edit abstracts is May 7, 2015
  • Presentation submission for Proceedings by July 1, 2015


If your proposal is accepted, you will be asked to:

  • Register for the conference and pay the published fees
  • Edit all materials used in your session
  • Upload your presentation materials to your session page as a part of the Presentation Repository.


4. AV & Media

Note: The following standard audiovisual equipment will be provided in each room: data projector equipped with a universal VGA cable to accommodate both PC and Macintosh platforms, an Internet connection, and a screen. Overhead projectors and TV/VCR units will be made available upon request. (Note: Presenters should plan to provide their own computer equipment or other specialized equipment).  Microphones will be supplied as needed in larger rooms.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a field on the submission form for special A/V and/or media needs, however, this could result in extra fees billed to you. You will be notified in advance by a member of the conference management team if this is applicable to your presentation.


5. Presentation Repository

If your presentation is accepted, you are strongly encouraged to post your presentation materials (ppt, pdf, link to prezi, etc., ) to the presentation repository by July 1, 2015. The contributions will remain online as part of the conference materials after the conference. You will be notified of the presentation repository site and how to upload and access materials at a later date by the conference management team. Session abstracts and information about the presenters also will be included on the site.

IMPORTANT: In order to post your final presentation to the conference website, you will need an account on onlinelearningconsortium.org. You can create your (free) user account at any time. Presenters will be provided instructions on how to upload their presentation materials at a later date (after acceptance of proposals).


6. Vendor Presentation Policy

Companies and vendors provide value to OLC Conferences through program presentations, exhibits and sponsorships.  Vendors may submit presentations in two ways:

1. Academic Presentations:

  • Any individual or group may submit papers to the traditional academic presentation track for presentation.  Presentations must be non-commercial, and focus specifically on the track topics.  Presentation content will be reviewed by the conference committee as part of the regular review process.   Presentations must contribute new knowledge to the field through the presentation of original research or applications.  Presentations of an academic nature should be submitted through the call for papers system.
  • Submissions by individuals or groups representing vendors that are reviewed in the Call for Papers process and determined not to be appropriate for an academic track may be moved to the Vendor Showcase for consideration at the request of the submitter.

2. Vendor Showcase presentations:

  • Vendor showcase sessions are established as part of the conference program schedule to allow sponsors/exhibitors to make presentations on their products and services during the conference.  
  • Vendor showcase presentations may include submissions to the CFP system that are moved from academic tracks in the CFP system to the Vendor Showcase schedule at the recommendation of the Program co-chairs
  • Vendor showcase proposals from sponsors and exhibitors may be submitted directly to Christine Hinkley as part of the sponsorship/exhibit process.  Showcase proposals will be reviewed by Christine and the conference co-chairs for approval of content.
  • National sponsors are guaranteed a Vendor Showcase presentation slot.  Remaining Vendor Showcase slots are assigned to sponsors by level,  then to exhibitors in the order exhibit contracts were received, and finally to non-sponsor/exhibitor companies on a space-available basis. 
  • These sessions are distinctly marked as Vendor Showcase presentations in conference materials including the program book, website and room signage.
  • Conference program materials include language that these presentations should be expected to include some sales promotional language in them.  These sessions are clearly marked as sessions that have not been peer-reviewed.