EDUCAUSE 2015 Virtual Conference

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WHEN: Wednesday, October 28 – Friday, October 30
WHERE: NIU Wellness and Literacy Building Conference Room 2101 (map)
COST: FREE to NIU Faculty and Staff


NIU’s Division of Information Technology is sponsoring this year’s EDUCAUSE 2015 Virtual Conference. You and your colleagues can learn and network by coming together to participate in streamed sessions from the conference in Indianapolis.

Description from the EDUCAUSE website:

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference is the premier higher education IT event, offering an engaging and informative program, formal and informal opportunities to build your professional network, and allows you to learn, reflect, and engage with colleagues from around the world.

Take part in content-rich sessions as an individual, or attend as a team. Participate either in-person in Indianapolis, or virtually right from your own institution. However you participate, EDUCAUSE 2015 will create a dynamic environment to share future directions, best practices, stories of successful collaborations, and solutions to community-wide issues.


EDUCAUSE keynote speakers 2015

Wednesday: The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
Daniel Pink
Author and Host/Executive Producer of National Ceographics Crowd Control

Thursday: The Cascade Effect: How Small Wins Can Transform Your Organization
Andrew McAfee
Co-Counter MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Author

Friday: If You Build It
Emily Pilloton
Humanitarian Design Activist, Author of Design Revolution and Creator of Project H


Session Descriptions and Times

http://niu.edu/doit/education/educause.shtml
Sign up for the sessions you wish to attend by clicking on the registration link at the top of the page. Attend as many sessions as you would like.

If you need more information about the how to use the DOIT ERP Training registration system, please refer to:
http://www.niu.edu/erptraining/documents/basicnavigation/erptraining_registration_process_JOBAID.pdf


If your schedule doesn’t allow you to attend, note that EDUCAUSE records many of the sessions. When EDUCAUSE makes the recorded sessions available to us (usually 4-8 weeks after the conference), we will share the link with you.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact erp_training@niu.edu.

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

Center Staff Member Receives Conference Award

Stephanie Richter delivering presentationStephanie Richter, Assistant Director of the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, recently attended the 2014 International Conference on Educational and Informational Technology where she presented the paper Preparing Faculty for Teaching a MOOC: Recommendations from Research and Experience, which she co-authored with Murali Krishnamurthi, Associate Provost for Academic Technologies and Faculty Development.

Being accepted to present was a significant recognition as only 27% of submissions were accepted. In addition, Richter received the Best Presentation award for delivering an exceptional presentation. Only two presenters at the conference received the Best Presentation award.

The paper will be published in the October 2014 volume of the International Journal of Information and Education Technology.

Blackboard Never Stop Learning Tour in Chicago, 5/23/13

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Blackboard is traveling all across North America looking to meet you—the educators, technologists and leaders that have a passion for making the educational experience the best it can be. The teams that design and build the Blackboard tools you use everyday are jumping at the chance to meet and collaborate on what matters to you, where you are.

The Never Stop Learning Tour is also a unique opportunity to plug into your community and engage with fellow Blackboard users in your region. Transfer knowledge and come away with all the answers to your most pressing questions.

Blackboard’s next stop is at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, IL! Blackboard invites you to this FREE, one-day event to:

  • Connect with other Blackboard users in your area
  • Learn about the latest in new features in Blackboard
  • Ask questions or share feedback with Blackboard product experts

Faculty Track

The Higher Education Faculty track includes a series of presentations designed to help you improve your online teaching experience. You’ll get new ideas and learn best practices to increase efficiency, improve student engagement and further enhance your skills on creating engaging content to meet course objectives. Presentation topics might include:

  • Meet the Grade Center
  • Methods for Encouraging Academic Honesty
  • Wikis, Blogs, Forums, Journals – Which One Do I Use & Why?
  • Methods for Engaging Your Students with Media

More Details

When: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Where: University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center West
Registration: REGISTER NOW >>

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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

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