OLC Innovate 2017 is over, but thanks to the power of video the conversations that took place there are still going strong. Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) selected Sonic Foundry to be the national webcasting partner for the event in New Orleans, La. earlier this month.

Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite Events team live streamed OLC Innovate 2017 to new online audiences. In the OLC Innovate 2017 Virtual Lounge, online attendees could converse with presenters and their peers and watch sessions in real-time.

Through the live webcasts of 96 conference sessions, OLC engaged 750 online attendees who were unable to make it to New Orleans. They posed questions to presenters and, along with the 1,200+ people who attended the conference on-site, can now re-watch these sessions on-demand on any device for the next 12 months.

OLC Innovate is a joint conference presented by OLC and MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching), a program of the California State University System that provides free and open online teaching, learning and faculty development services. Academic leaders, faculty and administrators came together to discuss education innovation, including emerging technologies, how to incorporate intelligent learning management systems and designing blended classrooms.

“OLC has been working with Sonic Foundry for the past decade to create dynamic hybrid events that involve a much larger audience around the world. It’s essential to offer an online experience where attendees can engage in real-time and on-demand, because a conference is only the starting point. The conversations that happen there continue. Having sessions available afterwards provides attendees with an opportunity to continue to glean insights from the sessions they can apply in their organizations. It’s impossible to do that without a powerful video platform like Mediasite that creates rich video libraries of the content,” said Karen Pedersen, Chief Knowledge Officer of the Online Learning Consortium.

Gerry Hanley, Executive Director of MERLOT, said: “Mediasite enables all those who could not attend the Innovate conference in New Orleans to participate as active members of the audience and learn from the expertise and experiences of the presenters and workshop leaders. We greatly appreciate Mediasite’s services and partnership.”

OLC Accelerate 2017 in November in Orlando, Fla. will also be webcast via Mediasite.

Mediasite Events is a leading provider of event webcasting for hybrid events and high-profile meetings. The team delivers worry-free video streaming and webcasting to hundreds of live and hybrid events of all sizes every year to Fortune 500 companies, university associations, sporting events and more worldwide.