About This Project

This site is our response to three related goals, inspired by the collective need for the field of online, blended and digital learning to address ubiquitous issues of access to education more broadly:


      1. Developing and sharing examples of impactful cross-institutional and regional collaboration models; 
      2. Building global communities of practice around transformative and sustainable digital transformation; and
      3. Curating and disseminating participant-created artifacts, use cases, and other resources that contribute to a more connected world.


Designed as an open resource, it aims to constructively make space for educators and leaders alike to contribute to these three goals and therein support sustainable change-work around the world.

OLC and Global Leadership in Online Learning

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is a collaborative community of higher education leaders and innovators, dedicated to advancing quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner – anyone, anywhere, anytime. 


Starting out as Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) in 1999, we have been the leading professional online learning society devoted to advancing quality online, blended, and digital learning across contexts, roles, and geographic regions around the world. Since 2008, the Online Learning Consortium has offered the prestigious Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) as a way to serve the development needs of emerging leaders responsible for a variety of digital learning initiatives in higher education.

“To trigger that mindset change, it takes passion plus some experiential learning from people across the globe. So India will have its own solution (for market analysis), but learning what worked in Egypt and what worked in America…it helped us create a solution that will help our nation.”

Dr. Priya Mary Mathew
Director Academics, UNIVO (Amity University Online) and 2020 IELOL Global Cohort

OLC gathered the first international cohort of IELOL in 2020. This new professional learning offering, IELOL Global, was focused on the transformative power of global collaborations in enacting change work in digital learning at the local and global levels. In creating the curriculum for this new offering, it was determined that the program would be structured around creating capacity for sustaining global change work.

A Growing Community of Leaders Dedicated to Collaborative Global Change Efforts

Lead Partners

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is a global non-profit and collaborative community of higher education leaders and innovators, dedicated to advancing quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner – anyone, anywhere, anytime.

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) was founded in the 1950s in Kumasi, Ghana to advance knowledge in science and technology through creating an environment for undertaking relevant research, quality teaching, entrepreneurship training and community engagement to improve the quality of life.

The Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC) is a private non-profit organization that advances international partnerships, collaboration, and exchanges for 31 public universities across the state of Texas, and operates the most experienced Intensive English Program in the state.

Built with a focus on reliability, openness, and ease of use, the Instructure (Canvas) Learning Platform helps you create connected, but individualized learning environments that bring all learning tools into one place.

The internationally top-ranked Khalifa University of Science and Technology is the one university in the UAE with the research and academic programs that address the entire range of strategic, scientific and industrial challenges facing the UAE’s knowledge economy transformation and our rapidly evolving world.

The Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) is an international cooperative formed for the purpose of aggregating and making freely accessible high quality online resources to improve learning and teaching within higher education.

The Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA) is a membership-based association of public and private universities in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). SARUA’s vision is to be a dynamic catalyst and responsive hub for higher education revitalisation and innovation in the


Welearn is a Chilean consulting company specialized in e-learning. Founded in 2011, is focused on serving higher education institutions in several areas such as instructional design, training in instructional design and teaching online, and learning analytics. Welearn promotes quality standards in online education, student learning and teaching experience.