With just under 1000 attendees, including almost 400 first-timers, OTC’19 experienced an early sell-out and our largest conference to date. Each one of you – your ideas, expertise, and participation – are what makes the conference a continued success. TechConnect hopes that the OTC’19 was everything you expected it to be (and more!). Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to attend!
A little summary for you all to ‘re-live’ if you’d like – and if you didn’t attend this year, we hope to see you in 2020!
Monday’s pre-conference workshops set the tempo for what was to come over the next 3 days. Attendees thrived in these half or full day workshops providing hands-on learning focusing on topics such as Accessibility, Canvas, video creation and hosting, and much more.
Monday’s kick-off keynote session highlighted this year’s “Cultivating Connections & Community” theme. Pat, Kevin, and the wonderful student panel were such a positive reminder of how what we do can make such a difference! Immediately following was the evening’s “Meet the Exhibitors” reception, one of the great opportunities to connect (or re-connect!) with other attendees and our fantastic exhibitors. They showed off some incredible products and services – did you discover something new?
We started Tuesday morning off in a great way with keynote speaker Flower Darby. She was insightful, knowledgeable about online teaching and learning, engaging, and left us wanting more! Thank you Flower! The rest of the day attendees were able to choose breakout sessions to match their specific goals – throughout the conference there were over 70 session options covering tracks like “Effective Practices”, “Leadership & Administration”, “Technology Innovation”, “Equity”, and “Support and Resources”, wow!
Tuesday evening’s Welcome Reception on the Lanai Deck found a lot of us enjoying each other in the perfect sunshine and partaking in delicious food. One of the highlights was the spontaneous entertainment by several attendees – you know who you are and your dancing was fabulous! Watch our Facebook page for some pictures and feel free to tag yourself, or tag OTC in yours!
We were immensely excited about Wednesday’s Fireside Chat with Heather Hiles, President and CEO of Calbright College, (the new 115th California Community College), and it was a hit! The conversation felt casual and President Hiles provided informative, direct content. The questions from the audience were thought-provoking and covered a wide range. Thank you President Hiles!
After another full morning of sessions and activities in the Exhibit Hall, thanks again to all our Sponsors and Exhibitors, Wednesday’s lunch entertained with prize giveaways and a send off to afternoon sessions to close out OTC’19, but, remember, our keynote and select other sessions were recorded, (links are on the session page when available)!
We certainly enjoyed our time with you, together, face-to-face. We believe that this opportunity to share experiences, learn, and discuss important online teaching topics strengthens each of our abilities to prepare our students in the best possible way to reach for and achieve their own goals. Thank you again for being a part of OTC’19!
Mark your calendars now for OTC’20!
June 17-19, 2020
Location: Pasadena Convention Center
More details (and registration!) will be available August, 2019.