Vision: Setting the global standard in online, blended, and digital learning.
Mission: Creating community and knowledge around quality online, blended, and digital learning while driving innovation.


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. OLC inspires innovation and quality through an extensive set of resources, including best-practice publications, quality benchmarking, leading-edge instruction, community-driven conferences, practitioner-based and empirical research, and expert guidance. The growing OLC community includes faculty members, administrators, trainers, instructional designers, and other learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies, and corporate enterprises. 

The Online Learning Consortium, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.

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OLC provides the opportunity to collaborate on and share groundbreaking research, knowledge, and effective practices with the goal of empowering our community members to continually improve the quality, affordability, and access to online learning and to support student and faculty success.

Quality Scorecard Suite
OLC offers a robust suite of Quality Scorecards which can be used to evaluate elements of quality within online courses and programs, providing guidance for individuals and institutions in achieving and demonstrating an overall level of quality to potential students and higher education accrediting bodies.


The OLC Research Center for Digital Learning and Leadership is dedicated to transforming teaching and learning in the online learning landscape through the dissemination and sharing of research throughout the field.  In collaboration with the OLC community, the Research Center seeks to further knowledge of the field, create collaborative networks among like-minded professionals who share similar knowledge bases, and to provide original, evidence-based, and theoretical–based research.

Online Learning, the OLC Journal
Online Learning is OLC’s open, peer-reviewed professional journal and providing practitioners with knowledge about the very best research in online learning.

OLC Insights, our blog
Inspiring members of the online learning field with new ideas, innovative perspectives, world lessons, and personal stories.

As a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, all proceeds from OLC products, services and conferences serve to fund the development and expenses of the organization.