To support learning and technology in education through communication, collaboration, and 
innovation while developing and sustaining a community of practice.

SLATE was created from the concept that all institutions that are 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. 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, online and distance education programs, and students - a broader and more accessible and dynamic support system could be established. Our current membership comes from K-12, Higher Education, and the Corporate sector and in general, anyone using technology in their teaching, learning, training, and professional development activities regardless of platform (Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, and others.).

The first group meeting was held at the University of Chicago in May of 2002. The original core of eight institutions included; The University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Moraine Valley Community College, Joliet Junior College, Purdue University Calumet, DePaul University, Northern Illinois University, and Northeastern Illinois University. That number has grown to over 100 participating institutions across the country and has gained international recognition.


SLATE would like to welcome the following new members to the community of practice.  For a complete list of institutions click here.

  • Devry Education Group
  • Southwestern Michigan College
  • 21st Century eSchool
  • Hilbert College
  • St. Louis Community College
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Erikson Institute
  • Illinois Central College
  • UWisconsin - Whitewater
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • Bellevue University
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • University of Louisville


Be sure to watch this space for new and/or updated announcements and timely information about the group, as they become available. 

  • New Employment Opportunities.  For a complete list click hereLast updated: October 10, 2014.
  • Can you host a meeting in 2015?  Meetings are usually held the third Wednesday of each month.  Send your first and second month choices in today.


Plan to join us for the 12th Annual SLATE Conference being held on October 22-24, 2014 and hosted by Northern Illinois University at their regional campus/conference center in Naperville, IL, which is along the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor (thirty minutes from downtown Chicago).

Over the years more than 3000 people representing over 165 institutions from the Midwest, across the country, and around the world have attended this conference.  Click the image below to view and download the conference program.
2014 SLATE Conference Program
Recognizing that deployment issues, support concerns, teaching strategies, learning styles, and best practices are common among the varied LMS/CMS products, this conference invites everyone that is deploying and/or currently using any Web-based tools in their teaching and learning, to attend.


2014 SLATE Conference

October 22-24, 2014
Location: Northern Illinois University - Regional Campus,  Naperville, IL

Registration Desk Opens
    11:30am  Wednesday
      7:30am  Thursday
      7:30am  Friday


Monthly SLATE Group meetings are streamed live online - powered by Blackboard Collaborate.

Visit: and enter your name to login (no password required).  Streaming usually begins at approximately 9:55am