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

Earn Professional Development Credit by Attending SLATE Conference: October 11-12

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You are invited to join faculty, teaching staff, administrators, instructional designers, librarians, and user support staff from institutions across the Midwest and around the country at the 10th annual SLATE Conference, Thursday, October 11, and Friday, October 12, at NIU-Naperville.

Nearly 60 sessions covering a wide variety of topics will be presented this year, including:

  • The Flipped Classroom
  • Learn Anytime, Anywhere: Designing Mobile-Friendly Courses
  • Mastering the Minefield: Learning to Manage Change
  • Addressing the Needs and Challenges Surrounding eTextbooks
  • Keep It Short and Tweet: Best Practices for Teaching with Twitter
  • Presenting Materials in an Online Class: Tools that Work for You
  • Creating Engaging Courses with Digital Content in Blackboard
  • Technologies That Meet the Diverse Learning Styles of Students

Earn continuing education credit
Participants who attend both days of the SLATE Conference are eligible to earn continuing education credit through Northern Illinois University in the amount of 11 Contact Hours.

Space is still available to register
Register by Sunday, September 30 for discounted individual registration rate of only $150 per person. Group registration discounts are available when registering three or more individuals at a time.  NIU faculty and staff can register by check, P.O., or interdepartment journal transfer.  See www.slategroup.org/conference/register for more details.

More information about the SLATE Conference is available at www.slategroup.org/conference.

2012 SLATE Conference at NIU Naperville – Call for Proposals Open, Deadline July 20th

SLATE Celebrating 10 Years
The 10th Annual SLATE Conference will be held on October 11-12, 2012. For the first time, this year the conference will be held at NIU Naperville and allow for an expanded number of sessions, including hands-on technology sessions!

Staff from NIU Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center are providing 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 from around the world in higher-ed, K-12, government, and the corporate sector. Realizing that everyone has the same challenges and issues (no matter the platform) this conference reaches out to institutions and individuals that are using and supporting technology and web-based teaching tools tools such as Blackboard’s family of products. Here is your opportunity to share your experiences and expertise with friends and colleagues and learn from each other.

Call for Papers

Submissions are invited for presentations, panel discussions, or working group activities (now through July 20, 2012) 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. The conference theme of “build it better,” hopes to ask the next question, explore new possibilities, and develop sound models that can be implemented in online, distance education, and classroom instruction. 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:

Key Dates

Initial Call for Proposals: May 11, 2012
Submission Deadline: July 20, 2012
Notification of Paper Acceptance: August 3, 2012
Conference dates: October 11-12, 2012

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact:

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

Jason Rhode Named 2008 SLATE Star

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Jason Rhode, assistant director of NIU’s Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center has received the 2008 SLATE Star Award.

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Rhode has made tremendous contributions to the group and Web-based education through his innovative workshops on state-of-the-art Web-based technologies, engaging tutorials and a willingness to share his expertise and experience with others.

SLATE is the Midwest Blackboard Users Group created from the concept that all institutions deploying and/or currently using Web-based components to enhance their teaching and learning activities, have the same questions, the same challenges and the need for the same solutions.

A broader and more accessible and dynamic support system can be established by drawing together the expertise of the people involved in the entire academic experience and those designing, supporting and using these applications: faculty, support staff, systems administrators, instructional designers, librarians and students.

Current membership comes from K-12, higher education and the corporate sector.

SLATE currently has 60 participating regional and global institutions among K-12, higher education and the corporate sector; NIU is one of the eight core institutions that established SLATE in 2002. The group meets each month at a participating institution to share best practices in web-based education and challenges.

The SLATE Star Award “was established in 2004 as a way to recognize an individual who has shown leadership, demonstrated initiatives, presented new ideas, improved procedures, established effective relationships or provided substantial resources that have affected the success and promotion of SLATE, the educational experience and/or the general Blackboard Community of Practice.”

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.