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What’s Trending at OLC Accelerate 2018: Social Media, Podcasts and Academic Integrity

November 16, 2018

Photo: An OLC Accelerate 2018 attendee created this meme during a workshop about how to incorporate these images into courses as icebreakers. 

Attendees took to Twitter recently with thoughts about OLC (Online Learning Consortium) Accelerate 2018, the higher education conference for campus leaders, faculty and administrators to discuss trends, emerging technologies and what the future holds for learning.

The conference, which took place earlier this month in Orlando, Fla., touched on ways for faculty to stay relevant with the ever-changing online learning landscape. Incorporating social media and podcasts into the classroom are a few ways faculty stay engaged with students. One session, for example, introduced the idea of incorporating memes and gifs into curriculums. Those can be used while presenting material to keep lectures exciting and engaging.

Academic integrity, which refers to combating student cheating, was another trending topic throughout the show. ‘Contract cheating,’ for example, occurs when students pay to have original work produced for them, which they can submit as if it were their own work. With “pay-for-your-paper” websites growing exponentially, faculty are focusing on finding technology to combat this issue and ensure plagiarism is identified.

Check out these and other hot topics people were talking about throughout the conference.


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