Call for Presentations for 2015 SLATE Conference, Oct. 21-23 — Proposal Deadline June 30th

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The 13th Annual SLATE Conference will be held on October 21-23, 201 at the Northern Illinois University regional campus/conference center in Naperville, IL, which is along the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor (thirty minutes from downtown Chicago).

Staff from NIU Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will once again provide logistical support for the conference and look forward to participating in the conference, having already submitted several presentation proposals.

This conference has become a premier event in the Midwest and has attracted participants interested in supporting learning and technology in education from around the world in higher-ed, K-12, government, and the corporate sector. Over the past twelve years more than 3,200 people representing almost 200 unique institutions from the Midwest, across the country, and around the world have attended this conference. Recognizing that deployment issues, support concerns, teaching strategies, learning styles, best practices, etc. are common among the varied CMS/LMS clients (Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, etc.), this conference invites all faculty, system administrators, CIO’s, Web developers, instructional designers, librarians, students, and user support staff from institutions that are deploying and/or currently using any Web-based tools, applications or programs, in their teaching and learning.

Call for Presentations

Submissions are invited for presentations, panel discussions, or working group activities (now through June 30, 2015) which can cover a broad range of topics that relate to best practices, innovative, engaging, and pedagogically sound uses of technology in teaching and learning, etc. Speakers are encouraged to submit proposals whose general focus is the use of technology in teaching and learning regardless of the platform or tools being used. Other topics and ideas will also be considered. If you have an idea for a panel discussion and need some help in getting people together, contact the conference coordinator, Ken Sadowski, and he can help to connect you to others who may have already expressed similar ideas.

Some of the topics presented in past conferences included:

  • Using Podcasting to Meet the Needs of Millennial Students
  • Platform-Independent Course Design
  • Teaching Writing Using Blogs and Wikis
  • Student GPA and Course Delivery Methods
  • Using Technology Tools to Ensure Faculty Success
  • Online Assessment Strategies
  • Using Your CMS as a Retention Tool

More detailed information can be found at the following:

We hope to see you @SLATEConference #slate15! If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact:

Ken Sadowski
SLATE Conference Coordinator
email: ken@slategroup.org
cell: 708.744.9448

2008 SLATE Conference

The SLATE Conference is an annual event presented by the Midwest Blackboard Users Group and hosted by the University of Chicago. This conference invites all faculty, system administrators, CIO’s, Web developers, librarians, students, and user support staff from institutions that are deploying and/or currently using Web-based tools, specifically Blackboard or WebCT (but others as well), in their teaching and learning. Recognizing that deployment issues, support concerns. teaching strategies, learning styles, etc. are common among the varied CMS/LMS clients, everyone is welcome.

There is still time to register for the 2008 SLATE Conference. The conference is being held on Thursday & Friday, October 9-10, 2008 at the University of Chicago’s downtown conference facility, the Gleacher Center, which offers beautiful views of the city skyline, the Chicago River, and Lake Michigan.

Register three or more – at the same time – from your institution and take advantage of the reduced group rate.

To register: click on the link above or go to the SLATE home page and click Register.
Accommodations: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers at a conference rate. Click here to make a reservation.

This will be a great opportunity for you to talk with colleagues, share best practices, and hear from other institutions with similar challenges and expectations. You will also be able to engage with representatives from Blackboard to learn more about the company’s vision and strategic direction as well as the latest products and services. Additional vendors and development partners will also be on hand. Over 175 participants from 40 institutions attended last year’s conference.

If you have any questions or need additional information please email sadowski@uchicago.edu

The preliminar conference agenda has been posted.