OLT Conference 2018

Conference Information

The 8th Annual Online Learning & Teaching Conference will take place on June 21-22, 2018 in Rexburg, Idaho. This informational page will be updated regularly as the conference approaches. 

The Online Learning & Teaching Conference (OLT) is an annual face-to-face gathering of educators and course designers devoted to providing best practice instruction, research on online teaching, and design guidance for the purpose of improving online learning and teaching in BYU-Idaho’s worldwide online programs. Each year, participants express they've grown in their skills as an instructor and in their connection to the university and its mission.  

Members of the BYU-Idaho on-campus faculty, the Church's Instructional Design Learning Community(IDLC) group, and Seminaries & Institutes are also encouraged to attend and will benefit from the content of the conference.

Present at OLT 2018

Call for proposals will open February 7th and close on March 19th. 

Conference Schedule

The following schedule will provide more detail as we draw closer to the conference. Please check back often for updates. 

Wednesday, June 20th (Leadership Conference — for TGLs, AIMs, OCRs, and OCR-Ms)

9:00-9:30 a.m.                     Check-in (Breakfast on your own)
4:30 p.m.            Conclusion of Leadership Conference Day

6:00 p.m.                              Family Picnic - All conference participants invited

Thursday, June 21st

8:00-8:50 a.m.                      Conference Check-in and Breakfast
4:00 p.m.              Conclusion of Conference Day

5:30-7:00 p.m.                      Banquet & Award Ceremony

Friday, June 22nd

8:00 a.m.                             Day Begins               
12:30-2:00 p.m.                   Lunch & Closing Ceremony

Travel and Accommodation Questions and Answers

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OLT Conference: Inspiring Connections


Below are anonymous testimonials on experiences from last year's OLT Conference. 

“I love this conference. I walked away with so many useful ideas to apply immediately to my virtual classroom. It also helps to feel connected with my colleagues. I love the mixture of listening/lecture and interactive sessions that are provided. Excellent work!”

"I left the conference wanting to be a better instructor. The entire conference left me energized and feeling like I can make the changes I need to in order to become who I want to be as an online instructor and leader."

“I loved the whole conference and am humbled and grateful that I am blessed to be an online instructor for BYU-Idaho.BYU-Idaho invests so much in my development as an online instructor. I leave feeling recommitted to helping my students reach excellence in all aspects of their development.”

Frequently Asked Questions

When does registration for the conference begin? 

  • Registration will open on Tuesday, April 24, at 4 a.m. (Mountain Time) and will close on June 6, 2018. 

What is the cost of registration? 

  • BYU-Idaho Online instructors will pay a conference registration fee of $15. Members of the Church and IDLC wishing to attend will pay a $45 registration fee. On-campus faculty and staff will not need to pay a registration fee.

    The registration fees will help cover the six meals and promotional items provided at the conference.  

How does funding for travel work?

  • See the "Travel and Acommodation Q&A" section of this event page.  

Will there be a leadership pre-conference? 

  • Yes, all AIMs, TGLs, OCRMs, and OCRs will be invited to attend a day early (Wednesday, June 20) to attend some leadership meetings.

Is there a theme for this year's conference? 

  • Yes! Like in years past, this year's conference theme is "Inspiring Connections" What we like about the theme is that it can be interpreted so many ways. Inspiring connections with colleagues, with students, among students, with the community, at the conference, etc. 

What is the dress code of the conference? 

  • The dress for the conference picnic Wednesday night is casual. However, the dress code for all other activities is modest professional business attire. Male employees are expected to wear a shirt and tie with dress slacks. Jeans are not appropriate professional attire. Female employees are expected to wear dresses, skirts, dress slacks, pant suits, dressy blouses, and sweaters.

What does the "#OLTConf" sign mean? 

  • A hashtag is a label used in social media to easily allow users to find messages with a specific theme or content. We encourage participants to post to their own social media with the "#OLTConf" label to share the various insights and moments of the conference.

Conference Archive

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