OLC Innovate 2017

Innovation in the Big Easy

Ah, Bourbon Street. You are a special, special place.

OLC Innovate! First time. Probably (2018 update: definitely) not last. I had a great time that was compounded by being able to bring Adri long with me (not to the conference itself but she’d never been to New Orleans before and, boy, did she enjoy it).

The trip started out kinda strange, though… the plane’s lights were entirely blue. Not just blue-ish but blue. Felt like a scene from In the Mouth of Madness.


The OLC Innovate conference (happening in Nashville, TN next April) seeks to “conduct a series of engaging hands-on workshops aimed at fostering organic interactions and collaborative cross-disciplinary problem solving.”

I spent my time in the Innovation Lab, a “dedicated space at the conference for you to explore the pervasive challenges we face in the classroom and to craft innovative approaches for better reaching our unique populations of learners.” Had a great time with the other lab techs–folks like Dave and Steven and Keegan and John and Ben and Ann and Phylise–and am looking forward to working with them again in the future.

Anyway, here are some pictures from the conference.


I won a social media award, too!

Of course, there’s more to New Orleans than just being a great conference town. If you want to see a lot of photos, they’re over here…

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Ryan Straight
Assistant Professor of Educational Technology

Dr. Ryan Straight is an award-winning educator, writer, and researcher. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona. He is co-program director of the Master of Science and undergraduate minor programs in Educational Technology and teaches in the Informatics and Cyber Operations undergraduate programs. He also teaches an annual freshman seminar, Cyborgs and Transhumanism, in the Honors College.
Here you will find a variety, such as travel exploits, reflections, expressions of stylistic pedagogy, reactions to technological and educational current events, and general musings on topics approaching Ryan's academic research.
He lives in Tucson, AZ with his wife Adriana and their three dogs, Sofie, Menchi, and Chewie.

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