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Technology Test Kitchen - BYOD to learn, explore, and share knowledge within this lab environment

Technology Test Kitchen

Keynote Speaker: Mimi Ito on Connected Learning

2 Plenary Speakers:

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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 EventsPrize DrawingsAttendee Checklist | Fun Things

Dates for the 2015 ET4Online Symposium: April 22-24, 2015. Starting in 2013, the Symposium has been held on spring dates rather than mid-summer. Mark April 22-24 on your 2015 calendar for the upcoming ET4Online Symposium in Dallas.

The Emerging Technologies Symposium is devoted to the emerging and innovative uses of technology designed to improve teaching and learning online. The conference focuses on the technologies that drive online learning effectiveness, highlighting research, applications and best practices of important emerging technological tools. We encourage submissions related to instruction, networking, assessment, open educational resources, new media and support services.

Who Should Attend

This conference, which will provide the latest information on emerging technology applications for online learning, 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, business, government, health care, professional associations, and nonprofit organizations.

Attendee Demographics

The symposium brings together individuals interested in the technological aspects of online learning. Experts, intermediate users and novices are welcome to participate in Symposium activities that will include face-to-face and virtual components. The Symposium is geared to experienced professionals and interested newcomers to online learning alike.

Symposium attendance at the 2014 symposium located in Dallas, TX attracted over 700 onsite and 1000 virtual attendees from over 500 institutions, 47 states & territories, and 23 countries representing college level faculty and administrators, instructional technology professionals and instructional designers.

Conference Location

All presentations and  workshops will be held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel .  The vibrant urban location in the downtown arts and financial district is just minutes from the Dallas Convention Center, One Arts Plaza, AT&T Performing Arts Center, the Cotton Bowl Stadium, and Victory Park, home of the American Airlines Center.

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.


Special Events and Sponsorships

Wednesday, April 22

Sponsored by:



VoiceThread3:00 p.m. – 4:00  p.m.

Discovery Sessions

Lone Star Preconvene

Bluehost4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Keynote Address - Mimi Ito

Lone Star Ballroom A/B

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Lone Star Preconvene

Thursday, April 23

Examity7:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast


8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Plenary Address - Bonnie Stewart

Lone Star Ballroom A/B

12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

OLC/MERLOT Awards Luncheon

Lone Star Ballroom A/B

OLC and MERLOT present Awards

Ticket price: $25 advance/ $30 onsite (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).  

Forgot to purchase your lunch ticket when you registered? Amend your conference registration to purchase.

VoiceThread4:30 p.m. – 5:30  p.m.

Discovery Sessions

Lone Star Preconvene

LoudCloud6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.Women in EdTech Dinner
 6:00 p.m. departure from hotel lobby

Dine Around

Friday, April 24

Software Secure


7:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Lone Star Ballroom A/B

Bisk Education8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Plenary Address - Gardner Campbell

Lone Star Ballroom A/B

1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Unconference Workshop

Houston A/B

Additional Sponsorships

Pearson Careeer Forum Roundtables
Adapt Courseware Technology Test Kitchen
Sonic Foundry Information Kiosks
Adapt Courseware 


(Distributed at the onsite conference registration desk)

Helix Education Mobile App
Schoology Power Stations
Canvas TweetSuite+

Link-Systems International


 Learning Lounge


Mediasite by Sonic Foundry


Drawing for two (2) complimentary registrations for any 2015 OLC Conference



10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

10:30 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
4:30 p.m. – 5:30  p.m.

10:15 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Networking Coffee Breaks

Lone Star Preconvene

Remote-Learner Boarding Pass Print Station
Mediasite by Sonic Foundry Live-webcast and On-demand Recordings

Prize Drawings

Booth #

Booth Prize

Social Networking Prize

7 Generation Games


First prize: a school gift pack, including a school license (multiple classrooms) for all games, 4 of each poster, 100 stickers and 20 postcards.

Second prize: a class gift pack, including a classroom license for all games, 1 of each poster, 50 stickers, 10 postcards.

Daily Prizes:
• First prize: classroom license for all games
• Second prize: classroom license for one game (winner's choice)

First prize: a school gift pack, including a school license (multiple classrooms) for all games, 4 of each poster, 100 stickers and 20 postcards.

Second prize: a class gift pack, including a classroom license for all games, 1 of each poster, 50 stickers, 10 postcards.

Blindside Networks


iPad Mini

Carolina Biological Supply


$100 gift certificate

$100 gift certificate


$100 Visa gift card



Apple TV
$100 Visa gift card


A campus-wide license of any Respondus application (Respondus 4, StudyMate, LockDown Browser or Respondus Monitor)



Lunch tote with notebook, charger, and speaker

Lunch tote with notebook, charger, and speaker



2 Single Instructor Licenses

2 Single Instructor Licenses


$100 Visa gift card



1-Year Zaption Pro subscription

1-Year Zaption Pro subscription


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

Onsite Attendees:

  • Watch the Conference Commons Training video. This is an important step to understanding how to access all uploaded materials pre-conference and recorded sessions post-conference.
  • Download the OLC Conference mobile app from the Program page. This will provide you full session descriptions. The printed Schedule-at-a-Glance that you will be provided onsite does not include session descriptions.
  • Make your hotel reservations.
  • Plan to attend the free Friday afternoon Unconference session. 
  • Join in the conversation – follow the ET4Online Symposium Social networking. Join us on Facebook, Twitter (@OLCToday and #et4online) 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 Dallas; plan how you will use your time at the conference.
  • Familiarize yourself with our keynote speaker and our two plenary sessions and the topics of the addresses.
  • Consider taking advantage of the Online Learning Consortium membership while it is discounted to you.
  • Watch for the Conference Updates and Welcome emails as we near the conference dates. More exciting information to come!

Virtual Attendees:

  • Watch the Virtual Conference Training video. 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.
  • Look for a separate email with Virtual Conference 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 ET4Online Symposium Social networking. Join us on Facebook, Twitter (@OLCToday and #et4online) and Linkedin.
  • Test Sonic Foundry's Mediasite before the event. Don't wait until the last minute.
  • Be on the lookout for future "Countdown to the ET4Online Symposium" 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.

Fun Things To Do

There are lots of fun things to do in Dallas from professional sports events to music festivals to historic tours to shopping and more! Please visit our destination guide page for some suggestions for your free time in Dallas.