2018 On Course National Conference

Orange, California
Thursday, April 12, 2018
2018 On Course National Conference
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - Saturday, April 14, 2018

Doubletree Hilton Anaheim–Orange County
100 The City Drive
Orange, California 92868
United States

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"FABULOUS conference!" – Al Trujillo, Palomar College, CA


2017 On Course National Conference

Get ready for the 12th Annual On Course National Conference, in Orange County, California!

* Click "Register Now" for pricing details.

* For groups of 10 or more, there is also a 10% discount on registration fees.

* For groups of 25 or more, there is also a 15% discount on registration fees. 

Please contact us at conference@oncourseworkshop.com to be assigned a group discount code.

"I always tell people that this is the best conference to attend because you learn so many ways to help your students and yourself!" – Janine Rudnick, El Paso Community College, TX

"I took more away from this conference than I did from my last 3 conferences, combined!" – Kathy Hanneken, Mesa Community College, AZ

APRIL 21-22, 2017
AND ... full day Pre-Conference Workshops APRIL 20th! 

Thanks to the hundreds of educators who made the 2016 On Course National Conference an overwhelming success. Since the 2017 conference is limited to 500 attendees, please register early to ensure your space. 

"Thank you – this was an amazing conference!" – Nicole Adsitt, Cayuga Community College, NY

During the past 20 years, more than 45,000 college and university educators have attended On Course professional development events at conference centers and campuses across North America. At these innovative professional development events, they experienced an immersion in learner-centered strategies that empower students to become active, responsible learners.

Informed and inspired, participants took On Course strategies back to their students to use and creatively adapt. At many institutions, these strategies became the foundation for courses and programs that have dramatically improved student academic success and retention. (View the data.)

Join us to exchange and celebrate best practices in student success...from immediately usable instructional and counseling strategies to campus-wide programs that increase retention and student academic success. Learn great new strategies from educators who are changing the lives of their students and transforming their colleges into learner-centered institutions. Best of all, you won't just hear about how to empower your students to become active, responsible learners. You'll experience it!



Conference is limited to the first 500 participants.

This is a big conference with a small conference feel.  The atmosphere was positive, collegial, and helpful. Lots of variety in topics. So many sessions sounded good it was often difficult to choose. Obviously so much thought and planning went into everything! -Kristie Daniel-DiGregorio, El Camino College, CA

I loved the great experiential sessions, a terrific conference staff always ready to help, and participants so friendly and willing to share. This conference is what all conferences should aspire to be! -Marianne Auten, Paradise Valley Community College, AZ

This is the best conference I attend because I come away with real, practical, usable ideas and activities and everyone is so willing to share. -RuthAnn S. North, Faculty, Success Strategies, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, WI 


Whether you've been working with On Course strategies for years or just care deeply about the success of your students, attend this powerful professional development conference. Expect to experience and learn proven strategies you can implement immediately to help your students reach more of their potential in college...and in life. 

The National On Course Conference is ideal for:

  • Instructors and coordinators of student success and FYE programs
  • Faculty from all academic disciplines
  • Counselors, retention specialists, TRIO personnel, and student affairs staff
  • Administrators looking for proven approaches for improving student academic success and retention
The conference registration fee includes (click "Register Now" for pricing details):
  • An opening and closing session with distinguished presenters
  • Your choice of at least 50 learner-centered break-out sessions
  • Hot buffet breakfast, Friday and Saturday
  • Lunch on Friday
  • Beverage and snack breaks
  • All conference materials
  • Discounted parking on site
  • Friday reception and musical entertainment

After 30 years of teaching an FYE course, this conference has given me ideas and tools to make it even better. -Kyle Morgan, Faculty, FYE, The Ohio State University, OH

Thank you for organizing a conference like this that is actually useful! -Sharisse Turner, Faculty, College Prep English, Tallahassee Community College, FL


  • Jonathan Brennan, Faculty, English, Mission College, CA (Chair)
  • Essie Childers, Faculty, Education and Reading, Blinn College, TX
  • Skip Downing, Founder, On Course
  • Bill Johnson, Student Success Coordinator, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, NC
  • Mark McBride, Faculty, English, Brevard Community College, FL
  • DeRhonda McWaine, Faculty/Student Success Coordinator, San Jacinto College North, TX
  • Robin Middleton, Counselor, Jamestown Community College, NY
  • Deb Poese, Director, School of Education and Faculty, Mathematics, Montgomery College, MD
  • Kim Rainstar, Faculty, English as Second Language, University of California, Irvine (Extension), CA
  • Al Trujillo, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Earth, Space, & Aviation Sciences, Palomar College, CA
  • Nick Voge, Associate Director, Learning Center, McGraw Center for Teaching & Learning, Princeton University, NJ
  • Teresa Ward, Faculty, Language Education and Development, Butte College, CA
  • LuAnn Wood, Faculty, Reading/Student Success and Student Success Coordinator, Century College, MN
  • Eileen Zamora, Emerita Faculty, English, Southwestern College, CA


"Thank you! As always, I am leaving inspired and re-energized." – Chris Westin, Truckee Meadows Community College, NV


Contact Information

  • email: conference@oncourseworkshop.com

    Office Address: 
    61 Renato Court, Suite 21A
    Redwood City, California 94061
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