"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

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.




CURRENT SURVEY

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


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BC8225V

Click the button above to go to the survey.

RESULTS OF PREVIOUS 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%

JOB BOARD


updated:   December 6, 2016


2016 SLATE CONFERENCESS


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 along with  - 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.

Thank You... for another successful conference.

See You Next Year : October 18-20, 2017



MONTHLY MEETINGS


Next Meeting:  December 21, 2016
Time:  10:00am
Topic:  Assessing Online Teaching
Hosted by:  Chicago State University

Additional information coming soon...!!!

The meeting will be followed by our traditional White Elephant gift exchange. Always a time for fun and celebration with friends and colleagues.