{May} {26}, {2016}

by Nicole Duff at 2:43 PM in Campus Community, InterestingEventsStudent InfoStaff News


(Attendees registering at the 2016 Innovations in Online Learning (IOL) Conference.)​

The UTSA Office of Online Learning kicked off its 12th annual Innovations in Online Learning (IOL) conference on Wednesday, May 25, at the Hotel Contessa in downtown San Antonio. The theme for this year's conference is "I.D.E.A.S for Change," with the acronym standing for ignite, develop, engage, activate and stimulate. 

The IOL conference unites higher education professionals who are involved in online learning for a series of discussions, workshops, ignite and peer review sessions focused on ideas that would drive innovation for the future of online learning. Chief Academic Officer at iDesignEDU Whitney Kilgore served as the opening keynote speaker and presented on the topic "LX Design: From IDEAS to ACTION." Kilgore discussed the importance of considering the learner experience when designing online courses to effectively meet each student's needs.


 (Attendees listening attentively to a presentation at the Innovations in Online Learning (IOL) Conference)

The conference also explored a myriad of topics, including using universal design and 3D printing to ensure accessibility, as well as using technology to create a culturally-responsive learning environment.

"It was fabulous!," said Roberta Golliher, instructor at the Center for English as a Second Language at the University of Arizona, regarding this year's conference. "I'll bring some colleagues with me next year."

Attendees were also treated to an array of activities including a reception, networking breakfasts and luncheons. The conference will culminate in a lunch and closing keynote address provided by the Vice President of Higher Education Policy and Research at Blackboard Inc., Dr. Van L. Davis on Friday, May 27.

"The Innovations in Online Learning is designed to highlight innovative ideas in the realm of online and blended learning and this year has been the best so far," said Associate Vice Provost of Digital Learning Dr. Sunay Palsole. "This was an excellent program and time spent with colleagues from UTSA and other schools has been invaluable."

For more information about the 2016 IOL conference, visit