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OLIS 2023 – Transforming the Online Classroom: Challenges, Opportunities, and Innovation

The Online Learning Innovation Summit is a campuswide professional development conference hosted by UA Online. Faculty, staff and graduate students from across The University of Alabama and the region will come together for brainstorming, problem-solving and sharing experiences and best practices surrounding online learning and teaching technologies.

The 2023 summit will be Friday, Feb. 10, at Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It is a full-day event beginning at 8 a.m.

 For more information, contact the OLIS Planning Team at, or register now!


Theme and Keynote Speaker

The 2023 theme is Transforming the Online Classroom: Challenges, Opportunities and Innovation.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Sebrena Jackson, associate professor and associate dean for educational programs and student services in The University of Alabama School of Social Work. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University and both her master’s and doctorate from Clark Atlanta University.

Jackson has presented at national and international professional conferences about online social work education. She was recently selected to participate in the Institute on Pedagogy and Technology for Online Courses at Columbia University.

She has received awards as an Innovation Team Scholar and Innovation Scholar in Residence from the former UA College of Continuing Studies, now known as the UA Office of Teaching Innovation and Digital Education. Jackson has completed the Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate program.

In 2008, she founded the National Social Work Enrichment Program, a program that encourages foster youth to consider social work as a major while inspiring them to graduate high school and enroll in college. Jackson was honored by the National Association of Social Workers as Social Worker of the Year for Georgia in 2009 and Alabama in 2017.

Breakout Sessions/Tracks

  • The inclusive online classroom
  • Technology tools
  • Digital accessibility
  • Course quality improvement
  • Course design innovation
  • Regular & substantive interaction (RSI)

Call for Proposals – 2022-23 OLIS Sessions

We want to add you to the OLIS 2023 program! Do you have a success story, an innovative strategy, or a demonstration you would like to share with your colleagues? The proposal submission deadline has bee extended.  Submit your proposal by Monday, Nov. 28!

Tentative Schedule

  • 8-9:30 – Breakfast
  • 8:45-9:30 – Opening Remarks
  • 9:45-10:30 – Breakout Sessions
  • 10:45-11:30 –  Breakout Sessions
  • 11:30-12:45 – Lunch
  • Noon-12:45 – Keynote
  • 1-1:45 – Breakout Sessions
  • 2-2:45 – Breakout Sessions
  • 2:45-4 – Technology Playground


A light breakfast and box lunch will be provided for registered participants. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, water and ice will also be available. While we will make every effort to offer options that meet diverse dietary restrictions, we may not be able to meet the needs of everyone. If you have allergies, food intolerances, religion-based requests or other special dietary needs, please consider bringing a snack or meal. A menu will be published here prior to the Summit.

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