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

Established in the Spring of 2002, SLATE was created from the concept that all institutions that are deploying and/or currently using technology and 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, a broader, more accessible, and dynamic support system could be established. The members of SLATE are not about the institutions, but rather about the people that represent their institutions at meetings, events, conferences, and the community of practice, at-large. It is their input and involvement in the group that is the key to the groups success and fulfillment of the groups mission and goals.

Recognizing that any community needs to adapt and change in order to continue to meet the needs of its members, SLATE has evolved into a very inclusive academic and professional development organization consisting of faculty, support staff, designers, vendor partnerships, and even students, using various LMS platforms, and a variety of teaching tools and applications. It continues to reach across boundaries to forge new and strengthen existing partnerships. Having a strong focus on community and networking between its members is what sets SLATE apart from other groups. SLATE is constantly working to bring people together and give our members more opportunities to get involved. 

SLATE has always looked at the big picture of learning and teaching with technology. What coalesced within its membership over the last fourteen years is thinking around supporting all students, all educators, and all learning. SLATE has steadily focused on the success of learning supported through technology, not if or when technology for learning will succeed. This optimism is a hallmark of the organization and one that its members, and participating institutions and organizations can be proud of. 


A community of practice (CoP) is formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain of human endeavor. Communities of practice bring together groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. It is through the process of sharing information and experiences with the group that the members learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop themselves personally and professionally.

Consider becoming a part of SLATE, a dynamic and engaging community of practice, and encourage others across your institution to become involved as well.


What has been your biggest challenges as you start a new academic school year?


Click the button above to go to the survey.


At what level of concern and importance is accessibility in course design an issue on your campus?

   Very Important  -  50%
   Neutral  -  5%
   Slightly Important  -  35%
   Fairly Important  -  10%
   Not Important  - 0%


updated:   July 6, 2016


14th Annual SLATE Conference
October 19-21, 2016

Being held at the NIU campus/conference center in Naperville, IL, the SLATE Conference is one of the premier academic technology conferences in the Midwest, known for offering a wide variety of topics ranging from best practices and pedagogy, to innovative teaching resources and cutting edge technologies. So come join friends and colleagues - faculty, system administrators, user support staff, technology coordinators, librarians, CIO's, web administrators, and decision makers from all levels of educational institutions at this year's event.

Opening Keynote Announced
Wednesday, October 19 @ 12:00pm

"The System is Broken:  Strategies to Rebuilding Hope, Lives and Futures"

Presenter:  Cathy Tooley - President and CEO of Tools for Success

Friday Keynote Announced
Friday, October 21 @ 9:00am

Fueling Success: Learner Focused Strategies"

Presenter:  Nick Schiavi - Regional Vice President for Blackboard Midwest

Registration is Now Open

At SLATE we believe that the cost of attending this event, should not be a barrier to enhancing your skill sets and widening your learning opportunities. Recognizing that there is budget crisis for schools across the nation, and in particular the budget impasse in Illinois - we have reduced the standard registration for this year, in hopes of making it more affordable, even if you are paying this out-of-pocket. Full conference and single day registration options are available.

Pre-Conference Workshops Offered

Pre-conference workshops will be offered on the morning of Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Exact times, room locations, and additional information will be available shortly. Seating is limited. Advanced registration and additional fees are required for pre-conference workshops and you must pre-register for the session by October 15, 2016. All pre-conference workshops have a registration fee of $50 each.

Reserve Your Hotel Room
(Book early to take advantage of the special conference rate)


Next Meeting:  September 23, 2016
Time:  10:00am - 12:00pm
Hosted by:  Moraine Valley Community College

Topic: WHAT DO I DO NOW...???

As your institution prepares for the start of a new school year and a new group of students, a feeling of excitement and anticipation exists. This feeling, felt both by faculty, students and staff alike, creates a buzz on the first few days of school. Teachers begin to think about the classroom, the students, the curriculum, and the learning. Is everything in place? Is there anything you forgot to do? What checklists do you use?

What are the biggest challenges that you face at the start of the school year - either as a teacher, administrator, staff, or technology specialist. In this open discussion forum. come share your thoughts, tricks, and ideas for having a successful start to a new academic school year.