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Nearly 1,100 attendees gathered for the Online Teaching Conference 2017, held Monday, June 19, through Wednesday, June 21, at the Hilton Anaheim, in Anaheim, Calif.In June, nearly 1,100 faculty, staff and administrators involved in online education gathered in Anaheim, Calif., for the Online Teaching Conference 2017 (OTC'17), an annual event of the California Community Colleges (CCC) for more than 15 years.

The conference is organized by CCC TechConnect – which includes 3C Media Solutions, CCC Confer, @ONE and the Professional Learning Network – in partnership with the CCC Chancellors Office and the CCC Online Education Initiative.

OTC’17 offered 70 sessions spanning three tracks of Technology Innovation, Support and Resources, and Leadership. Each day of the conference featured engaging keynotes from speakers including Renee Franzwa, Director of Higher Education Strategy at EdSurge; Martha Kanter, Executive Director of the College Promise Campaign; and Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges.

Pat James, former Executive Director for the CCC Online Education Initiative and long-standing leader of the CCC online education community, provides the conference kickoff speech on Monday, June 19.


Renee Franzwa, Director of Higher Education Strategy at EdSurge, presents her research into promising educational technology applications and the evolving landscape for digital learning in higher education as the opening keynote for OTC’17.


Keith Franco, Statewide Services Representative for the CCC Technology Center, speaks with a colleague on the exhibition floor at OTC'17.

 Martha Kanter, head of the national College Promise Campaign and distinguished CCC leader, delivers Tuesday's OTC'17 keynote, "College Promise Opportunities: Leveraging Virtual, Blended and Traditional Learning Pathways to Increase Student Success in the 21st Century."


Erin Larson (left) and LeBaron Woodyard, Dean of Academic Affairs at the CCC Chancellor's Office (right) present the Fall 2016 Distance Education Program survey results at OTC'17.


Mike Caruso, Education Planning Initiative Product Manager, demos the CCC MyPath tool during the "Technology to Support Student Success – A Practitioner’s View" session at OTC'17.

 John Sills, Online Education Initiative Product Manager, presents "Building of a Statewide Course Exchange" at OTC'17.


Kate Jordahl, Director of Strategic Planning & Operations for the CCC Online Education Initiative (OEI) and Jory Hadsell, OEI Executive Director, provide an update to attendees during the "Full Launch Colleges and Beyond: CCC Course Exchange Next Steps" session at OTC'17.


CCC Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley lauds attendees for their innovation, encouraging them to think beyond existing obstacles during his Wednesday keynote, "Crossing the Threshold of a New Paradigm," at OTC'17.


CCC Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley and Pat James, former Executive Director of the CCC Online Education Initiative, answer questions from the audience after the Wednesday keynote at OTC'17.


The Online Teaching Conference will return to Anaheim June 18-20, 2018. See you next year!


Text by Sandoval Chagoya, Director of Public Relations & Marketing for
the California Community Colleges Technology Center

Photos by Rebecca Miller, Project Manager for
the California Community Colleges Technology Center




# Professor POCRT.L. Brink 2017-07-13 21:29
Anaheim again for 2018?!? What was wrong with San Diego? Why not Long Beach? Santa Barbara? San Francisco?
# CCC TechConnectTiffiny Hickey 2017-07-18 15:40
Thanks for providing your feedback on preferred locations for OTC. In order to accommodate a group our size and to keep our attendees' price as low as possible, we contract for two years at a time, thus we will be in Anaheim again for 2018. Though the location will be the same, the content will be fresh and exciting – we hope to see you there!