"SLATE is living its mission of being an exemplar as a community of practice. Your organization has been able to build partnerships amongst specialists in our profession that not only add value to us in our daily support roles, but also enables us to see what we can be like in the future".

The comments from last year's conference continued a long tradition of communication, collaboration, and innovation for all who attended. The 14th Annual SLATE Conference continues to challenge individuals, institutions, and organizations from across the country to engage in discussing the biggest challenges, hottest trends, and common issues  focused on the use and application of technology in education.

Plan to join us on October 19-21, 2016, at the NIU campus/conference center in Naperville, IL, which is along the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor (thirty minutes from downtown Chicago).

Over the past fourteen years over 4,000 people representing almost 250 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 platforms, this conference invites all faculty, system administrators, 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.

So come join us this year to:
  • Share ideas and learn more about what other institutions are doing     
  • Discuss best practices and shared learning issues
  • Choose from over sixty different sessions in multiple tracks
  • Participate in pre-conference workshops and hands-on training sessions (optional) 
  • Participate in the Birds-of-a Feather round table discussions
  • Meet with sponsoring vendors and development partners onsite
  • Take some time to unwind and socialize at the conference reception


For questions, comments, or additional information about the conference, please contact:

Ken Sadowski
Executive Director
SLATE is announcing an open call for papers for the 14th Annual SLATE Conference. The SLATE Conference is one of the premier educational 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. 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. Proposals that extend beyond this framework will always be considered.  Submission deadline: June 30, 2016

Registration will open soon. Click on the link below, select your payment option (credit card or purchase order) and complete and submit the registration form.  

Recognizing that there is budget crisis for schools across the nation, and in particular the budget impasse in Illinois - which as of this posting is now in its 10th month - 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. It is still important for you to continue to develop your skills, stay on top of teaching and technology trends, and most importantly, continue to network with others that may be in the same situation as you are.

This year we are able to offer, six intensive, information-packed workshops, where you'll tackle some very intriguing topics and get a comprehensive overview of some of the key issues you'll need to be thinking about for you and your institution.  

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. Advanced registration and additional fees are required for pre-conference workshops and you must pre-register for the session by October 15, 2016. Seating is limited so register early. All pre-conference workshops have a registration fee of $50 each. 

Conference sponsorship packages combine exposure before the event and maximum impact during the conference. Sponsors will have the opportunity to connect with participants as they browse the conference floor and visit your exhibit area. The venue allows for a more intimate and individual opportunity to get to know the attendees and understand what they are looking for in a friendly and more engaging way.