Teaching Resources

Online Learning Consortium (OLC)

Resource Overview

Guide to Online Learning Consortium (OLC) that can support you in online and blended teaching

The Online Learning Consortium is the place to learn about quality online education since 1999. It provides learning opportunities for faculty and instructional design professionals and promotes research on innovative ways to engage students in an online environment. OLC membership for all students, instructors, and staff at WashU is provided by the Center for Teaching and Learning, University College, School of Medicine, Olin Business School, and McKelvey School of Engineering.

See more information about this membership and how to use it below. If you have questions or want to learn more, please contact our team at ctl@wustl.edu.


OLC Institutional Membership benefits

Membership benefits include access to free webinars, discounts on OLC conferences and events, member pricing of teaching certificate and mastery programs, and 20% discount on publications.  In addition, membership provides access to the OLC’s suite of quality scorecard tools, which help determine strengths and weaknesses of online programs or courses and identify areas for improvement. Much of their recent work involves the transition to emergency remote teaching, and hybrid teaching models that incorporate both in-person and online elements.

Ideas for engaging with OLC


  • Sign up for the OLC Today weekly newsletter.
  • Explore the Tools for Educators, a collection of research-based guides and playbooks that especially help with shifting courses to online or blended teaching (which may be the new normal).
  • Check out a live or on-demand virtual webinar on various online teaching topics. Try out virtual salon that engages a diverse and robust community of educators in conversations and collaboration around effective practices for ensuring quality in online teaching and learning.


  • Network with others at their events from free webinars to the paid OLC conferences and various workshops that offer discount pricing for members.
  • Use the robust set of OLC scorecard for evaluating online courses and programs towards supporting student success.
  • Read books and articles on online teaching. Members get discounts on all publications.


  • Get an OLC Teaching Certificate to build your online teaching skills and work on your courses.
  • Post a job in their newsletters to find candidates for online teaching positions.


Get started
  • You must use your WUSTL email address to access benefits.
  • If you do not already have an account using your organizational email address, create a new account. Create a free user account.
  • During the account creation process, you must choose “Allow” when asked to allow access.→ Allowing access is one OLC system asking you to allow that OLC system to share your information with other internal OLC systems. It is for OLC purposes ONLY.
  • Once you create your account, you will be automatically logged in and also sent an email with a link to access your account.
  • Once logged in, the system will now recognize you as a member and you can use your OLC Institutional member benefits.

For problems establishing an account, contact the OLC’s membership office directly at 617-716-1414 or email at membership@onlinelearning-c.org.

Have suggestions?

If you have suggestions of resources we might add to these pages, please contact us:

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